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A 24-year-old man has been shot and killed in his apartment late Monday night, June 27. River Falls Police Chief Roger Leque said a suspect has been arrested and that there's "no threat to the River Falls community related to this incident." The shooting occurred in an apartment building at 1473 Riverside Drive which is near the shopping center that includes ShopKo. Officers responded just before 11 p.m. Monday. In apartment No.
River Falls police were called to the area of State and Charlotte streets before dawn Wednesday, June 8, to find two male suspects allegedly going through parked cars. They found the pair holding bags that apparently contained items stolen from cars and also from nearby Kwik Trip on South Main Street. One of those arrested was a male juvenile from River Falls. The other was 23-year-old Travis H.
UW-River Falls Plant and Earth Sciences Professor Brian Smith had an old car that he's used for years for campus delivery work upended and wrecked by vandals over the weekend. Smith said he is so disgusted by this senseless act that he's offering a reward for the capture and conviction of those responsible. The culprits found and used lumber to lift and flip the 1986 Dodge Colt that was parked near the university's greenhouse. The car's roof and windows were smashed and left beyond affordable repair. Smith said the car, while old, was kept in perfect condition.
During a one-on-one interview, 10th Senate District Democratic candidate Shelly Moore said she views her candidacy in the recall election against Sheila Harsdorf as expanding what she does in the classroom. Moore, who teaches English/Drama at Ellsworth High School, said she will reach out to 10th District constituents whose voices are no longer being heard. Moore said good teaching is about reaching out to students and stimulating their innate potential. "For me, the biggest thing about this race is that I have no anger directed at Sheila Harsdorf," Moore said.
Two vehicles crashed on Hwy. 65 south of 830th Ave. just before 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 11. One driver, Brennen A. Olson, 17, from Wilson, was taken by River Falls ambulance to River Falls Area Hospital. Olson, in a 2001 Saturn, was southbound as he turned left into a driveway. He was hit by Christopher P. Hansen, 20, River Falls, who was also driving south on Hwy. 65 in a 1994 Acura. Hansen was not hurt. Olson had one passenger, Jessica A. Zappa, 17, River Falls.
River Falls police arrested a 57-year-old local man Tuesday afternoon, May 3, on drug charges after getting a warrant to search his home at 217 E. Elm St. The case began when police were notified by the U.S. Postal service that a package with that local address smelled of marijuana. According to Police Chief Roger Leque, a federal search warrant was used to open and examine the package, which allegedly was found to contain a large amount of cash. At 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, police used a search warrant at the 217 E. Elm St. house.
A 19-year-old UW-RF freshman was found dead in her dorm room Thursday morning, April 7, by a girlfriend who was waiting for her to show up to have coffee. River Falls police have identified the victim as Kersten J. Greene from Eau Claire. Police say Greene had been dead for some time. There was no attempt to revive her. The friend -- also a UW-RF student -- who found Greene in her bed called 911 right away and reached a Pierce County Sheriff's dispatcher. River Falls Police Sgt. Jon Aubart said there were no signs of trauma or injury to Greene's body.
Earlier Thursday, March 24, faculty at the UW-River Falls voted 148-16 out of a unit of 222 in favor of union representation through AFT-Wisconsin, a statewide labor federation affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).
Crystal DuBois said after 12 draining hours of labor, it was a shock to have her nine-pound son whisked away soon after delivery, before she could hold him. "It's not fun to be left in a hospital without your baby," she said of the Oct. 26, 2010, birth of Brody DuBois. Shortly after being born and unable to breathe on his own, Brody was airlifted from Hudson Hospital to Children's Hospital in St. Paul.
Nearly one-third of the River Falls High School student body walked out of classes Thursday, Feb. 17, just after 10 a.m. They assembled in the parking lot in front of the school's entrance. Principal Elaine Baumann, Superintendent Tom Westerhaus and other school administrators looked on but didn't interfere. The walkout was organized by students Wednesday afternoon and evening through Facebook.