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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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 Washington County sheriff's deputies to respond. The bus was pulled over at 7:42 a.m. just east of Neal Avenue in Afton. According to a Washington County dispatcher, the display was the result of a malfunction. “There was no emergency whatsoever,” according to the dispatcher.
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.
HUDSON, WIS.—Two Woodbury teenagers face felony charges for their alleged involvement in a March rampage that amassed nearly $20,000 in damages at Hudson, Wis.'s abandoned dog track. Prosecutors in St. Croix County, Wis., charged Zackary J. Beyers, 18, and Tyler N. Hopwood, 17, with burglary and criminal property damage. Both counts are felony-level charges. The teens make their initial appearances on the charges on Thursday, May 12. According to a criminal complaint:
About one-third finished, the St. Croix River Crossing project heads into its prime construction season with officials hoping enough pieces will be in place by year’s end that the structure will at last begin resembling a bridge to passers-by. “Right now, it’s looking good,” said Paul Kivisto, bridge construction engineer for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, during a media tour of the project on Wednesday.
Officers from Minnesota plunged into frigid Lake Mallalieu waters early Thursday after a woman who led police on a chase allegedly drove her vehicle into the lake. The Hudson Police Department said the officers removed the woman from the vehicle as it was sinking. The woman, identified by Hudson police as 35-year-old Blaine resident Candace M. Maunu, was arrested on suspicion of OWI-fifth offense. According to a news release: Hudson police became involved at 2:15 a.m. after learning of a police pursuit headed east on Interstate 94 from Minnesota.
A 49-year-old Minnesota man appeared in St. Croix County Circuit Court Thursday, Sept. 17, on felony sexual assault allegations. Troy L. Falos of Woodbury made his initial appearance on one...
A Woodbury teenager made his initial appearance last week in St. Croix County Circuit Court on allegations that he possessed nude photos of a juvenile girl with whom he was caught in the backseat of a vehicle in Hudson. Ryan M. Zinkgraf, 18, was charged Aug. 25 with one count of felony child pornography possession and one count of lewd and lascivious behavior, a misdemeanor. He made his initial appearance Aug. 26 and is set to appear for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 10.
HUDSON, WIS. — When a woman arrived at Baldwin Area Medical Center with a deep cut in her arm, the suspect, her husband, couldn’t explain the source of the injury...
ELLSWORTH, WIS. — 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.