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McCoy to retire after 30 years By Amanda Schwarze The Pioneer A familiar face will lead the West Hennepin Public Safety Department after current director Ray McCoy retires at the end of April. WHPS serves both Independence and Maple Plain. The WHPS Police Commission appointed Sgt. Gary Kroells as the next director of the department [...]

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This is city’s second car vs. train collision in a month  West Hennepin Public Safety, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad are investigating the cause of a March 8 car versus train crash in which a 25-year-old Buffalo woman was killed. The Medical Examiner said on Sunday, March 9, [...]

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25 students leave bus safely  A First Student school bus on Thursday, Feb. 20, was stuck on a Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad track in Independence, and the bus driver safely evacuated 25 students from the vehicle. The incident happened at Valley Road, just north of Highway 12. West Hennepin Public Safety received a report [...]

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Taxi passengers escape serious injury  West Hennepin Public Safety (WHPS) responded to a report of a personal injury crash of a train versus a car in the area of Valley  Road in Independence at 12:12 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 30. Upon arrival, police officers found that a westbound Burlington Northern Santé Fe (BNSF) train had struck [...]

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West Hennepin Public Safety will offer its Citizens Police Academy, beginning seven weeks of classes on Feb. 20 and ending with graduation on April 10, 2014. Classes will meet one day per week, 7-10 p.m. Thursdays. The recommended attendee age is 18 years and older. To obtain enrollment information, contact the West Hennepin Public Safety [...]

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The following incidents were reported by West Hennepin Public Safety between Nov. 16 and Nov. 30. Independence On Nov. 19, at 1:25 p.m. there was a report of a theft of shotguns, rifles, tools, generator and chainsaw reported on the 900 block of Nelson Road. Hennepin County Crime Lab responded and processed the scene for [...]

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West Hennepin Public Safety responded to the following incidents from Nov. 11 through Nov. 15. WHPS provides law enforcement services to Independence and Maple Plain. Independence Nov. 13, 3:07 p.m. Reported black-and-white cows were walking across a field, near the 5700 block of County Road 11, not inside their enclosed pasture and caller was concerned [...]

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Multiple law enforcement agencies responded when two suspects kidnapped Loretto resident Javier Velasco from his driveway on Friday, Sept. 13. Within 30 minutes police rescued him, unharmed, from the trunk of the kidnappers’ car. Police pursued the suspects on the ground and via a State Patrol helicopter. Four to five hours later, the suspects were [...]

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