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 Beldenville man faces multiple felonies after allegedly breaking into a woman's home and stealing her dogs. Authorities said Ed L. Prosser was found with two dogs reported missing after a suspected burglary March 31 at the woman's town of El Paso home. He denied stealing the animals during an interview with a sheriff's investigator, instead saying he was confused about why authorities were at his home.
ELLSWORTH — A Prescott man convicted of plunging a knife into a woman's neck was sentenced last week to prison. Pierce County Circuit Court Judge Joe Boles said even though the near-fatal assault Dennis A. Frank committed last year on the woman appeared out of character to those who knew him, the hints of premeditation and the phony story he told police dictated a prison term. The fake story, Boles said at the April 4 sentencing, was an attempt "to get him off the hook."
Crash results in man's sixth OWI arrest Spring Valley man, was arrested on suspicion of OWI-sixth offense and transported to a hospital. Traffic trouble • Deputies responded to a driving complaint at 11:34 p.m. April 2 at County Road E and Highway 10 in Prescott. Officers stopped the vehicle and ultimately arrested the driver, a Minneapolis man, on suspicion of OWI and driving without a license.
A River Falls man with a history of criminal convictions is back in jail and charged with multiple felonies after a string of incidents Saturday in Pierce County. The Pierce County District Attorney's Office charged Chase G. Kohl, 33, with five felonies — operating without consent while carrying a weapon, burglary, second-degree recklessly endangering safety, taking and driving a vehicle without consent, criminal property damage and being a convicted felon in possession of firearm.
Prosecutors say a curbside assault on a gay man late last month in Hudson represents a hate crime. The March 31 incident left the man with a black eye and other minor injuries after he was allegedly pushed to the ground and punched. The suspect, Hudson resident Christopher J. Salmon, was charged with battery involving a hate crime, a felony. The 37-year-old was released from St. Croix County jail on a signature bond after his initial hearing April 2.
Two Hager City men were ticketed for reckless driving after they allegedly raced down a Hager City roadway, where one vehicle nearly struck an oncoming vehicle and the other crashed into a business, according to authorities. A Pierce County Sheriff's Office accident report states Randy W. Trok, 68, and Tony S. Burow, 41, were both northbound March 31 on County Road VV when the incident occurred. Trok's vehicle, a 1930 custom Ford coupe, crashed into Hager City Glass Co. property.
A Hager City man was hospitalized Tuesday while attempting to put out a fire that destroyed his garage. The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office said 59-year-old Douglas Volenec was transported to Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Wing for injuries sustained while trying to extinguish the blaze on his own.
Gov. Scott Walker said he was making good on his promise to deliver welfare reform when he signed three bills this week in River Falls. The bills were part of a package of legislation the Republican governor signed during various stops around the state Tuesday, April 10. "We looked at it in the fact that at 2.9 percent unemployment, we can't afford to have anybody on the sidelines," Walker said to a group of supporters and curious shoppers at Dick's Fresh Market. "We need everybody in the game."
Authorities on Thursday arrested a Glenwood City School District faculty member amid allegations he had an online sexual relationship with a Missouri child.
Five people were hospitalized Saturday following two separate crashes on Pierce County roads. The first crash, at 1:15 p.m. March 31, sent a Prescott woman and two children to a hospital after an incident on Highway 10 near 620th Avenue in the town of Oak Grove. The Pierce County Sheriff's Office said investigation revealed that a 2002 Ford Explorer driven by 34-year-old Prescott resident Analicia K. Frandrup was struck in traffic after a 2007 GMC Envoy driven by Keith W. Shonkwiler crossed the centerline.