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River Falls Police Chief Roger Leque said this theft had potentially serious consequences. Someone could've been hurt. He's referring to an expensive, flashing stop sign at Second and Division streets stolen during River Falls Days. "Somebody's recklessness in taking that sign left the intersection unregulated and could have caused an accident," Leque said. "We're looking for information to help solve the case and hoping someone gives us a call." The stop sign was solar powered and flashed brightly along the edges.
A couple of River Falls patrol officers got banged up in the line of duty this past week and are out indefinitely. One allegedly got slugged in the ribs by an underage drinker and the other apparently sprained his knee wrestling a rowdy bar patron to the ground on Main Street. Officer Eric Van Nocker was allegedly hit in the ribs by an 18-year-old local man near the Kinni off River Ridge Drive last Thursday night.
Last fall the town of Kinnickinnic Board unanimously passed a roadside maintenance law that includes establishing a "clear zone" of 12 feet from the side of the road. That includes mature trees, branches, stumps, rocks, culverts and overgrown vegetation and any other obstacles in the ditches (public right of way) that could present a legal liability for the town, according to town chairman Roger Van Beek. Since town roads have no shoulder, it's even more important to safeguard against accidents that happen when cars drift off the road.
Fourteen mailboxes were found damaged overnight by east-side residents Friday morning. The smashed mailboxes were in the 1400, 1500, 1600 and 1700 blocks of Golfview Drive. No one has been arrested. River Falls police are still looking for the culprits. If you can help, call police at 425-0909.
Kylee McLain, president of the Student Council of Meyer Middle School, said she was "proud to support a worthy cause" like Our Neighbors' Place, the new name of the River Falls homeless shelter project. Last week McLain, daughter of Jim and Maria McLain, gave a $500 check to key homeless shelter volunteers Sue Watters (left) and Mary Jo Sutton. Student Council advisor Eileen Eggen said the council's fundraising was the result of dedication and persistence.
Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Rosanne Bump says this weekend's 2009 River Falls Days has plenty of familiar attractions but has branched out with some new things to blend with the old. Bump had this to say about balancing that mix: "Every year we try to include new activities throughout the festival and continue to build on the River Falls Days 'staples.' This year our downtown group has been busy organizing, "Fiesta on Main Street." "This will be a great chance for families and kids to come down to Main Street and have a few hours of fun.
River Falls police are trying to find those responsible for setting fire to the northside dumpster area of Rocky Branch Elementary School just before 2 a.m. Tuesday.
This month a new Wisconsin law allows police officers to flag drivers and passengers for not wearing seatbelts. The old law allowed officers to ticket unbuckled motorists, but only after they are stopped for something else. The change to primary seatbelt enforcement was passed by the Legislature as part of the new state budget bill. River Falls Police Chief Roger Leque said the new law will be enforced.
River Falls police are still looking into the role of two male suspects in a fight outside a Main Street bar apparently triggered by the words "Down with the Fed" imprinted on the victim's T-shirt. One suspect, a 35-year-old River Falls man, was arrested because the brawl violated his court-ordered probation status. The other suspect got away in a speeding white van that was briefly chased. His identity is known.
Jesse Jensen says serving in the National Guard in Iraq has give him a confidence he never had before, but admitted he was nervous before Sunday afternoon's Cheese Curd Festival in Ellsworth. Left to right: Paul Jensen, Jesse's brother who also served in Iraq; Jesse Jensen; Kelly Cernohous; Rachel Westlund; and Jessica Bergman. Seven-year National Guard member Jesse Jensen returned home June 25 for a leave that lands him in River Falls until July 11 and got him here just in time to enter an eating contest at the Ellsworth Cheese Curd Festival.