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 judge ruled Monday that a felony probably occurred in the case of a 37-year-old man charged with killing a New Richmond woman and her 10-year-old daughter. The ruling, issued by St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Scott Needham, moves the prosecutors’ case against Cristian Nunez into the trial phase. Needham determined there was sufficient probable cause that a felony occurred in the case after a preliminary hearing, where New Richmond Police detective Craig Yehlik testified.
When a distraught man hit the waters of the St. Croix River in July 2012, Dave Hausman knew time was of the essence.
Testimony is expected to be heard next month in the case of a man accused of killing a New Richmond woman and her daughter.
Security measures have been in place for a full month now at the St. Croix County Government Center.
Authorities were working Monday to identify a man arrested after a high-speed pursuit through St. Croix County that stemmed from a report of an interrupted burglary. St. Croix County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Scott Knudson said the man was arrested at 11:43 a.m. near the town of Eau Galle, where he was found hiding in a shed.
Authorities said alcohol appeared to be a factor in a Sunday motorcycle crash that claimed the life of a Somerset man. According to the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office, 39-year-old Jason Thomas Anderson was killed while exiting Highway 35/64 near Exit 9 in the town of Somerset. Deputies responded at 12:48 a.m. to the single-vehicle crash and an airlift was called in shortly after. The helicopter never made the transport.
Andre Vance was just weeks away from freedom when he and two others ran away in May from a state prison facility in New Richmond. He now has another year in prison ahead of him, thanks to the incident. St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Michael Waterman sentenced Vance to one year in prison and three years on extended supervision during a Friday hearing. He was convicted July 15 of felony escape.
A New Richmond man appeared in St. Croix County Circuit Court last week on allegations that he fired off live rounds from his motorcycle, the bullets from which flew over the head of a man soaking in his hot tub. Jason P. Schladweiler, 41, was charged with one count of second-degree recklessly endangering safety, a felony. He was also charged with two misdemeanors -- criminal property damage and possession of a firearm while intoxicated.
Synthetic marijuana and cash were the apparent targets in an armed robbery involving three males last week in New Richmond, according to St. Croix County prosecutors. Police arrested a Minnesota man and a 16-year-old boy in connection with the incident, which was reported at 7:35 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, outside a 651 Monette Ave. apartment complex.
A New Richmond man allegedly poised to enter Mexico as authorities closed in was charged Tuesday with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the deaths of his ex-girlfriend and her daughter.