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New River Falls barfing law catches first offender

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A 23-year-old rural River Falls man made local history by becoming the first person to be cited for public vomiting after 2 a.m. Sunday, May 25, at Main and Elm streets.

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A police officer patrolling the downtown claimed to come upon the man as he puked on the street 10 feet from a trash can.

After finishing, the man allegedly told the officer he was drinking and then smoked a cigarette, all of which caused him to vomit.

He was given a $124 citation with a 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, Municipal Court date.

The River Falls City Council passed the public vomiting law earlier in May.

River Falls police also:

--Arrested a 41-year-old rural River Falls man for stealing a shopping cart full of goods from Family Fresh Market, 302 S. Main St., Saturday afternoon, May 24.

The suspect was stopped in the parking lot by the store manager. He tried to claim that his girlfriend told him she had bought what was in the cart and to bring it to her outside where she had a car waiting.

No car or girlfriend was found. The store manager said the suspect has pulled this kind of retail theft before at Family Fresh but was never caught.

The man’s shopping cart had more than $200 worth of items, including a sizable stash of fireworks.

Because of the past shoplifting incidents, he was taken to county jail in Ellsworth for the district attorney to press charges.

--Investigated but made no arrests after a Minneapolis cabby got stiffed for a $129 taxi fare from that city to River Falls last week Wednesday, May 21, after 6 a.m.

The 32-year-old cabby works for Continental Taxi out of the Twin Cities. At the end of his long ride, he said he dropped off a white woman at 504 W. Division St.

She said she had to run in for the money and would be right back.

She didn’t come right back then or later.

Officers went to the house at that address and talked to a man and a woman inside. Both denied knowing anything about a Minneapolis-to-River Falls taxi ride.

Officers also searched the neighborhood looking for someone matching the description of the female suspect. No luck with that.

For much more, please see Police Beat in the May 29 print edition of the River Falls Journal.

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