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 accused of killing a New Richmond woman and her daughter pleaded not guilty to all charges in the case during an arraignment hearing Monday in St. Croix County Circuit Court. Cristian D. Nunez, 37, is charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, one count of arson, one count of operating a motor vehicle without owner’s consent and one count of unauthorized use of an entity’s identifying information.
A 38-year-old Hammond man arrested during a drug bust last summer is headed to prison. Isaac J. Rayfield was sentenced Oct. 27 to four years in prison and another four years on extended supervision by St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Michael Waterman. Rayfield was convicted Oct. 12 of methamphetamine possession with intent to deliver as party to a crime after pleading no contest to the charge.
A Hudson man’s drunken-driving case will be re-opened in the wake of an appeals court opinion that overturned a St. Croix County judge’s decision. The Wisconsin Court of Appeals reversed a ruling by Judge Eric Lundell in the 2013 case of Joshua A. Vitek, who was later convicted of his third OWI. Vitek appealed to the higher court on Lundell’s ruling, which had concluded a Hudson police officer had reasonable suspicion to perform a traffic stop on Vitek on the night he was arrested.
Allegations of additional sex offenses surfaced last week in St. Croix County Circuit Court against a New Richmond man accused of raping a teenage babysitter. Trevor A. Rubrecht was charged Oct. 22 with three counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child, which stemmed from a September incident at his home, though more charges followed in the ensuing days. He was released from St. Croix County jail Oct. 29 after posting a $10,000 cash bond, according to online criminal records.
A New Richmond woman accused of driving drunk at the time of a Somerset-area crash that killed her passenger was charged last week in St. Croix County Circuit Court. Prosecutors charged 25-year-old Bailey S. Martin with one count of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle. Martin appeared in court Friday, where she waived a preliminary hearing in the case.
A New Richmond Police Department death investigation remains active following the discovery of a man’s body in late September. New Richmond Police Chief Mark Samelstad confirmed investigators continue to seek...
Two people were displaced from their Baldwin apartment on Wednesday after fire destroyed the unit. The residents, a woman and her son, were unable to return to the apartment at 830 11th Ave. after fire, which was first reported at 5:37 p.m. Hammond-Baldwin-Woodville United Fire Chief Gary Newton said indications were that the fire began in the kitchen of the two-bedroom apartment. Burners on the stove had been left on, he said.
A Glenwood City man convicted of his seventh OWI offense was sentenced last week to prison.
A New Richmond man made his initial appearance last week in St. Croix County Circuit Court on felony sexual assault charges. Trevor A. Rubrecht, 33, was charged with three counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child younger than 16. St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Eric Lundell ordered Rubrecht to post a $25,000 cash bond at the Thursday, Oct. 22, hearing. According to a criminal complaint:
The second man convicted of running away from a corrections facility in New Richmond was sentenced last week.