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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GILMAN, Wis. — Animal rescues and arrests followed the discovery of an alleged dog- and cock-fighting operation where suspected drugs were also found in rural Pierce County. Officials from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) — who spent days assisting law enforcement at a 7789 County Road BB farm — announced Thursday, Sept. 6, that 1,300 animals were found there, where two people lived. A news release said most of the animals were chickens, along with more than a dozen dogs allegedly bred for fighting.
The Pierce County Sheriff's Office said a 37-year-old man died at the scene and a 24-year-old suspect was arrested on suspicion of first-degree intentional homicide.
ELLSWORTH, Wis. — A 26-year-old woman was sentenced Tuesday, July 24, to eight years in prison and five years on extended supervision for felony child abuse as a judge reprimanded statements she made in court.
NEW RICHMOND, Wis. — A stride past a puff of cigarette smoke and children playing on the sidewalk leads to the entrance of the Lowrey Hotel, where visitors are greeted by a bulletin board in the foyer. An assortment of messages spell out hotel owner Stacy Wright's code of conduct for tenants. There are many edicts among "Stacy's Simple Rules," as they're listed, but Wright said one above all sums up her philosophy as owner of the inn. She can recite it from memory.
COTTAGE GROVE, Minn.—Customer complaints led to criminal charges Tuesday for a 31-year-old Minnesota man accused of bilking the elderly out of snow-removal payments in Minnesota, Wisconsin and seven other states. The Wisconsin justice department on Tuesday, May 8, announced five theft charges — two felonies and three misdemeanors — against Matthew D. Erickson, the owner of Snow Angels LLC.
HUDSON, Wis. — A Woodbury, Minn., man specializing in child dentistry is facing criminal and civil charges for falsifying Medicaid claims and making harassing phone calls. Andy Mancini, who owns and operates La Petite Dentistry in Hudson, faces four misdemeanor charges and has sued his accuser for other allegations she has made against him.
HUDSON, Wis. — Bail remained at $500,000 for a St. Croix County man accused of killing his 19-year-old son. The St. Croix County District Attorney's Office on Tuesday, April 17, charged 42-year-old Kayle Alan Fleischauer of New Richmond, Wis., with first-degree intentional homicide in the shooting death of his son, St. Paul resident Chase Alan Fleischauer.
HUDSON, Wis. — Bail was set at $500,000 on Monday, April 16, for a western Wisconsin man who prosecutors say killed his 19-year-old son. St. Croix County District Attorney Michael Nieskes said in the bail hearing in Hudson, Wis., that first-degree intentional homicide charges were expected to be filed Tuesday against 42-year-old Kayle Alan Fleischauer of New Richmond in the shooting death of his son, St. Paul resident Chase Alan Fleischauer who also had attended college in Brainerd.
St. Croix County’s district attorney will determine whether or not the shooting of a teenager by a sheriff’s deputy was justified. Michael Nieskes said Thursday he was asked by the Ashland County district attorney to review evidence gathered by agents investigating the Nov. 8 shooting death of 14-year-old Jason Pero by Ashland County Sheriff’s Office deputy Brock Mrdjenovich.
HUDSON, Wis. — A guilty plea was entered and two sexual assault charges were dismissed this week in the case of a former Hudson girls basketball coach. Under a plea agreement announced Tuesday, Oct. 31, Louis J. French pleaded guilty to using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime. Three other charges — first-degree child sex assault, repeated sex assault of the same child and causing a child to view sexual activity — were dismissed as part of the agreement.