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 St. Croix County sheriff's deputy was greeted with gunfire while attempting to serve legal papers, according to charges filed this week. The St. Croix County District Attorney's Office charged Alex A. Goossen, 25, with negligent handling of a weapon Wednesday, June 7. Goossen, of Baldwin, pleaded not guilty to the charge. St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Eric Lundell ordered Goossen to be held on $500 cash bond, which he posted June 8. According to a criminal complaint:
Authorities said a racial epithet led to an Apple River brawl that left one man with a stab wound to the face. A 20-year-old Somerset man sustained minor injuries after another tuber used a pocket knife to cut his face during the incident, reported to St. Croix County sheriff's deputies at 4:03 p.m. Saturday under the Highway 64 bridge in Somerset.
The case against a Minnesota woman accused of vehicular homicide marks the first time the substance carfentanil has gone under Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory microscopes.
HUDSON — Fresh off months of training, a trio of police dogs are ready for the streets of St. Croix County. Hudson police officer Bob Larson's new dog, Badger, graduated May 25 from the St. Paul Police K-9 Training Center, along with St. Croix County Sheriff's Office deputies Dustin Geisness and John Shilts Jr. Geisness is teamed up with K-9 partner Roky, while Shilts' police dog is named Garza. Geisness and Shilts are the newest to the job as K-9 officers. Both deputies said they have already grown a bond with their dogs after first receiving them last fall.
A motorcyclist was airlifted after striking a deer Thursday, June 8, on Interstate 94 near Roberts. The Wisconsin State Patrol responded to a crash report at 4:50 a.m. in westbound traffic near milepost 11, according to a news release. The driver, identified as a 42-year-old man, was critically injured in the crash. Traffic was backed up for more than an hour-and a-half while crews tended to the crash scene.
A Somerset man returned to court this week after being charged in St. Croix County Circuit Court with his sixth drunken driving offense. A preliminary hearing was held Monday for 58-year-old Ralph G. Berres, who faces one felony count of OWI-sixth. The May 27 drunken driving arrest was followed by another brush with the law three days later when Berres was arrested again after allegedly being witnessed driving in violation of his release conditions — an incident that led to two felony bail jumping charges.
The woman sought by authorities for her alleged role in a St. Croix County homicide-by-vehicle case has been arrested. The St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Makellia S. Jensen, of Big Lake, Minn., was arrested early Wednesday. Chief Deputy Scott Knudson said Jensen was arrested at 1:20 a.m. at a Motel 6 on Cleveland Avenue in Roseville, Minn., after police were called there for a disturbance in a room.
Authorities pulled one of two people from the St. Croix River Tuesday afternoon after they went underwater. Crews from St. Croix and Washington counties were searching the river as of 5:50 p.m. for a male who still had not been found, according to Washington County dispatch supervisor Bobbi Rindfleisch. She said life-saving measures were being performed on the female who was pulled from the water by authorities. Her condition wasn’t immediately available.
More than three pounds of marijuana were seized at one of two New Richmond houses raided this week by authorities, according to court records. A criminal complaint filed against New Richmond resident Kevin M. Green states officers found about 3.7 pounds of marijuana was found in his house, along with a small amount of cocaine. “That is a significant amount of marijuana,” New Richmond Police Chief Craig Yehlik said.
Two western Wisconsin residents were seriously injured Thursday, June 1, after the motorcycle they were on was struck by a deer in rural Spring Valley. The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office identified the driver as 44-year-old Christopher Windsor and his 41-year-old passenger as Valerie Windsor. Valerie was transported by air to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, while Christopher was taken by ambulance to Western Wisconsin Health in Baldwin. Both are listed as Knapp residents.