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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Railroad obstruction -- A special agent with Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad reported Aug. 18 that a car was on the tracks near Highway 35 and Green Street in Maiden Rock. A train had to stop due to the situation. A deputy later found the car in a bank parking lot, where a person admitted to being on the tracks.
One person was hospitalized Sunday after a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 94 near Roberts. According to the Wisconsin State Patrol, a 54-year-old woman from Weyerhaeuser, Wis., was taken to Regions Hospital with non life-threatening injuries. The woman was a passenger in a Chevrolet pickup truck that was struck by a Ford pickup towing a trailer at about 3:34 p.m. near mile marker 14.
A woman who St. Croix County prosecutors said was writing forged checks from an account that allegedly was being illegally accessed by her mother pleaded guilty last week. Courtney McConnach,...
A Minnesota man was sentenced last week in the case of a fatal 2013 St. Croix River boat crash that left his friend dead. Patrick Puhalla, 49, of Bayport, was sentenced Aug. 12 in Pierce County Circuit Court to six months in jail, seven years on probation and community service.
The former Hudson High School student depicted in a cellphone video performing sex acts on a juvenile girl was sentenced Wednesday in a case that has stretched out nearly four years. Hudson resident Alexander F. Gove was sentenced to three years on probation by St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Scott Needham. The town of St. Joseph man was also sentenced to 90 days already served in jail.
A neighboring county has stepped up to handle 911 calls after a lightning strike temporarily disabled services in Pierce County. The Pierce County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday that St. Croix County has been handling 911 calls since late Monday after a lightning strike on a Pierce County microwave tower knocked out the 911 phone system there. According to a news release, calls have been rerouted to St.
Pierce County Sheriff's Department reported the following incidents among the many they handled: Dance-floor injury
Safety continues to be a focal point on Pierce and St. Croix county waterways as summer enters its home stretch. St. Croix County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Scott Knudson said this year has been catastrophe-free on his stretch the St. Croix River -- and he’d like to keep it that way. “This summer we’ve been very fortunate,” he said. A death last week on the St. Croix River in Chisago County, Minn., highlighted safety concerns on the river. In that instance, a swimmer attempted cross the St. Croix on Aug. 4, but struggled to keep afloat after reaching depths of more than 8 feet.
An armed man allegedly bent on harming potential witnesses and prosecutors in a high-profile murder trial two years ago roamed the halls of the St. Croix County Government Center. The man, who was arrested before any harm was done, was caught with two knives in his possession during the 2013 trial of Aaron Schaffhausen, the man convicted of killing his three daughters at their River Falls home. Joseph Rollag, the armed man at the government center -- which houses the courthouse -- later pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon. St.
A Minnesota man was sentenced Wednesday in the case of a fatal 2013 St. Croix River boat crash that left his friend dead. Patrick Puhalla, 49, of Bayport, was sentenced in Pierce County Circuit Court to six months in jail, seven years on probation and community service. He pleaded guilty May 26 to one count of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and one count of causing injury by intoxicated boat operation.