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River Falls Police: Counterfeit money; Possession of THC

Physical abuse of a child

At 2:45 p.m. June 11 police were sent to the 400 block of Griffey Street for a report of child abuse. A witness allegedly saw someone hitting a small child with a belt in a front yard. The suspect was a River Falls juvenile (age 15). The teenager told police she had been left in charge of seven other juveniles. An 8-year-old allegedly tried to leave the residence on a bicycle, despite being told not to by the teenager. The teen said she then "spanked" him with a belt. She reportedly showed the belt to an officer, who reported it was leather with a silver-colored clasp. The 8-year-old did not have any visible injuries at the time.

Counterfeit money

At 9:15 a.m. June 11, a River Falls State Bank employee brought in a fake $100 bill to the police department which was an "obvious fake." The bill had "Motion Picture Money" written on it. The bill was received in the "night time depository" from Johnnie's Bar, 116 N. Main St.

Sticky fingers

• At 12:37 p.m. June 10 police were sent to the 1400 block of Wildcat Court for a report of a burglary. A man reported tools missing from his garage which had been unlocked overnight, and included two snap-on tool boxes full of "random tools," a miter saw, and a homemade baseball helmet full of wrenches.

• At 1:11 p.m. Friday, June 8 police were sent to ShopKo, 1777 Paulson Road, for a report of shoplifting. ShopKo loss prevention staff had a 17-year-old River Falls juvenile in custody who had attempted to hide $28.98 worth of makeup in her purse and leave without paying for it. Loss prevention staff said the juvenile had admitted to taking the makeup, taken it out of her purse and returned it. She was taken to River Falls Police Department and cited $187 for retail theft, and released to the custody of her mother.

• At 12:15 p.m. June 8, police were sent to Family Fresh Market, 303 S. Main St. for a report of retail theft. Family Fresh loss prevention staff saw a suspect put two boxes of Mucinex DM in her purse and leave without trying to pay for them. When confronted by loss prevention staff, the suspect was confrontational. When asked to come back into the store, she allegedly said "no" and left. A photo of her license plate was given to police who have attempted to make contact with her.

Possession of THC

At 7:24 p.m. Saturday, June 9, an officer on patrol with windows down could smell the scent of marijuana coming from a vehicle the officer drove by. A "light smoky haze" was visible inside the vehicle as the officer approached. Those inside the car were identified as a River Falls juvenile (16) and another juvenile. When asked if they knew why the officer had come to speak with them, neither juvenile spoke at first. Eventually, the River Falls teen said it was because the officer could smell marijuana.

When asked if there was marijuana in the car, the teen said no, but the two had been smoking marijuana. The teen said the marijuana had been a joint, which had been thrown out of the winidow. A search of the vehicle revealed a clear plastic baggie containing marijuana. The River Falls juvenile said the bag was his. He was arrested for possession of marijuana and taken to the River Falls Police Department, where he was cited $92.50 for possession of marijuana.

He was later released.

Minor possess tobacco

• At 2:40 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, police were informed that a Meyer Middle School student had had a vaporizer at school, which contain nicotine. The vaporizer was confiscated. The student was given a $73.60 citation for underage possession of tobacco.

• At noon on Wednesday, June 6 police were informed that three female Meyer Middle School students may have used a vaporizer in the girls' bathroom that morning. One of the girls had the vaporizer in her possession and turned it over to school staff. She was cited $73.60 for underage possession of nicotine.

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