Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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A New Richmond man convicted of sexually assaulting a child was sentenced to prison earlier this month in St. Croix County Circuit Court. Chris M. Shaughnessy must spend 15 years in prison and spend another 10 years on extended supervision as part of a sentence issued March 9 by St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Eric Lundell. One count of sexploitation of a child was dismissed as part of a plea agreement that also saw other charges go away. According to a criminal complaint:
Words matter. That's what a Wisconsin judge said last week before sentencing a man accused of making jailhouse phone calls in which he instructed his wife to shoot River Falls police. That man, Kelly J. Kloss, contended in court the words he used that led to criminal charges and convictions were empty threats. "I didn't mean it, I didn't want anyone to get hurt," Kloss said at the Thursday, March 16, sentencing. "It was talk."
A Houlton man was charged with numerous crimes in St. Croix County Circuit Court after allegedly swerving wildly in traffic at two people in a vehicle and later pulling a knife on them. Prosecutors charged Brodrick A. Meyers, 20, with three felony counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety in connection with a March 14 incident in the town of St. Joseph. He also faces misdemeanor charges of battery and disorderly conduct stemming from an incident earlier in the month. He was released from jail March 16 on $2,000 cash bond. According to a criminal complaint:
A tense situation allegedly involving a man with a gun ended peacefully last week at a rural Somerset home. Authorities said the March 14 situation began with the report of a man at 1995 Highway 35 who had attacked a woman there. The woman escaped but told St. Croix County sheriff's deputies that the suspect remained inside with access to several guns. Deputies eventually went into the house and arrested the suspect, 44-year-old Cory T. Breault.
Two side-by-side parcels of St. Croix County land were the focus of legal, practical and spirited debate Monday when the case went before the U.S. Supreme Court. Justices peppered attorneys from different sides of the land-use argument with questions as they argued their respective points in a case that one attorney said could have wide-reaching implications.
A St. Croix County Sheriff's Office deputy was hospitalized for a minor injury after struggling with a New Richmond man who was later charged in the incident. Prosecutors charged the suspect, 22-year-old Gregory T. Bowman, with one count of felony resisting and injuring an officer and four misdemeanors.
HUDSON — John Shilts said a misconception existed among some in the St. Croix County criminal justice system. Local judges, he learned, were under the assumption that people out on bond were being actively checked on by law enforcement to ensure they were abiding their release conditions. "The fact," said Shilts, St. Croix County's sheriff, "was they are not actively checked on." That revelation set into motion a project that threw open its doors Monday, March 13: the St. Croix County day reporting center.
A loud music complaint led to a Roberts man's 10th drunken driving-related arrest — and his second since February. Shawn A. Harstad, 47, was charged Monday, March 13, with OWI-ninth offense. He was charged with the identical crime on Feb. 6. The most recent charge still reflects his ninth charge since there has not been a conviction in the February case. Harstad made his initial appearance on the most recent charge Monday in St. Croix County Circuit Court, where Judge Scott Needham set cash bail at $7,500. According to a criminal complaint:
The New Richmond teenager who faced an attempted homicide charge after a violent 2016 assault on another girl must serve time at a state facility until she’s 17, at which point she’ll begin a path toward reintegration with the community.
One person was killed Wednesday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash in rural Spring Valley. Authorities responded to the crash at about 2:30 p.m. at 310th Street and County Road N in St. Croix County. Emergency personnel on the scene confirmed one fatality. Scanner traffic indicated an occupant in a second vehicle sustained non-life threatening injuries. More information will be posted as it becomes available.