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 warrant was issued Friday for a woman accused of possessing birds used in cockfighting at her St. Croix County home. Teresa A. Silva, 59, was due to appear Friday in St. Croix County Circuit Court on six felony counts of instigating fights between animals and 12 counts of mistreating animals, a misdemeanor offense. Her husband, 60-year-old Jesus Silva, faces an identical set of charges. According to online Wisconsin court records, prosecutor Megan Kelly told the court Teresa Silva had left the country.
Sean Duffy knows some things young people do can’t be taken back. The 7th District congressman remembered how, as a 20-something starring on the once-popular “Real World” reality show on MTV, that he attended a toga party. “Not the most flattering footage,” Duffy said, recalling the segment. Now a three-term U.S. House member whose constituency includes St. Croix County, Duffy shared the dangers of overexposure with a group of Hudson Middle School seventh-graders on Thursday.
Furious that a Hudson cellphone store couldn’t help him with a cracked screen on his device, a customer left the store, then returned -- but not before stopping at a gun range. Workers at the T-Mobile store said the customer entered the Crestview Drive business on Jan. 11 with a plastic bag that he laid on the counter, then left without a word. The bag contained his phone, riddled with six bullet holes, according to a Hudson police report.
St. Croix County prosecutors allege a Minnesota man stole thousands of dollars’ worth of jewelry from two homes in Hudson last year while working as a cable TV repairman. Bayport resident Stuart C. Lynn made his initial appearance Thursday in St. Croix County Circuit Court on two counts of felony theft. According to a criminal complaint:
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson called a listening session last week to hear public feedback about national security from a local perspective. He didn’t go home empty-handed. Members of local law enforcement, as well as a smattering of citizens, sounded off on the issue, which has dominated the national discussion since recent terrorist attacks in San Bernardino, Calif., and Paris left dozens dead. “We all share the same goal,” Johnson told a group of about 40 people in the North Hall auditorium on the UW-River Falls campus. “We all want a safe, prosperous, secure America.”
A distraught man was rescued early Friday during an episode on the Interstate 94 bridge in Hudson. A friend headed westbound at about 2:15 a.m. on the interstate noticed the...
Rep. Dean Knudson announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election to the Legislature. The Hudson resident, first elected to the Assembly in 2010, said in a news release that “it has been an honor and privilege to represent the people of the 30th District.” “The time honored American principle of rotation in office makes our government strong by encouraging citizens to step up to serve in public office, bringing their experience and perspectives to our system of self-governance,” Knudson said in the release.
Some barriers to employment for nonviolent convicts looking to re-enter the workforce would be lifted under a bill introduced last month by a Hudson lawmaker. Rep. Dean Knudson co-authored a bill allowing a certificate to be issued by the state that would ease the path to employment for some convicts seeking jobs that their criminal history would otherwise prohibit them from obtaining. Knudson, a Republican, said the proposal is aimed at keeping convicts from going back behind bars and lightening the load of the state’s crowded prison system.
The Twin Cities man accused of sending lurid text messages to teenage girls with information he gleaned at his former Hudson workplace was sentenced Friday in the case. Barton G...
A distraught man was rescued early Friday during an episode on the Interstate 94 bridge in Hudson. A friend headed westbound at about 2:15 a.m. on the interstate noticed the man’s vehicle parked on the bridge and got out to render aid, said Hudson Police Chief Marty Jensen. The friend alerted authorities and was able to talk the distraught man -- a New Richmond resident -- out of plans to jump from the bridge, Jensen said. The I-94 bridge crosses the St. Croix River.