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 was charged with a felony last week in St. Croix County Circuit Court following allegations he assaulted a woman and held a knife to her throat. Prosecutors charged Andrew W. Nash on Dec. 28 with one count of first-degree recklessly endangering safety with use of a dangerous weapon. The 29-year-old also faces two misdemeanor charges -- domestic battery and disorderly conduct.
A man allegedly driving through New Richmond on Christmas Day at twice the legal alcohol limit with an open can of beer in his car was charged last month with his eighth drunken driving offense. St. Croix County prosecutors charged 53-year-old Daniel T. Hanson on Dec. 28 with felony OWI (eighth) and operating while revoked, a misdemeanor.
St. Croix County authorities turned to social media last month to hound whoever laid waste to their police-dog training equipment. The St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office posted photos and messages...
A Glenwood City man made his initial appearance in Chippewa County Circuit Court last week on charges of soliciting a juvenile for sex on the Internet. Joseph R. Brabeck, 64, was charged Dec. 23 with second-degree attempted sexual assault of a child and child enticement. He remains free on a $10,000 signature bond issued after his Oct. 8 arrest at a Chippewa Falls park. Brabeck made his initial appearance on Dec. 29, where a pre-trial conference was scheduled for Jan. 14.
A Baldwin woman was charged with multiple crimes after a violent episode in Somerset that allegedly included an assault on a sheriff’s deputy. St. Croix County prosecutors charged 19-year-old Cyri E. Cook with felony battery to a law enforcement officer, two counts of misdemeanor battery, disorderly conduct, resisting an officer and criminal property damage. Cook was ordered to post $1,500 cash bond at a Dec. 28 hearing in St. Croix County Circuit Court.
A New Richmond man returns to court in January on allegations he ran his truck into the side of a liquor store while driving under the influence. St. Croix County prosecutors charged 45-year-old Gregory W. Hogan with his sixth OWI - a felony - along with misdemeanor charges of operating while revoked and criminal property damage. He was ordered to post a $1,000 cash bond by St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Eric Lundell during a Dec. 17 bail hearing.
A Baldwin man was charged with multiple drug-related felonies after authorities raided his house earlier this month. Phillip Y. Park, 51, appeared Dec. 21 in St. Croix County Circuit Court on one count of maintaining a drug residence, one count of methamphetamine possession, two counts of felony bail jumping and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.
Pierce and St. Croix counties were spared the brunt of a snowstorm that dropped more than a foot of accumulation elsewhere in Wisconsin. As of 7 a.m., River Falls – which rests in both St. Croix and Pierce counties – had received 4.5 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service. To the east, Eau Claire reported 4.4 inches at 6 a.m., while southerly Red Wing received 3 inches by 6:14 a.m. On the Minnesota side, Lake Elmo had received 3.5 inches as of 7 a.m.
Northwestern Wisconsin’s congressman said tighter restrictions on travel visas don’t go far enough in the wake of a terrorist attack last month in Paris. U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy said he imagines the United States as a house. Proposed changes to the visa waiver program - through a measure passed last week by the U.S. House restricting visa-free travel status for citizens of 38 countries - might represent a padlock and chain on the front door, “but the back door of your house is wide open.”
A Bay City man allegedly crashed and rolled his truck while driving drunk, then drove the wreck to Hudson Hospital to drop off an injured woman. That’s according to St. Croix County Circuit Court documents filed in the case of 26-year-old Matthew M. Regenscheid, who was charged Dec. 9 with one count of OWI causing injury. According to a criminal complaint, the case represents the second time Regenscheid has been charged with OWI since 2013. According to the complaint: