West Hennepin Public Safety

The following incidents were reported by West Hennepin Public Safety between Feb. 19 and March 2.


On Feb. 19, at 2:45 p.m. there was a report of two suspicious people at a foreclosed house at 6280 County Road 11. A 55-year-old male from Brooklyn Center and 53-year-old female from Rockford were looking for scrap metal and a tire. They were arrested, charges pending for third degree burglary.

On Feb. 22, at 3:13 p.m. a resident reported a vehicle stops by their pasture and turns loose a black dog to chase the turkeys in their pasture and neighbor’s yard. The registered owner admitted her dogs like to chase the turkeys so she stopped to let her dog out of the car to do same. The registered owner stated she would stop letting the dog out.

On Feb. 23, at 2:07 a.m. Ian Andrew McGill, 23, from Mound was cited for a fourth degree DWI, AC .12; possession of marijuana in motor vehicle at County Road 6/County Road 110.

On Feb. 23, at 3:49 p.m. Kurtis Lee Hanson, 37, from Red Wing was cited for a fourth degree DWI, AC. 15 at Highway 12/Valley Road.

On Feb. 23, at 9:13 p.m. Daniel Carl Peterson, 32, from Independence was cited for a third degree DWI – AC. 12, possession of drug paraphernalia and possess marijuana in motor vehicle at County Road 90/Drake Drive.

On Feb. 26, at 12:45 a.m. Cole Joseph Pouliot, 19, from Watertown was cited for headlight out, possession of drug paraphernalia and small amount of marijuana.  Nicholas Jon Rasmussen, 19, from Watertown was cited for possession of marijuana. All happened at County Road 6/Ingerson Road.

On March 1, at 5:44 p.m. there was a report of a grass fire along the railroad tracks at Sunset Lane and Town Line Road. It was found, the railroad company were working on tracks and they had a fire crew following putting out the fires.

Maple Plain

On Feb. 22, at 11:02 a.m. there was a report of candy bars stolen at 5249 Highway 12. Diane Marie O’Flanagan, 52, from Maple Plain purchased two Rolo candy bars and left. After she left the employee checked the Heath Bar box and three candy bars were missing. Footprints left in the snow were followed from Olson’s Market to Maple Plain Motel, room #5. O’Flanagan admitted to stealing two Heath candy bars, she had the money to pay for it, but didn’t have that much money left so she stole it. The total bill was $3.57 with tax. O’Flanagan paid the bill and was cited for shop lifting and given a no trespass order to stay out of Olson’s.

On Feb. 22, at 4:24 p.m. there was a report of a burglary on the 5100 block of Independence Street. Stolen were jewelry, two safes, an Apple computer tower, Apple Mac Mini, change from a jar, WII and games, Nintendo and games, and other items. Approximate lost over $4,000.  Cody Alan Wright, 27, of Maple Plain was arrested and charged with second degree felony burglary. Wright is held on $40,000 bail.

On Feb. 23, at 6:40 p.m. there was a report of a possible water main break on the 5200 block of Highway 12. Officer found there was a water main break in the middle of Maple Avenue about 15 feet from Highway 12. The city of Maple Plain Public Works was advised and responded to the scene.

On Feb. 24, at 1:50 a.m. there was report of a loud snowmobile in the area of the 5500 block of Main Street W. The loud snowmobile was not located.

On Feb. 24, at 2:53 p.m. there was a report that someone received a call that someone was slumped over in a vehicle in the parking lot on the 5300 block of Highway 12. Officer found a 61-year-old female from Howard Lake sleeping in her vehicle. The motorist stated she had been at a conference all weekend in St. Paul. She was on her way home to Howard Lake, was very tired and stopped to get a quick nap. All was ok.

On Feb. 28, at 9:46 a.m. the department received a call of smoke and toxic smell at the Orono Discovery Center at 5050 Independence Street. The school evacuated the pre-school students across the street to Christ Lutheran Church  WHPS was assisted by Three Rivers Park and Orono Police Departments and Maple Plain Fire Department. MPFD located the source of smoke/smell in a recessed wall heater. The motor was in excess of 200 degrees and the building was ventilated by the fire department. The all clear was given and the students and staff returned to the building.

On March 1, at 12:04 p.m. there was a report of a suspicious phone scam. Resident reported she received a call from a very hard to understand male who asked about a check she had written from the state bank, he wanted to clear it and wanted her social security number. The male caller stated if she did not call back, he would report her to the state federal authorities. The caller did not give the name of the state bank he was referring to. The resident Google’d the phone number: 720-253-1291 and it brought up that she should report the call. The area code is in Colorado. The resident did not give out any information nor call back the number.

On March 1, at 6:21 p.m. there was a report of a theft of a lap top computer, a desk top computer and a block of brass on the 5500 block Pioneer Creek Drive. Case under investigation.