Six high school-age male students apparently set off fireworks while riding in a van just outside River Falls. The explosion burned all six, leaving blistering marks on their hands and arms. At least two had to see a doctor. One boy was to see a specialist for second- and third-degree burns to his backside, side and hands.
The incident happened late afternoon last week Thursday. The boys and the van ended up stopping in the 300 block of Spring Creek Drive. That’s a new housing development on the city’s south side.
An officer called to investigate said it looked as if the inside of the van was blown up by a bomb with DVDs, video games, jackets and backpacks left scorched.
A marijuana pipe was confiscated from the damaged van’s floorboard. An 18-year-old rural River Falls boy was then cited for drug paraphernalia possession and driving while suspended-2nd offense.
Police and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department are working together on various details pertaining to this incident.
Also last week, River Falls police:Arrested and jailed a 34-year-old Somerset man for rape at a home in the 400 block of Griffey Street. The victim is an 18-year-old woman from Shakopee, Minn. She had just met the man earlier in the day through an acquaintance. There were indications that marijuana and alcohol use were involved in this incident. The woman, who had been napping on the couch, allegedly had her clothing partially removed and was forced to have sex with the alleged assailant. The case has gone to the district attorney.Arrested an 18-year-old UW-River Falls male student living at Grimm Hall for marijuana possession with intent to deliver. Officers claim they recovered a pound of pot from the young man’s dorm room and car, plus pipes, marijuana seeds, baggies, and a digital scale. The student was taken to jail. Charges are pending.Arrested a 29-year-old Prescott woman in a pickup truck for drunk driving-2nd offense and drug paraphernalia on South Main near Park Street just before midnight Saturday. The woman was stopped for speeding and swerving. The woman’s driver’s license had already been revoked. A search of her truck allegedly produced a film canister with pot residue and a one-hitter pipe typically used to smoke marijuana. The woman was taken to the hospital to give a blood sample. Charges against her will be handled in Pierce County Circuit Court.Arrested a 14-year-old River Falls boy for disorderly conduct at the Harbor Program in the River Falls Academy, 211 Fremont St. The boy was allegedly involved in a disturbance with staff that involved profanity, pushing, lying down on a countertop and throwing a metal drain at a female teacher. The boy was arrested again later that evening at home when his mother complained he was out of control and had ripped out a shower curtain rod. He was later transferred to a juvenile detention facility in Eau Claire.Arrested a 16-year-old rural River Falls girl for disorderly conduct, again at the River Falls Academy’s Harbor Program. The girl allegedly yelled and swore at a teacher who asked for help in putting up a badminton net for gym class. Police say when the girl’s father came to pick her up, he seemed more angry at the teacher for making such a fuss over a “volleyball net.”
For more, check Police Beat in the March 9 print edition of the River Falls Journal.
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