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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St. Croix County law enforcement officials are mourning the loss of a key member while simultaneously working to fill the void. The St. Croix County Sheriff's Office announced March 23 that Roky, the K-9 partner of deputy Dustin Geisness, died from complications stemming from a twisted intestine. The German shepherd was 4 years old. Sheriff Scott Knudson, a former K-9 handler, said dogs of Roky's size and breed are more susceptible to the intestinal complication. Still, he said "it was a shock when it happened."
Authorities on Thursday arrested a Glenwood City School District faculty member amid allegations he had an online sexual relationship with a Missouri child.
A New Richmond-area teenager who carried an AR-15 rifle in his car raised concerns among coworkers after saying he was going "to shoot kids," according to charges filed this week in St. Croix County Circuit Court St. Croix County Sheriff Scott Knudson said investigators found an unloaded AR-15 rifle Friday, March 30, in Nicholas H. Cherrier's car and a prosecutor said the 18-year-old had about 3,500 rounds of ammunition in the bedroom of his town of Somerset home.
MADISON — A southern Wisconsin man could permanently lose his driver's license under a new state law aimed at keeping repeat drunken drivers off the roads.
Richard Zeier didn't consider it abuse when Catholic Church clergy molested him as a child and he didn't see anything criminal about three bizarre encounters he had later in life with a young boy. Those beliefs were revealed Thursday at Zeier's sentencing hearing, where St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Scott Needham reminded the Star Prairie man that not only did his acts with a 5-year-old boy represent crimes, but some of the most severe under state law.
St. Croix County voters will get their say next week on whether they want Wisconsin added to the list of states seeking to overturn a court ruling allowing corporate money in politics. The April 3 ballot in St. Croix County will include a question asking voters to support a U.S. constitutional amendment that would reverse the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. The measure, approved for the ballot by the St. Croix County Board, asks voters for the county to adopt a resolution stating:
Judge Rebecca Dallet Age: 48 City of residence: Milwaukee Occupation: Judge Education: Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Ohio State University.summa cum laude with honors, Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University Law School, summa cum laude
Wisconsin voters will decide next week whether to do away with the state treasurer position. The question of whether to eliminate the office will be put to all voters on the April 3 ballot. The position, currently held by Matt Adamczyk, pays an annual salary of $69,701, according to 2017 figures.
A former western Wisconsin lawmaker is seeking a return to office. Democrat Jeff Smith, a former 93rd District Assembly member from Eau Claire, announced Thursday he will be running for Kathleen Vinehout's Senate seat. "Since the senator is running for governor, the 31st Senate District will be in need of a strong and experienced leader who can step right in," Smith said in the March 15 news release.
HUDSON — St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Michael Waterman said he initially considered sending Dalton R. Mundle to prison for his crimes. The New Richmond man had pleaded guilty to homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle in the January 2017 crash that left his best friend, Jordan Tulgren, dead. The conviction carries a maximum 25-year prison sentence.