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 man on bond for a sexploitation case was arrested last week on suspicion of drug charges after authorities raided his Houlton-area home. Brandon W. Brown, 23, was one of two men charged in connection with the Jan. 2 incident in the town of St. Joseph. He and 19-year-old Cameron A. Brown, were both charged with felony THC possession with intent to deliver. The elder Brown is also charged with felony heroin possession.
Spotlight draws arrest A deputy stopped Jan. 4 at W3202 160th Ave. in Maiden Rock to tell a man that his high-powered spotlight was blinding motorists. The man was arrested for two warrants. Puppy mill report investigated
Fire crews from around St. Croix County responded Tuesday morning to a house fire in the town of Kinnickinnic. The fire was reported at about 9:20 a.m. Jan. 9 at 1237 County Road N — in between River Falls and Roberts. Initial scanner traffic suggested the home was not occupied at the time of the fire.
Two candidates for the 10th Senate District seat will appear next week in River Falls for a forum.
A Hudson man accused of putting a gun to his estranged wife’s head was arrested Thursday after an extensive search that prompted security measures at two schools. The St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office said the 45-year-old man, whose name was not immediately released, was arrested at 3:40 p.m. Jan. 4 without incident at a home on West Grove Road in the town of Troy.
Two Hudson schools were placed in a "modified lockdown" Thursday while authorities investigated a domestic-related incident in the area. Hudson School District sent a message to parents that Hudson Prairie Elementary and Hudson Middle School went into modified lockdown, which prevents students from going outside for recess or other activities.
A Woodville man pleaded not guilty to a seventh OWI offense last week in St. Croix County Circuit Court. Joseph A. Lynum, 43, entered the plea to the offense and a misdemeanor charge of driving while revoked during his Friday, Dec. 29, arraignment hearing. He faces a maximum penalty of 12 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
A Hudson woman was killed last week while snowmobiling in Michigan. The Gogebic County Sheriff's Office said 51-year-old Michele M. Megard died Friday, Dec. 29, after her snowmobile crashed and was struck by another rider in the group.
HUDSON – A trio of Green Bay-area teenagers was charged last month in St. Croix County Circuit Court after they allegedly lit a live chicken on fire in an incident that was recorded on camera and posted to social media. St. Croix County prosecutors charged 17-year-olds Hayden J. Lammers, Matthew M. Hrubesky and Ryan D. McElmurry Oct. 26 with one count each of intentionally mistreating animals, a misdemeanor. The teens, all from the Green Bay area, allegedly played different roles in the incident, which occurred Aug. 21 at a home in the town of St. Joseph.
Traffic trouble • An Elmwood man was arrested at 11:23 p.m. Dec. 22 at 330th Avenue and County Road S in Plum City after a traffic stop. The 23-year-old was arrested on suspicion of OWI and was cited for operating left of center. • Deputies were called at 4:13 a.m. Dec. 23 to W829 County Road G in Elmwood for an unwanted intoxicated person. A 31-year-old Red Wing man was arrested on warrants, including one from Clark County.