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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The Stilllwater lift bridge was closed Tuesday afternoon while workers attempted to fix an electrical problem. Minnesota Department of Transportation and Xcel Energy workers were on the scene of an outage located at power pole on the Minnesota side of the bridge, which connects Stillwater and Houlton. Workers said a meter socket blew, cutting all power to the bridge. According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the outage occurred at 12:15 p.m. The outage likely wasn't the result of anything other than old equipment, according to workers.
A St. Croix County woman died from an apparent carbon monoxide poisoning Sunday after she and two others were found on a boat over the weekend on the St. Croix River.
HUDSON — One minute it was a typical, relaxing day on the beach. And then the screaming started. "Everything 180'd real quick," said Oakdale, Minn., resident Cole Ulrich, who was among those spending June 6 on the beach.
The woman sought by authorities for her alleged role in a St. Croix County homicide-by-vehicle case has been arrested. The St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Makellia S. Jensen, of Big Lake, Minn., was arrested early Wednesday. Chief Deputy Scott Knudson said Jensen was arrested at 1:20 a.m. at a Motel 6 on Cleveland Avenue in Roseville, Minn., after police were called there for a disturbance in a room.
Authorities pulled one of two people from the St. Croix River Tuesday afternoon after they went underwater. Crews from St. Croix and Washington counties were searching the river as of 5:50 p.m. for a male who still had not been found, according to Washington County dispatch supervisor Bobbi Rindfleisch. She said life-saving measures were being performed on the female who was pulled from the water by authorities. Her condition wasn’t immediately available.
Authorities allege a member of the reputed Mustafa crime family targeted a Hudson, Wis., store, where he allegedly made more than $12,000 in fraudulent cellphone purchases. Charges filed last week against Marcus P. Coleman allege he followed the crime family's blueprint by using stolen identities to open accounts that were used to charge 14 iPhones.
Less than five months after pleading no contest to substantial battery to a child in St. Croix County, a 27-year-old man was charged with a similar crime in Minnesota. Washington County prosecutors allege Jonathon D. Wierstad assaulted a 16-month-old boy who was placed on life support after a May 11 incident in Willernie, Minn. Siv Yurichuk, an assistant Washington County attorney, said Thursday there have been “no significant changes” since the child was hospitalized.
A Minnesota man caused an Interstate 94 crash that left a truck driver injured, and then drove away from the scene, according to charges filed this week in St. Croix County Circuit Court. Prosecutors allege Inver Grove Heights resident Dylan M. Nelson was intoxicated at the time of the crash, reported early Saturday on the freeway in Hudson. Nelson, 23, made his initial court appearance Monday on one count of felony hit-and-run causing injury and a misdemeanor count of OWI causing injury. St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Scott Needham set cash bail at $1,500 at the hearing.
A Rosemount woman tasked with handling funds for a Dakota County school’s senior party allegedly funneled more than $4,300 from the group’s coffers through a sex-themed business, according to charges filed this week. Dakota County prosecutors allege 38-year-old Jill L. Fielder transacted about $8,727 in unauthorized funds belonging to a parent group organizing the Eastview High School senior party. Fielder, the group’s treasurer, is charged with one count of theft by temporary control, a felony.
Stolen cars from two states, one high-speed chase and a burglary led to a host of felony charges for a Beldenville man this week in Pierce County Circuit Court. Prosecutors allege 20-year-old Joshua J. Reeverts ditched a car stolen from Woodbury in a Pierce County field before burglarizing a rural River Falls home, where he allegedly swiped keys to a Cadillac. He then allegedly stole the Cadillac and drove it until it was spotted by authorities in Ellsworth.