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Police Beat: Unwanted motel guest sounds the alarms

He showed up in the lobby at the EconoLodge, 1207 St. Croix St., after 4:30 a.m. Saturday, March 4. Drank some coffee, asked for a phone, talked gibberish, then yanked the fire alarm.

Guest poured from their rooms. River Falls police and fire responded.

The 31-year-old Faribault, Minn., man was eventually arrested for disorderly conduct and taken to St. Croix County Jail in Hudson.

Officers tried to talk to him at the EconoLodge but the fire alarms were blaring. They asked him to step outside. He said no, he had to call 911 but couldn't say why.

He tried to push by the cops but they stopped and cuffed him.

Outside he said he was on meth and pot, and to look in his pockets for the drugs. This was done but the pockets were empty.

The man kept insisting that police call 911, then that he had to go to the hospital. He was described as rude to EMTs who looked him over before taking him by ambulance to the hospital.

After being examined and cleared there, the man was taken to jail. The case goes to the district attorney.

River Falls police also:

--Arrested and jailed a 24-year-old local man for battery and domestic disorderly conduct at an apartment at 122 E. Spring St. at 6 a.m. Thursday, March 2.

A county sheriff dispatcher said a woman on the phone had yelled “stop,” then there were banging noises and the sound, perhaps, of a body hitting the floor.

Inside the flat, the suspect was found in the bedroom, laptop computer on his legs. Asked what he was doing, he said looking at Facebook.

The man admitted to having a “minor argument” with his girlfriend.

He had cuts and red marks on his hands and knees. There was a bloody Kleenex on the floor. The walls had multiple holes.

The man – not a tenant in the apartment – said he'd punched the walls during the argument.

The girlfriend, bleeding from the nose, said they'd been drinking during all night, playing beer pong, before the man got angry, punched walls, called her racial slurs, and punched, slapped and pushed her into a closet, kicking her while she lay curled on the floor.

The boyfriend was taken to Pierce County Jail in Ellsworth.

--Arrested a 19-year-old UW-River Falls male student for substantial battery for a Feb. 23 fight at Moonshiner's Bar, 106 N. Main St.

The alleged victim, a 21-year-old River Falls man, suffered a broken nose. He didn't report the incident right away until he could identify his attacker.

A friend who allegedly saw what happened in the bar helped him do that.

The suspect was picked up for questioning at his college dorm. He apologized for his actions, saying he just snapped after hearing that the victim may have placed his hands up the skirts of women and possibly assaulted them.

The student was taken to county jail in Ellsworth.

--Arrested a 30-year-old Ellsworth woman for shoplifting at ShopKo and felony bail jumping late Saturday afternoon, March 4.

Police were called there by store security for a female suspect who'd allegedly swiped a $25 Trojan Vibrating Bullet (vibrator). The emptied Trojan box was found in a store bathroom.

The woman was stopped as she left ShopKo and the vibrator recovered. She had been out on a Pierce County felony body.

She was taken to county jail in Ellsworth.

--Arrested and cited a 17-year-old local boy for underage drinking at River Falls High School Thursday morning, March 2.

An officer went there because of a report that a student was drinking alcohol for a container.

The student suspect told the officer that his silver thermal mug only had Pepsi in it.

A test of the mug's contents showed otherwise. A breath test of the boy put his blood alcohol level at .12.

He allegedly admitting to mixing Windsor-brand whiskey with his pop. Whiskey bottles, one partly full, were later found in his pickup truck.

The boy's mother was contacted and came to the high school. The boy was given a $187 drinking citation with a March 22 Municipal Court date.

For more Police Beat, see the March 9 print issue of the River Falls Journal.