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 former Polk County jail worker convicted of sexually assaulting female inmates is headed to prison. Judge Eugene Harrington on Feb. 1 sentenced former Polk County Sheriff’s Department corrections officer Darryl Christensen to 60 years, 30 of which must be spent in prison. The remainder is to be served on extended supervision. Christensen, of Amery, pleaded guilty in November 2015 to five counts of second-degree sexual assault by a correctional staff member.
A Hudson man led police on a chase that ended in his garage, where he guzzled a beer while barricaded inside his truck and didn’t give up until officers zapped him with a stun gun, according to charges filed last week. St. Croix County prosecutors on Thursday, Feb. 4, charged 52-year-old Michael S. Roe with felony attempting to flee an officer and a misdemeanor count of resisting an officer. He was also cited for OWI, speeding, drinking open intoxicants in a motor vehicle and no insurance.
A two-man team suspected of fleecing rural residents in an unusual scam involving lightning rods is being investigated in St. Croix County. Chippewa County authorities announced last week that they...
HUDSON -- The terms of a plea deal brokered with Minnesota prosecutors led to a divisive sentencing hearing last week for a man convicted of killing his girlfriend and driving...
More than a foot of snow fell Tuesday in parts of western Wisconsin during a storm that led to treacherous driving for many motorists. According to the National Weather Service, Clear Lake in northern St. Croix County received 13 inches of snow as of 8:42 a.m. Wednesday. About 9 inches was measured in Roberts Wednesday morning, while Baldwin received 7.5 inches, according to NWS reports. Pierce County wasn’t spared, either.
Gary Walsh plans to speak directly to a La Crosse man this week when he is sentenced for homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle. But rather than chastise Steven E. Dolan, the man convicted of driving during a crash that killed Walsh’s son, he said he plans to express forgiveness. “I don’t have any choice,” the River Falls man said, reciting a portion of the Lord’s Prayer, which stresses the message of forgiveness.
The New Richmond woman accused of being behind the wheel of a crash that left an Osceola man dead entered a plea last week in court. Bailey S. Martin, 25, pleaded not guilty Jan. 20 to homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle in St. Croix County Circuit Court. She also pleaded not guilty to a second charge -- homicide by use of vehicle with prohibited alcohol concentration. Martin is accused of driving drunk during an Oct. 24, 2015, crash on Highway 64 in rural Somerset.
A burglary charge was dismissed against a man first accused of taking ice fishing equipment from a New Richmond garage. The charge against New Richmond resident Grant Brotzler was dismissed Thursday after the alleged victim in the case informed authorities that the ice fishing equipment wasn’t missing after all. It had been in the man’s East Sixth Street basement all along, St. Croix County Assistant District Attorney Matt Hartung, said.
Sean Duffy knows some things young people do can’t be taken back. The 7th District congressman remembered how, as a 20-something starring on the once-popular “Real World” reality show on...
Charges filed against a Minnesota business owner stemming from an investigation into a 2013 drug overdose were dismissed this month in St. Croix County Circuit Court. Prosecutors dismissed one count of possession with intent to deliver non-narcotics against Hatim A. Younis, the owner of Smokedale Tobacco in Hudson.