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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NEW RICHMOND — Carrie Hickman will never forget the sight of her daughter lying in a hospital bed. The victim of a brutal attack by her ex-boyfriend's sister, the then-15-year-old was left with a slashed neck, a bruised and swollen face and defensive injuries sustained while trying to fend off her assailant.
Crews responded to a two-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon in downtown New Richmond. The crash occurred just before 5 p.m. Oct. 19 at South Knowles Avenue and East Second Street. Two vehicles appeared to have been involved. Two ambulances were called to the scene for possible injuries. No other information was immediately available.
A North Hudson man returns to court this week after being charged with two counts of sexual assault. St. Croix County prosecutors charged Jacob B. Nelson, 20, with one count of third-degree sexual assault — a felony — and one count of misdemeanor sexual assault stemming from a Sept. 30 incident at his apartment. Nelson made his initial court appearance Oct. 4, where St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Edward Vlack ordered him to post a $5,000 signature bond.
A Polk County woman died and a St. Croix County teenager was seriously injured after the vehicles they were driving crashed Saturday. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said 38-year-old Balsam Lake resident Aundria Schadow was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, reported at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at Highway 8 and 170th Street in the town of Balsam Lake.
Police credited construction workers with freeing a woman who was found pinned under her own car Wednesday in New Richmond. New Richmond Police Chief Craig Yehlik said the crash, reported at 5 p.m. Oct. 12 in the 1000 block of Tamarack Place, occurred when a 65-year-old woman was run over by her own car. He said the woman, whose identity was not released, parked the car in her driveway and walked behind it. The unoccupied vehicle began to roll backward and struck the woman as she got to the street.
A revoked driver convicted 14 times of drunken driving crashed into a cage of propane tanks before being stopped by police, who found alcohol in his system, according to charges filed this week in St. Croix County. The Monday, Oct. 9, incident led to one count of felony operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration-15th offense and a misdemeanor count of operating while revoked against 64-year-old Mark Alan Johnson. He was also cited for failure to notify police of an accident.
TOWN OF RICHMOND -- A New Richmond High School student was killed Wednesday, Oct. 11 after a crash involving a semi-trailer. St. Croix County Sheriff Scott Knudson said the student was a 16-year-old girl. Her identity was not immediately released pending family notification.
Wisconsin judges always get the final say in sentencing — including the power to override plea agreements between lawyers. A Pierce County judge demonstrated exactly that level of discretion this week in sentencing a drunken-driving offender on his ninth such conviction. The judge, Joe Boles, didn't believe the punishment fit the crime. "I cannot go along with the recommendation," Boles said at the Monday, Oct. 9, sentencing hearing for Mark B. Harmon, a homeless man who previously lived in Lake City, Minn.
Three people were hospitalized Tuesday, Oct. 10, after a crash in New Richmond. New Richmond Police Department Lt. Veronica Koehler said a 43-year-old man, a 66-year-old man and a 63-year-old woman were transported to Westfields Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The 43-year-old man’s city of residence wasn’t available; the other two victims are New Richmond residents. Their identities weren’t immediately available.
A vehicle sought in a St. Croix County boat theft had a distinctive appearance, making it hard to miss when a police chief spotted it in Sunday traffic last summer.