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Police say they took seven local teenage boys into custody June 16 for their alleged roles in driving around in stolen vehicles. Some of those vehicles were later found heavily damaged or totaled. Five were stolen in River Falls. Two other stolen vehicles, one from Ellsworth and one from Red Wing, Minn., ended up in River Falls. The arrested boys were ages 15-17. The oldest is being charged as an adult with two felonies by the Pierce County district attorney. The boys appeared to have acted together.
River Falls police found a 24-year-old man lying in a parking last on Broadway Street week Tuesday, June 7, just after midnight. He'd been slugged in the face so hard that he fell and was briefly unconscious. When he woke he could recall very little of what happened. Police figured it out and eventually caught up with the suspect, a 21-year-old man who lives on West Cascade Avenue. He was arrested for substantial battery. The 21-year-old said he was angry that his girlfriend had claimed she had been harassed at a nearby apartment party.
If designs are approved by the city and some big money is raised, River Falls will have a 20,000-square foot "green," low-rent, multipurpose facility on the banks of the Kinnickinnic River available for seniors, the arts, drama, weddings, receptions, recitals, reunions, various classes, meeting places and much more by summer 2013. Called "The Gathering Place: River Falls Community Center," the aim is to provide cheap, flexible space for nonprofits and civic organizations to make use of and meet in. The Gathering Place, 404 W.
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Trying to end the 2010-11 school year on a positive note, the school board called a special meeting Monday night to approve three employee contracts for the following year. School ends this week, and these employee groups now have one-year contracts in place for the 2011-12 year: 23 custodians; 95 paraprofessionals; and 19 secretaries. In the past contract negotiations often dragged on into the next school year.
River Falls police were called to the area of State and Charlotte streets before dawn Wednesday, June 8, to find two male suspects allegedly going through parked cars. They found the pair holding bags that apparently contained items stolen from cars and also from nearby Kwik Trip on South Main Street. One of those arrested was a male juvenile from River Falls. The other was 23-year-old Travis H.
Two men, ages 22 and 65, were taken to jail for their alleged role in a battery/disorderly conduct incident at the River Falls Motel, 1300 S. Main St., Sunday at 3:45 p.m. The 22-year-old man and his 21-year-old girlfriend live at the motel. They were in the process of breaking up and arguing about possessions. The young man's 65-year-old grandfather from New Richmond apparently got in the middle of things and may have gotten physical and threatening with the young woman. She tried phoning for help but had her cell phone taken away and busted.
After more than 27 years of doing scores of service projects and making contributions to various causes, the River Falls Kiwanis is disbanding. Kiwanis current President Susie Swenson admits the vote to dissolve the local club was "bittersweet" but necessary given the dwindling membership.
They lined up for a block Thursday morning, June 2, before doors opened on day one of the "Going out of Business Sale" at Mr. Movies, 222 N. Main St. Owner Laurie Henn, who closed her Mr. Movies Hudson store earlier this year, said she hasn't had this many customers in years. She is selling out her movie inventory and also the furnishings to the store this month. Mr. Movies has been in River Falls for almost 20 years. Until recently it was located behind Bo Jon's Flowers. Changing technologies and lifestyles have brought about the decline of the movie-rental business, Henn said.
Say you're a burglar. Would you break into someone's car, leave a trail of possessions from that car on the road, sidewalk and stairs leading to an upstairs rental duplex, kick open the door there, splintering the frame, leave the door ajar, go to a front-room couch, fall sleep smelling of booze with your clothes caked in dirt and burrs? Police officers say it was evidence of this sort that led to the arrest of a burglary suspect in the 300 block of North Clark Street around 3:30 a.m.