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 Hastings man was charged with a felony in Pierce County after allegedly breaking down a woman's door last week during a domestic disturbance in River Falls. The Pierce County District Attorney's Office charged Mitchell K. Bruckmoser with one count of felony intimidating a victim and three misdemeanors: criminal trespassing, criminal property damage and disorderly conduct. The 25-year-old made his initial court appearance April 25, where he was released on a signature bond.
A motorist was airlifted Monday after a two-vehicle crash near the Mississippi River’s back channel in rural Hager City. Scanner transmissions indicated the person was extricated from a vehicle after the crash, first reported at 3:14 p.m. The crash, which occurred on Highway 63 at 830th Street, left highway traffic closed for about an hour. More information will be posted as it becomes available from authorities.
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.
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.
ELLSWORTH — The Kentucky man who transported and dumped a box containing the body of a Prescott man is headed to prison. Pierce County Circuit Court Judge Joe Boles on Monday sentenced Clarence M. Hicks to three years in prison and seven years on extended supervision. The sentence followed a plea agreement between Hicks, his attorney and prosecution.
A western Wisconsin woman was critically injured Friday morning after her minivan crashed into an Ellsworth School District bus near Bay City. A Wisconsin State Patrol news release states a 55-year-old Nelson woman who was driving the minivan sustained life-threatening injuries in the crash, reported at 6:25 a.m. on Highway 35 at County Road D.
Two Minnesota men decided the night after the Super Bowl was a prime time to strike poker machines inside a Hager City bar, according to court documents outlining how the men allegedly conspired to commit the burglary. Pierce County prosecutors charged the men, Hastings resident Mark A. Smith and Lakeville resident Robert S. Huber, with burglary and felony criminal property damage. Smith, 30, and Huber, 31, are also charged with misdemeanor theft.
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.
A St. Croix County judge set bail at $100,000 Thursday for a Somerset man accused of sexploitation and sexually assaulting a child. St. Croix Circuit Court Judge Scott Needham ordered bail for Richard A. Maness, who was charged with repeated sexual assault of a child, sexual exploitation of a child, possession of child pornography and child enticement.