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Riverside chief warns kids playing Pokemon Go at river’s edge

The Des Plaines River in Riverside. | Riverside police

A group of children playing Pokemon Go in Riverside got a warning from the police chief when they got too close to the Des Plaines River.

The ight boys between the ages of 10 and 13 were playing on their phones around 8 a.m. at the edge of the river near the Riverside police station, according to Chief Tom Weitzel, who said he noticed two of them were in the water about 10 feet from shore.

Weitzel approached the group and learned they were playing Pokemon Go, the wildly popular new, location-based game played with smartphones.

The boys told him they were in the water because the game was taking them across the river to an area south of the police station, he said.