St. Paul man not allowed on school property in District 11

MANDY MORAN FROEMMING

ANOKA COUNTY UNION

 

A St. Paul man has been issued a no trespass order by the Anoka-Hennepin School District.

Richard Heller will be prohibited from entering school property for the remainder of the school year unless given permission by the superintendent. This applies to all school grounds and school buses, according to Mary Olson, communications director for the district.

He will be allowed to continue attending school board meetings.

Concerns arose when Heller walked into Bridges, a special education center in Andover, Tuesday and asked to see a floor plan for the Crossroads West Alternative High School in Champlin, Olson said.

Shortly after an alert message was sent to staff, she said after looking at a picture of the man, he was identified by staff as Heller, who regularly attends Anoka-Hennepin’s School Board meetings.

A man matching his description had also been reportedly watching children on the playground at Crooked Lake Elementary School in Andover. When approached, he left on a bicycle, according to the alert Olson sent to district staff.

A man with a similar description was also seen observing children at Sunshine Park, near Andover Elementary School.

“We don’t have any pictures of that, so we can’t be absolutely sure it was him,” said Olson. “But the descriptions are very similar.”

The man was described as a gray-haired white male in his early 50s, 5 feet 7 to 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 250 pounds. He was seen wearing torn jeans and a plaid shirt, and appeared somewhat dusty, according to Olson.

 

Contact Mandy Moran Froemming at editor.anokaunion@ecm-inc.com

 
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