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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NEW RICHMOND, Wis.—The trail for a New Richmond man who allegedly bolted from authorities in far western Wisconsin went cold last week. Too cold, in fact, according to court records. A criminal complaint against Kenneth R. Shutes Jr. states he ran from a Feb. 6 traffic stop, but eventually called 911 to report he was so cold he needed an ambulance.
HUDSON, Wis. — Words weren't enough for Alexis McKinley to describe what happened to a little boy who suffered a broken leg at the hands of a daycare worker. Though she tried. "This case is terrible," said McKinley, an assistant St. Croix County district attorney. "It's infuriating. It's sad. It's really hard to find the words to describe what happened to the victim." Instead, the prosecutor played a video of the Feb. 24, 2016, incident that led to a conviction against 27-year-old Ashley Garrity.
A death investigation is continuing in a northwestern Wisconsin county after the discovery of the remains of a Hudson man, who was a confidential drug informant, were found inside a burned building. The Rusk County Sheriff's Office did not respond to inquiries about the incident, reported Dec. 7, at a mink ranch property in the town of Stubbs, about 130 miles northeast of the Twin Cities. According to multiple sources, the remains found in the building belonged to Jeffrey W. Putbrese, a 28-year-old from Hudson.