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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ELLSWORTH, Wis. — A gas station just paces away from Pierce County's law enforcement center might not be the most inconspicuous place for a drug deal, but prosecutors allege that's just what a trio of teens did last week. The young men were flanked by officers — including a nine-year veteran of the St. Croix Valley Drug Task Force pumping gas into his squad car — who watched them transact the sale of a quarter-pound of marijuana Thursday, March 9, according to charges filed in the case.
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.
A Minnesota man who cultivated a notable alter-ego as a sports fan was allegedly connected to more than 170 pounds of seized marijuana after drug seizures in his home state and in Wisconsin. St. Croix County (Wis.) authorities called the discovery of more than 134 pounds of suspected marijuana at a Houlton storage unit — the largest drug seizure they have handled in recent memory.
ELLSWORTH, Wis. — A 66-year-old Ellsworth woman accused of shooting her husband to death and hauling him to the woods was ordered Tuesday to undergo a competency evaluation at a...
WOODBURY — No tears.