West Hennepin Public Safety Report
Delano Herald Journal, Sept. 7, 2015


Aug 20 WHPS Officer responded to 4900 block of Industrial Street, Maple Plain for theft of two boat motor props. Approximate loss $2,500.00.

Found Property / Damage to Property

Aug 20 Medina Police Dept reported a street sign for Drake Court, Independence was found in the yard of one or their residents. WHPS officer found at the intersection of Drake Drive and Drake Court the sign and post were missing. Evidence left at the scene indicated a vehicle went into the ditch striking the sign, breaking it off at the ground and struck the culvert. The vehicle tracks appeared to possibly be a larger pickup truck and the vehicle would most likely have significant damage.

Fatality Crash

Aug 20 WHPS responded to Co Rd 92N and Highway 12, Independence for a passenger car struck by an RV towing a trailer. The driver of the passenger car, a 39 year old male from St. Michael died at the hospital as a result of the crash. Crash is still under investigation.

Traffic Complaint

Aug 20 WHPS received a traffic complaint for Co Rd 6 and Co Rd 92, Independence. The caller requested someone to direct traffic because of all the traffic diverted from the fatality crash.

Crash Property Damage

Aug 20 WHPS responded to property damage crash at 6:29 p.m. at Co Rd 11 and Co Rd 90, Independence. Three vehicles were involved in the crash. A 58 year old male from Watkins stated the vehicles in front of him came to a fast stop and he was unable to stop in time and rear-ended the vehicle in front of him which caused that vehicle to rear-end the vehicle in front of her. The driver was issued a citation for “Fail to Drive with Due Care”. No injuries.

Trespassing Violator

Aug 20 Caller in the 4300 block of Shady Beach Circle, Independence reported a man camping on his property who does not have permission to be there. WHPS officer found a male sleeping in a tent behind the house. The 51 year old male from Rockford stated he had left a message on the homeowners’ phone that he was going to camp on the property. He was told to leave as he does not have permission to camp there. The male’s driver’s license was canceled and he was instructed to call a friend to pick him up and to not drive.

Traffic Complaint

Aug 20 A caller reported it sounded like someone is doing donuts and racing down the road at a high rate of speed somewhere in the area of 5400 block of Pagenkopf Road, Independence. The area was checked and a vehicle was not located. The caller was advised of this and stated she wanted the area checked because she could hear a loud engine and was unsure if someone was ‘up to no good’. She was thanked for calling WHPS.

Damage to Property

Aug 21 Caller reported damage to his trailer from avoiding a crash at the intersection of Highway 12 and Co Rd 92, Independence on the 20th of August. The load in the trailer moved when the driver had to stop quickly. He was advised it was the responsibility of the trucking company / driver to secure the load.

Traffic Hazard

Aug 21 A resident reported a male dressed in black walks early in the morning from Perkinsville Road and Budd Street, Independence. The male does not carry any flashlights and is dressed completely in black. The resident is concerned he may be struck by a vehicle as he is very hard to see. Extra patrol was requested to locate and contact the walker.


Aug 21 Theft reported in the 3800 block of County Line Road, Independence. The victim reported someone stole his Stihl Weed Whip and Stihl Blower from his property. The case is under investigation.

Suspicious Activity

Aug 21 Reported a suspected drunk male was leaving a business in the 5400 block of Highway 12, Maple Plain. The male came into the store, was acting weird and was going to pay for some items but forgot his wallet and was going to go home and grab his wallet. The male had left before WHPS arrival and did not come back to the store.

Suspicious Vehicle

Aug 21 WHPS officer observed an occupied vehicle at the Presbyterian Church in the 500 block of Co Rd 110, Independence. The driver stated he and his wife had a domestic, no one was harmed and he was cooling off and taking some time away.

Agency Assist / Male with a gun

Aug 21 WHPS officer responded to assist Wright County Sheriff’s Office in the 4000 block of Eckert Ave SE, Delano for a male who getting a gun and was observed loading a gun. WCSO had the suspect in custody and WHPS officer stood by as a cover officer until determined what the situation was.


Aug 22 WHPS responded to the 4900 block of Klaers Drive, Independence for a reported domestic. It was found the domestic was physical and one 41 year old male taken into custody, arrested and transported to Hennepin County Jail. Charges pending for 5th Degree Domestic Assault.

2nd Degree DWI

Aug 22 WHPS officer working ‘Towards Zero Death’ at Martha Lane & Wayzata Blvd, Wayzata, arrested Ramon Meneses Jr, 44 from Alhambra, Ca for 2nd Degree DWI. BAC .18. Meneses was issued charges and booked into Hennepin County Jail.

Traffic Violation

Aug 22 WHPS officer assisting Orono and Wayzata PD’s on a fatality was requested to shut down Hwy 12 at Co 6. WHPS squad car emergency lights were activated, the squad parked across the lane and red cones set out blocking entrance to Highway 12 and directing eastbound traffic to the Co Rd 6 ramp. While doing traffic control 2 vehicles attempted to squeeze by the WHPS squad car and one vehicle ran into red cones that were set out. The driver a 35 male from Coon Rapids thought his vehicle could fit between the cones. The male’s driver license was suspended and his vehicle was parked and he had to call someone to pick him up and a driver for his vehicle.

Found Credit Card

Aug 22 A bank credit card was found on Bryant Street, Maple Plain. The owner was located and the card returned. The owner was extremely relieved the card had been returned.

Found Property

Aug 22 A call received of a tent that was in tall weeds in a swampy area of 5600 block of Drake Drive, Independence. WHPS officer found the tent was closed tight; no one was inside and possibly was blown into the swamp.


Aug 22 Complaint received in the 1800 block of Gladview Lane, Maple Plain of a motorcyclist that rode too close to a person and revved the motorcycles engine. No motorcycle located by WHPS.

Shots Heard

Aug 22 WHPS responded to the 1200 block of Townline Road, Independence for 6 – 8 shots heard coming from across the street of the caller. WHPS officer found the neighbor had a goose hunter on his property. The neighbor apologized for not notifying the neighbors as he usually notifies them when hunters are on his property.


Aug 23 WHPS officer working ‘Towards Zero Death’ at Bushaway Road & Highway 12, Wayzata, arrested Audrey Aurora Chestnut, 31 from St. Louis Park for 2nd Degree DWI, BAC .10. She had her 10 year old son in the car. Chestnut was issued charges and booked into Hennepin County Jail. Her vehicle is pending forfeiture. The child was released to a family friend. Child protection services were also notified of this case.

Bee Sting

Aug 23 WHPS responded to the 4500 block of Co Rd 50, Independence for a juvenile that was stung 10 – 15 times by bees. The victim was checked by paramedics and did not show signs of anaphylaxis.


Aug 23 WHPS responded to the 5900 block of Co Rd 6, Independence for a female who fell and cut her knee that was recently replaced. She was transported to the hospital by ambulance.


Aug 23 WHPS responded to the 5200 block of Bryant Street, Maple Plain for a female that was having heart problems and has a pace maker. The female was transported to the hospital.

Stalled Vehicle

Aug 23 A caller reported in the 1800 block of Baker Park Rd, Maple Plain a tire fell off a horse trailer and requested traffic control as the vehicle was blocking traffic.

Gun Shots

Aug 23 A caller reported in the 6000 block of Olstad Drive, Independence reported hearing shots all day long, coming from the fields around the house. WHPS officers searched the surrounding area and did not hear any gun shots or find any hunters.


Aug 24 WHPS responded to a female who had fallen in the 5000 block of Main Street, Maple Plain. She was transported to the hospital by ambulance.

Stalled Vehicle

Aug 24 WHPS officer observed a vehicle with its emergency flashers on parked on the shoulder at Co Rd 6 and Highway 12, Independence. Steam was coming from under the hood and the driver said there is a hole in the top of his coolant tank which causes the car to overheat at times. The driver did not want a tow truck, was just waiting for it to cool down and he would drive it home.

Suspicious Act

Aug 24 At 9:20 p.m. WHPS officer observed a vehicle parked behind a business in the 6500 block of Highway 12, Independence. The driver was looking through the dumpsters for scrap wire or anything of value to recycle. The driver was warned for rummaging through dumpsters behind businesses. While speaking with the driver an employee came out and told the driver he could have the scrap wire that is inside the business. It was explained to the driver how it is easier to get permission so it is not trespassing and he agreed that is the better way to do it.

Agency Assist Amputation

Aug 25 WHPS officers responded for agency assist for Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office to the Lake Sarah Boat access for reported amputation of thumb. The victim’s thumb was severed and two other fingers had the tips ripped off. North Memorial Ambulance paramedics arrived to assist.

Smoke / Fire

Aug 25 WHPS responded to the 5200 block of Bryantwood Drive Maple Plain for smoke coming out of a building and fire was not seen. The building was evacuated and it was found it was an oven fire. Maple Plain Fire cleared the building of smoke.

Fire Code Violation

Aug 25 WHPS officer found fire code violations in the 5200 block of Bryantwood Drive, Maple Plain. The case is under investigation and forwarded for a fire inspection.

2nd Degree DWI

Aug 25 WHPS officer observed a vehicle cross over the fog line at Highway 12 and County Line Rd, Independence. The driver, Andrew Stephan Joyal, 28 from Buffalo. Joyal was arrested for 2nd Degree DWI, .23 BAC and transported to Hennepin County Jail. His vehicle is pending forfeiture.


Aug 26 A caller in the 5200 block of Manchester Drive, Maple Plain reported receiving harassing phone calls and test messages from her ex-husband. He was contacted to stop the phone calls and text messages.

Solicitor Complaint

Aug 26 A caller reported in the 5300 block of Joyce Street, Maple Plain a male solicitor selling meat did not have a permit. The solicitor was not located. Solicitors in both Maple Plain and Independence need a permit from the city prior to doing any soliciting. WHPS encourages residents to call to investigate people soliciting door to door.

Recovered / Stolen Motorcycle

Aug 26 While WHPS officer was assisting with a civil escort in the 5200 block of Manchester Drive, Maple Plain a stolen motorcycle was found in the garage. The motorcycle was confirmed stolen. The m/c was seized and the case is under investigation.