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 man accused of killing a New Richmond woman and her daughter pleaded not guilty to all charges in the case during an arraignment hearing Monday in St. Croix County Circuit Court. Cristian D. Nunez, 37, is charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, one count of arson, one count of operating a motor vehicle without owner’s consent and one count of unauthorized use of an entity’s identifying information. St. Croix County prosecutors allege Nunez killed his ex-girlfriend, New Richmond resident Courtney Bradford, and her 10-year-old daughter Jasmine Bradford on Sept.
Deputies located a vehicle in the roadway at 4:13 a.m. Oct. 27 at 430th Avenue and 450th Street in Ellsworth. An investigation of the scene revealed the owner of the vehicle had poached a deer and was in the woods. Two males were located. State Department of Natural Resources officials were alerted to the incident. -- A man was bowhunting Oct. 30 near Highway 35 in Prescott when he heard a person shoot a firearm at a deer.
Sediment is passing below the dismantled Little Falls Lake dam along the Willow River, but not at a level that’s concerning to Department of Natural Resources officials. That was one of several messages conveyed during an Oct. 20 meeting at Hudson Town Hall, where community members met with agency officials for an update on the process at the dam, located in Willow River State Park. A large portion of the dam has been removed in recent weeks by workers contracted by the state in an effort to complete the drawdown of Little Falls Lake.
Two people were displaced from their Baldwin apartment on Wednesday after fire destroyed the unit. The residents, a woman and her son, were unable to return to the apartment at 830 11th Ave. after fire, which was first reported at 5:37 p.m. Hammond-Baldwin-Woodville United Fire Chief Gary Newton said indications were that the fire began in the kitchen of the two-bedroom apartment. Burners on the stove had been left on, he said.
A man called the sheriff’s department Oct. 22 to report a confrontation at the Border Lounge in Hager City. Speaking through a Spanish-language translator, the man said he was confronted by four people at the establishment and then pushed out the door. He feared the men would come after him. Deputies spoke with workers at the establishment, who said the caller was touching the dancers and was asked to leave. They denied he was manhandled during the episode.
A Spring Valley man was arrested on suspicion of his sixth OWI after the vehicle he was driving crashed Thursday evening outside Elmwood. Pierce County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a one-vehicle crash on Highway 128, about two miles north of Elmwood, where they arrived to find the driver being treated for injuries by an EMS crew. The initial call went out at 6:51 p.m.
A female caller in Hager City reported Oct. 16 that her ex-husband had offered to pay a man to kill her. When the man rejected the offer, the ex-husband threatened to kill him, the woman reported. The caller then disconnected the call. A deputy later followed up with the woman. Brick-tossing intruder A complainant reported Oct. 17 that he found an intruder in his backyard at W11150 County Road M west of River Falls.
Hudson police issued an alert for a convicted felon sought in connection with a turbulent incident on Friday at Hudson Hospital that continued to play out on Monday. Authorities and...
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials will discuss the plan ahead for the Little Falls Lake dam at a meeting next week. The meeting, set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Hudson Town Hall, will address the status of Little Falls Lake’s drawdown.
Two incidents on Sunday, including one that left a child injured, prompted a response by emergency crews at Willow River State Park. St. Croix EMS and Rescue responded to the Willow Lake Falls portion of the park Sunday afternoon, where a child was injured. Josh Olson, operations supervisor for St.