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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Suspect allegedly bolted after crashing in yard A New Richmond man was charged Monday with four felonies stemming from a high-speed chase he allegedly led police on last week. Erich...
A woman who floated past warning signs ahead of the dam along the Apple River was rescued by a boater Thursday in the town of Somerset. Somerset Fire Chief Travis...
Authorities were at a home in Roberts for more than 24 hours after a shooting death there that remains under investigation. Roberts Police Chief Aaron McWilliams said officers were dispatched at 1:06 a.m. Tuesday to 11 E. Ida St. for a man with a gunshot wound to the head. The victim was identified in a department news release as 61-year-old Roberts resident Ronald A. Woodcock. Wisconsin online records state Woodcock lived in River Falls as recently as 2014.
River towns from Stillwater to Red Wing are expected to see water levels rise over the next few days, though forecasts are not showing flood stage being reached. The St. Croix River in Stillwater was at 80 feet Thursday morning and was expected to crest at about 85 feet early Sunday, according to to the National Weather Service . Flood stage there is at 87 feet.
A metro bus headed eastbound on Interstate 94 created a false alarm during Friday's morning rush hour. The bus was seen displaying “call police” on its overhead display, prompting two Washington County sheriff's deputies to respond. The bus was pulled over at 7:42 a.m. just east of Neal Avenue in Afton. According to a Washington County dispatcher, the display was the result of a malfunction. “There was no emergency whatsoever,” according to the dispatcher.
A Star Prairie woman is accused of neglecting her children, who authorities say were left behind while she slipped outside to prostitute herself inside a modified chicken coop. Sarah M...
A former U.S. vice president and an influential environmental group waded in to oppose a U.S. Supreme Court case seeking to change development rules for a small parcel of land on the St. Croix River in the town of Troy. Attorneys for Walter Mondale and the St. Croix River Association (SCRA) filed an amicus brief last week with U.S. Supreme Court seeking to reject the case involving the Murr family, which owns St. Croix River shoreland land in the St. Croix Cove subdivision.
Yacoub running as Democrat Sarah Yacoub considers herself a tough prosecutor, but she said that doesn’t mean locking up every convict and throwing away the key. “That’s not particularly smart on crime,” the Hudson resident said. It costs a lot to lock convicts away in prison, and other alternatives must be explored, she said. “I want to tailor consequences to help the person do the work to become a functioning member of society,” she said.
Jeff VanVonderen took close note of the clothing a woman was wearing last week in court. The woman, who was graduating from St. Croix County’s drug court, was wearing a...
A 45-year-old Twin Cities man made his initial appearance last week in St. Croix County Circuit Court on allegations that he used a cellphone to record a boy showering during a 2015 incident at the Apple River Family Campground. Apple Valley resident Gerald W. Kennedy was charged with capturing an image of nudity without consent -- a felony. He is also charged with invasion of privacy and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors. According to a criminal complaint: