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 Roberts man arrested on suspicion of his fourth drunken-driving offense was charged with three felonies, one of which allegedly involved some choice words for the arresting officer. Police said the incident occurred after the 40-year-old man was warned by an officer not to drive, but was later found swerving on the interstate, where construction crews were working. The arresting officer reported the man swore profusely at him while being driven to jail and made repeated threats to assault the policeman.
A St. Croix County judge wasn't swayed by efforts to modify bond conditions for a New Richmond man accused of killing his son.
A New Richmond woman is appealing a St. Croix County Board of Canvassers decision that cost her a county board seat. The April 3 vote for St. Croix County Board's District 13 seat finished in an exact tie between incumbent Scottie Ard and challenger Ryan Sherley. Ard was declared the winner after a Board of Canvassers process where her name was drawn from a bowl. The result prompted Sherley to demand a recount, which yielded the same vote total, but turned up a three-vote difference between voters and ballots cast.
A longtime Hudson police officer left no doubt about his plans for retirement Tuesday. “From now on, I’ll be on the driving range, not the firing range,” officer Ed Rankin announced just before 10:30 a.m. April 24.
A Baldwin man accused of threatening to shoot a neighbor was arrested Saturday in a tense incident that brought in an armored police vehicle and led to a nearby bar's evacuation. Members of the St. Croix County Sheriff's Office emergency response unit (ERU) eventually arrested the suspect, Jonathan G. Nagy, without incident at his 1020 Seventh Ave. home.
A sentencing hearing was set for June after a Hudson man entered pleas to three counts of child porn possession. John E. Nerbonne, 73, pleaded no contest to the charges at an April 4 hearing in St. Croix County Circuit Court. Two other child porn charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement. State investigators executed a search warrant at Nerbonne's home in May 2016 after agents discovered an Internet address sharing suspicious files. The internet address was registered to Nerbonne's Hudson home.
Deputies conducted a traffic stop at 1:16 a.m. April 12 at highways 35 and 63 in Hager City. The driver, a Hastings woman, was arrested on suspicion of methamphetamine possession, drug paraphernalia possession and electric weapon possession.
A Prescott mother and her live-in boyfriend returned to court this week on allegations they kept four children living in an apartment so reportedly soiled that a police officer said a fish tank appeared to be the cleanest thing in the residence.
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.