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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Thousands of dollars’ worth of booze and meat were the apparent targets last week in an interrupted burglary at a Hudsonarea supper club. The suspect, 21yearold Joseph J. Kellogg, is accused in a St. Croix County criminal complaint of breaking into the Valley House Supper Club, where hundreds of bottles of alcohol and racks of ribs were found placed outside the burglarized restaurant. The St. Paul man was charged April 23 in St.
HUDSON -- St. Croix County prosecutors outlined their case against the Minnesota man accused of opening fire on a carload of people in downtown Hudson, while the suspect told jurors he has been wrongfully accused. “I am innocent, as you will come to find,” Ahmed Hirsi told 14 jurors picked to decide his fate against 15 felonies, including six counts of first-degree intentional homicide.
A 12-year-old Woodville boy is recovering after being struck by a car Saturday, April 25, while riding his bicycle in the town of Baldwin. According to a St. Croix County...
State-level charges were dropped against a Minnesota man accused of possessing 27 pounds of marijuana during a 2014 bust in Hudson. According to St. Croix County court records, one count...
A 12-year-old Woodville boy was hospitalized Saturday after he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle in the Town of Baldwin. According to a St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office news release, Troy D. Ellsworth was headed west on County Road E at 9:46 a.m. Saturday when he was struck from behind by a four-door Infiniti I30 driven by Robert G.
Michael Waterman was teeming with optimism after learning from a staffer that Gov. Scott Walker was about to phone him personally. Waterman, a Hudson lawyer, had been interviewed twice including a sitdown with the governor as part of a lengthy appointment process for the vacant St. Croix County Circuit Court judgeship. The call came. Waterman heard Walker’s voice.
A Hammond man appeared in court Monday on allegations that he shot and seriously wounded a neighbor’s dog. Chet A. Wallace, 55, was ordered to post a $1,000 signature bond after being charged with one count of felony mistreatment of animals. The dog, a 4-year-old Pekinesepoodle mix, was in critical condition Sunday at a Minnesota pet hospital. According to a criminal complaint: A St. Croix County deputy was called at 8:17 p.m. to 1683 100th Ave. in town of Hammond for a dog that had been shot. The dog’s owner said he found the dog, named Finley, lying on the ground in his yard.
A body found last week in the Apple River was identified as a St. Paul man whose vehicle had crashed 10 days earlier in the town of Somerset. Somerset Police Chief Thomas Sirovatka identified the deceased man as 29year-old Kevin Rhines. He had been reported missing April 2 by St. Paul police, the release states. The release said the cause of death and the circumstances surrounding the death remain under investigation. Rhines’ body was discovered April 12 in the Apple River below Somerset’s Village Park.
Two Hudson residents and a Minnesota man were arrested last week after St. Croix County deputies turned up suspected drugs and stolen property while executing a search warrant in town of Troy. The St. Croix County District Attorney’s Office charged Hudson resident Robert G. Burnett, 51, with felony methamphetamine possession and felony THC manufacturing. Fellow Hudson resident Todd C.
Ten of the 19 men charged in connection with an alleged cockfighting operation appeared in court last week as details emerged about the incident. The men -- a mix of Wisconsin and Minnesota residents -- all face misdemeanor charges in St. Croix County Circuit Court related to instigation of animals stemming from a Jan. 24 incident in the town of Glenwood. According to a complaint filed in March: St. Croix County sheriff’s deputies responded to 1731 315th St.