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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Authorities pulled one of two people from the St. Croix River Tuesday afternoon after they went underwater. Crews from St. Croix and Washington counties were searching the river as of 5:50 p.m. for a male who still had not been found, according to Washington County dispatch supervisor Bobbi Rindfleisch. She said life-saving measures were being performed on the female who was pulled from the water by authorities. Her condition wasn’t immediately available.
A Twin Cities man was airlifted after the motorcycle he was driving crashed last weekend in rural Pierce County. The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office identified the man as 37-year-old Nathan Blackbird of Shakopee. He was first taken to Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Wing before being airlifted to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. His condition was not immediately available Tuesday, May 30.
A Pierce County jury acquitted a Hager City man on trial last week for sexual assault of a child. The two-day trial for Christopher E. Kaeder ended Friday with his acquittal, according to Pierce County Circuit Court records. Charges against the 36-year-old included first-degree sexual assault of a child under 13 to which he pleaded not guilty in August 2016. A criminal complaint stated the mother of a child known to Kaeder came forward to Pierce County sheriff's deputies Aug. 1, 2016, saying the girl reported he may have molested her the previous weekend.
A semi-trailer crash limited travel to one lane on Highway 35 south of Maiden Rock, according to Pierce County authorities. The Pierce County Sheriff's Office Facebook page posted a photo at about 8:40 a.m. Thursday, May 25, that apparently depicts an overturned semi lying off the road. Severe damage to a guard rail is also depictd in the photo. "Please use caution of you are traveling on Hwy 35 south of Maiden Rock, WI," the Facebook post states. "Officers are currently working on a semi crash and the highway is down to one lane."
A Prescott man intentionally tore up an east metro lawn two hours before using a stolen credit card to buy beer and tobacco back in Wisconsin, according to documents filed last week in Pierce County Circuit Court. The alleged crime spree ended with the suspect, Justin M. Brennan, being shot with a stun gun outside his Prescott home, but not before he spit in a police officer's face, the documents state.
Less than five months after pleading no contest to substantial battery to a child in St. Croix County, a 27-year-old man was charged with a similar crime in Minnesota. Washington County prosecutors allege Jonathon D. Wierstad assaulted a 16-month-old boy who was placed on life support after a May 11 incident in Willernie, Minn. Siv Yurichuk, an assistant Washington County attorney, said Thursday there have been “no significant changes” since the child was hospitalized.
ELLSWORTH — Stolen cars from two states, one high-speed chase and a burglary led to a host of felony charges for a Beldenville man this week in Pierce County Circuit Court. Prosecutors allege 20-year-old Joshua J. Reeverts ditched a car stolen from Woodbury in a Pierce County field before burglarizing a rural River Falls home, where he allegedly swiped keys to a Cadillac. He then allegedly stole the Cadillac and drove it until it was spotted by authorities in Ellsworth.
A Rosemount woman tasked with handling funds for a Dakota County school’s senior party allegedly funneled more than $4,300 from the group’s coffers through a sex-themed business, according to charges filed this week. Dakota County prosecutors allege 38-year-old Jill L. Fielder transacted about $8,727 in unauthorized funds belonging to a parent group organizing the Eastview High School senior party. Fielder, the group’s treasurer, is charged with one count of theft by temporary control, a felony.
Stolen cars from two states, one high-speed chase and a burglary led to a host of felony charges for a Beldenville man this week in Pierce County Circuit Court. Prosecutors allege 20-year-old Joshua J. Reeverts ditched a car stolen from Woodbury in a Pierce County field before burglarizing a rural River Falls home, where he allegedly swiped keys to a Cadillac. He then allegedly stole the Cadillac and drove it until it was spotted by authorities in Ellsworth.
A motorist was airlifted Monday after a two-vehicle crash near the Mississippi River’s back channel in rural Hager City. Scanner transmissions indicated the person was extricated from a vehicle after the crash, first reported at 3:14 p.m. The crash, which occurred on Highway 63 at 830th Street, left highway traffic closed for about an hour. More information will be posted as it becomes available from authorities.