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 St. Croix County man stabbed his mother to death Saturday night in rural Hudson before shooting at police in an incident that led to a 50-mile pursuit into Minnesota, eventually ending with the suspect taking his own life, authorities said. The St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office identified the man as Glenwood City resident Logan T. Reese. The 28-year-old allegedly killed his mother, identified as 49-year-old Charlene Wold, at 733 N. Meadow Drive in the town of Hudson.
Child protective service officials were called to a Hudson apartment after a law enforcement raid earlier this month turned up suspected remnants of heroin and cocaine. Three people were arrested and later charged after authorities executed a search warrant Feb. 2 at 1607 Aspen Drive Apt. 6.
The man who burglarized several St. Croix County churches last year once had designs on becoming a youth pastor, but eventually became sidetracked and consumed by drugs — a divergence that delivered him a prison sentence last week.
HUDSON — Cristian D. Nunez accepted a double-life sentence without the possibility of parole on Monday the same way he responded to a clean-sweep of guilty verdicts handed down last year by a St. Croix County jury: placid and emotionless. The reaction nagged at relatives of the two people prosecutors say he killed on Sept. 2, 2015, at a New Richmond home. "It made the decision more of an empty victory — that the person affected didn't seem to care," said Dain Bradford, the older brother of Courtney Bradford.
Western Wisconsin authorities were investigating the possibility that a theft in New Richmond might be connected with other, similar incidents in the area. New Richmond police put out an alert Feb. 13 about a theft earlier that morning involving rims stolen at an auto sales lot. According to a news release, joggers reported seeing someone taking rims off new trucks at 5:30 a.m. at Johnson Motors, 620 Deere Road. The suspect seen by the joggers was reportedly heard talking to another person believed to be involved in the thefts.
The family embroiled in a St. Croix County land dispute will present its case next month to the U.S. Supreme Court. Attorneys for the Murr family, which owns a small riverside parcel in the town of Troy, will make oral arguments March 20 to the high court.
A St. Croix County judge on Monday sentenced Cristian D. Nunez to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Nunez, the 38-year-old convicted in the 2015 slayings of Courtney Bradford and her daughter, Jasmine Bradford, received two consecutive life sentences from St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Scott Needham in a case he called “one of the most horrific crimes that I have encountered in my time on the bench.”
A Baldwin man was hospitalized Sunday after slamming into ice near open water while being pulled by a snowmobile in rural Spring Valley. The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office identified the man was 34-year-old John Polk of Baldwin. He was taken by Spring Valley ambulance to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. He was treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said Monday.
A River Falls man had already led law enforcement on a 23-mile chase and slammed into two police cruisers before brandishing a hatchet in one hand and a knife in the other as officers closed in on him, according to charges filed Wednesday.
Gov. Scott Walker trumpeted new spending on education and a reduction in taxes in his budget presentation to Wisconsin lawmakers. The Republican governor said the impact of Act 10 policies issued in 2011 have led to reinvestments in the state reflected in the two-year budget he outlined Wednesday at the Capitol. “In other words, our fiscal reforms have been successful,” Walker said.