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West Hennepin Public Safety Report
Delano Herald Journal, Friday, Jan. 14, 2021

Jan. 1 - Crash - 5:12 a.m. Hwy 12/ Main Street. Maple Plain. Veh1 e/b on Hwy 12 thought it was a passing double lane and passed a vehicle e/b on Hwy 12. Veh1 was approaching Main Street E, unable to stop in time for a MNDOT snowplow truck that was pulling out onto Hwy 12 and struck the plow blade. Roads were patchy with ice. No injuries. Veh1 cited for Failure to Drive with Due Care.
Jan. 2 - Crash - 8:14 a.m. Hwy 12 / CR 92S, Independence. Driver was e/b Hwy 12, stated the sun was directly in her eyes, she struck a concrete median causing her vehicle to spin around and strike the median again. Vehicle had front end damage. Seatbelt was worn, no injuries.
Jan. 3 - Fire / Alarm - 1:47 a.m. 5100 block Main Street, Maple Plain. Dispatched for a business water alarm. Officer observed through a window, that water was leaking down from the ceiling. Maple Plain Fire arrived and shut the water off from the outside. Owner arrived on scene, was advised of the issue and he was very thankful for all the help.
Jan. 3- Car Stalled - 2:21 p.m. 5400 block Moline Rd, Independence. Unoccupied vehicle parked on Moline Road, unknown if stalled. Officer contact with the registered owner who was out on a walk. All Ok.
Jan. 3 -Heart Medical - 4:24 p.m. 5800 block Main Street Maple Plain. Male reported he had chest pains and was transported to the hospital by ambulance.
Jan. 3 - Welfare Check - 1500 block Howard Ave, Maple Plain. Caller requested welfare check on her father who was not answering her phone call. Resident was not at home and a neighbor stated he was at the hospital. Caller was advised of Officer findings.
Jan. 3 - Fall - 9:42 p.m. 4800 block Gateway Blvd, Maple Plain. Female fell from her walker into the shower was assisted by Officers and Maple Plain Fire into a chair. North Memorial EMS arrive, determined she needed to be seen at the hospital, and transported her.
Jan. 4 - Property Damage - 4400 block Lake Sarah Dr. S, Independence. Resident reported his locked mailbox was damaged on December 24th. The door of the mailbox was down, and mail was missing. Resident has not received specific mail he is waiting for. He will look into it, if it had been sent to him or possibly stolen from his mailbox. Resident will advise police of his findings.
Jan. 4- Suspicious Activity - Pagenkopf Rd / Fieldstone Rd, Independence. Reported a wide track vehicle was driven into the ditches, struck a tree and tracks show driving out of the ditch onto the road. Extra patrol requested for this area.
Jan. 4 - Fall - 9:42 p.m. 4800 block Gateway Blvd, Maple Plain. Officer and staff assisted a female to a chair who had fallen, was not injured but uncomfortable from sitting on the floor.
Jan. 4 - Road Debris - 5:44 p.m. Hwy 12 /CR 90 Roundabout, Independence. Caller reported road debris at the CR 90 / Hwy 12 roundabout. Officer arrival found a caterpillar (CAT) brand backhoe bucket partially in the roadway. The bucket clearly fell off a trailer, weighed 394lbs and a towing company responded and removed the bucket due to its size. S/N e-mailed CAT to see if they might know who the owner is. No markings on the bucket.
Jan. 5 - Crash - Hwy 12/ CR 90, Independence. Veh1 and Veh2 w/b Hwy 12 both entering the CR 90 roundabout. Veh2 entered crossing into the outside lane sideswiping Veh1 causing Veh1 to leave the roadway and strike a Yield sign. Veh2 continued w/b on Hwy 12. Veh2 driver was located and stated both vehicles did take-up both lanes to negotiate the roundabout.
Jan. 5 - Illness - 8200 block CR 6, Independence. Female felt she had food poisoning. North Memorial EMS transported her to the hospital.
Jan. 5 - Damage to Property - 7900 block Hwy 12, Independence. Officer observed a damage cable barrier that was apparent a vehicle had struck it. The area was checked, and a damaged vehicle was not located. MN DOT as advised of the damage.
Jan. 5 - In park after hours - 10:08 p.m. 2055 CR 90, Independence. 16-year-old female and a 19-year-old male in the Pioneer Community Park after hours watching a movie in the back of a vehicle. They were advised the park was closed and the parents were notified.
Jan. 5 - Motorist Assist - 11:23 p.m. Hwy 12 / CR 90, Independence. Driver stated that he was e/b on Hwy 12 when he felt his car strike something in the roadway. Approximately 1 mile later discovered that he had a flat front and rear passenger tire and immediately pulled over. A towing company was called to tow the vehicle.
Jan. 6 - Crash - 9:49 a.m. Hwy 12/ CR 90, Independence. Female reported Jan.uary 4th, she was n/b on Co 90 entered the roundabout at Hwy 12 to go w/b on Hwy 12 when she hit something in the roundabout. Female did not stop, did not call police, and continued to a sporting event for a family member. Female later found what she had hit caused significant damage to her vehicle and she had struck the backhoe bucket left in the roundabout. Female was advised it is the driver’s responsibility to determine what hit and to notify the police. Approximate damage to her vehicle $3,000.00.
Jan. 6 - Car Theft - 3:14 p.m. 6200 block Hwy 12, Independence. Victim left vehicle running while she went into the business office. Short time later the victim observed her vehicle being stolen and quickly leaving the parking lot with a black sedan behind it. At 6:14 p.m. Minneapolis Park Police found the stolen vehicle slid into a ditch and had struck a tree causing damage to the driver’s side. The vehicle was recovered and towed to West Hennepin. Owner was notified of recovered stolen vehicle. Case under investigation.
Jan. 6 - Fraudulent Claim - 2800 block Nelson Rd, Independence. Resident reported both he and his wife received notices from the unemployment office regarding unemployment benefits claimed. They did not file unemployment claims.
Jan. 6 - Unconscious - 8:19 p.m. 4800 block Gateway Blvd, Maple Plain. Patient was breathing but unresponsive was transported to the hospital by ambulance.
7 contacts of citations, verbal and written warnings were issued for traffic and equipment violations.