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Tavern cited for bartending violation

 River Falls police issued a $313 citation Monday, Jan. 21, to a 63-year-old Hudson woman who is the licensee and part of the company that owns Coach’s Bar & Grill, 127 S. Main St.

The citation stems from a Jan. 8 incident when a state Department of Revenue agent who was inspecting Coach’s claimed there was a man behind the bar, but that he wasn’t licensed.

The man – who allegedly identified himself using his brother’s name – quickly ducked out for a smoke and has since disappeared.

The male suspect has since been correctly identified and is a 32-year-old River Falls man. He is wanted for warrants and still hasn’t been found.

The state DOR agent contacted local police about the bartending violation.

Last week police also:

--Arrested a 40-year-old River Falls woman for drunk driving on North Ninth Street near the middle school before 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16.

Police responded to a driving complaint about the woman who was in a white Pontiac Grand Prix.

She was allegedly seen swerving on the streets. At one point she turned around in front of Greenwood Elementary School.

The woman allegedly admitted she was trying to get home but had been drinking vodka earlier.

--Investigating a fraud case at WESTconsin Credit Union, 1207 N. Main St. Police were called Friday morning, Jan. 17, by the credit union manager.

A 32-year-old rural River Falls woman with an account at the credit union claimed her ex-boyfriend had written a batch of bad checks from a former old business account of theirs and, basically, withdrew $26,300 that belonged to her.

The couple had split up last Christmas Eve. She hasn’t seen him since. He is wanted by the law because of five active warrants.

For more, please see Police Beat in the Jan. 23 print edition of the River Falls Journal.