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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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:
A St. Croix County judge put state and federal laboratory officials on notice Monday as evidence in a now 6-month-old double-homicide case remained unprocessed. St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Scott Needham ordered that the State Crime Laboratory provide a timeline for when pieces of evidence in the case of Cristian D. Nunez will be tested and when results will be ready. The order also goes for a lab at the FBI, which lawyers said Monday might be needed to process a critical hair sample in the case.
The driver who allegedly led officers on a St. Croix County chase where speeds reached 100 mph was rushed to a hospital after being taken into custody Wednesday. St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Jeff Klatt said the man, whose identity had yet to be determined, lost consciousness and had no pulse for a brief time before being resuscitated by officers. The man, believed to be in his early 20s, was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where he was unconscious and unresponsive in the emergency room, Klatt said.
An officer summoned to check on a disruptive birthday party at a New Richmond hotel was kicked in the face by a reveler, according to charges filed last week in...
The Department of Natural Resources moved forward last week with plans to replace the Little Falls Lake dam and refill what’s currently an empty basin at Willow River State Park. The announcement represents the final recommendation by the department, which now begins its work with the Department of Administration to put those plans into action.