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 prosecutors filed felony charges against a River Falls-area man after authorities allegedly found about a half-pound of pot and marijuana plants at his house. The arrest occurred after area law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at the home of Sammie L. Jackson Jr. in the town of Kinnickinnic. Jackson, 35, was charged Monday, March 27, in St. Croix County Circuit Court with THC possession with intent to deliver and manufacturing THC — both felonies — and a misdemeanor count of paraphernalia possession.
A rural River Falls woman made her initial appearance Wednesday in St. Croix County Circuit Court on allegations she embezzled more than a quarter-million dollars from a long-term care facility.
A suspected heroin dealer was arrested last week in Hudson after a chain of events that began with a police informant's drug overdose. The suspect, identified in a criminal complaint as St. Paul resident Corey L. Maull, was arrested after the informant, who survived the episode, helped arrange a drug deal. Maull was charged Wednesday, March 22, with one count of conspiracy to commit heroin possession with intent to deliver. The 31-year-old was initially held on $10,000 cash bond, which he posted Monday, March 27.
A New Richmond man convicted of sexually assaulting a child was sentenced to prison earlier this month in St. Croix County Circuit Court. Chris M. Shaughnessy must spend 15 years in prison and spend another 10 years on extended supervision as part of a sentence issued March 9 by St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Eric Lundell. One count of sexploitation of a child was dismissed as part of a plea agreement that also saw other charges go away. According to a criminal complaint:
Words matter. That's what a Wisconsin judge said last week before sentencing a man accused of making jailhouse phone calls in which he instructed his wife to shoot River Falls police. That man, Kelly J. Kloss, contended in court the words he used that led to criminal charges and convictions were empty threats. "I didn't mean it, I didn't want anyone to get hurt," Kloss said at the Thursday, March 16, sentencing. "It was talk."
A Houlton man was charged with numerous crimes in St. Croix County Circuit Court after allegedly swerving wildly in traffic at two people in a vehicle and later pulling a knife on them. Prosecutors charged Brodrick A. Meyers, 20, with three felony counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety in connection with a March 14 incident in the town of St. Joseph. He also faces misdemeanor charges of battery and disorderly conduct stemming from an incident earlier in the month. He was released from jail March 16 on $2,000 cash bond. According to a criminal complaint:
Firefighters battled two blazes last week in the Hudson area. The first fire was a detached garage at 362 Willow Lane in the town of Hudson. That fire was reported at 6:19 a.m. Wednesday, March 15. Hudson Fire Chief Scott St. Martin said the garage was engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived. St. Croix County land records state the property is owned by Jeffrey and Ronnie Ries. "Crews did a great job stopping the fire before the house was involved," he said. Crews from the town of St. Joseph and Lower St. Croix fire departments assisted in the call.
A tense situation allegedly involving a man with a gun ended peacefully last week at a rural Somerset home. Authorities said the March 14 situation began with the report of a man at 1995 Highway 35 who had attacked a woman there. The woman escaped but told St. Croix County sheriff's deputies that the suspect remained inside with access to several guns. Deputies eventually went into the house and arrested the suspect, 44-year-old Cory T. Breault.
Two side-by-side parcels of St. Croix County land were the focus of legal, practical and spirited debate Monday when the case went before the U.S. Supreme Court. Justices peppered attorneys from different sides of the land-use argument with questions as they argued their respective points in a case that one attorney said could have wide-reaching implications.
A St. Croix County Sheriff's Office deputy was hospitalized for a minor injury after struggling with a New Richmond man who was later charged in the incident. Prosecutors charged the suspect, 22-year-old Gregory T. Bowman, with one count of felony resisting and injuring an officer and four misdemeanors.