West Hennepin Public Safety Report
Delano Herald Journal, Oct. 24, 2016

Suspicious Act

Oct 4 5700 Providence Curve, Independence. 6:09 a.m. reported a vehicle with flashers on had been parked in front a residents hours for approximately 1 1⁄2 hours. Contact with the male driver who said he was with the utility company, was doing some markings and showed the list of addresses on his laptop.

Civil Matter

Oct 4 3100 block of Lake Sarah Rd, Independence. Officer civil standby while a resident removed her dog and cat and left as the residence was posted inhabitable.

Child Stuck

Oct 4 Orono Discovery Center reported a child that was stuck in their playground equipment. Maple Plain Fire Rescue responded and was able to release the child.

Fish Violation

Oct 4 2300 block of County Road 19, Maple Plain Caller reported a fisherman was illegally fishing muskies. The DNR was contacted and advised of the violation.

Misc. Assist

Oct 4 Caller wanted to make a report of a rear-end crash he was involved in on 9/28/16 at County Line Road and Highway 12, Independence. The Police were not called for the crash. The striking driver is refusing to pay for damages and has cut off communications to settle the matter. Officer is following up with the other driver.

Suspicious Act / 5th Degree Controlled Substance

Oct 5 At 12:48 a.m. caller reported vehicle parked behind the Maple Plain Family Center strip mall with two male occupants that were reclined in their seats and appeared passed out. Contact was made with the males who were sleeping. Nearly a pound of marijuana and drug paraphernalia was found inside the vehicle. The two males were arrested and transported to Hennepin County Jail charged with 5th Degree Drug Possession.

Traffic Complaint

Oct 5 Caller reported since closing of Budd Avenue, traffic including school buses use Perkinsville Road as a drag strip with speeding vehicles. Extra patrol was requested.


Oct 5 3:26 p.m. a truck with a male sleeping inside was parked next to the Luce Line / Co Rd 110 Independence. The male said he is in town working construction in Mound, had just left the job site, was tired and stopped to take a nap. He was advised he could nap but could not camp.

Assist/ Female Stuck in Elevator

Oct 5 1800 block of Budd Ave., Maple Plain a 90 year old female was stuck in an elevator in the basement of the building and the door would not open. Maple Plain Fire responded and were able to get the doors open on the second floor and the female was able to get out.

Coyote Problems

Oct 6 4800 block of Perkinsville Rd, Independence reported coyotes were coming into her back yard and up to the house. City of Independence hunting ordinance was given to her and safety rule for hunting near other residences.

Suspicious Act

Oct 6 1400 Nelson Rd, Independence reported a white vehicle was driving up driveways and possible soliciting. The area was checked and the vehicle was not found.

School Bus Stop Arm Violation

Oct 6 1400 Halgren Rd, Maple Plain. Reported a vehicle passed on the left side of the school bus when the kids were on the bus and the doors were closing. Contact was made the driver who admitted he had passed a school bus.

Dead Squirrel

Oct 6 1000 block Polo Club Rd, Independence, a resident had a dead squirrel inside his mailbox and one was on top of it the day before. Unknown who would have put them there.

Found Phone

Oct 6 Resident found a cordless phone in the intersection of Pagenkopf Rd and Lake Sarah Rd, Independence. Officer called the phone numbers on caller ID and located the owner in the 2700 block of Valley Road, Independence. The owner did not realize their phone was missing; then found out her husband had set the phone on the back of the car and she drove off while it was still there.


Oct 6 1100 Budd Ave., Maple Plain. Reported a long horn Bull, a very large huge Bull was standing in the roadway of Budd and Bryant Street Maple Plain. While searching the area contact was made with a male who was looking for the long horn Bull who had gotten out of the fence. Short time later the male called stating the long horn Bull had returned back home.

Reckless Discharge of Firearm

Oct 6 Fern Drive and Sunset Lane, Independence Driver reported his truck was shot with a pellet gun by two kids near the railroad tracks. The area was checked, a 13 year old male from Independence and 16 year old male from Loretto admitted to intentionally shooting at the truck with the pellet guns. Charges/ Consequences pending for their actions.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered

Oct 6 Vehicle had been reported stolen out of Minneapolis was stopped at Co Rd 6 / Co Rd 92, Independence. Both driver and passenger were taken into custody. The driver was arrested, booked and released pending complaint for theft and driving a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

Vehicle in the ditch

Oct 6 8:52 p.m. caller reported their child drove into the ditch at County Line Rd and Maria, Independence and the vehicle got stuck. They were making arrangements to get the car towed out.


Oct 6 Budd Ave and Newport Street, Maple Plain. Driver came to the road closed barricade, while backing to turn around, struck a legally parked vehicle on the side of the road.

Disorderly Conduct/ Unreasonable Acceleration

Oct 6 Police assisting the struck vehicle observed a driver pull into the 1890 Newport apartments, cut the corner, driving on the dirt area, accelerated hard with his truck, flinging mud all the way across Budd Ave hitting the van that had just closed its side door with children sitting inside. The driver looked in his rear view mirror at the Officer who yelled to stop and come back. The driver kept going to his parking spot, got out, walked towards the squad, saying “What?” He was informed why he was stopped. He stated he did not try to fling mud at the Officer, or the other vehicles, his truck has big tires, can’t control that and his truck is just big and powerful. The male scraped the road clean of the mud and was issued a citation for Disorderly Conduct and Unreasonable Acceleration.

Theft of Mail

Oct 7 2200 block of Budd Street N. Maple Plain resident reported someone has stolen mail from his mailbox as he has had bogus checks written on two separate accounts of his. Counterfeit checks were written at several locations, and two of them got cashed. The accounts were closed at his bank. Case under investigation.


Oct 7 Vinland National Center, Independence reported a client had a Ramsey County warrant for a probation violation originating charge of felony drugs. Client was arrested and transported to Hennepin County Jail.

Attempted Scam

Oct 7 2600 block of Co Rd 90, Independence. Resident reported she sends in for a lot of sweepstakes and she received a call that she won 9 million and she has to send in only $800.00 before she can get the money. She was advised this is a scam.


Oct 7 Independence Street / Baker Park Rd, Maple Plain. Reported a male walking around the neighborhood, yard to yard, going to house and looking inside some of them and leaving fliers. The area was checked and the male was not found. The business number on the flier was called and explained they needed a solicitor’s license.


Oct 7 5000 block of Highway 12, Maple Plain. A male had a rapid heart rate was transported to the hospital by ambulance.

Struck Deer

Oct 8 300 Co Rd 110, Independence. Driver stated he struck a deer and was unable to stop as he needed to get to his job on time. The deer was found in the ditch, dead.


Oct 8 3500 block of Co Rd 92, Independence. Owner of property stopped by his unoccupied dwelling and found his front door was pried open and three dogs and 5 cats were inside. Occupants were illegally living in the dwelling, had replaced the lock with a new lock and had been using the house as their residence. Occupants from the state of Pennsylvania arrived while Police were there. They were issued no trespassing notices and told do not return to the property. Extensive damage was done to the residence and barn. Charges pending.

Traffic Complaint

Oct 8 Highway 12 / Co Rd 90, Independence. Driving complaint received of motorcycle speeding, swerving in road, rider putting feet down while driving. Motorcycle rider was observed weaving in the lane and appeared to have difficulty managing controls on motorcycle as it had a suicide shift. Contact with the driver found no signs of impairment. He stated due to the rake and shift he swerves a little. The driver was unable to restart the motorcycle and had his son put it on a trailer. He was warned for Fail to Drive with Due Care.

Suspicious Vehicle

Oct 9 Co Rd 6 / Nelson Rd, Independence reported a suspicious vehicle driven slowly in the area. Officer checked the area and the vehicle was gone.

Head Injury

Oct 9 1400 Meadow Lane, Maple Plain a small child had hit his head on the corner of a wall and was bleeding. Officer arrival found the bleeding had stopped and parents were going to transport the child to urgent care for stitches.

Domestic Assault

Oct 9 5300 block of Bryant St, Maple Plain. Reported a domestic assault. A 54 year old male was arrested for domestic assault and transported to Hennepin County Jail for charging.


Oct 9 Vinland National Center, Independence Reported a male who was previously a client at the center was on site fraternizing with other female clients and they requested he leave. The male was issued a No Trespassing Notice barring him from the center or its grounds for one year. He left the property in a taxi.

Suspicious Act

Oct 9 3500 block of Co Rd 92, Independence. Officer checked on the residence where the house had been found illegally occupied on Oct 8th. The occupants had returned claiming they had rented it from an unknown party on craigslist and had made payment via cash by leaving it in the mailbox. They had been living in the residence for about a month and knew they were squatting unlawfully. They were told to collect their belongings and turned the key over for the new deadbolt door lock they had installed. They were served No Trespass notices for the premises. Case under investigation.


Oct 9 10:58 p.m. Vinland National Center, Independence reported a male was struck with a pillow case filled with rocks causing large lacerations to the top of the victims head. The victim had multiple stitches and staples to close the wound. Anthony Haxen Hill, 34 from St. Louis Park was arrested and transported to Hennepin County Jail. He was charged 2nd Degree Assault – Dangerous Weapon

Traffic Complaint

Oct 10 Reported at Halgren Rd / Highway 12 Maple Plain a vehicle had a broken window and there was stuff flying out the of the window. The vehicle was not located.


Oct 10 1800 block of Gladview Lane, Maple Plain. Lift assist to a female with knee pain. The ambulance transported her to the hospital.

Found Property

Oct 10 Wallet found by citizen at Baker Park Rd and Independence, Maple Plain. Wallet contained an Arizona DL. Several attempts to locate the owner were to no avail. Several days later the owner called asking if someone had turned in his wallet. He had been walking in the park, set his wallet on the roof of his vehicle and drove off.


Oct 10 1700 Budd Ave, Maple Plain. A ‘road closed’ barricade sign was placed over the hood area of the caller’s vehicle. No damage to the vehicle, unknown who did it.

Suicide Threat

Oct 10 1800 block of Newport Street, Maple Plain. Female was breaking up with her boyfriend, had made suicidal comments and possibly broke her hand punching the wall. North Memorial Ambulance transported her to the hospital.