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 warning shot rang out this week in the town of Hammond during an encounter authorities say stemmed from a misunderstanding between a property owner and a city assessor. According to a St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department report, a Hammond man fired off a warning shot with his rifle Thursday morning after seeing a man sizing up a shed on his property.
The owner of a Somerset fireworks business is offering a reward following the theft of fireworks. Apple Grand Prix reported about $8,500 worth of fireworks was stolen the night of June 11 from the County Road VV property, according to the St. Croix County Sheriff's Office. According to a news release, owner Robert Dewall believes the stolen fireworks are being resold. A $5,000 reward is being offered.
The Wisconsin State Patrol trooper accused of driving drunk during a crash that left a passenger injured pleaded not guilty last week in St. Croix County Circuit Court. Loren David Johnson, 31, made his initial court appearance Wednesday, June 10, before St. Croix Circuit Court Judge Michael Waterman.
Two convictions entered against a Red Wing woman accused of pouring lighter fluid into her ex-boyfriend’s chocolate milk could go away under a sentence issued last week in Pierce County Circuit Court.
A St. Croix County prosecutor is receiving a promotion. St. Croix County Attorney Eric Johnson announced Wednesday that prosecutor Michael Nieskes will take on the role of deputy district attorney. “Mike is an experienced prosecutor and administrator who brings many assets to my office,” Johnson said of the Hudson resident. “I believe the appointment of Nieskes to deputy district attorney utilizes those assets and benefits St. Croix County.”
Multiple injuries were reported Saturday after a crash on Interstate 94 in St. Croix County when a pickup truck came unhitched and caused chain-reaction crashes. The incident began at 10:06 p.m. Saturday at the Highway 65 exit when an eastbound motor home driven by Michael J. Pagel, 63, of Green Bay, lost the pickup truck it was towing as it circled an off-ramp roundabout.
A worker was driving home from her job in Baldwin when a man rose up in her back seat, held a gun to her head and draped a noose around...
Three brothers have been charged for the second time this year with cockfighting-related crimes in western Wisconsin. Ernesto, Idelio, and Agustin Benitez all appeared in Polk County Circuit Court yesterday...
St. Croix County authorities participated Tuesday (June 2) in a major cockfighting-related raid that spanned two western Wisconsin counties. According to a news release, more than 1,100 birds were seized and multiple people were apprehended during the execution of search warrants Tuesday morning in St. Croix and Polk counties. The release states arrests were forthcoming. The St. Croix County raid occurred at 2293 Highway 63 in Town of Forest at a property owned by Jesus and Teresa Silva, county property records state. St.
A bald eagle found dead earlier this spring in St. Croix County was felled by a bullet, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The confirmation was made by the Madison-based Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, the DNR said in a Wednesday news release.