West Hennepin Public Safety Report
Delano Herald Journal, August 15, 2016

Welfare Check

July 28 Requested a welfare check on a female in the 2000 block of Nelson Rd, Independence. Contact was made and she was fine.

Lost Wallet

July 28 Wallet was lost between the 1400 block of Budd Ave and Holiday Station, Maple Plain. No one had turned the wallet in.

Lost Glasses

July 28 Lost kids regular glasses at the boat launch at Lake Sarah, Independence. Glasses are Ray-ban, color: blue and neon green frame.


July 28 Highway 12 and Baker Park Rd, Maple Plain. 3 car crashes, all were the lone occupants in each vehicle and all were wearing their seatbelts and no one was injured. Male Driver 1 from Delano was westbound on Highway 12 when traffic started to stop quickly in front of him due to normal rush hour backup. He was able to come to a stop. Female Driver 2 was directly behind him. She saw him stopping and was able to come to a stop behind him. Male Driver 3 from Cokato was directly behind driver 2, he saw her stopping quickly in traffic, tried to stop and was unable to stop in time, rear ended, pushing the vehicle forward causing her to strike driver 1. Vehicle 2 and 3 had to be towed from the scene. Driver 3 was cited for fail to drive with due care.

Stalled Vehicle

July 28 9:39 p.n. Officer observed a vehicle stopped on the side of the road with the flashers on in the 6500 block of Highway 12, Independence. The driver ran out of gas and her husband was on the way with gas. Officer stood by with emergency lights for safety until they were able to clear the highway.

Noise Complaint

July 28 11:44 p.m. 5000 block of Bryantwood Dr, Maple Plain. Noise complaints of people talking loudly that were outside the apartment building. Contact was made with a renter standing in front of his open garage door. He was advised of the complaint and stated his friends had just gone inside. He apologized and stated he would talk quieter.


July 29 1:25 a.m. responded to the 5000 block of Bryant Street, Maple Plain for a female who was having chest pains. The ambulance transported her to the hospital.

Lost Property

July 29 Caller reported he had set personal papers on the roof of his car and drove away in the 7000 block of Pagenkopf Rd, Independence. Someone had put three papers in his mailbox but one copy was missing. He notified his bank and put a watch on the account. No one had turned the papers in to WHPS. He was given informational packets on identity theft and advised to periodically check their accounts.

Fire Alarm

July 29 1500 block of Wyman Ave., Maple Plain. CO alarm at the building. Construction workers created dust setting off the CO alarm.

Welfare Check

July 29 Reported a male was going to harm himself in the 8000 block of Co Rd 6, Independence. Contact was made with a family member who confirmed the male was with her and in good health.

Fireworks Complaint

July 29 5000 block of Manchester Dr, Maple Plain, complaint of large fireworks being shot of every 10 – 15 minutes. The surrounding area was checked and did not locate them.

Traffic Complaint

July 29 11:30 p.m. reported a vehicle was driven all over the road at Hwy 12 / Baker Park Rd, Maple Plain. Contact was made with the driver who did not have a valid Driver’s License. The driver was trying to calm his passenger while driving. The passenger stated she asked him to drive as she was having a panic attack. The driver was cited for Crossing the Centerline and no Proof of Insurance.

Missing Person

July 30 Vinland Center reported a male who was committed to treatment did not return after being out on a pass. He was violating his release conditions.

Later it was found the male had been arrested by Medina PD for theft and was in custody at the Hennepin County Jail.

Narcotics Complaint

July 30 10:23 p.m. reported people were doing drugs in the parking lot of the 5000 block of Highway 12, Maple Plain. Contact was made with a male standing by a van. No drug use was observed and he was advised of the complaint. The male stated earlier he had been in an argument with a female and she may have called to make the report as retribution. The complainant was called several times and she did not answer the call.

Fire Alarm

July 31 1800 block of Budd Ave. Maple Plain, fire alarm sounding. An air compressor had tripped the breaker causing the alarm to sound. The air compressor was powered back up.

Suspicious Act

July 31 At 8:00 a.m. / 5000 block Pioneer Creek Drive, Maple Plain, reported people were sleeping in a blue van with the windows covered. Contact was made with two occupants who were sleeping. Both stated they had living problems with their relative and Baker Park was booked, so they were just sleeping. They were clear of warrants and advised to get a campsite at Baker Park.

2nd Degree DWI

July 31 Co Rd 6 / Co Rd 92, Independence. Vehicle was speeding and the driver threw a cigarette out the window. The driver, Michael Robert Fauser, 35 from Minneapolis was found under the influence of alcohol. He submitted a breath sample which resulted in .22 % breath alcohol concentration. Fauser was arrested for 2nd Degree DWI and transported to Hennepin County Jail. Fauser’s vehicle is pending forfeiture.

Traffic Complaint

July 31 Motorcyclist reported he attempted to pass a slowly driven vehicle eastbound on Highway 12 and County Line Rd, Independence. The driver pulled into the oncoming lane to block him from passing. The driver then continued to match his speed slowing and speeding. He again attempted to pass and the vehicle again pulled into his path of travel nearly causing him to go off the roadway. Contact was made with the driver who initially would not confirm he owned such a vehicle, until he was advised his father already told the Police he owns a black Audi A4. The driver then stated the motorcycle driver was driving crazy and threatening traffic safety. The driver was warned of his driving behavior.

Traffic Complaint

July 31 A vehicle was observed stopped in the southbound lane, half on the shoulder and half in the lane of traffic at Co Rd 11 / Co Rd 92, Independence. The driver stated he was lost and was trying to figure out his GPS. He was warned on safety concern of parking in the roadway. He was given directions to his destination.


Aug 1 2000 block of Nelson Rd, Independence reported someone was tampering with a gas meter outside a residence. The area was checked and nothing was found.

Injured Owl

Aug 1 Reported an injured owl in the roadway at Highway 12 / Valley Rd, Independence. A deceased Hawk was found in the roadway and the carcass was removed from the road.

Smoke Smell

Aug 1 Delano Fire assisted with checking a residence in the 9000 block Roy Rd, Independence for a strong electrical burning smell and could not find where the problem was. A gigantic wasp’s nest enveloping the electrical meter was found on the outside of the house and the homeowner was told to take care of that ASAP.

Traffic Complaint

Aug 1 Reported a vehicle was doing ‘donut’s in the North Side Park, Maple Plain. The area was checked and the vehicle was not located.

3rd Degree DWI / Personal Injury Crash

Aug 1 9:57 p.m. reported a vehicle had gone through the T intersection and rolled over at Budd Street and Perkinsville Rd., Independence. The driver, Riley Charles Hanson, 25 from Mound was found sitting on the ground alert and conscious with minor scrapes on his knee. Hanson provided a breath sample which resulted in .19% breath alcohol concentration. Hanson was arrested for 3rd Degree DWI and transported to jail.

Burglary – Unfounded

Aug 2 At 2:51 a.m. caller reported a possible burglary in the 5000 block of Main Street, Maple Plain. The caller called back canceling the call stating it was a family member trying to get into the house.


Aug 2 Resident reported a huge woodchuck was down in his window well by his grandkids play room and his office room in the 1000 block of Co Rd 83, Independence. The Police shot the woodchuck for the homeowner.

Car Stalled

Aug 2 An older man needed help changing a tire at Co Rd 19 / Sycamore, Independence. Collision Corner assisted in changing the tire.

911 Hang-up

Aug 2 911 hang-up at the Windsong Golf course, Independence. Contact was made and everything was ok; it was an accident pocket dial.

Residential Burglary Alarm – Unfounded

Aug 2 Residential burglary alarm in the 1000 block of Polo Club Rd, Independence. A check found the residence secure and no signs of forced entry.

Property Damage

Aug 3 Someone tore up the grass areas with a vehicle at the Pioneer Creek Community Park, Independence. Case is under investigation.

Crash / Personal Injury

Aug 3 A 59 year old male motorcyclist from Rockford was westbound on Co Rd 11, Independence when an eastbound vehicle driven by a 70 year old male from Maple Plain went to turn into a driveway in the 7000 block of Co Rd 11, Independence. The motorcyclist collided with the passenger car and was thrown from his M/C. He was airlifted to the hospital. The vehicle driver had injuries and was checked by the paramedics.

Traffic Complaint

Aug 3 Reported a vehicle was tailgating and erratic driving at Co Rd 50 /Roy Rd Independence. The vehicle was no longer in the city of Independence and Wright Co Sheriff was notified of the driving conduct.