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Please don't smoke request leads to beating, battery

Police ticketed a 24-year-old UW-River Falls female student for battery because she allegedly punched and then kicked in the stomach another young woman, also a UW-RF student. The beating took place after 2 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Main Street and Cascade Avenue.

The disturbance started soon after the alleged victim asked the 24-year-old's male friend to stop smoking. She made the request because she knew someone who had died from secondhand smoke.

The male friend allegedly reacted to this request by calling the young woman several vulgar names. Soon after the 24-year-old got involved and attacked the young woman.

She was arrested, taken to the police station and given a $366 fine.

This past week a number of incidents were tied to UW-RF students. Police had to:

--Arrest a 21-year-old university student for drunk driving at South Main and Park streets at 3:20 a.m. Sunday. The student's car on Park Street was sticking out into the southbound lane of Main Street. When he pulled out of the intersection, he allegedly almost hit a police squad car. The officer had to brake to avoid crashing.

--Arrest an 18-year-old university male student for disorderly conduct and underage drinking at 1 a.m. Saturday. The student was pounding on doors in the 300 block of North Third Street and wouldn't go away. He was found in a front yard leaning against a tree, shirtless, belt undone and unable to say who he was or where he was. He was given fines totaling $344 and also taken to a detox center because of an elevated blood/alcohol count.

--Arrest a 19-year-old male university in the 800 block of East Cascade Avenue at 1 a.m. Friday. Police were called there because of an attempted residential break-in. The student was ticketed for disorderly conduct and underage drinking.

River Falls police also dealt with a slew of drunk drivers, including:

--A 52-year-old local man who went into a ditch while turning into the Sterling Ponds subdivision off Hwy. 35N last Thursday night. The man's pickup skidded as he made the turn. He later claimed that he had tried to avoid running into another vehicle. It was the man's second drunk driving arrest. He was also allegedly driving while revoked because of the first drunk driving conviction.

--A 19-year-old Spring Valley woman after she allegedly made an illegal U-turn at Main and Walnut streets at 12:05 a.m. Friday. The woman was northbound with two passengers. She was allegedly driving with a suspended license.

There's more. Find it in Police Beat of the Nov. 18 print edition of the River Falls Journal.