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 Prescott mother and her live-in boyfriend returned to court this week on allegations they kept four children living in an apartment so reportedly soiled that a police officer said a fish tank appeared to be the cleanest thing in the residence.
Three St. Croix County towns were among several rural communities awarded funding last week by the state to expand broadband connectivity. Northwest Communications received a total of $259,000 in funds for the towns of St. Joseph and Somerset, while Nextgen Communications was awarded $60,000 for the town of Forest as part of $7.68 million in grants from the Public Service Commission. The grants, met by $19.47 million in private matching funds, were issued to 46 communities around Wisconsin.
A foot chase that led to a confrontation with officers in the middle of the Apple River resulted in a Clear Lake man's arrest Wednesday in northern St. Croix County. The man was arrested after allegedly fighting with three St. Croix County Sheriff's Office deputies in midstream after being tracked down and grabbed by a police dog. The suspect, identified in the St. Croix County jail roster as Jess D. Malone, 33, was arrested on suspicion of resisting an officer, battery to law enforcement, methamphetamine possession and a probation hold.
HUDSON, Wis. — Bail remained at $500,000 for a St. Croix County man accused of killing his 19-year-old son. The St. Croix County District Attorney's Office on Tuesday charged 42-year-old Kayle Alan Fleischauer of New Richmond with first-degree intentional homicide in the shooting death of his son, St. Paul resident Chase Alan Fleischauer.
A Polk County toddler died Monday after being run over in a driveway. The Polk County Sheriff's Office said 1-year-old Arthur Flynn died at Regions Hospital after being airlifted from Osceola Medical Center following the crash, reported just after 10 a.m. The incident occurred while Flynn and his siblings were playing in the snow in the 500 block of 280th Street in the town of Farmington when an Osceola man began driving a panel van out of the driveway so it could be plowed.
St. Croix County authorities said one person is in custody following a suspicious death early Saturday in rural New Richmond. According to a news release, sheriff’s deputies were called at 4:11 a.m. to a home in the town of Richmond. Officers found a 19-year-old man there dead “under suspicious circumstances,” the news release states.
A River Falls man with a history of criminal convictions is back in jail and charged with multiple felonies after a string of incidents Saturday in Pierce County. The Pierce County District Attorney's Office charged Chase G. Kohl, 33, with five felonies — operating without consent while carrying a weapon, burglary, second-degree recklessly endangering safety, taking and driving a vehicle without consent, criminal property damage and being a convicted felon in possession of firearm.
HUDSON — A recount of votes for a St. Croix County Board seat that ended in a dead heat didn't yield different totals, but a winner was declared — challenger Ryan Sherley. The New Richmond man was declared the winner over incumbent Scottie Ard in an all-day process Wednesday, April 12, that represented a rollercoaster ride for the candidates.
Prosecutors say a curbside assault on a gay man late last month in Hudson represents a hate crime. The March 31 incident left the man with a black eye and other minor injuries after he was allegedly pushed to the ground and punched. The suspect, Hudson resident Christopher J. Salmon, was charged with battery involving a hate crime, a felony. The 37-year-old was released from St. Croix County jail on a signature bond after his initial hearing April 2.
Gov. Scott Walker said he was making good on his promise to deliver welfare reform when he signed three bills this week in River Falls. The bills were part of a package of legislation the Republican governor signed during various stops around the state Tuesday, April 10. "We looked at it in the fact that at 2.9 percent unemployment, we can't afford to have anybody on the sidelines," Walker said to a group of supporters and curious shoppers at Dick's Fresh Market. "We need everybody in the game."