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 crash that punched a massive hole in the side of Somerset's Pizza Planet was caused by a driver who told police he slipped out of his seat just before the incident. According to a Somerset police report, the driver, identified as 35-year-old Benjamin K. Nelson of Zimmerman, Minn., said he was driving a UniFirst box truck without his seat belt when he fell out of his seat at 10:30 a.m. June 29.
A proposal that critics say could spell doom for taprooms in Wisconsin breweries remains afloat, according to an Assembly member. Rep. Shannon Zimmerman refuted a Wednesday, July 12, media report that the proposal — which has not been made public — is effectively dead.
The Somerset area appeared to take the brunt of storms that battered the area early Wednesday, July 12. Xcel Energy reported about 1,300 customers in Somerset were without power. Crews were in the area at about 8 a.m., but no immediate timeline was given for power restoration. Parts of the New Richmond area were also without power Wednesday morning. The utility reported 651 customers were without power in New Richmond, Deer Park and Star Prairie.
The approval process for bluffland zoning along the lower St. Croix River in Wisconsin would no longer be subject to the Department of Natural Resources under a bill introduced last month in the Legislature.
A newspaper delivery driver was airlifted from rural Hudson this week after the car she was driving went off the road and crashed into a ditch. A St. Croix County sheriff's deputy noticed skid marks leading off the roadway at 5:24 a.m. on Trout Brook Road in the town of Hudson. Chief Deputy Scott Knudson said the officer got out to check and heard a woman calling for help.
A Hudson man accused of taking part in a destructive 2016 ride through farm fields must repay more than $30,000 as part of a sentence he received last month. Timothy J. Schwartz, 23, was convicted of two counts of misdemeanor criminal property damage stemming from the July 22, 2016, incident. St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Eric Lundell sentenced Schwartz on June 29 to pay $34,547 in restitution as part of his sentence, which includes spending two years on probation.
HUDSON — It wasn't just the fact that Cody D. Carlson was high on methamphetamine when he fatally struck a Roberts motorist in 2015. The part that troubled St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Eric Lundell most deeply was that the Appleton man was arrested again the following month on suspicion of a drug-related OWI in Chippewa County. "You'd think one would learn from that," he said of the Nov. 8, 2015, crash that killed 61-year-old Bonny J. Britton and left two others injured.
A Deer Park man is scheduled be arraigned on child-sex assault charges this week in St. Croix County. Mark Allen Miller was being held in St. Croix County jail on $100,000 cash bond after being charged with two counts of first-degree child-sex assault. An arraignment hearing for the 66-year-old was set for Friday, July 7. According to a criminal complaint: A St. Croix County Sheriff's Office investigator took a report of children having been sexually assaulted by Miller.
The crash that punched a massive hole in the side of Somerset’s Pizza Planet restaurant was caused by a driver who told police he slipped out of his seat just before the incident. According to a Somerset police report, the driver, identified as 35-year-old Benjamin K. Nelson of Zimmerman, Minn., said he was driving a UniFirst box truck without his seat belt when he fell out of his seat at 10:30 a.m. June 29.
A Hudson man searched for and downloaded hours of child pornography videos, according to charges filed last month in St. Croix County Circuit Court. The St. Croix County Attorney's Office charged 73-year-old John E. Nerbonne with five counts of felony child porn possession. He made his initial court appearance June 27, where he was released on a signature bond in advance of a July 21 preliminary hearing. According to a criminal complaint: