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 popular east metro golf course must pay out $130,000 to former employees who were the targets of sexual harassment and reprisals by the owner, according to a Washington County District Court ruling. Judge Mary Hannon ruled Monday, Aug. 21, that William Doebler and Mississippi Dunes Golf Links violated the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA) and allowed a hostile work environment for employees who faced sexual harassment and reprisal. Hannon admonished the golf course in her ruling, saying its failure to respond to sex discrimination allegations was "alarming."
A deputy on patrol at 9:11 p.m. Aug. 7 recognized a motorist with felony warrants at 285th Avenue and County Road K in Hager City. The incident led to a pursuit, with the suspect's vehicle crashing into a field. A passenger was detained but the driver got away. A search of the area didn't turn up the suspect. Burglaries
A St. Croix County prosecutor said a suspected drug dealer was armed and "setting up for a fight" with police before being arrested last week at a rural Somerset home. Authorities said suspected drugs, guns and a large amount of cash were discovered Wednesday, Aug. 16, after authorities from multiple agencies raided a home where 33-year-old Andover, Minn., resident James Lee Johnson was arrested.
Three former Prescott police employees are no longer with the department — including two officers who reportedly violated policy. City Administrator Jayne Brand confirmed Monday, Aug. 21, that former officers Bryan Massman and Ryan Most are no longer employed with the department. A third employee, former administrative assistant Erin Most — Ryan Most’s wife — is also gone from the police department, the city confirmed.
A Prescott man was arrested on suspicion of multiple felonies Tuesday after a stabbing at his apartment. Prescott Interim Police Chief Robert Funk identified the suspect in a news release as 66-year-old Dennis A. Frank, 66. The victim, a female, was not identified Wednesday pending family notification. She was hospitalized “and is receiving care,” the release states. According to the release:
A New Richmond woman faces arson charges after she allegedly set a fire in her apartment. St. Croix County prosecutors on Thursday, Aug. 17, charged Koianna J. Kelley, 28, with two counts of felony arson and one count of misdemeanor criminal property damage. Kelley made her initial court appearance Thursday, where St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Michael Waterman ordered her to post $5,000 cash bond.
Suspected drugs, guns and a large amount of cash was discovered Wednesday after authorities from multiple agencies raided a rural Somerset home. The search warrant, served at 11:48 a.m. at 2246 71st St. in the town of Somerset, led to the arrest of a suspected drug dealer with a history of felony convictions, said St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Cathy Borgschatz.
Prescott community members, along with members of the law enforcement and military communities gathered Wednesday to pay their last respects to Gary Krutke. The Prescott police chief, who died Aug. 5 after a lengthy cancer battle, was “the people’s man,” Prescott resident Sanjeev Dhawan told attendees at a memorial service. “Gary was a giver,” said Dhawan, who serves as the city’s code enforcement officer and led services at the Prescott High School gym.
A trio of Minnesota men are accused in a rowdy night that allegedly led to a burglary and a robbery at a Prescott apartment. One man booted down the door of an apartment complex before he and others entered the building and wrestled a man's cellphone away, according to charges filed last week in Pierce County Circuit Court. The men allegedly fled the area in a boat to Hastings, where one suspect reportedly slugged another in the face.
A Prescott man returns to court this month in Pierce County on allegations he crashed into two pedestrians outside a bar just weeks after threatening to shoot police. The allegations stem from three separate incidents between June and July that left 29-year-old Jeffrey A. Carr charged with one count of threat to law enforcement officers, one count of operating a motor vehicle without owner's consent, one count of felony bail jumping and two counts of aggravated battery. He's also charged with misdemeanor bail jumping and disorderly conduct.