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 man was arrested on suspicion of multiple felonies Tuesday after a stabbing at his apartment. Prescott Interim Police Chief Robert Funk identified the suspect in a news release as 66-year-old Dennis A. Frank, 66. The victim, a female, was not identified Wednesday pending family notification. She was hospitalized “and is receiving care,” the release states. According to the release:
St. Croix County’s investigative lieutenant was promoted Friday to second in command at the sheriff’s office. Sheriff Scott Knudson announced Cathy Borgschatz will serve as the department’s chief deputy. Knudson previously served in the role before being appointed sheriff by Gov. Scott Walker after Knudson's predecessor, John Shilts, retired in July.
A New Richmond woman faces arson charges after she allegedly set a fire in her apartment. St. Croix County prosecutors on Thursday, Aug. 17, charged Koianna J. Kelley, 28, with two counts of felony arson and one count of misdemeanor criminal property damage. Kelley made her initial court appearance Thursday, where St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Michael Waterman ordered her to post $5,000 cash bond.
Suspected drugs, guns and a large amount of cash was discovered Wednesday after authorities from multiple agencies raided a rural Somerset home. The search warrant, served at 11:48 a.m. at 2246 71st St. in the town of Somerset, led to the arrest of a suspected drug dealer with a history of felony convictions, said St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Cathy Borgschatz.
Prescott community members, along with members of the law enforcement and military communities gathered Wednesday to pay their last respects to Gary Krutke. The Prescott police chief, who died Aug. 5 after a lengthy cancer battle, was “the people’s man,” Prescott resident Sanjeev Dhawan told attendees at a memorial service. “Gary was a giver,” said Dhawan, who serves as the city’s code enforcement officer and led services at the Prescott High School gym.
A chain-reaction crash Friday in Pierce County sent a Hastings woman to the hospital. The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office said the injured woman, identified as 32-year-old Christina L. Johnson, was a passenger in a car that was struck by another vehicle pushed into oncoming traffic after being rear-ended on Highway 10.
At least one person was injured after a two-vehicle crash in River Falls. Authorities were called just before 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, for a crash at County Road U and Chapman Drive. Firefighters and EMS workers were seen removing one person from a passenger car and loading that person into an ambulance. Scanner transmissions indicated the ambulance was bound for Regions Hospital in St. Paul.
Business leaders told a Wisconsin congressman that workers in the Hudson area need better access to transportation. U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy toured portions of St. Croix County on Monday, Aug. 8, including a stop at Cardinal Health in Hudson, where he met with members of the area business community. With one notable exception, attendees told Duffy and state Rep. Shannon Zimmerman that access to public transportation is a hurdle for some in the robust local job market.
A man on probation in St. Croix County from a 2014 incident that led to felony convictions was charged again with false imprisonment following a domestic disturbance in Prescott. Pierce County prosecutors charged Steven L. Jacobs, 38, on Monday, Aug. 7, with one count of felony false imprisonment and two misdemeanors — disorderly conduct and intimidation of a victim.
Pierce County prosecutors say two Twin Cities men are responsible for more than $400,000 worth of stolen equipment found last winter at a Spring Valley man's property. Rosemount resident Wayne A. Torseth and St. Paul resident Andrew Patrick Olson were each charged Aug. 2 with 17 counts of receiving stolen property. Olson, 31, is also charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Warrants were issued for both men Aug. 3.