Halloween nears as arrested man interrogates River Falls patrol officerA 23-year-old orange-costumed rural River Falls man was stopped for kicking a Bubba's Fried Chicken trash can down Main Street before 2 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. As an officer identified himself and ordered the man to stop, the man resisted and asked the officer: 'Who are you?' The officer identified himself a second time as the man continued to resist and insist the officer wasn't a cop.
By: Phil Pfuehler, River Falls Journal
A 23-year-old orange-costumed rural River Falls man was stopped for kicking a Bubba's Fried Chicken trash can down Main Street before 2 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. As an officer identified himself and ordered the man to stop, the man resisted and asked the officer: 'Who are you?' The officer identified himself a second time as the man continued to resist and insist the officer wasn't a cop.
The officer finally threatened to use his Taser stun gun to subdue the man who replied, no, he didn't believe it.
Eventually the officer, without using the stun gun, forced the man to his knees, head down.
Still struggling, the man kept saying, 'I always cooperate with the police.'
While being booked at the police station, the man fell asleep. He was wakened and give a $177 citation.
River Falls police also:
--Arrested a 22-year-old local woman for drunk driving at Heritage Park, 200 block of West Maple Street, on the edge of the parking lot before 2 a.m. last Thursday, Oct. 25. The woman, in her friend's car, allegedly hit a tree and another parked car. She claimed she had started the car and it just lurched forward. She also allegedly said she'd had a beer and three or four shots. An officer on the scene said she wouldn't answer more questions except to declare how much she hated the police.
--Arrested two 18-year-old UW-River Falls male students for marijuana and drug paraphernalia violations in Hoffman Park after hours early morning Saturday, Oct. 27. The two students and another man were spotted inside a parked 1997 Lincoln Continental in the lower parking lot. The car windows were fogged up. Despite the smell of burning marijuana, all three denied smoking pot. However, officers allegedly found some marijuana, pipes and grinders with pot residue stashed in a backpack and a black leather bag, plus two energy drink bottles filled with liquor.
--Cited a 25-year-old city of River Falls man for disorderly conduct after midnight Friday, Oct. 26, for disturbances inside and outside the Ground Zero bar, 121 S. Main St. The male suspect was seen being chased downtown by three woman. One fell and hurt herself. She claimed the man had hit her in the chin. Another said the suspect was 'grinding on all the females at the bar.'
--Arrested a 21-year-old rural River Falls man for drunk-driving 2nd offense and knowingly driving while revoked after he allegedly rolled his car after hitting a sign at East Cascade Avenue and South Wasson Lane after 3 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29. The man's live-in girlfriend called police. The suspect was found at home on the bathroom toilet. The girlfriend's mom was giving the man medical attention. The man tried to say he only started drinking after the rollover. The girlfriend said not true, that he was drunk when he crashed the car.
--Investigated more spraypaint vandalism at South Winter Street and South Main Street bridges in the last week. Earlier, graffiti was also found on Swinging Bridge leading to Glen Park. And a homeowner's backyard fence in the 500 block of East Walnut Street was also spraypainted recently. No one has been caught for this vandalism.
--Took a report Sunday morning by a 22-year-old female tenant at 121 W. Cascade Avenue who found that someone entered her apartment and urinated on a bedroom carpet and scattered feces in front of a closet and on a towel and plastic bag left by a bedroom door. The woman had gone barhopping with friends and left the apartment unlocked. She planned to notify her landlord and find a good carpet cleaner to deal with the stains and odor.
For more, please see Police Beat in the Oct. 31 print edition of the River Falls Journal.