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Don't mess with my garage sale, mister

Last week a homeowner in the 1500 block of East Division Street came upon a garage sale sign in his yard. No one asked for permission to post the sign, so he took it down. Next day another garage sale sign appeared. With it was a warning note to leave the sign alone or face physical harm. For emphasis, the warning included a profanity.

Feeling threatened, the man took the note to the River Falls police. They investigated and ended up ticketing a 31-year-old woman who lives in the nearby 200 block of North Eighth Street for disorderly conduct. The citation carries a $177 fine.

Also last week police:

--Arrested a 23-year-old woman for drunk driving at 1:40 a.m. Monday after her northbound car went off a makeshift ramp to Hwy. 35 and got stuck on the edge where the concrete drops off to a gravel shoulder. One of her tires was off the axle. The woman was calling a wrecker to pull her out when an officer arrived. She explained that her car stalled and wouldn't start. The officer told her it was more serious than that and had her do field sobriety tests before taking her to the hospital for a blood sample and the police station for booking. Her car was eventually towed.

--Ticketed a 19-year-old Ellsworth man for inattentive driving during a crash early Saturday afternoon on the Hwy. 65 bypass that caused traffic both ways to back up. The man was fumbling for a credit card that had dropped from his wallet. Looking up, he saw the car ahead had slowed for the construction zone. He swerved, clipped that car and continued on the shoulder until smashing a temporary steel post and coming to a stop in the middle of both lanes.

The driver the Ellsworth man clipped in the back, a 25-year-old Ellsworth woman, was ticketed $114 for failing to have auto insurance. Such insurance is now required by a new state law.

--Arrested a 27-year-old local man for domestic disorderly conduct Sunday evening. Both showed up at the police station. The woman flagged down an officer, saying the two had argued and fought, and then the boyfriend kept her from leaving their apartment. He also took her cell phone and covered her mouth so she couldn't call for help. To try to get away, she bit his shoulder and struck him with a mug. The 27-year-old man said his girlfriend was suicidal. Because of her condition, he claimed he didn't want her going off alone feeling distraught. Despite the injuries to the man, he was taken to county jail in Ellsworth. The case goes to the district attorney.

For more, please read Police Beat in the June 30 print edition of the River Falls Journal.