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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Eric Lundell wanted to be clear right away with Benjamin Force: the 24-year-old wasn’t going to be serving his time on probation. “This is not a rehabilitation case,” the St. Croix County Circuit Court judge said. “We’re not going to go that route.” Lundell stood by his words and sentenced the River Falls man to nine years in prison. Force pleaded guilty in July to one count of strangulation and suffocation and one count of false imprisonment. He also pleaded no contest to a third charge, aggravated battery.
A Wilson woman faces her eighth OWI charge after allegedly driving away from a gas station as multiple people there attempted to prevent her from leaving. St. Croix County prosecutors charged Amanda J. Rogers, 46, Nov. 23 with one felony count of OWI (eighth) and one misdemeanor count of operating while revoked. St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Michael Waterman ordered Rogers to be held in jail on a $2,000 cash bond. According to a criminal complaint:
People charged with violent crimes in Wisconsin automatically have their DNA profiles collected and catalogued in a state database. What concerns one western Wisconsin lawmaker is a caveat to that scenario: not everyone charged with a violent crime is convicted. Even when those cases are dismissed by a judge, the DNA profiles remain in the database. The resulting scenario represents a privacy concern for Rep. Dean Knudson.
A Hudson man and a River Falls man were arrested last week after a Hammond resident allegedly caught them going through his vehicle. St. Croix County prosecutors later charged Hudson resident Tyler L. Kuhn, 21, and River Falls resident Joel R. Maser, 19, in connection with the Nov. 17 incident.
A River Falls man appeared in St. Croix County Circuit Court last month on charges that he falsely represented himself in order to fleece a would-be investor out of $5,000. Prosecutors charged 42-year-old Joshua A. Kundert with three felonies: unauthorized use of an entity’s identifying information, fraudulent writings and theft by false representation. He was released from St. Croix County jail on a $2,500 signature bond after a Nov. 19 court hearing. According to a criminal complaint:
When a former tattoo artist was fired from a Hudson business, he retaliated by breaking in and stealing guns and cash. Weeks later, after an owner of the business broke the man’s nose during a confrontation over the burglary, the man broke in again, taking a safe. Those are the allegations outlined by St. Croix County prosecutors in a criminal complaint against Oakdale, Minn., resident Chaz C. Chaffee. He is charged with two counts of burglary and three counts of felony theft, along with four misdemeanor charges.
A Pierce County woman was hospitalized Wednesday after a single-vehicle crash on Highway 35 in Hudson. Hager City resident Karen E. Roesler, 30, was transported to Regions Hospital in St...
The season’s first snowfall led to a multi-vehicle crash that forced a St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department vehicle down a steep ditch in rural Hudson. No one was injured in the crash, which occurred at 7:23 a.m. Monday on Trout Brook Road in the town of Hudson. “We’re happy that there were no injuries and just property damage,” said St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Scott Knudson.
Police on Thursday released an image of the car believed to be used by a man who allegedly walked out of a local bar with bags of cash. The suspect,...
Though at different stages in their legal careers, St. Croix County’s newest prosecutors share a similar mindset. There’s no place they’d rather be right now. For Ed Minser, formerly a La Crosse County prosecutor, the new position brings him closer to his Chisago City, Minn., roots. For brand-new prosecutor Megan Kelly, the job represents an extension of the roots she already planted as an intern with the office. “I love it,” Kelly said of the job. “I actually love coming in to work everyday.”