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 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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A lengthy criminal history and a decision to steal a car led to more prison time for the last man sentenced in the case than the other two who escaped with him this year from a New Richmond corrections facility. Jesse J. Fairley, 26, was sentenced Friday to three years in prison and two years on extended supervision after being convicted in September of escape and taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent - both felonies. A burglary charge against Fairley was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
A Hudson man and a River Falls man were arrested last month after a Hammond resident allegedly caught them going through his vehicle. St. Croix County prosecutors later charged Hudson resident Tyler L. Kuhn, 21, and River Falls resident Joel R. Maser, 19, in connection with the Nov. 17 incident.
Charges were filed last month in St. Croix County Circuit Court against a New Richmond man accused of brandishing an ax during a scuffle. Brian Francis Anderson, 34, was charged with misdemeanor counts of resisting an officer, battery, along with two counts each of disorderly conduct and criminal property damage. He was ordered to post a $1,000 cash bond during a court hearing, where a not-guilty plea was entered.
People charged with violent crimes in Wisconsin automatically have their DNA profiles collected and catalogued in a state database. What concerns one western Wisconsin lawmaker is a caveat to that scenario: not everyone charged with a violent crime is convicted. Even when those cases are dismissed by a judge, the DNA profiles remain in the database. The resulting scenario represents a privacy concern for Rep. Dean Knudson.
A Spring Valley man was charged with two drug-related felonies after authorities rounded up more than 2 pounds of marijuana that he and another man allegedly harvested from a farmland growing operation. Barry P. Britton, 53, was charged Nov. 20 in Pierce County Circuit Court with one count of manufacturing THC and one count of THC possession with intent to distribute.
Jailhouse tips led authorities to a man suspected of stealing a Hammond police officer’s personal vehicle containing his service pistol, badge and other police equipment from a Hudson parking lot. The vehicle, a 2004 Ford pickup truck belonging to officer Christian Loos, was discovered stolen Nov. 7 at the Hudson hockey arena. A .45-caliber handgun, an ammunition clip, a police radio, a GPS unit, an iPad and Loos’ police badge were among items missing from the truck, the window of which was found smashed.
A Wilson woman faces her eighth OWI charge after allegedly driving away from a gas station as multiple people there attempted to prevent her from leaving. St. Croix County prosecutors charged Amanda J. Rogers, 46, Nov. 23 with one felony count of OWI (eighth) and one misdemeanor count of operating while revoked. St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Michael Waterman ordered Rogers to be held in jail on a $2,000 cash bond. According to a criminal complaint: