Thursday, May 26, 2011
Locals saluted Chip Imker, who died in a training accident.
Fridley fire fighters turned out Thursday to honor fallen fire fighter Chip Imker, 35, of Cambridge, who died this week after falling during rope training. Emergency vehicles with lights flashing escorted Imker's body north on Central Avenue NE and Highway 65 in route from Hennepin County Medical Center home to Isanti County. The Fridley contingent stood along the sidewalk on the east side of Central Avenue at 53rd Avenue, under an American flag hanging from the end of an extended fire ladder. On the west side of Central, members of the Columbia Heights Fire Department did the same under their own flag, saluting as the escort passed by. Lt. Todd Messer of the Fridley Fire Department said a Fridley truck and crew would be going to Imker…
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Residents began returning to homes about 3:30 p.m.
UPDATED: Residents began returning to their homes at 3:30 p.m. Thursday after crews shut off high-pressure gas that had been leaking from of a punctured 12-inch pipe at 58th Avenue and 2-1/2 Street in Fridley. About 120 homes in the area have no gas service, according to Becca Virden, a CenterPoint Energy spokesperson. She said the company would be restoring service address by address this evening. Crews were able to shut off safety valves that stopped the flow of natural gas under 10 pounds of pressure, Virden said. Police had evacuated residents within about a one-block radius of the leak-site, according to Lt. Mike Monsrud, after road construction caused the leak at about 11-11:30 a.m. Thursday. Residents at 25 addresses were evacuated…
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Fridley Patch posed three quick questions for Fridley Police.
Fridley Patch asked Fridley Police Lt. Mike Monsrud three questions about ongoing cases involving the department. Fridley Patch: Has the department finished its internal investigation into that recent misconduct charge? Lt. Mike Monsrud: We should wrap up the investigation later this week. Fridley Patch: Has the department received tips related to the bullets fired at a house? Monsrud: We have not received any tips or new information on the shots fired at the house. Fridley Patch: Did the department ask the Anoka County Attorney to file charges against the suspect who allegedly swerved toward a Fridley officer in a squad car during a high speed chase? Monsrud: The case has been sent to the Anoka County Attorney’s office for review. I would…
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
The host deniec taking denim from the guest.
An April 27 caller in the 5400 block of Seventh Street NE said his jeans were stolen from his bag after he stayed with a friend at the friend's apartment. The friend denied committing the theft. Here are other incidents selected from information provided by the Fridley Police Department: April 26: April 27: In all incidents where an arrest occurred, a charge is merely an accusation, and not evidence of guilt. The arrested person is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Incidents generally appear in the order in which they were reported, not necessarily the order in which they occurred.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Phosphoric and nitric acids blew the lid off a vat and splashed three workers.
A chemical explosion at Incertec, a plating company on 83rd Avenue NE in Fridley, sent three workers to area hospitals Tuesday morning. The explosion, involving a mixture of phosphoric and nitric acid, blew the lid off of a vat and had enough force to knock people over, according to Fridley Fire Chief John Berg. Fridley Fire Department got an emergency call from Intertec at 11:07 a.m. but "this was pretty much over when we got here," Berg said. The three workers appeared to have been burned by splashing acid, Berg said. Firefighters decontaminated the injured workers and ambulances transported two to Mercy Hospital and one to Hennepin County Medical Center. None of the injuries was life-threatening, Berg said. All 75 employees …