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 Chief Roger Leque says those who serve in law enforcement, as EMTs and firefighters know firsthand the carnage found at crash scenes: “We see the results of not buckling up -- the way people are injured or killed after they’ve gone through a windshield or been thrown from a vehicle.” That’s why Leque supports Wisconsin switching from secondary to primary seatbelt enforcement.
One started out as a man giving the finger to a patrol officer and passing Main Street traffic; another was discovered because of the smell of pot coming from a college dorm room; the third was because a mother found a baggie of pot under her 16-year-old son’s bed. The two adults face drug charges by the district attorney. The 16-year-old’s case will be handled in juvenile court.
A 21-year-old UW-River Falls student rearended another vehicle with his pickup truck Saturday after midnight at Main and Walnut streets. The student was then arrested for drunk driving and allegedly said he’d fallen asleep, didn’t see the crash but heard the noise.
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.
If you’re looking for a fun and money-saving project for the summer, join other volunteer gardeners for a working group meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, at Ezekiel Lutheran Church, room 100. A meeting/greeting session begins at 6:30 p.m. The group, called Grow-To-Share, hopes to get people growing produce for their own families and for the River Falls Food Pantry this summer.
Karen Swenson notified the Journal Monday that she’s reconsidered her decision Friday to drop out of the April 7 school board election. However, Swenson said that because of an “unexpected work situation,” she won’t be able to attend tonight’s (Monday’s) candidate forum at the high school library from 7-8:30 p.m.
There must be something about running for school board that causes various candidates to have second thoughts. This time it’s Karen Swenson, who appeared at the district’s central office Friday morning to say she was no longer a candidate.
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