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 town supervisor, allegedly roiled by attacks on his livestock, told authorities a neighbor's dog had wandered onto his rural River Falls property, was aggressive toward his calves and jumped on his son before he shot the animal to death. "I will shoot any dog that comes on my property," a criminal complaint states town of Kinnickinnic Supervisor David J. Nelson told authorities after the June 23 incident. "You can put that in your report."
A New Richmond woman convicted of bank fraud, forgery and a raft of other felonies was sentenced this month to probation, jail and a hefty fine. St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Michael Waterman sentenced Jennifer A. Clark, 38, to five years on probation and a $9,091 fine at a July 7 hearing. The sentence also calls for six months of jail time. St. Croix County prosecutor Alexis McKinley said a portion of that time could be stayed depending on Clark's performance in drug court, to which she's been admitted.
A man whose Minnesota driving privileges had been canceled was drinking vodka and hand-rolling a cigarette when he nearly struck a squad car in traffic before being arrested for his ninth drunken-driving offense, according to court documents. Pierce County sheriff’s deputies said the man, identified as 47-year-old Mark B. Harmon, had a preliminary blood-alcohol level of 0.267 during a Friday, July 21, traffic stop in the town of Trenton.
A Hudson man was sent to prison after his probation from a 2013 case was revoked. St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Michael Waterman sentenced 23-year-old Tyler S. Golden to 18 months in prison and two years on extended supervision at a July 7 revocation hearing.
Two Minnesota motorcycle riders were injured last weekend after striking an SUV and then a guard rail in Pierce County. The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called at 3:57 p.m. Sunday, July 23, to county roads F and FF in the town of Clifton for a crash involving a motorcycle and an SUV.
Authorities confirmed the woman who fell into the St. Croix River over the weekend in Polk County has died. The woman, identified as 40-year-old Staci M. Meehan, was pulled from the water after drowning Saturday, July 22, in the river south of the Osceola landing. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that the Balaton, Minn., resident died early Sunday.
Even though the prospects of legislation that could gut Wisconsin's taprooms grew dim, Shannon Zimmerman said he's remaining vigilant in opposition to its revival. "Common sense would suggest that it should be dead," the River Falls Republican said Tuesday, July 18. "However, any special interest with the audacity to propose it in the first place will have us on guard." Zimmerman has emerged as an outspoken opponent of the proposal, which reportedly bans Wisconsin's alcohol producers from retailing their own products without a distributor.
A man convicted of sexual assaults in two western Wisconsin counties will be moving into a St. Croix County community where three other sex offenders live. The St. Croix County Sheriff's Office announced Brandon Langel, formerly of Woodville, will be living at 1102 County Road A in Burkhardt, an unincorporated community between Hudson and New Richmond. Court records show Langel pleaded no contest in St. Croix County in September 2008 to second-degree sexual assault of a child and received a deferred judgment.
Authorities in St. Croix County are piecing together clues in an effort to find out who’s responsible for a rash of thefts in recent weeks. More than 20 such incidents have resulted in stolen property and even more reports have surfaced about vehicles being rifled through, said St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Scott Knudson.
The woman found trapped in a car at the bottom of a steep ditch last week in the town of Hudson was barely alive when she was discovered by law enforcement. A sister of Carrie Nicole Adeladel said the 34-year-old had her arm ripped off and legs crushed in the July 10 crash on Trout Brook Road. Family members later learned Adeladel — known to friends as Nicki — had likely been trapped inside her car for up to five hours before the discovery. "She hung on all that time," her sister Marcia Horn Kayhanfar said Tuesday, July 18. "That is just unimaginable."