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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.
He was on the hunt for pesky birds in the rafters. One landed on the floor. The plant manager allegedly got down, lay low, fired bird shot from a rifle but missed the bird. However, according to a River Falls police report and a criminal complaint, an employee was hit in the back of the head. A felony charge for injury by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon was filed against the 29-year-old plant manager of Best Maid Cookie in the River Falls industrial park. The alleged misfired shoot, deemed an accident, occurred Dec.
At 6 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, River Falls police assisted the FBI in carrying out a search warrant at an apartment building at 905 S. Sycamore St.
Like his town of Clifton neighbor Rob Chambers, retired Dayton's cabinet maker Steve Cochrane has rescued stranded Kinnickinnic River travelers. Those rescued, he says, were either unprepared, ill equipped or both. "In the last few years there have been multiple rescues by the Pierce County Sheriff's office, with other units and a helicopter," he said.
A 20-year-old River Falls man was arrested for a suspicious fire that destroyed a 30-by-75 foot storage shed filled with about 400 large bales of high-quality hay at the UW-River Falls Lab Farm #1 after midnight Friday. Said Police Chief Roger Leque: "We believe this was a case of arson." Christopher D. Pixley, 437 Kennedy St. was arrested in the early Friday morning house after the incident. He was taken to county jail in Ellsworth.
The massive highway projects on the edge of River Falls still have two months to go. Department of Transportation spokeswoman Wendy Maves says the work is on target to finish by the July 16 deadline. Later this month drivers will be switched from the northbound lanes to the southbound lanes of Hwy. 35. The southbound lanes have been milled and repaved with concrete. The same will now be done to the northbound lanes. The rest of the highway bypass -- which is just two lanes as opposed to the divided, four-lane stretch to the north -- is only being repaved with asphalt.