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Ramshackle home condemned after man’s arrest for battery

River Falls police arrested a 36-year-old man for allegedly attacking his wife at Cudd’s trailer court, 1450 S. Wasson Lane, Friday afternoon, April 11.

The woman was found out on the driveway crying hysterically. She allegedly had cuts and bruises.

The man later claimed she was harassing him and that he wouldn’t hurt her.

Officers described their trailer home, where two school-age children also lived, as a mess, with no electricity or running water.

Pipes had frozen over winter. There were holes in the floor and windows without glass.

The city’s building inspector came. After his inspection red condemnation notices were posted on the trailer’s doors.

A social worker was also called to investigate the possibility of child neglect.

The male suspect was taken to jail. He said he had been trying to get at some remodeling projects for the home.

Last week police also:

--Came upon an apparent suicide victim who had been dead for more than five months in his home in the 300 block of South Third Street.

Police were tipped off by a postal carrier who reported a vast pile of mail accumulating through a front door slot on the man’s front porch.

The pile included three disconnect notices from the River Falls Municipal Utilities for nonpayment.

Officers had to break into the locked house. The decomposing body, with a handgun, was found in an upstairs bedroom.

No foul play was suspected in the fatal shooting.

--Arrested a 46-year-old Minnesota man who works in River Falls for drunk driving-4th offense before 3 a.m. Sunday, April 13. The man, northbound, was pulled over for speeding at Main and Locusts streets.

He said he’d had a couple of vodka drinks. Arrested after field sobriety tests, the man was taken to the hospital for a blood sample.

Unable to find a sober person to pick him up, the man was then moved to county jail in Ellsworth.

With three prior drunk driving convictions, his latest case will be heard May 19 in Pierce County Circuit Court.

--Cited a 21-year-old local woman for public urination in the 300 block of South Main Street after 1 a.m. Wednesday, April 9. The woman was allegedly seen pulling down her pants and squatting to pee by the Pizza Hut sign.

She was described as intoxicated and profane as she struggled to pull her pants back up.

Asked why she was urinating in public, the woman said she hadn’t gone yet. Asked about the wet spot by the Pizza Hut sign, she said that was made by somebody else.

She was given a $124 citation.

Two other young women were cited for public urination at 2:30 a.m. Sunday, April 13, by the bridge at South Main and Vine streets.

Both women made brief escapes by fleeing downhill toward the South Fork river. In the end, both were caught and each given a $124 citation.

There is more in Police Beat, found in the April 17 print edition of the River Falls Journal.