Thursday, May 23, 2013
The Dakota County judge guilty of DWI after registering a .28 blood-alcohol reading has asked the governor to grant him a medical disability retirement. He was sentenced to two years of probation.
Michael Sovis, the Dakota County judge who was pleaded guilty Wednesday to third-degree driving under the influence (DWI) in a Christmas Eve incident, has been sentenced to two years of probation, according to a Pioneer Press article by Emily Gurnon. Sovis also requested that Gov. Mark Dayton grant him a medical disability retirement. From the article: "He's incredibly remorseful," his attorney, David Ayers, said after Wednesday's hearing. "He was truly devastated by this entire incident, not only because of what he did, which he accepts full responsibility for, but because of the impact that it had on the individuals whose cars were hit, and the whole publicity surrounding this incident caused his friends and family a lot of pain." In the…
Monday, May 20, 2013
A fire broke out and an explosion was reported at an airplane hangar at the South St. Paul airfield on Monday morning.
Update 5:30 p.m. 5/20/13: Inver Grove Heights' Assistant Fire Chief Eric Bergum confirmed that the city's fire crews responded to the incident as part of a mutual aid agreement with other south metro communities. According to the Star Tribune, the fire started when the owner of a private plane spilled fuel while working on his aircraft. According to pictures posted on Twitter, parts of a hanger's walls and roof buckled under the fire's blast. "(There were) concerns about it rapidly spreading from hangar to hangar," Mark Erickson, Assistant Chief of South Metro Fire Department told KARE 11. "It's open ceilings in this place so once the fire gets up and gets going it can spread rapidly." Original Post: A fire broke out and an explosion was…
Also in this week's roundup, Booker T. gets booked and Northfield's alleged dog killer faces several charges.
The following is a rundown of crime-related stories from our Dakota County Patches this last week. All stories have been verified, and those accused are innocent until proven guilty. For the complete story, click on the link in the headline. Jensen Charged with Break-Ins, Dog Killings Matthew David Jensen, 30, was charged on Monday with one count of felony first-degree burglary, two counts of felony second-degree burglary and three counts of felony mistreatment of animals. Northfield Police Blotter: Burglary, Found Property, Crash The Northfield Police Department's crime report for May 9-12. Northfield Police Blotter: Death Investigation, Theft, Burglary The Northfield Police Department's crime report for May 13-15. Man Stole Nearly $3,…
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Also in this week’s recap – A Mother's Day fire ruins things for Eagan apartment residents and Lakeville Public Schools ponder a run at a referendum.
Take a trip around Dakota County and the south metro with this week's rundown of top news. For the original story, simply click on the link in the headline. Paving Paradise? Lebanon Hills Trail Plan Worries Residents Dakota County officials have plans to develop a 6.5-mile, paved bike trail in Lebanon Hills Regional Park to increase recreational opportunities. But some residents would prefer the park stay as pristine as possible. Eagan Council Warms Up to Proposed Pilot Knob Improvements The consternation that marked a January meeting on the proposed reconstruction of a portion of Pilot Knob Road was nowhere in sight last week. What to Do with the Sperry Water Tower? The 146-foot-tall water tower in Eagan is a money-maker for the city…
Friday, May 17, 2013
Gustavo Resendiz Talabera, 39, of West St. Paul, was sentenced to five years in prison and another 10 years of supervision after he is released after he pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sexual conduct.
A local pastor accused of running away with a 16-year-old parishioner after possibly getting the girl pregnant has pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sexual conduct, according to a Star Tribune article. Gustavo Resendiz Talabera, 39, of West St. Paul, was sentenced to five years in prison and another 10 years of supervision after he is released. From the Star Tribune article: Talabera disappeared with the girl on Sept. 26, 2012. The girl’s parents called police to their West St. Paul home that day after learning that she wasn’t in school. When the mother called the girl on her cellphone, the girl said she had gone home sick. But when the parents got home, they discovered the girl wasn’t there and some of her belongings were missing. …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
WCCO-TV ranked 78 Twin Cities-area police departments on the number of speeding tickets per capita issued in 2011. Inver Grove Heights tied Maple Grove for 58th on the list.
WCCO-TV ranked 78 Twin Cities-area police departments on the number of speeding tickets per capita issued in 2011. Inver Grove Heights tied Maple Grove for 58th on the list. According to WCCO's numbers, the Inver Grove Heights Police Department issued 527 speeding tickets in 2011 — a per capita breakdown of 0.015. In case you were wondering, the Dakota County Sheriff's Office placed even lower on the list at 73rd of the 78 departments. VIEW THE WCCO-TV REPORT DOWNLOAD THE WCCO-TV DATABASE Map Legend Green pins: 0 to 500 tickets Yellow pins: 500 to 1,500 tickets Red pins: 1,500 or more tickets Police departments that cover multiple cities have a pin in each of the cities they cover. Sheriff’s offices, state patrol, park police, …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
A 35-year-old man is accused of drunkenly fleeing from police through a residential neighborhood.
A 35-year-old Inver Grove Heights man is accused of drunkenly racing his Corvette convertible through Rosemount streets on May 8. Mark Ethan Illetschko is charged with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and one felony count of fleeing police through a residential neighborhood near Brockway Avenue and Brass Parkway. Rosemount Police received a complaint about cars racing around 1:34 a.m. on May 8. When police arrived at the scene, they found "tire marks in the roadway consistent with exhibition driving," according to the criminal complaint. Nearby, police officers saw a Corvette convertible, which swerved across the road's center yellow line. The Corvette did not stop when police activated their lights and siren but …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Also in this week's crime notes, a bad prescription in Burnsville and a Northfield dog killer.
The following is a rundown of crime-related stories from our Dakota County Patches this last week. All stories have been verified, and those accused are innocent until proven guilty. For the complete story, click on the link in the headline. Blotter: Feces-Covered Couple Was Heavily Intoxicated, Living in 'Trash House' Police say the man had a .356 blood-alcohol level, while the woman blew a .42. Both were transported to a local hospital. Man Charged with Making Drunken Pass at Apple Valley Taco Bell Employee Nathan Halverson is accused of trying to "spice up the night" at an Apple Valley Taco Bell. Dakota County's Most Wanted — May 2013 A monthly rundown of the top suspects wanted by the Dakota County Sheriff's Office. Spring is Here, So…
Friday, May 10, 2013
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety will be tweeting every arrest from Friday’s patrols. Catch all the tweets here.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has a new tool when it comes to deterring drunken driving: Twitter. On Friday night, there will be 150 squads patrolling major corridors in the Twin Cities’ largest-ever, one-night, coordinated DWI enforcement effort. But this effort isn’t notable just because of its size; it will also offer Minnesotans the chance to follow along via Twitter. The Department of Public Safety (@MnDPS_OTS) will tweet the age and gender of those arrested for DWI using the hashtag #May10DWI. Too busy to follow along in real time? Check out the agency’s tweets and other related mentions in the live blog above. (People viewing this article on a mobile browser may not be able to view the live blog.)
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Road will be closed for much of the morning.
Motorists, take note. Your Friday morning commute or errands may be disrupted while the Inver Grove Heights Fire Department conducts an excercise on Broderick Bouleveard. According to Fire Chief Judy Thill, the road will be closed between 80th Street and College Trail from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the latest. "Appropriate detour signs will be placed in the area. To avoid creating any hazards, we ask that drivers avoid the area," Thill wrote in an email to Patch.