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 River Falls woman was killed and three others were injured Sunday afternoon in a head-on collision on Highway 65 in Roberts. The St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office identified the deceased as 61-year-old Bonny J. Britton. She was pronounced dead on the scene by the St. Croix County Medical Examiner. The driver of a second car, 18-year-old Eau Claire resident Cody D. Carlson, was taken to Hudson Hospital before being transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul.
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.
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.
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 Minnesota men were injured in separate motorcycle crashes Sunday in Pierce County. The first crash was reported just before 4 p.m. on 170th Avenue and Highway 35 in Hager City. According to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, 55-year-old Edward Withuski from Brooklyn Center, Minn., crashed while driving west on 170th. The motorcycle failed to negotiate a curve in the road, lost control and fell over, according to deputies.
The nerve center behind one of Hudson’s most popular exports will be opening its doors to the public. Little Free Library will be holding its first-ever open house on Monday, Oct.12. The event, which runs from 1-7 p.m., will be held at Little Free Library’s headquarters at 573 County A, Suite 106, in Hudson. Visitors will have the chance to meet staff at the nonprofit organization and get a look at unique creations, including a custom-made Little Free Library decorated by “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening.
Packs of cars pulled over -- A convoy of muscle cars peeled out at highways 35 and 63 in Hager City. Deputies stopped six cars and issued warning to the drivers. Sinking boat -- Deputies were called Oct. 3 to Front Street in Prescott for a sinking boat. The boat, which was tied off, had struck a wing dam in the river, causing it to take on water. Firefighters were requested to help bail out water.
A rural River Falls man and his wife were injured Saturday after the car they were in was rearended by a charter bus. According to a Pierce County Sheriff’s Office new release, Donald Miner, 73, and Mary Miner, 71, were taken by personal vehicle to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries after the crash, which was reported at 11:24 a.m. on Highway 35 in the town of Maiden Rock.
A Minnesota woman was hospitalized Saturday after the motorcycle she was on crashed into a ditch in the town of Salem. According to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, 42-year-old St. Paul Park resident Jodi L. Anderson was injured in a crash reported at 5:55 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, on County Road A. Sheriff’s deputies said Anderson drove her 2012 Yamaha motorcycle off the roadway while rounding a curve and crashed into a ditch. She was ejected from the motorcycle during the crash.
A Spring Valley woman was one of three people hospitalized Friday after a two-vehicle crash on the St. Croix-Dunn county line that allegedly involved alcohol. According to the Wisconsin State Patrol, troopers responded at 8:59 p.m. to a crash on Highway 29 near County Road PP in Dunn County’s Lucas Township.