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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Three St. Croix County towns were among several rural communities awarded funding last week by the state to expand broadband connectivity. Northwest Communications received a total of $259,000 in funds for the towns of St. Joseph and Somerset, while Nextgen Communications was awarded $60,000 for the town of Forest as part of $7.68 million in grants from the Public Service Commission. The grants, met by $19.47 million in private matching funds, were issued to 46 communities around Wisconsin.
A foot chase that led to a confrontation with officers in the middle of the Apple River resulted in a Clear Lake man's arrest Wednesday in northern St. Croix County. The man was arrested after allegedly fighting with three St. Croix County Sheriff's Office deputies in midstream after being tracked down and grabbed by a police dog. The suspect, identified in the St. Croix County jail roster as Jess D. Malone, 33, was arrested on suspicion of resisting an officer, battery to law enforcement, methamphetamine possession and a probation hold.
HUDSON, Wis. — Bail remained at $500,000 for a St. Croix County man accused of killing his 19-year-old son. The St. Croix County District Attorney's Office on Tuesday charged 42-year-old Kayle Alan Fleischauer of New Richmond with first-degree intentional homicide in the shooting death of his son, St. Paul resident Chase Alan Fleischauer.
A Polk County toddler died Monday after being run over in a driveway. The Polk County Sheriff's Office said 1-year-old Arthur Flynn died at Regions Hospital after being airlifted from Osceola Medical Center following the crash, reported just after 10 a.m. The incident occurred while Flynn and his siblings were playing in the snow in the 500 block of 280th Street in the town of Farmington when an Osceola man began driving a panel van out of the driveway so it could be plowed.
St. Croix County authorities said one person is in custody following a suspicious death early Saturday in rural New Richmond. According to a news release, sheriff’s deputies were called at 4:11 a.m. to a home in the town of Richmond. Officers found a 19-year-old man there dead “under suspicious circumstances,” the news release states.
A Beldenville man faces multiple felonies after allegedly breaking into a woman's home and stealing her dogs. Authorities said Ed L. Prosser was found with two dogs reported missing after a suspected burglary March 31 at the woman's town of El Paso home. He denied stealing the animals during an interview with a sheriff's investigator, instead saying he was confused about why authorities were at his home.
ELLSWORTH — A Prescott man convicted of plunging a knife into a woman's neck was sentenced last week to prison. Pierce County Circuit Court Judge Joe Boles said even though the near-fatal assault Dennis A. Frank committed last year on the woman appeared out of character to those who knew him, the hints of premeditation and the phony story he told police dictated a prison term. The fake story, Boles said at the April 4 sentencing, was an attempt "to get him off the hook."
Crash results in man's sixth OWI arrest Spring Valley man, was arrested on suspicion of OWI-sixth offense and transported to a hospital. Traffic trouble • Deputies responded to a driving complaint at 11:34 p.m. April 2 at County Road E and Highway 10 in Prescott. Officers stopped the vehicle and ultimately arrested the driver, a Minneapolis man, on suspicion of OWI and driving without a license.
A River Falls man with a history of criminal convictions is back in jail and charged with multiple felonies after a string of incidents Saturday in Pierce County. The Pierce County District Attorney's Office charged Chase G. Kohl, 33, with five felonies — operating without consent while carrying a weapon, burglary, second-degree recklessly endangering safety, taking and driving a vehicle without consent, criminal property damage and being a convicted felon in possession of firearm.
NEW RICHMOND — Schools aren't the only places active-shooter incidents occur. While events like February's massacre in Florida drew the focus to school buildings, the possibility for similar attacks — like those that have happened in workplaces, churches, malls and movie theaters — is just as possible, New Richmond Police Chief Craig Yehlik points out. So why shouldn't the rest of the community be given the same safety tools students and school staff receive?