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Owner: Dogs should be free. Police: City law says -- not

A 33-year-old local man was cited before midnight Saturday, Jan. 4, for dog running at large. The dog’s owner said he would fight the citation in court because he believes dogs shouldn’t be kept tied up in a yard.

The collar-less dog, reportedly a spaniel named Cooper, had been running loose in sub-zero cold for hours, jumping on people, crossing the road. It was licking at its icy paws.

A resident in the Emory Circle neighborhood called police to complain, said this has been going on for some time, that the dog gets into trash cans and once leaped on a pregnant lady.

Contacted by a police officer and told that dogs outside must be leashed, the owner was indignant and said his citation was wrong.

If he chooses, he will be able to make his case against the $86.20 citation at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, in Municipal Court.

River Falls police also:

--Cited a 33-year-old local woman for dog running at large and for no dog license because of a roaming 10-year-old yellow lab after it showed up at the door of a Rolling Hills Lane resident Dec. 20.

A local vet found the male dog had a microchip, but that it only gave the dog’s name. It was taken to the Red Wing, Minn., Humane Society while notices of the missing dog were posted in town.

--Cited a 24-year-old local man for property damage at a rental address on Sycamore Street after midnight Dec. 29. The man was visiting another tenant, drinking and watching TV with her.

He allegedly spilled his drink on her white couch. She got mad and allegedly slapped him. He got mad and allegedly punched her 60-inch, flat-screen TV, knocking it against the wall.

The TV’s screen was spider cracked and the wall behind dented with holes.

--Cited a 21-year-old St. Paul man for disorderly conduct and trespassing after he allegedly showed up inside a woman’s house in the 100 block of North Third Street at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1.

The 53-year-old woman said she woke to noise downstairs and the dog barking. She went down to find a strange man standing in her living room.

She screamed for him to leave and ran back upstairs to call 911.

The man, said to be drunk, insisted he was at a friend’s house. The woman said she was frightened and shaking from the intrusion.

--Arrested a 27-year-old River Falls man for drunk driving and hit-and-run from a crash near Friend’s Bar, 1107 S. Wasson Lane, around 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1.

The man, who had one male passenger, allegedly struck a nearby storage building in a parking lot and left.

A patrolling officer reported that his southbound car crossed the center line and traveled in the northbound lane before turning into Cudd’s trailer court where it was stopped.

The car had a headlight out, heavy front-end damage, airbags that had deployed and allegedly smelled of alcohol on the inside.

The car’s owner, who wouldn’t talk, was eventually given citations totaling $1,124 and a 1:30 p.m. Jan. 29 Municipal Court date.

There’s more. Find it in Police Beat of the Jan. 9 print edition of the River Falls Journal.