River Falls Journal Newsroom
A town of Troy home was heavily damaged by fire Thursday, Nov. 15. Firefighters dispatched at about 6:45 p.m., after a passer-by reported flames coming out of the front door of the house at 5 County Road U (Mann Lane). According to a city of River Falls news release, 23 River Falls firefighters responded with a squad, two engines, a brush unit and two water tenders. Hudson Fire also responded to provide additional water.
This month, sites in the area will be among 5,000 U.S. drop-off locations collecting shoebox gifts for children overseas during Operation Christmas Child's National Collection Week, Nov. 12-19.
River Falls Community Theatre's production of "Steel Magnolias" is described as a "beautiful community play that is for the community, by the community," according to Community Theatre representatives. River Falls-raised director Brian Erdrich said he is thrilled to bring such a charming production to his hometown.
Arrest warrants • At 2 p.m. Sept. 18, police were informed that Dante K Barbee, 19, River Falls, might come to the department to turn himself in for a Department of Corrections warrant. A Pierce County probation agent had contacted Barbee and advised him to turn himself in. At about 2:24 p.m., Dante came into the lobby asking to speak with an officer. Barbee was placed in an interview room; police y confirmed the warrant and read Barbee his rights.
Craigslist gone wrong A Craigslist sale soured when a person allegedly threatened another person through a phone call and text messages over an item for sale on the site at N6386 1317th St. in Prescott at 9:05 a.m. Sept. 22. An officer took a complaint on the situation, according to a blotter report. Grand(son) theft auto
Driver arrested after Ellsworth pursuit Deputies on patrol tried stopping a speeding vehicle at 9:09 p.m. Sept. 8 at Highway 63 and County Road VV in Ellsworth. The incident led to a pursuit. The driver, a Cannon Falls, Minn., man, ultimately stopped and was arrested on suspicion of fleeing an officer and OWI-fourth offense. Taser deployed on inmate
The first Tuesday Club meeting this year will be held at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the West Wind Supper Club in River Falls. Meetings include lunch, social time and an informative speaker. The cost is $13 for lunch, which includes tax and tip. The speaker this month will be Cathy Wurzer, an American journalist and author, as well as a Minnesota radio and TV personality. Wurzer was the 2018 University of Wisconsin-River Falls Distinguished Alumnus.
At 3:15 p.m. Aug. 27, police were sent to the River Falls Public Library, 140 Union St. for a report of a stolen bicycle. The bicycle's owner said the stolen bike was a Mia model women's Nova, grey with purple trim. The bicycle was not registered and had been left at the employee bike rack on the north side of the library, unsecured at about 9:30 a.m. The owner noticed it was missing at about 2:30 p.m. The owner searched the area but could not find the bicycle.
Knife threats in Hager City An unwanted man was reported at 12:40 a.m. Aug. 29 at N2692 770th St. in Hager City. The suspect, who was reportedly threatening people with knives, was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and first-degree reckless endangerment.
The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) recently awarded State Housing Tax Credits to The Depot at 300 River St., a multifamily development in River Falls. The tax credits, distributed by WHEDA, will help create 50 units of affordable senior rental housing. Located near City Hall, the Depot will go up where the old train depot used to stand. The Depot is being developed by the Gerrard Corporation, which received $351,824 in state tax credits.