Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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Bicycles in River Falls get swiped all the time. Many, like cars, are left unlocked. Some, however, are locked and still stolen. In this case, a bike was unstrapped and stolen from a parked vehicle downtown. It happened last week Thursday afternoon, July 19, in the parking lot of Family Fresh Market, 303 S.
River Falls police detained a 29-year-old local man downtown after 2 a.m. Sunday, July 15, for revving his truck, swerving, squealing his tires and for pretending to pull over before driving off again. When he was finally stopped, the officer said the man had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech, but the man denied drinking, claiming to be the designated driver. The officer noted the man had no passengers and asked why he was slurring his words. The man replied that he had dyslexia.
Police continue to ask for the public's assistance in their search for a laptop computer and computer bag believed to be Aaron Schaffhausen's. Schaffhausen has been charged with the murders of his three daughters in River Falls Tuesday, July 10. These items may have been ditched along the road by Schaffhausen before he turned himself in.
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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.