Schools and the college were closed and half the town may have gone south, but those left behind kept police officers very busy last week. Take the 21-year-old local man who decided to stand in the middle of Main and Cascade at 2:20 a.m., arms stretched out like an airplane, puffing his cigarette.
When asked for his ID, the young man allegedly tossed a wallet at an officer and said, “Just shoot me.”
Meanwhile, traffic was backed up and cars honking. Another officer was needed to forcibly remove the man blocking the intersection.
A preliminary breath test indicated he was intoxicated. After being taken to jail, the suspect wouldn’t get out of the squad car until the officer agreed to respect his atheism. The officer said he was fine with that.
The case goes to the district attorney.
Police last week also:Arrested a 46-year-old woman for domestic battery, property damage and trespass to a the house of a another woman in the 1100 block of West Maple Street. The female suspect allegedly found her husband in the bedroom of the woman’s home and went on a rampage, attacking both, throwing and breaking things inside. After investigating, police arrested and took the suspect to county jail. Charges are pending with the district attorney.Arrested a 14-year-old city of River Falls boy for substantial battery in the 400 block of North Grove Street. There, the boy is said to have slashed the arm of a teenage girl with a razor. The girl had to see a doctor for stitches to close the wound. The boy was miffed the girl wouldn’t let him use an iPod.Arrested a 16-year-old city of River Falls girl for underage drinking and obstruction at 4:45 a.m. Saturday in the 1200 block of Sunset Lane. The girl was allegedly found passed out in a pickup truck with an adult driver. Music was blaring from the truck. When finally wakened, the intoxicated girl allegedly gave a false name, false information and became argumentative.Arrested two city of River Falls boys, ages 14 and 15, for shoplifting at Kwik Trip on South Main Street. A 33-year-old male customer stopped the boys as they tried to get away, even ordering one to the pavement outside the store. They boys had allegedly stolen two quick hand warmers, Skittles and a Reese’s candy bar. These were recovered in salable condition. One of the boys was mad that an officer handcuffed him and then called his mother about the incident. The boys got $77.50 fines and both were released to their moms.A brawl with injuries took place Saturday night during a party at a home at 911 Howard St. Two went to the hospital. One young woman, said to be intoxicated, either fell or was pushed and sustained a gash to the back of her head. An ambulance was called. No arrests or charges yet. The case is under investigation.Arrested seven people for drunk driving, including one 49-year-old local man who wouldn’t stop his car until reaching his home at 1323 Spruce St. A county sheriff’s dispatcher first called to say there was a complaint about the man’s driving since he left I-94 and headed south toward River Falls. Two officers in their squad cars allegedly weren’t able to get the suspect to pull over for many blocks. There was no chase, however. When the man got out of his pickup truck in the driveway, he was immediately forced to the ground and handcuffed. A charge of failure to obey an officer was added to his drunk driving citation.
For more, please read Police Beat in the March 25 print edition of the River Falls Journal.
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