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Do considerate men call one "retard" and punch the other in the mouth?

Perhaps it was just an odd place at an odd time to debate being "considerate." Two young men tried but failed miserably while in a room at the River Falls Motel, 1300 S. Main St., just before dawn Saturday. The result: A 23-year-old Farmington, Minn., man was cited for battery and disorderly conduct. The victim, a 25-year-old River Falls man, had a bloody lip and a busted retainer.

The victim said the two were arguing in the motel room about the need for each of them to be considerate. To emphasize his point, the victim allegedly called the Farmington man a retard - more than once.

The Farmington man was not persuaded by this line of reasoning and allegedly got in the victim's face and hit him. Other acquaintances broke up the fight before more damage was done.

When River Falls police arrived, they couldn't find the assailant. He had decided to go for a walk. Upon his return he was handcuffed, booked at the police station and given fines totaling well over $500.

Police also this past week:

*Arrested a 21-year-old local man for disorderly conduct after he supposedly threatened the driver of a limo he was riding in at 3:30 a.m. Sunday. The man got out of the limo near Kwik Trip on North Main Street and made a run for it. Officers searched with spotlights before finding the suspect hiding behind the nearby Royal Credit Union.

*Cited two UW-RF students for being in a park after closing at 3:45 a.m. Monday. The pair, a man and a woman, were in a car with its headlights on at Hoffman Park. The investigating officer said the two seemed to be "engaged in sexual activity." The fines the couple received were not for their conduct but for their presence in Hoffman Park after it had closed.

*Took a vandalism report in the 100 block of South Pearl Street where a homeowner found her flagpole badly bent in the yard Saturday morning. The pole, bearing the American flag, was loosened from its concrete base. Left behind, presumably by the suspect, was a bottle of Miller High Life beer. Repair costs are estimated at $200.

For more, please read Police Beat in this week's print edition of the River Falls Journal.