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Couple finds love hurts

River Falls police arrested an 18-year-old local woman for domestic battery after midnight last week Thursday in the 500 block of East Walnut Street. The 18-year-old male victim, the boyfriend, claimed the pair argued and then she smashed his face with a coffee pot, and also punched and slapped him. Scared, he took a rock, broke his room window and jumped to escape. She gave chase briefly but he got away, saying he needed to go buy cigarettes and stay where it was safe at his mother's house.

Just over a week ago, the same couple were involved in another serious disturbance. This time, the boyfriend said he was knocked in the head with a baseball bat. He was found bloodied and wandering the streets nearby wearing only a pair of jeans.

For her part, the 18-year-old woman gave police conflicting accounts of both incidents, but said she would never physically harm her boyfriend. She said they were in love and planned to marry this month.

She was taken to county jail. He was given information to seek help at the local Turningpoint Domestic Abuse Shelter.

Last week police also:

--Cited a 24-year-old Glenwood City man for disorderly conduct at the Ground Zero Bar downtown. The man was hanging out in the women's bathroom and wouldn't leave. He was profane as bar employees finally gave him the boot. Officers arrived, handcuffed the man, booked him at the police station and gave him a $177 fine.

--Cited an 18-year-old female driver for drunk driving, and marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession at 3:25 a.m. Monday following a crash in the 500 block of North Winter Street. The woman allegedly ran into a parked pickup truck. Both she and her 19-year-old female passenger admitted to smoking pot not long before the crash at the passenger's River Falls home. The female passenger, with a past drug conviction, was taken to county jail. The female driver was given fines totaling just under $1,100 and then released to the sober care of her mother.

--Cited two different residents - in the 700 block of High Ridge Road and the 200 block of South Falls Street -- for not licensing their dogs. This was after neighbors had complained that the dogs either roamed and pooped or barked incessantly. The owners were warned and told to get their dogs licensed. When the licensing didn't happened, they were fined.

For more Police Beat, please read the June 9 print edition of the River Falls Journal.