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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Somerset police are awaiting information on a body found Sunday at a riverside park. Police Chief Thomas Sirovatka said Somerset police, firefighters and St. Croix County sheriff’s deputies were called at 3:33 p.m. Sunday to a report of a male body discovered below Village Park on the Apple River.
A 30-year-old River Falls man with a lengthy criminal history was arrested last week after eluding a tactical team and other authorities for the better part of a day. Pierce...
Attorneys met in St. Croix County District Court last week in the case of a Roberts man accused of possessing two homemade gun silencers and an illegal machine gun. The suspect, Derek D. Soderstrom, 41, was charged in March 2014 with two counts of possessing a firearm silencer, one count of possession of a firearm while intoxicated and one count of possession of a fully automatic weapon. According to a criminal complaint: Roberts police were called Feb.
Ray Cross arrived at the UW-River Falls campus Tuesday morning, March 31, well aware that, like others around the state, the students, faculty and staff on campus are bracing for...
A man accused of shooting three people in a gangrelated incident last year in Hudson maintained his innocence last week at a turbulent court hearing in St. Croix County Circuit Court. Throughout the nearly threehour hearing, Ahmed F. Hirsi, 27, argued with prosecutors and with James Peterson, a 10th District Circuit Court judge chambered in Dunn County who is presiding over the St.
The moments leading up to a 2013 crash that left three children dead took center stage Wednesday in Pierce County Circuit Court. Pierce County sheriff’s deputy Aaron Hansen testified at a hearing for Kari Jo Milberg that a Facebook message was still waiting to be sent from her iPhone months after being recovered from the scene of the crash. “Before I realized what I was seeing, it was gone,” the former sheriff’s investigator said while describing his investigation of the phone.
Kari Jo Milberg wiped tears from her face Wednesday in Pierce County Circuit Court during a hearing where she pleaded not guilty to three counts of homicide by negligent operation...
A 30-year-old Montana man was killed Sunday afternoon after the car he was driving slammed into a pickup truck on Highway 65 in rural St. Croix County, according to a news release.
RICE LAKE -- Voices raised Monday in western Wisconsin in defense of a state health-care program, the University of Wisconsin System, natural resources concerns, K-12 public education and other items slated for changes under Gov.
A Hammond man made his first appearance last week in St. Croix County District Court on allegations that he entered a New Richmond home and strangled a woman there. The suspect, Travis Hueg, 24, was charged with one count of felony domestic abuse by strangulation or suffocation, one count of misdemeanor battery and one count of misdemeanor criminal property damage. He posted a $1,750 signature bond on March 16. According to a St. Croix County criminal complaint: New Richmond police were called at 3:39 p.m.