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 Bay City man allegedly crashed and rolled his truck while driving drunk, then drove the wreck to Hudson Hospital to drop off an injured woman. That’s according to St. Croix County Circuit Court documents filed in the case of 26-year-old Matthew M. Regenscheid, who was charged Dec. 9 with one count of OWI causing injury. According to a criminal complaint, the case represents the second time Regenscheid has been charged with OWI since 2013. According to the complaint:
A Glenwood City woman faces multiple felonies after being accused of stealing another person’s identity in order to obtain thousands of dollars in welfare payments. Kyara A. Tollan, 49, appeared Dec. 10 in St. Croix County Circuit Court on one count of public assistance fraud and three counts of identity theft. The alleged fraud spanned from February 2013 until January 2015.
Suspect in 2013 Hudson robbery charged A criminal history search for a suspect whose fingerprints were identified on evidence collected at a 2013 Hudson scene turned up a man living in Minneapolis who was later charged in connection with the robbery. Minneapolis resident Marcus C. McDade, 21, made his initial court appearance Dec. 11 in St. Croix County Circuit Court on one count of armed robbery with threat of force as party to a crime.
The Little Falls Lake dam should be torn out and replaced with a new structure, according to a recommendation outlined in a new state report. The Department of Natural Resources released the 37-page document Dec. 14, which concluded that in spite of other alternatives, a rebuilt dam would re-establish water recreation and drive park usage at the once-popular lake that now sits empty.
Editor's note: This story is from December 2015. Authorities confirmed Monday that a body pulled from the Willow River over the weekend belonged to a Hudson native. St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Scott Knudson said Monday the body of 20-year-old Madeline Brekke was discovered at about 12:30 p.m. Saturday in a portion of the river near County Road A in the town of Hudson. Foul play was not suspected, Knudson said.
The season’s first snowfall led to a multi-vehicle crash that forced a St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department vehicle down a steep ditch in rural Hudson. No one was injured in the crash, which occurred at 7:23 a.m. Nov. 30 on Trout Brook Road in the town of Hudson. “We’re happy that there were no injuries and just property damage,” said St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Scott Knudson.
St. Croix County authorities arrested a man on suspicion of auto theft earlier this month after he caused a scene at a Woodville gas station. Deputies were called at 9:01 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, to the Woodville BP station for reports of a man there yelling at customers. Witnesses told deputies the man claimed people were trying to kill him. Deputies arrived and apprehended the man after he briefly barricaded himself in a locked bathroom.
A New Richmond man accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend and forcing her to drive around western Wisconsin with a gun to her head was convicted in the case this week. Daniel J. O’Keefe, 50, pleaded guilty to kidnapping, first-degree recklessly endangering safety and possessing a firearm silencer - all felonies - on Monday in St. Croix County Circuit Court.
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