West Hennepin Public Safety Report
Delano Herald Journal, Feb. 15, 2016

Welfare Check

Jan 28 WHPS Officer responded to a welfare check of a horse on Drake Drive, Independence. The horse appeared to be healthy and fed.

Welfare Check

Jan 28 WHPS received a second complaint at 3:15 p.m. of a female walking west bound on Highway 12 near Co Rd 90, who was yelling and screaming. The area was checked and the female was not located. Contact was made with the caller who advised his friend had her and all is fine she was just upset and not suicidal.

Attempted Scam

Jan 28 A resident in the 1800 block of Newport Drive, Maple Plain had a vehicle for sale on Craigslist and received by priority mail two cashier checks made out to him each for $1100.00. The checks looked similar but one came from WI and one came from TX. The resident received an email advising him to cash the one check and just throw the other away as it was an error. And after depositing the check they would have him transfer the title to Texas but would give him further information after he deposited the check. The resident recognized it right away as being a scam, did not deposit the checks and destroyed them.

Parking Complaint

Jan 28 Complaint of a vehicle blocking the sidewalk access next to a handicapped parking spot in the 5500 block of Pioneer Creek Dr, Maple Plain. The area did not have the proper markings defining where vehicles can and cannot park. The business owner will make the corrections as soon as weather permits.

Suspicious Activity

Jan 29 At 3:00 a.m. caller reported a male was in their house asking for his phone in the 1400 block of Meadow Lane, Maple Plain. The male had left before WHPS arrival. Later, contact was made with the male who taken a cab to the house and had been waiting in the garage for three hours for the family to fall asleep so he could spend some time with the families daughter who had his phone. He had gotten cold and wanted his phone back. He admitted it was sneaky and knew should not be sneaking around.

Customer Problems

Jan 29 A non-paying renter had not been making payments for her room in the 5300 block of Highway 12, Maple Plain. The owner wanted her to move out and it was agreed she would be out of the room by 3 p.m. The owner reported the room was checked at 3 p.m. and she had moved out.

Narcotics Info

Jan 29 Caller reported a male harasses residents to sell him their prescriptions and cigarettes in the 1500 block of Howard Ave. Maple Plain. The male had left. The case is under investigation.

Car / Stalled

Jan 29 WHPS found a vehicle parked on the shoulder of the road, Highway 12, in Independence with the vehicle’s emergency flashers on. Driver stated one of his spark plugs fell out and he could not drive it. His father was on the way with a trailer to pick the truck up. Everything was ok.

Welfare Check

Jan 30 At 2:32 a.m. WHPS Officer responded to a welfare check on a female in the 5300 block of Highway 12, Maple Plain. Caller reported the female has been in the bathroom for about a half hour and no response to his pounding on the door and yelling. The door was kicked in and found the shower was running, the bathroom window screen had been pushed out, the window was open and the room was empty. The male had met the female on line, unknown who she is and said he would pay for the damages.

Property Damage / Vandalism

Jan 30 At 11:11 p.m. WHPS responded to the Rainbow Park in Maple Plain for reported vandalism and property damage. Someone had drawn and written profanity inside walls of the warming house. The wooden cubby shoe holders inside the warming house had multiple broken shelves. The case is under investigation. If anyone has any leads please contact WHPS at 763-479-0500.

Disturbance / Noise Complaint

Jan 30 WHPS Officer responded to the 1500 block of Howard Ave., Maple Plain for a noise from a loud machine possibly coming from the neighbor’s apartment. The neighbor’s refrigerator was checked and it had a humming noise that was heard throughout the apartment. Occupant was going to notify management of the problem.

Pick Up / Warrant

Jan 31 An active Gross Misdemeanor warrant for a resident in the 9000 block of Highway 12, Independence. The 25 year old male knew he had a warrant and willingly went to jail.

Suspicious Vehicle

Jan 31 At 7:24 p.m. caller reported an occupied vehicle with a female and small child inside was parked in the parking lot of a business in the 1600 block of Maple Ave. Maple Plain. Upon Officer arrival the vehicle was gone. The area was checked and the vehicle was not located.

Allergic Reaction

Feb 1 3 year old was having an allergic reaction at the Discovery Center, Maple Plain. The victim had some swelling, was conscious and breathing. An EpiPen shot was administered and she was transported to the hospital by ambulance.


Feb 2 WHPS Officer responded to the 2400 block of Co Rd 90, Independence for a male who was in pain, possibly kidney stones. The male was transported to the hospital.

Safety Check

Feb 2 Caller was concerned a male wearing dark clothing and carrying bags was walking on Co Rd 6 and Co Rd 90, Independence. Contact was made with the male who said he was fine and dressed for the weather. He was walking to Watertown.

Traffic Complaint

Feb 2 Reported a vehicle westbound on Highway12 was driving in the eastbound lane at Co Rd 6 towards Maple Plain. Contact was made with the driver who admitted he had a hard time seeing the roadway with the high winds and 6” - 8” heavy snow. Driver was not under the influence, was given warning on his driving conduct and allowed to continue to drive.

Parking Violation

Feb 2 A vehicle was parked on the shoulder the road, the wrong direction in the 3000 block of Lake Haughey Rd, Independence. The owner moved the vehicle.

Vehicle in the ditch

Feb 2 A passerby offered and successfully pulled a vehicle out of the ditch at Highway 12 and Nelson Rd, Independence. The driver of the vehicle in the ditch had a suspended license. The passenger was valid to drive and drove the vehicle.

Abandoned Vehicle

Feb 3 A white Volvo was abandoned at Copeland Road and Co Rd 6, Independence. The snow plows had gone by and the vehicle was covered with snow. The vehicle was not located.

Snowmobile Fire

Feb 3 Received a call of a snowmobile on fire at Pagenkopf Road and Independence Rd, Independence. The snowmobiler said the sled was backfiring as it was ridden across the lake. Then the sled started smoking, the driver and passenger stopped, saw flames and tried to drag it down into the ditch in the snow to get the fire out but it flared up fast. The snowmobile was a total loss.

Snow Debris on Roadway

Feb 3 Caller reported in the 2000 block of Copeland Rd, Independence someone plowed snow out the driveway and left a large amount of snow in the roadway. Caller was concerned someone was going to hit the snow and damage their car. Resident was not at home and WHPS officer located a shovel by the front door and removed the snow from the roadway. The caller was advised of what was found and done.

Animal Found

Feb 4 Resident found a large raccoon under the porch and thinks it’s going to have babies under there in the 2000 block of Heritage Trail, Independence. The resident was going to call DNR Wildlife Management for their assistance.

3rd Degree DWI

Feb 4 Vehicle stopped for expired registration at Highway 12 and Nelson Rd, Independence. The driver Phillip Scott Silge, 34 from St Cloud arrested for 3rd Degree DWI, blood alcohol concentration .10%.