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 terms of a plea deal brokered between prosecutors and a woman accused of fleecing a vulnerable adult called for her to pay back stolen funds, to spend time on probation and to testify against her parents in a related case.
One person was hospitalized Sunday after a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 94 near Roberts. According to the Wisconsin State Patrol, a 54-year-old woman from Weyerhaeuser, Wis., was taken to Regions Hospital with non life-threatening injuries. The woman was a passenger in a Chevrolet pickup truck that was struck by a Ford pickup towing a trailer at about 3:34 p.m. near mile marker 14.
A New Richmond man was released from St. Croix County jail last week after posting $5,000 cash bond on multiple charges alleging he stalked his ex-girlfriend. Richard G. Harasyn, 54,...
The woman accused of fatally striking a New Richmond pedestrian this spring while driving drunk pleaded not guilty last week in the case. Alyssa Kochsiek, 23, entered the plea Tuesday,...
A woman who St. Croix County prosecutors said was writing forged checks from an account that allegedly was being illegally accessed by her mother pleaded guilty last week. Courtney McConnach,...
Two siblings were injured last week at their Houlton home when a tram apparatus they were riding failed and crashed. The people, a 21-year-old man and a 9-year-old girl, were...
Polk County authorities said preliminary indications are that a prominent western Wisconsin lawyer’s death was accidental. Owen Williams, a former St. Croix County district attorney and practicing lawyer who worked around western Wisconsin, died Monday at his home. “It’s just a tremendous loss,” said Williams’ law partner, Nick Davis.
Two siblings were injured Wednesday at their Houlton home when a tram apparatus they were riding failed and crashed. The people, a 21-year-old man and a 9-year-old girl, were taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with serious injuries, said St. Croix County Chief Deputy Scott Knudson. Authorities responded at 2:43 p.m. to 1436 Triangle Drive for a rescue call phoned in by another family member at the home.
St. Croix County prosecutors say a rural Somerset man kidnapped another man, beat him up, stole his car and destroyed his cellphones last week in Star Prairie.
An armed man allegedly bent on harming potential witnesses and prosecutors in a high-profile murder trial two years ago roamed the halls of the St. Croix County Government Center.