Thursday, May 9, 2013
The Fridley Police Department issued two crime alerts Thursday about alleged burglaries on May 8, 2013.
Burglars hit two homes in Fridley on May 8, 2013, according to Crime Alerts issued Thursday by the Fridley Police Department: There are no suspects in either incident. The Crime Alerts include details about the incidents and safety tips to help prevent burglaries. See the Crime Alerts by clicking on the PDF icons or by following the linked addresses above.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
'I didn't kill anybody. I didn't murder anybody. I made a mistake,' the former Hill-Murray coach told KARE 11's Jay Olstad about his February arrest for soliciting prostitution in Fridley.
In an extended sit-down interview with KARE 11, former Hill-Murray High School football coach Mark Mauer said of his February arrest for soliciting prostitution in a police operation at the LivInn Hotel in Fridley: "I made a bad decision and I will have to live with it for the rest of my life." Earlier this week, FOX 9 reported Mauer agreed to pay $500 in court costs and take a “Breaking Free” class, as part of a deal in which Fridley prosecutors agreed to drop charges, according to KARE11. In a video and web report, as well as an extended video interview, KARE 11 reporter Jay Olstad interviewed Mauer about the incident: When asked if he was going to the hotel to have sex, he said, "Without a doubt, my intent was to meet this gal and to be…
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Event is from 4–6 p.m. on April 17, 2013 at police headquarters at Fridley City Hall.
Get a bike helmet for an adult or a child for $13 at a Safe Kids Anoka bike-helmet clinic at the Fridley Police Department at Fridley City Hall on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, from 4–6 p.m. Or bring your helmet to the event and get expert help making it fit right. From the Safe Kids Anoka website: Bike related crashes kill 900 people every year and send about 567,000 to hospital emergency rooms with injuries. Wearing a bike helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by 85%. Safe Kids Anoka County wants to make sure your family has bike helmets. In April and May we travel around the county distributing and properly fitting bike helmets. At each clinic we have new Bell® bike helmets available for purchase for $13 for both children and adults…
Friday, April 5, 2013
Also an abandoned house that wasn't abandoned and a limo that wasn't kidnapping anyone.
Here are a few of the incidents logged by the Fridley Police Department March 21–27, 2013 (see the full summary of the week's incidents at the City of Fridley website): March 22, 2013, 7:30 p.m., 6800 block of Madison Street NE: Officers responded to the 6800 block of Madison St NE on a possible burglary/trespass in what was believed to be an abandoned house. Officers made contact with the occupant/owner, who produced mail and a driver's license with the address on it, and who had been living there since November. March 23, 2013, 4:17 p.m., James Manor Apartments, 1200 block of 72nd Avenue NE: Caller reported a dead squirrel on her deck in the 1200 block of 72 Ave NE. The squirrel had possibly been shot in the head. The caller threw the …
Sunday, March 17, 2013
The agencies, including Fridley police, plan to step up enforcement of speed limits March 18–22, 2013.
Anoka County law enforcement agencies, including the Fridley Police Department, jointly issued this news release last week about "Speed Week" that starts Monday, when they will be putting an emphasis on enforcing speed limits: Drive at safe speeds and you won’t find flashing lights in your rear-view mirror. Anoka County Law Enforcement Agencies are conducting increased speed patrols March 18–22, 2013 to combat a deadly cause of traffic crashes. The special “speed week” enforcement and education effort is coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety. Unsafe and illegal speed is the most commonly reported contributing factor in fatal crashes. During 2009–2011, speed was a contributing factor in 9 …
Friday, March 15, 2013
Troy Eric Lee, 42, of Minneapolis was arrested in a basement bedroom closet in north Minneapolis after leading police on a chase starting on I-694 in Fridley.
One minute he was at the wheel of his minivan, displaying a frisbee golf sticker and hurtling through Fridley on I-694 at 83 miles per hour in a 60 mph zone. Twenty minutes later he was in a basement closet at his north Minneapolis residence, hiding from police under a pile of clothes. Wednesday was not a good night for Troy Eric Lee, 42, of Minneapolis, according to a criminal complaint filed Friday morning in Anoka County District Court. Lee faces one count of fleeing from police, a felony that can carry a penalty of up to three years in prison and a fine of as much of $5,000. Lt. Mike Monsrud of the Fridley Police Department said by email Friday that there were no outstanding warrants for Lee's arrest, and that it's "unknown why he …
A Fridley police officer provided first aid. Witnesses to Columbia Heights incident said a silver passenger vehicle sped off.
Updates (10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Friday): The Anoka County Sheriff's Office said in a news release Friday morning that a pedestrian seriously injured by a hit-and-run driver in Columbia Heights early Friday was running across Central Avenue NE against a "Do Not Walk" signal. Here is the full text of the Anoka County Sheriff's Office news release: Pedestrian Hit and Run Accident under investigation in Columbia Heights On Friday, March 15, 2013 at 0145 AM, the Columbia Heights Police Department responded to a pedestrian who had been struck by a car on Central Ave NE at the intersection with 53d Ave NE. Witnesses’ at the scene state that southbound Central Ave traffic had a green semaphore as cars were approaching to go southbound through the …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
The FPD honored top officers in four categories on Feb. 27, 2013.
Watch the Fridley Police Department's full Feb. 27, 2013 awards ceremony in this City of Fridley video. Related:
Awards went to Officer Nicholas Knaeble in every category.
The Fridley Police Department held its annual awards ceremony Wednesday night, honoring nine officers with awards in four categories. Watch the full City of Fridley video of the Fridley police awards ceremony. One officer, Nicholas Knaeble, was honored in each category: S.T.E.P. (Selective Traffic Enforcement Program), DWI, Warrant Arrest and Top Gun. Family members and fellow officers in the Fridley City Council chambers gave each honoree a round of applause and greeted them afterwards in a reception. "Sometimes just doing the right thing day in and day out is heroic," said Capt. Bob Rewitzer in closing remarks (Fridley Director of Public Safety Don Abbott was ill and could not attend). In an interview after the ceremony, Lt. Mike …
Thomas Allen Houle, a board member at St. Croix Catholic School, was caught up in the same Fridley Police Department prostitution detail at LivInn Hotel that snared Hill-Murray coach Mark Mauer.
The Fridley Police Department's undercover prostitution detail on Feb. 19 at the LivInn Hotel resulted in the arrests of 19 men—including one with a leadership position at a private school in Stillwater. A member of St. Croix Catholic School’s Board of Directors was arrested during a prostitution sting on Feb. 19 for allegedly soliciting sex from an undercover police officer. Thomas Allen Houle, 46, of Stillwater, was one of 19 men charged with misdemeanors on the second day of a two-day police operation. The case remains under investigation. Stillwater Patch brought Houle's case to light Thursday, less than a week after Fridley Patch identified another of the arrested men as Mark Mauer, head football coach at another private east metro …