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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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.
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.
ELLSWORTH — A Prescott man convicted of plunging a knife into a woman's neck was sentenced last week to prison. Pierce County Circuit Court Judge Joe Boles said even though the near-fatal assault Dennis A. Frank committed last year on the woman appeared out of character to those who knew him, the hints of premeditation and the phony story he told police dictated a prison term. The fake story, Boles said at the April 4 sentencing, was an attempt "to get him off the hook."
Crash results in man's sixth OWI arrest Spring Valley man, was arrested on suspicion of OWI-sixth offense and transported to a hospital. Traffic trouble • Deputies responded to a driving complaint at 11:34 p.m. April 2 at County Road E and Highway 10 in Prescott. Officers stopped the vehicle and ultimately arrested the driver, a Minneapolis man, on suspicion of OWI and driving without a license.
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.
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.
Two Hager City men were ticketed for reckless driving after they allegedly raced down a Hager City roadway, where one vehicle nearly struck an oncoming vehicle and the other crashed into a business, according to authorities. A Pierce County Sheriff's Office accident report states Randy W. Trok, 68, and Tony S. Burow, 41, were both northbound March 31 on County Road VV when the incident occurred. Trok's vehicle, a 1930 custom Ford coupe, crashed into Hager City Glass Co. property.
A Hager City man was hospitalized Tuesday while attempting to put out a fire that destroyed his garage. The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office said 59-year-old Douglas Volenec was transported to Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Wing for injuries sustained while trying to extinguish the blaze on his own.