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 reported missing on the St. Croix River has been found safe, authorities announced Monday.
A Minnesota man was hospitalized Saturday after the motorcycle he was on crashed in Pierce County. The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office identified the driver as 53-year-old Thomas G. Filipek of Hugo, the operator of a Victory motorcycle that crashed near Highway 10 and 1090th Street in the town of Oak Grove. Filipek was taken by River Falls EMS to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. The extent of his injuries was not disclosed.
PRESCOTT — The U.S. Senate has been called the most exclusive club in the world. On consecutive days last week, Prescott High School was visited by two members of that body — Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin. The lawmakers didn't arrive in Prescott by happenstance. Their presence April 11-12 was the result of an ongoing effort by Prescott teacher Jeff Ryan to introduce students to Wisconsin's elected officials.
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.
A UW-River Falls student faces felony charges after allegedly stealing more than $18,000 worth of materials from the university's library. The Pierce County District Attorney on Monday, April 17, charged 21-year-old Garrett K. DeBuse with burglary and theft of library materials. The River Falls resident made his initial court appearance the same day and was released on a $10,000 signature bond. A preliminary hearing was set for May 23. According to a criminal complaint:
ELLSWORTH — Hundreds of area residents, activists and community leaders packed the stands Wednesday at Ellsworth High School’s gym, where the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee held a public hearing. Education funding was a central theme early at the event, which lawmakers said has been voiced at other hearings held around the state.
PRESCOTT — U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson laid out the ground rules immediately. "Anything's fair game," he told students last week during a question-and-answer presentation at Prescott High School. Students attending the event took him up on it — and didn't lob softballs. Climate change, school vouchers and the bombing in Syria were among questions directed Tuesday, April 11, at Johnson, a Republican who chairs the U.S. Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
A Minnesota man was arrested on suspicion of his second impaired-driving offense Sunday after allegedly leading authorities on an Interstate 94 chase that ended in St. Croix County. A St. Croix County sheriff’s deputy used the pursuit intervention technique (PIT) to stop the vehicle, which came to rest in the I-94 median. The suspect, identified by the Wisconsin State Patrol as Cody A. Johnson of Isle, Minn., was arrested after a short foot pursuit.
A western Wisconsin man was killed Saturday after the motorcycle he was driving struck a cow on a county road in the town of Rock Elm. The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office identified the driver as 56-year-old David Alan Kelch of Arkansaw. He died on the way to the hospital, according to a news release.
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.