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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NEW RICHMOND, Wis.—The trail for a New Richmond man who allegedly bolted from authorities in far western Wisconsin went cold last week. Too cold, in fact, according to court records. A criminal complaint against Kenneth R. Shutes Jr. states he ran from a Feb. 6 traffic stop, but eventually called 911 to report he was so cold he needed an ambulance.
HUDSON, Wis. — Words weren't enough for Alexis McKinley to describe what happened to a little boy who suffered a broken leg at the hands of a daycare worker. Though she tried. "This case is terrible," said McKinley, an assistant St. Croix County district attorney. "It's infuriating. It's sad. It's really hard to find the words to describe what happened to the victim." Instead, the prosecutor played a video of the Feb. 24, 2016, incident that led to a conviction against 27-year-old Ashley Garrity.
HUDSON, Wis.—A 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, Wis., resident Logan T. Reese. The 28-year-old allegedly killed his mother, identified as 49-year-old Charlene Wold, in Hudson.
HUDSON, Wis.—Hudson resident Jeff Larson is regarded among friends as unpretentious, humble and not in the least bit attracted to the limelight. He also just got done throwing the biggest Republican Party event in four years. While GOP nominee Donald Trump and other party leaders basked under the bright lights for four days this week at the Republican National Convention, Larson worked quietly in the background as CEO of the event.
STILLWATER, Minn. — A Woodbury man has been charged with barricading a woman inside his house for two days and beating and raping her. Police were called at 1:15 a.m. May 18 to a home in the 300 block of Leeward Trail, where they found a woman with injuries to her face and bruises up and down both arms. Kneeling with his hands clasped behind him at the door was the suspect, Richard Jay Holmes.
WOODBURY, Minn. —Lloyd Johnson spends his Wednesday afternoons shooting pool with friends. He broke from the routine this week and got the surprise of a lifetime – not an easy task, considering he spent the afternoon celebrating his 100th birthday. During the event, Johnson — a longtime fiddler — was visited by celebrated Minnesota violinist Peter Ostroushko.