Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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The city of River Falls will host counseling staff from St. Croix County and PierceCounty Thursday afternoon, July 12. These professionals will offer support services for anyone in the community that has need for those services while coping with the tragedy of the three Schaffhausen sisters who were apparently murdered in their home Tuesday. This will be a group forum, along with individual sessions as needed. These sessions will be held from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, at City Hall, 222 Lewis Street. No appointment is necessary. This is just one of many avenues for those dealing with the event.
Aaron Schaffhausen, formerly of River Falls, allegedly left his three daughters behind in their home with the gas fireplace activated on the first floor and the odor of flammable liquid coming from the basement. At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, July 11, Police Chief Roger Leque wouldn't respond to a reporter's question whether Schaffhausen had planned to burn the house down at 2790 Morningside Ave. Leque said that would only be speculation at this point. Schaffhausen's three daughters, ages 5, 8 and 11 were found dead inside.
About two hours after he allegedly killed his three children at the home where he once lived, a former River Falls man turned himself in to police at their station, soon after officers had begun searching for him. Aaron Schaffhausen, 34, was booked into St. Croix County Jail at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, on three counts of first degree intentional homicide. His daughters, the alleged victims, have now been positively identified as Amara Schaffhausen, 11; Sophie Schaffhausen, 8; and Cecilia Lee Schaffhausen, 5.
A 29-year-old River Falls man pursued for an apartment burglary after 3 a.m. Friday, July 6, yelled to law enforcement officers in the distance that he didn't want to be bitten. A St. Croix County police dog had the man cornered in the thick brush not far from the South Fork River on campus.
Pierce County District Attorney John O'Boyle has decided not to criminally charge Codi Walztoni for the stabbing death Friday, July 6, of 22-year-old Dylan Barry. The knife stabbing occurred in Walztoni's ground-floor apartment at 233 W. Cascade Ave. William Sangster Jr., another man stabbed, is reportedly still at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. His condition is unknown. O'Boyle said Monday afternoon, July 9, that it would be "premature to formally charge Mr.
A 20-year-old local man allegedly punched his girlfriend in the face five times before getting away on foot at 233 W. Cascade Ave. last Thursday, June 28, after 1 a.m. Police searched all over but couldn't find their suspect. The man had found an unlocked pickup truck with keys in the ignition in the 500 block of North Clark Street. He got in, drove off, stopped for gas at the downtown Holiday station, then drove off again toward St. Cloud, Minn., stopping to pull over for a nap. The man then drove back to River Falls later that morning in the same truck.
Buttons for discounts at certain River Falls Days (July 12-15) events can be bought for $3 at all River Falls banks, Family Fresh Market, Dick's Fresh Market and the Chamber of Commerce downtown office. River Falls Days button purchases get you in for less at street dances, and the truck and tractor pulls. You can also enter to win a cash drawning. Button sales also go to support the River Falls Royal Ambassadors. Chamber officials are also promoting a Talent Show during River Falls Days. It will be at 3:30 p.m.
Late Saturday afternoon, June 23, a woman followed a swerving highway driver into River Falls. Several oncoming drivers pulled over to the shoulder to avoid being hit. When the swerving driver, a 42-year-old local man, was caught and arrested by police outside his home, it turned out to be his sixth drunk driving arrest. The man allegedly didn't want to bother with field sobriety tests, saying you've got me and asking to be handcuffed and taken to jail. He said he'd been drinking beer in Hudson but he had "no clue" where. The man eventually did wind up in St. Croix County jail.
The school board approved June 18 a number of nonunion settlements with various employee groups, including principals. According to Personnel Director Donna Hill, the new deals all fall within the district's standard 2.5% increase for the 2012-13 school year. That increase is a combination that includes yearly wages, and coverage for health and dental insurance.
After investigating a fight between an 18-year-old male tenant and two strangers, officers arrested the tenant for possession of psilocybin (hallucinogenic) mushrooms, marijuana with intent to deliver, and drug paraphernalia Friday night, June 15, at a rental unit at 233 W. Cascade Ave. The two male assailants got away. Police suspect the fighting may have been about a drug deal gone bad. The arrested tenant had a small cut above the eye.