River Falls Police deal with phone threat: ‘You better get officers (over here) because I’m going to kill my wife’Officers responded to that cell phone call just after 8 p.m. Saturday in the 200 block of Lincoln Street. Sheriff deputies from Pierce and St. Croix counties came to assist. No one could be reached in the house. With a lead deputy holding a shield, the officers formed a line, charged the house and finally broke down a side door.
By: Phil Pfuehler, River Falls Journal
Officers responded to that cell phone call just after 8 p.m. Saturday in the 200 block of Lincoln Street. Sheriff deputies from Pierce and St. Croix counties came to assist. No one could be reached in the house. With a lead deputy holding a shield, the officers formed a line, charged the house and finally broke down a side door.
No one was home but soon after the male suspect’s ex-wife drove up. After obtaining the suspect’s description and a taking a neighbor’s call about a suspicious man lurking nearby, the officers fanned out in the dark with flashlights.
The 45-year-old man (it was his birthday) was soon found lying on the ground in back of an apartment building. He was handcuffed without incident and taken to county jail in Hudson.
The man used to live at that Lincoln Street address but was described as homeless though he did drive to his old house by car.
River Falls police also:
--Followed, stopped and arrested a 24-year-old Ellsworth man who turned out to be a Mexican citizen for drunk driving, driving with open intoxicants and no valid driver’s license on the highway bypass near East Cascade Avenue at 11:45 p.m. Sunday. Another southbound driver, following the man’s pickup truck coming from I-94 to River Falls on Hwy. 35, claimed he was all over the lanes and almost hit another vehicle. Police say the suspect was also driving with his high-beam lights on. When his pickup was pulled over, officers claim they found beer and tequila inside, including a couple of containers that were open. A translator was needed during part of the arrest process and when the man was brought to the hospital for a blood sample. He was given fines totaling more than $1,100.
--Cited a 13-year-old middle school male student for battery because of a lunch room incident at the school last week Monday. The 13-year-old tapped another boy on the shoulder and when that boy turned around, allegedly slugged him in the face. The victim had a very bad bloody nose. His mother took him to the hospital. The two boys were described as friends, but the 13-year-old claimed that the other boy had been bullying him.
For more, please read Police Beat in the A section of the April 27 print edition of the River Falls Journal.