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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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.
The man reported missing on the St. Croix River has been found safe, authorities announced Monday.
The man charged in a Goodhue County slaying was arrested at gunpoint in Pierce County early Tuesday after leading deputies there on a high-speed pursuit that ended when he bailed out of the car after it crashed, according to court documents filed in Wisconsin. The suspect, identified by authorities as 26-year-old Charles Deonta Jones, got out of the wreck with a gun in his hand and ran off toward a wooded area before giving himself up, a criminal complaint states.
Maplewood police were investigating a kidnapping report Tuesday after a woman who turned up in Woodbury said she’d been abducted. According to a Woodbury police report, dispatchers took a call at 4:09 a.m. at Kwik Trip on Hudson Road about a disoriented woman bleeding from the face who said she’d jumped out of a moving vehicle.
A Minnesota man was arrested on suspicion of his second impaired-driving offense Sunday after allegedly leading authorities on an Interstate 94 chase that ended in St. Croix County. A St. Croix County sheriff’s deputy used the pursuit intervention technique (PIT) to stop the vehicle, which came to rest in the I-94 median. The suspect, identified by the Wisconsin State Patrol as Cody A. Johnson of Isle, Minn., was arrested after a short foot pursuit.
TOWN OF ST. JOSEPH -- Two men playing paintball were seriously injured Friday in St. Croix County in a lightning strike. The men, whose identities were not immediately released, were taken by ambulance to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with what St. Croix County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Scott Knudson described as “very serious injuries.” The incident occurred in a wooded area at Splat Tag Inc. on County Road E in the town of St. Joseph.
A Minnesota man accused of leading officers on a subzero manhunt after tearing off his shirt and brandishing knives at a New Richmond bar pleaded guilty last week in St. Croix County Circuit Court. Stillwater resident Trevor P. Bjorkman pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor battery and one count of misdemeanor bail jumping during a Thursday, April 6, hearing. St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Michael Waterman sentenced Bjorkman to 120 days in jail on the convictions, which stemmed from three incidents between Nov. 9, 2016, and Jan. 30, 2017.
Family members of the Hudson woman killed in an alleged distracted driving crash said they were left reeling by a charging decision issued last week in the case. “We’re extremely disappointed,” said Wendy Goeltz, the mother of 22-year-old Megan Goeltz, killed Feb. 29, 2016, in a West Lakeland Township crash.
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.