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West Hennepin Public Safety Report
Delano Herald Journal, Friday, Sept. 17, 2021

Sept. 3, 3:35 a.m. - Crash - Hwy. 12/CR 92N, Independence. Seventeen-year-old male driver from Spicer crashed into the jersey barrier on Hwy. 12/CR 92N. Heavy rains and possibly the male had fallen asleep while driving contributed to the crash. No impairments were found. Vehicle was towed from the scene. Officer transported the male to the Kwik Trip in Delano, and released him to his parents.

Sept. 4 - Heart - 1000 block Polo Club Rd., Independence. Patient with chest pains was transported by ambulance to the hospital.

Sept. 4 - Hit and run - CR 92/CR 6, Independence. Reported traffic complaint of a vehicle northbound on CR 92 from CR 6 just hit a mailbox and continued on. Vehicle described to be a tan sedan, unknown license plate, and vehicle was not being followed. Area was checked and the vehicle was not located. Officer notified the homeowner of the struck mailbox.

Sept. 4 - Parking complaint - 5300 block Hwy. 12, Maple Plain. Business owner reported a vehicle parked in their parking lot that did not belong to a tenant. Officer located the registered owner who stated his wife had carpooled with her sister, and was unsure where to park. Officer advised they should ask permission next time when parking at a business. Vehicle would be picked up the following afternoon.

Sept. 4 - Fall - 4500 block CR 92, Independence. Thirteen-year-old rider’s horse saddle came loose, and she fell off into a gate. Female was laying on the ground in the outdoor riding arena and had arm pain. North Memorial EMS arrived and put a splint on her arm. Mother refused ambulance transport, transported her daughter to the hospital.

Sept. 5, 10:00 p.m. - Shots heard - 6300 block Warren Way, Independence. Reported three very loud shots fired, voices yelling, and a vehicle leaving in unknown direction. Officer immediately arrived, did not find any shell casings or skid marks. A short time later, a firework was located in the middle of Pagenkopf Rd. just west of CR 90.

Sept. 5, 11:49 p.m. - Fireworks - 2000 block CR 90, Independence. Officer observed residence had large aerial fireworks and a small fire. Contact with the renter of the property who admitted they shot off a few fireworks and would cease shooting off anymore.

Sept. 6 - Pain - 4800 block Gateway Blvd., Maple Plain. Resident in pain was transported by North Memorial EMS to the hospital by ambulance.

Sept. 6, 8:03 p.m. - Suspicious vehicle - 8400 block CR 11, Independence. Officer observed a vehicle in the woods on the south side of CR 11. Officer approached the vehicle and observed a female driver talking on a video call. Contact with female who advised it was her family’s land, the others had just left, and she was talking before leaving. Everything appeared ok.

Sept. 6, 10:27 p.m. - Found license plates - 1100 block CR 19, Independence. License plate found in the yard/ditch on CR 19. Officer returned the plates to registered owner who confirmed they were not stolen; they had been left on the edge of a vehicle.

Sept. 6, 10:32 p.m. - Domestic - 1400 block Nelson Rd., Independence. Son and father were arguing, mother was pushed when she got in between the two of them in attempts to calm the situation and keep the two apart. No injuries or assault to the persons. All agreed to not continue the discussion and to go to bed.

Sept. 6, 11:07 p.m. - Domestic - 2400 block CR 92, Independence. Verbal domestic between husband and wife. Officer arrived and found no crime, only argument. Officer mitigated the situation to a resolution for the evening.

Sept. 7, 2:52 a.m. - Narcotics - Hwy. 12/Baker Park Rd., Maple Plain. Vehicle stopped for driving around the road closed construction sign at Hwy. 12/Baker Park Rd. Contact with driver .Jeffrey Wade Yexley, 47 from Blaine. who admitted the violation. Officer observed a glass meth pipe on the front passenger seat, a small amount of marijuana was in the front driver’s door area. and the male had a baggie with white crystal-like substance on him. Yexley was arrested, transported to Hennepin Coumty Jail, charged with gross misdemeanor 5th degree possess schedule 1,2,3,4 controlled substance, possess over 1.4 grams marijuana in motor vehicle and driving after suspension.

Sept. 7, 6:26 a.m. - Signal problem - CR 6/CR 19, Independence. Stop lights at the intersection were flashing red. Officer attempted to reset the signal several times without success. MN DOT was notified to respond and fix it.

Sept. 7, 9:37 p.m. - Disturbance - 9000 block Hwy. 12, Independence. Reported a vehicle parked on the west side of Delano Assembly of God Church, and the vehicles lights are shining in the callers’ windows. The white SUV vehicle left eastbound on Hwy. 12 before the call was dispatched. Officer drove on CR 6 and did not see a vehicle fitting the description.

Sept. 8, 5:56 a.m. - Disturbance - Hwy. 12/CR 90, Independence. Caller reported a person was in a skid steer at 5 a.m. Officer investigated and found workers on the highway project started early. Advised the caller.

Sept. 8, 7:43 a.m. - Crash - CR 6/CR 83, Independence. Westbound traffic were backed up at the traffic stop light when vehicle one was rear-ended by verhile two. Driver of vehicle two looked to the left for a quick second, then observed stopped traffic. Driver of vehicle one’s back was sore, and refused an ambulance.

Sept. 8 - Fall - 3300 block Lake Sarah Rd., Independence. Male was working on his boat/trailer, had fallen injuring his right side and right arm. Male was kept comfortable and monitored until North Memorial EMS arrived, took over treatment and transported him to the hospital.

Sept. 8 - Heart- 7400 block CR 6, Independence. Female had chest pains, was transported to the hospital by North Memorial ambulance.

Sept. 9 - Car theft - 6000 block CR 6, Independence. Reported a 5-foot by 8-foot single axle enclosed trailer was stolen. Case under investigation.

Sept. 9 - Parking violation - 7800 block CR 6, Independence. Business was violating their conditional use permit (CUP) by allowing cars to park on CR 6 and CR 92 during their monthly events. Business owner was contacted, stated would immediately fix the issue and have vehicles removed off the county roads.

Fifty-two contacts of citations, verbal and written warnings, were issued for traffic and equipment violations.