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 Hammond man appeared in court Monday on allegations that he shot and seriously wounded a neighbor’s dog. Chet A. Wallace, 55, was ordered to post a $1,000 signature bond after being charged with one count of felony mistreatment of animals. The dog, a 4-year-old Pekinese-poodle mix, was in critical condition Sunday at a Minnesota pet hospital. According to a criminal complaint:
Michael Waterman was teeming with optimism after learning from a staffer that Gov. Scott Walker was about to phone him personally. Waterman, a lawyer who lives in the Town of Somerset, had been interviewed twice — including a sit-down with the governor — as part of a lengthy appointment process for the vacant St. Croix County Circuit Court judgeship. The call came.
UPDATE (11:00 a.m., April 17): The body found Sunday in the Apple River was identified as a St.
Brett Heino remembers pushing his patrol car hard up Interstate 94 last year in pursuit of a road rage suspect. But what sticks out to the Wisconsin State Patrol sergeant isn’t the road rager he was after. It was the line of vehicles he passed. Seven of the 10 vehicles he cruised by in traffic were driven by people looking at mobile devices.
A River Falls man was charged for the ninth time with OWI following a high-speed pursuit over the weekend in St. Croix County. St. Croix County deputies on Saturday arrested...
Attorneys met in St. Croix County District Court last week in the case of a Roberts man accused of possessing two homemade gun silencers and an illegal machine gun. The...
A man accused of shooting three people in a gangrelated incident last year in Hudson maintained his innocence last week at a turbulent court hearing in St. Croix County Circuit Court. Throughout the nearly threehour hearing, Ahmed F. Hirsi, 27, argued with prosecutors and with James Peterson, a 10th District Circuit Court judge chambered in Dunn County who is presiding over the St.
A 30-year-old Montana man was killed Sunday afternoon after the car he was driving slammed into a pickup truck on Highway 65 in rural St. Croix County, according to a...
RICE LAKE -- Voices raised Monday in western Wisconsin in defense of a state health-care program, the University of Wisconsin System, natural resources concerns, K-12 public education and other items slated for changes under Gov.
A Hammond man made his first appearance last week in St. Croix County District Court on allegations that he entered a New Richmond home and strangled a woman there. The suspect, Travis Hueg, 24, was charged with one count of felony domestic abuse by strangulation or suffocation, one count of misdemeanor battery and one count of misdemeanor criminal property damage. He posted a $1,750 signature bond on March 16. According to a St. Croix County criminal complaint: New Richmond police were called at 3:39 p.m.