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The public is invited to a retirement open house for River Falls Police Capt. John Stapleton later this month. Stapleton will retire Dec. 2 after almost 35 years with the police department. The last 11 years he has been the department's captain. Before than he was a sergeant for six years The open house gathering for Stapleton will be held from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the City Hall in the training room (lower level). Cake, coffee and refreshments will be served. If you have questions, call Lisa at the police department: 425-0909.
How many of us pay much attention to Nov. 11, which is Veterans Day?
A proposed overnight homeless shelter for an eight-plex at 235 W. Johnson Street is scheduled to be heard during a public hearing at tonight's (Nov. 3) Plan Commission meeting. The newly created homeless shelter, designed to hold up to five families, is being bought and set up by the local nonprofit organization Our Neighbors Place. Those in the homeless shelter can stay for up to 60 days. A site manager will be on duty at all times. No pets will be allowed. Shelter occupants cannot have a felony or sexual molestation conviction, nor have a drug or alcohol problem.
River Falls Police are trying to solve a home burglary from early September in the area of Sixth and Elm streets. Among the items taken - the victim's credit cards and personal checks. These have now been used profusely at stores all over the Twin Cities. According to Police Investigator John Wilson, a surveillance video image taken at a Maplewood, Minn., convenience store shows a woman using one of the stolen credit cards that belong to the River Falls victim. Have you seen the woman in the surveillance video? Do you know anything about her?
River Falls police are seeking a robber who got away with cash around 10 p.m. Monday at Dick's Plus Hometown Liquor, 1141 S. Main St. The two clerks on duty were unhurt. No customers were in the store. The white male suspect, wearing a hooded sweatshirt and handkerchief over his face, held a handgun and demanded money. His actions were captured on surveillance video. Police Sgt. Jon Aubart said officers have worked throughout the night trying to find the suspect.
A 20-year-old Farmington, Minn., man was arrested for substantial battery, underage drinking and property damage for allegedly attacking three people, including two women, at a late Friday night party at 120 S. Main St. Wearing a Mutant Ninja Turtle T-shirt, the suspect reportedly punched each woman in the face - knocking off and breaking the glasses of one, and chipping the tooth of another and knocking her to the floor where she briefly passed out. Another victim was a 20-year-old River Falls man who had come to the women's rescue.
By falling on a Saturday night, Halloween this year could be wilder and spookier. The merrymaking is fine by Police Chief Roger Leque, but he offered a checklist of precautions. "Our Halloweens have typically been uneventful, which is great, but there are always things for people to look out for so that they have fun but stay safe," he said. Among the chief's suggestions: Make sure young trick-or-treaters are supervised, preferably by an adult Don't let kids stray or dart onto streets; they should stay on sidewalks and use crosswalks Wear easy-to-spot, light-colored clothing
MADISON -- Julio Benitez Zamorano, 24, a Mexican citizen, was sentenced Oct. 28 in federal court to eight months in prison for bank fraud relating to a case at First National Bank of River Falls. Zamorano pled guilty to the charge last August. On March 16, 2009, Zamorano and other individuals, entered First National Bank, approached tellers and presented stolen checks drawn on the account of St.
Race-related graffiti targeting black and Asian students next week was found Sunday night (Oct. 26) in a bathroom at the university's Chalmer Davee Library. Campus security officers, with assistance from River Falls Police, are investigating. The graffiti threatened violence against those two ethnic groups on Monday, Nov. 2. Campus officials, including Chancellor Dean Van Galen, met Monday (Oct. 26) with student groups.
Four Prescott teenagers were airlifted from a late Saturday morning two-vehicle crash on Hwy. 10 at the intersection with County Road QQ in the town of Oak Grove. The teens were hurt when their southbound 1998 Chevy Cavalier entered the Hwy. 10 intersection and was struck by an eastbound 2003 Ford Expedition driven by a 65-year-old Forest Lake, Minn., man. According to the Wisconsin State Patrol, the following were taken by helicopters to trauma centers at Regions Hospital in St. Paul and Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis: Joshua R. Hanestad, 17 (the driver); Eric J.