THE NEW FORTY As happy as the ending can be...
Sometimes the ending to a story isn't as smooth as we would like it to be - even if we can categorize it as a happy ending. Such is the case of the man who in saving his five year old daughter from an... Posted on 6/20/12 at 8:45 AM
A 43-year-old man living at Cudd’s trailer court was arrested at his home Friday morning for possession of marijuana, methamphetamines and drug-smoking pipes. The arrest followed a routine checkup visit by the man’s parole agent, accompanied by a local patrol officer.
A River Falls police officer broke up a fight just before 2 a.m. last Thursday in the 100 block of North Main Street. The suspect, a 24-year-old Roberts man, immediately fled. He was chased around and finally caught in Veterans Park with the help of a local citizen.
River Falls police were called by a homeowner in the 700 block of Spring Street who said that Sunday before dawn he found a sleeping stranger on his couch. The young man, possibly drunk, apparently had slipped in through unlocked French doors in the back of the house. Alarmed, the homeowner grabbed a baseball bat, woke the sleepy intruder and ordered him to leave.
River Falls police, using an undercover officer, broke up a house party at 701 S. Main St. over the weekend. It was estimated there were at least 100 people in the house, many underage. The undercover officer paid a $5 cover to get in. Beer was furnished from a basement keg. The party was raided because there didn’t seem to be any effort to check I.D.s.
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.
Opening a second-floor window downtown late at night, a male tenant hollered for assistance. His “sort of” girlfriend wouldn’t leave the premises. Officers went up to the apartment in the 100 block of East Maple Street. There, they found a 24-year-old local woman pretending to sleep on a floor mattress.
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.
A week before police had to break up a couple for having sex in a car in the municipal parking lot just before 8 a.m. Now they’ve been called to the public library where boys and girls in their early teens were said to be making out in the lower level – an area much-less used compared to the busy main floor.
River Falls police are sorting through two brutal fights. One occurred Jan. 24 at Johnnies Bar, 116 N. Main St. The other occurred at a rental house during a party at 227 N. Third St. Jan. 23. In the first incident, three young local men were decked by the same assailant. Two of the victims were knocked out cold. In the second incident, a brawl erupted over a stolen can of beer and ended with a 19-year-old Hudson man getting slashed and stabbed with a knife.
During the past week River Falls police had to deal with three separate reports of roaming dogs. One dog, with no owner, was badly hurt after being struck by a pickup truck on the Hwy. 65/35 bypass. Two others did not end tragically, but, in one instance, some grade school kids brought a loose dog back to their school.
If you try to pass yourself off as someone older so you can buy alcohol illegally, you might want to brush up on your identity. An underage UW-River Falls student allegedly tried to buy two 24-packs of Coors beer at Dick’s Plus Hometown Liquor. He used his older brother’s I.D. A suspicious store clerk called River Falls police. When officers asked the suspect how he spelled “his” first name – actually his brother’s – the young man failed. Twice. That led to his arrest.
This past week River Falls police dealt with a number of drug, shoplifting and drunk-driving cases. Several involved university students. In one case, the arrested student at Grimm Hall allegedly tried a book-smart ruse: He hid a stash of marijuana in a small safe disguised to look like a dictionary.
In the past week degrading, profane graffiti has been left in several spots around the city, including in Glen Park. There, vandals spray painted children’s playground equipment, bathrooms, the east-end open shelter and even the empty swim pool.
Did River Falls police have it easier this past week? You be the judge. At least this time they didn’t arrest a suspect for narcotics, marijuana and a samurai sword within reach of where he sat in his van.
It was a pretty busy week for River Falls police, especially with the weekend crowds attending River Falls Days. In separate incidents, two young men got an electric jolt from Taser stun guns in order to bring them under control.
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