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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Two people suspected in high-value thefts around the Twin Cities allegedly led officers from multiple agencies on a pursuit Monday from Woodbury to the Menomonie area. According to multiple reports, the incident began around 7:30 p.m. at the Cabela's store in Woodbury, where two people were seen running from the store after a suspected shoplifting incident.
A Minnesota man accused of leading authorities on a two-state pursuit that ended after he drove over spike strips near Baldwin faces felony charges in St. Croix County. Prosecutors charged 52-year-old Dean A. Curley with fleeing an officer and methamphetamine possession after the Feb. 22 incident on Interstate 94. The White Bear Lake resident pleaded not guilty to all charges, which include one count of possessing drug paraphernalia. Curley posted $2,000 cash bond Monday, March 6.
A St. Croix County man stabbed his mother to death Saturday night in rural Hudson before shooting at police in an incident that led to a 50-mile pursuit into Minnesota, eventually ending with the suspect taking his own life, authorities said. The St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office identified the man as Glenwood City resident Logan T. Reese. The 28-year-old allegedly killed his mother, identified as 49-year-old Charlene Wold, at 733 N. Meadow Drive in the town of Hudson.
Authorities from Wisconsin and Minnesota were tracking a man suspected in a high-speed St. Croix County pursuit when the trail tapered off at a house near the St. Croix River. It was the same house where Minnesota dispatchers said a person reported a cellphone had just slid off the roof of his garage. About 30 seconds later, officers allegedly found their man on the roof of a home in the 1000 block of Rivercrest Road in West Lakeland Township.
Wisconsin authorities put out an alert Wednesday for suspects in a credit card scam that allegedly involves Walmart stores from Woodbury to Red Wing. According to a St. Croix Falls (Wis.) Police Department announcement, two suspects used cloned credit cards to buy gift cards on Sunday, Dec. 18, at a Walmart there. The suspects have been active in Pierce County and at Walmarts in Cottage Grove, Woodbury and Red Wing, according to police.
Railroad crews were working Nov. 8 to clear a Union Pacific line between Hudson, Wis., and West Lakeland Township after a multi-car derailment. The derailment occurred along the St. Croix River, on the Minnesota side, where a freight car could be seen tipped over with a portion resting on a beach. Union Pacific Railroad spokeswoman Calli Hite said a total of seven empty cars derailed during the incident, which occurred at about 2 a.m. She said the train crew reported debris on the tracks before the derailment occurred.
The interstate crash that snarled traffic for hours Wednesday in Hudson involved three vehicles including a semi-trailer, according to new information released by the Wisconsin State Patrol. The crash, which...
Last spring's spate of trespassing complaints at the former St. Croix Meadows dog track in Hudson led to another round of charges against four more people. Misdemeanor illegal entry charges were filed last month in St. Croix County Circuit Court against River Falls, Wis., residents Benjamin C. Spafford, 22; Bailey L. Morning, 20; Lena V. Carlson, 19; and Eugene T. Langlois, 17. Langlois also faces three misdemeanor criminal property damage charges, while Spafford faces one additional count of misdemeanor criminal property damage.
A metro bus headed eastbound on Interstate 94 created a false alarm during Friday's morning rush hour. The bus was seen displaying “call police” on its overhead display, prompting two...
Cops and their K-9 partners will be gunning to be top dog this month in Hudson. The U.S. Police Canine Association will hold regional trials June 12-14 at multiple locations in Hudson, Wis., where the public can get a look at the various disciplines officers and police dogs must master in order to receive their certification. "It's a certification, but it's also a competition," said St. Croix County Sheriff's Office Patrol Lt. Jason Sykyora, who heads up his agency's K-9 team.