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A handful of underage college students tried hiding from River Falls police sweeping an apartment at 215 W. Cascade Ave. after midnight Saturday, April 27. Officers had responded to a large party noise complaint. Those students who showed themselves were warned and released. Those found hiding in various rooms were given drinking citations. The 23-year-old male tenant at that address, also the party's host, was ticketed twice: For an adult allowing underage drinking, and for loud noise.
The 70-year-old town of Kinnickinnic man could run his fifth straight Boston Marathon or chair the River Falls School District advisory committee that recommends the next superintendent. Schroeder, an actuary, is a serious lifelong runner. He started 37 years ago and has done marathons for 30 years, running in more than 140. However, he's also serious about public education. Before moving to River Falls, he was school board president for nine years in a small district near Stevens Point where his two daughters went. That was long ago, but Schroeder's devotion to education hasn't dimmed.
It could be a long night, but shedding light on one of society's dark, ugly problems makes it seem worth the time and effort. The second annual Take Back the Night rally, march and candlelight vigil sponsored by the St. Croix Valley Sexual Assault Response (SART) team begins outside at St. Bridget Catholic School, 211 E. Division St., at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 25. Similar Take Back the Night rallies are planned across the country.
A 24-year-old Coon Rapids, Minn., man was stopped after he tried walking out of Dick's Fresh Market, 1121 S. Main St., last Thursday afternoon, April 18, without paying for a bottle of aftershave. The container of Afta allegedly was in his hand. A clerk called River Falls police.
Some classes in River Falls next school year will have student teachers representing an ancient culture and the most populated country in the world. More than 20 college-age Chinese students from Zhejiang International Studies University are expected to spend a few hours each Friday in the River Falls School District. Superintendent Tom Westerhaus, just back from China with a UW-River Falls delegation to seal the deal, said the Chinese student teachers will arrive in August.
A half-dozen vehicles parked in the Heritage Park lot, 200 block of West Maple Street, had either windows or windshields smashed overnight Tuesday into early Wednesday morning, April 16-17. Miscellaneous personal items visible inside, such as jacket, cellphone, cellphone charger cord, key and more, were also stolen. No one's been caught. Police Chief Roger Leque said there has also been other scattered and unsolved auto vandalisms recently in the city. In the Heritage Park vandalism spree, police say a rock was used to break a windshield in at least one case.
A manager and the employee he fired ended up in combat outside Copper Kettle restaurant, 1005 S. Main St., after 6 p.m. Saturday, April 13. After the fighting was done, the manager's pickup truck had been vandalized by the fired employee. Both men were given municipal citations for their actions. The 34-year-old manager was cited for disorderly conduct. The 21-year-old River Falls male, the one fired, was also cited for disorderly conduct plus criminal damage to property. The fight outside involved grabbing, pushing and punching.
A class of 15 began training to become full-fledged members of the River Falls Fire Department last month. Those recruits, who finished a screening process, boosted RFFD's roster to about 55 members. Fire Chief Scott Nelson said his department averages about 50 firefighters.
River Falls police were notified Saturday night, April 13, that law enforcement authorities in Emery County of southeastern Utah believe they have found the body of Donovan Alexander Campbell, 19, of River Falls. Police Chief Roger Leque says that next of kin have been notified.
HUDSON - The trial to determine the sanity of Aaron Schaffhausen in the murder of his three daughters in River Falls last July could be in the hands of the jury by Tuesday, April 16. At the end of Friday afternoon's testimony, prosecutor Gary Freyberg said he had only one witness left -- a medical doctor who will address Schaffhausen's mental condition. The trial resumes at 9 a.m. Monday in the St.