Monday, February 11, 2013
A wrap-up of police, fire and court related news reported in the west metro for Feb. 3-9, 2013, including pee problems at local restaurant and guilty plea for an incident at local business.
The following is a collection of articles that recently appeared on Patch sites in Eden Prairie, Edina, Fridley, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Lake Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Richfield, Southwest Minneapolis, St. Louis Park and St. Michael for the week of Feb. 3-9, 2013. Click on the headline to read the full story. Police: Citizen Tip Leads to Arrest of Felon Promoting Prostitution, Human Trafficking Would you call the police if you thought something suspicious was happening on your block? Woman Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Maple Grove Business, Medica The woman reportedly took approximately $840,000 from Edelweiss Home Health Care, according to the United States Attorney’s Office. Police: Woman Started Fight By Peeing on …
Monday, February 4, 2013
A wrap-up of police, fire and court related news reported in the west metro for Jan. 27 to Feb. 2, 2013.
The following is a collection of articles that recently appeared on Patch sites in Eden Prairie, Edina, Fridley, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Lake Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Richfield, Southwest Minneapolis, St. Louis Park and St. Michael for the week of Jan. 27 to Feb. 2, 2013. Click on the headline to read the full story.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Aid to cities, school districts must continue, court rules.
State aid to cities and school districts must continue during a shutdown of Minnesota state government, according to a ruling Wednesday morning by Ramsey County District Court Judge Kathleen Gearin. Gearin also appointed former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz as special master to hear petitions for state funding or services and make recommendations to the court. The order portion of the ruling starts on page 16 in the PDF at right. Other court documents in the matter are available here. Update (12:30 p.m.): Fridley City Manager told Fridley Patch Thursday morning that "while I haven’t had time to read everything, what I have read looks very positive. I especially like the portion of the ruling pertaining to LGA [Local …
Thursday, May 5, 2011
John Heuer lives a block north of Osborne Road.
A Spring Lake Park man was set to appear in court Thursday morning on charges that he abducted an 8-year-old girl Sunday and had criminal sexual conduct with her at his home in the 500 block of 78th Avenue NE. The girl, for whom authorities had activated the state's Amber Alert system, was able to slip out of John Craig Heuer's house. Neighbors who found her on the sidewalk came to her aid, calling first her home then 911. Police say they found Heuer hiding under his pickup truck in the garage of his townhome residence which is just north of Osborne Road NE, about a block outside of Fridley. In the criminal complaint against him (see PDF), prosecutors charge Hueur with three counts of criminal sexual conduct and one count of kidnapping. …
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Taleb Mohamed Wazwaz, 50, defrauded eight mortgage lenders.
A federal judge sentenced a Fridley man to two years in federal prison Tuesday for defrauding eight mortgage lenders of a total of $1.9 million over about one year. U.S. District Court Judge David S. Doty found Taleb Mohamed Wazwaz, 50, guilty on one count of conspiracy to commit mortgage fraud through the use of interstate wires. Wazwaz pleaded guilty on May 4, 2010, to purchasing 12 Minneapolis properties at inflated prices and pocketing the rest of the borrowed money. The presentence investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation took about a year. “In white-collar cases like this, they have to determine the amount of loss, especially when you have multiple financial victims,” said U.S. Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Jeanne Cooney…
Thursday, April 28, 2011
The appellant hasn't decided whether he'll ask for a state Supreme Court review.
An appeals-court panel ruled Tuesday that Fridley police acted lawfully in arresting a man at Riverside Park in 2009 for indecent exposure. A Fridley officer, responding to a complaint on June 16, 2009, found Lawrence Peter Hanson sitting at a park bench, wearing a camouflage jacket and bare legs, according to the ruling. When Hanson complied with the officer's request that he stand up, Hanson's buttocks and genitals became at least partly exposed, and the officer arrested him. Hanson lost an appeal at district court based on his claim that the arrest was unlawful. The state appeals court upheld that decision Tuesday (see PDF of ruling). Hanson's attorney, Paul Baertschi, said he and his client haven't decided whether to petition the …
Friday, April 22, 2011
The Fridley man is in custody on separate charge after sex-assault case dismissed.
A Fridley man cleared in a separate sex-assault case Wednesday faces a new criminal charge for burglary that was filed Friday. Ahmed Hassan Sule is in custody on a single count of first-degree burglary as detailed in a criminal complaint filed Friday (see PDF), said Assistant Anoka County Attorney Wade A. Kish. According to the complaint, Sule broke into a residence in the 6700 block of Washington Street NE, fleeing when a woman who lived there awoke and began screaming. A wallet and two cell phones were missing and the woman's purse overturned, the complaint said, and the woman later picked Sule out of a lineup. The new charge follows dismissal of a separate case Wednesday against Sule that was the subject of great community concern …
Thursday, April 21, 2011
The defendant, accused of killing her Chihuahua puppy, has an Oct. 3 trial date.
The Fridley woman charged with animal cruelty in the March 24 death of a Chihuahua puppy appeared Thursday before an Anoka County district judge—and about two dozen people who came to urge her conviction. Judge Donald J. Vennes set an Oct. 3 trial date for Holly C. Boyd, who according to the criminal complaint told Fridley police that she threw the weeks-old dog against a dresser inside her apartment. Assistant County Attorney Kurt Deile said plans to the statement police say they got from Boyd in prosecuting the case against her, barring a ruling in Boyd's favor on any defense motion related to police conduct. He said Boyd's attorney did not waive her right to file such a motion and has 30 days to do so.* Boyd's public defender, Bradley …
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Matthew Eric Linngren got 14 months tacked onto his original 180-month sentence.
A federal judge added 14 months Monday to the sentence of a Fridley man who didn't show up last fall to start serving a 180-month prison sentence. U.S. District Court Judge Donovan M. Frank could have tacked as long as 10 years onto Matthew Eric Linngren's prison time. Linngren, 38, fled to California instead of reporting for prison on Sept. 22, but authorities there picked him up on auto-theft charges two weeks later. He pled guilty to failing to surrender to authorities on Jan. 13. Linngren's original sentence was for distribution of child pornography. He confessed to sending more than 600 explicit photos of minors to a Yahoo group in 2005 as part of a plea agreement last year. Any charges on the alleged auto theft are up to …
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
He made news for a note that read 'Give money, I gun.'
A Fridley man pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to robbing the TCF Bank branch at 250 57th Ave. NE, Fridley, according to the U.S. Attorney's office for the District of Minnesota. Joe Nathan Michael, 48, admitted to stealing $1,991 from the bank on May 27, 2010, after giving a teller a note with the message "Give money, I gun." Then, with his hand in his jacket pocket as if he had a gun, he warned the teller not to push an alarm button and said “Do you want me to shoot you?” After getting cash and stuffing it into his jacket, Michael went from the bank to a bus stop at 57th and University avenues where Fridley police apprehended him, bills spilling from his jacket. Michael faces as many as 20 years in prison for a single count of …