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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About one-third finished, the St. Croix River Crossing project heads into its prime construction season with officials hoping enough pieces will be in place by year’s end that the structure will at last begin resembling a bridge to passers-by. “Right now, it’s looking good,” said Paul Kivisto, bridge construction engineer for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, during a media tour of the project on Wednesday.
Officers from Minnesota plunged into frigid Lake Mallalieu waters early Thursday after a woman who led police on a chase allegedly drove her vehicle into the lake. The Hudson Police...
Two western Wisconsin law enforcement agencies rank near the bottom on a list of per-capita corrections spending, according to a tax watchdog group. The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance ranked Pierce County No. 67 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties on per-capita operating spending on corrections. St. Croix County ranks 63rd, according to the list. The Madison-based organization based its figures off 2014 operating expenses, of which Pierce County -- population of 41,107 -- spent about $1.3 million on corrections.
A Baldwin traffic stop initiated by a broken windshield led to the discovery of felony levels of suspected methamphetamine and pot last week in a woman’s car. St. Croix County prosecutors charged the driver, 29-year-old Kelly R. Sunday, with meth possession with intent to deliver and THC possession with intent to deliver. Sunday, a Ridgeland resident, made her initial court appearance March 29, where St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Eric Lundell ordered her to post a $1,000 cash bond.
HUDSON -- Gov. Scott Walker used Hudson as his launching pad Tuesday when he signed a bill targeting child-sex trafficking. “It’s really important that we clamp down on this,” the Republican governor said after signing the legislation at the St. Croix County Government Center in front of local lawmakers and members of the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office.
A Twin Cities motorcyclist being chased by an officer at speeds in excess of 130 mph was injured early Monday in a crash along Interstate 94 in St. Croix County...
A Baldwin man was charged with his seventh drunken-driving offense last week in St. Croix County Circuit Court after allegedly driving with more than three times the legal limit of alcohol in his system. Gerald M. Krear, 56, was charged April 4 with one count of OWI-seventh offense — a felony — and a misdemeanor count of operating while revoked. St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Eric Lundell ordered Krear to post a $2,500 cash bond at his initial court appearance.
A St. Croix County jail inmate assaulted a jailer after becoming frustrated that deputies cut off a visit from a woman after the encounter became sexual, according to charges filed last month in St. Croix County Circuit Court. Bennie Stroud, Kankakee, Ill., 37, made his initial court appearance April 5 on one count of felony resisting an officer causing injury. The case had previously been charged as a misdemeanor resisting offense — a count that was dismissed at the hearing after the charge was enhanced to the felony level. According to a criminal complaint:
Two drivers, including a Hudson police officer, were injured recently after a patrol car was struck in traffic by a suspected distracted driver. St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office deputies are investigating the crash, which occurred at Coulee Road and Birkmose Park Street. St. Croix County Chief Deputy Scott Knudson said the police cruiser was struck after the other, eastbound, car crossed the center line and entered the westbound lane of traffic.
A Somerset man arrived home from a Caribbean trip this week to be arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography, according to charges filed in St. Croix County Circuit Court. Prosecutors on Wednesday charged 73-year-old Roland D. Kisling with six felony counts of child porn possession. St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Eric Lundell ordered Kisling to post a $25,000 cash bond at his initial court appearance. According to a criminal complaint: