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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Brett Heino remembers pushing his patrol car hard up Interstate 94 last year in pursuit of a road rage suspect. But what sticks out to the Wisconsin State Patrol sergeant isn’t the road rager he was after. It was the line of vehicles he passed. Seven of the 10 vehicles he cruised by in traffic were driven by people looking at mobile devices.
Jim Laird treasures his commanding view of Little Falls Lake. A bay window at his home opens up a nearpanoramic view of the lake, from which Laird enjoys catching fish in the summer and winter. For those and other reasons, the town of St.
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.