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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The man convicted of opening fire on a carload of people last year in Hudson was sentenced Friday in St. Croix County Circuit Court to 50 years in prison.
The manhunt for a teenager suspected in a string of incidents across western Wisconsin is over. Polk and St. Croix County authorities announced Tuesday morning that the suspect, 14-year-old Cole...
Four Hudson-area residents were killed Monday in a rural Polk County plane crash. The pilot was identified Tuesday by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office as Daniel P. Ortner, 44, of...
Law enforcement officials confirmed the four people killed Monday in the Amery-area plane crash were Hudson-area residents. According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, pilot Daniel Ortner, of North Hudson,...
Eric Johnson likes to think about the future. Specifically, the St. Croix County district attorney likes thinking about what happens to people after they enter the criminal justice system. Do they come out better or worse? Are they more or less likely to re-offend? Is the system accomplishing what it’s supposed to do?
One of the three men who escaped in May from a state corrections boot camp in New Richmond pleaded guilty last week in St. Croix County Circuit Court. Andre Lee Vance, 21, pleaded guilty July 15 to felony escape. One count of taking and driving a vehicle without consent was dismissed as part of a plea agreement. The escape charge carries a maximum penalty of six years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
The former owner of the now-closed Coachman Supper Club appeared in court last week on one count of felony theft.
A 19-year-old Minnesota man was charged Monday in St. Croix County Circuit Court following an incident at an Apple River campsite where he allegedly went at a group of campers with a knife.
An Ohio man who pleaded guilty this year to third-degree sexual assault was sentenced last week to jail time and probation.
The man who prosecutors say was driving in a fatal collision that left a Woodville woman dead pleaded guilty last week in the case.