Weather Forecast


Police Beat: Teething, wailing toddler leads to drug citations

Officers were called by neighbors to do a child welfare check at an apartment at 919 Sycamore St. Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 22.

There was said to be shouting, swearing and a long-sobbing little boy.

A sergeant met a 27-year-old man at the apartment door. The man was described as stressed out, distraught.

He said his wife was at work and he does poorly babysitting babies. He had a 10-month old boy in the livingroom who he said was teething and inconsolable.

Police say the child cried so much he practically hyperventiallated. Pierce County social workers were called in for a home assessment on behalf of the child.

A search of the man's flat turned up several pot pipes. The man allegedly said he had a marijuana problem. His wife showed up later while the police investigation was still ongoing.

The man was given two drug citations totaling $374 with an April 5 Municipal Court date.

Police also:

  • Arrested a 31 year-old Ellsworth man for disorderly conduct and marijuana posession in the 100 block of East Locast Street before 4 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27.

The hollering man, dressed all in black, was pounding on a parked van and then trying to open its doors.

An officer on the scene said the suspect was very cold and drunk. He was frisked. That's when drug evidence was allegedly found in one of his pockets.

Soon it was discovered that he had two other drug convictions.

The latest incident violated terms of his bail bond. The case was turned over to the Pierce County district attorney to prosecute as a federal crime.

  • Are investigating recent burglaries – one at Valu Stay, 708 N. Main St., and one at a home in the 400 block of North Pearl Street.

    For more Police Beat, see the March 2 print issue of the River Falls Journal.