Tuesday, February 12, 2013
A man with an arrest warrant was loitering in front of a Lakeville business—likely trying to solicit drug buyers.
A local business called the dispatch center on a suspicious individual loitering at about 10 p.m. one night this week. Officers Josh Berkebile and Brad Wubben responded to the location to investigate. Upon arrival, they located the individual and identified him and found he had an active arrest warrant. The officers arrested the subject and placed him in Dakota County Jail. The next morning employees from the business called back and reported that the arrested subject had left two bags at the location. Officer Hokanson responded and took custody of the bags and returned to the Police Station to put the bags in the property room. While inventorying the contents of the two bags, Officer Hokanson found numerous papers identifying the bags as …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Driver in a hurry to get to traffic court made an illegal U-Turn and caused a crash.
Officer Rick Bussler responded to a property damage crash on Dodd Boulevard one day this week that occurred when a driver made an illegal U-turn in the roadway and was struck by an oncoming car. The errant driver was impatient to get to an appointment in Apple Valley and did not want to wait in traffic backed up at the intersection of Dodd Boulevard and Highview Avenue. The impatient driver pulled into the opposing lane of traffic to make the U-turn, causing the traffic crash. Officer Bussler issued the driver a traffic citation for the Improper Change of Course traffic violation. The appointment that the impatient driver was in such a hurry to get to in Apple Valley - Traffic Court!
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Two men stealing scrap metal from a Lakeville business are forced to ask a worker from the business for help when their getaway truck has a dead battery.
Officers responded to a business late one night this week on a call of two subjects stealing metal from the back of the business. The officers arrived on scene and located and detained the two suspects, who had their vehicle and a large trailer full of scrap metal parked on the back side of the building by the loading docks. The officers investigating the crime discovered the two suspects had pulled their vehicle in behind the business and loaded the metal belonging to the business onto their trailer. When the two got back in their vehicle to leave, they discovered that their truck would not start as it had a dead battery, so they were stuck at the scene with all the stolen metal loaded on their trailer. Incredibly, the two hapless …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Man arrested for shoplifting is found to have warrant issued in previous shoplifting case.
Officer Chris Gartzke responded to a local retail store on a report that the store security officers had arrested a subject for shoplifting. Officer Gartzke arrived and issued the subject a citation for misdemeanor theft. Officer Gartzke also ran a routine computer check on the subject and found that the subject had an outstanding misdemeanor arrest warrant. The subject posted bail on the warrant and was released with a scheduled court date. The arrest warrant was for—yes, you probably have already guessed—misdemeanor theft / shoplifting.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Also, social media and text messages are changing the way police are doing their jobs.
Patrol officers can never become complacent when stopping vehicles for traffic violations because many times when officers make traffic stops for even routine or minor traffic violations, something unexpected will occur. That is exactly what happened late one night recently when Officer Jessica Swaner stopped a large SUV in a quiet residential neighborhood for a traffic violation. As soon as the vehicle rolled to a stop, the driver and the passenger bailed out of the truck and ran away in different directions. Officer Swaner alerted dispatch of the fleeing vehicle occupants and assisting officers responded to the area. The officers searched the area and within a short amount of time, the passenger was located and taken into custody …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The Lakeville Police Department's Crime Scene Unit is a team of nine Lakeville officers who receive specialized training in the core areas of crime scene processing and documentation.
Over the past several years Crime Scene Investigations police television shows have popularized the application of the forensic sciences in the collecting, processing, and analyzing of evidence in criminal investigations. The forensic sciences play an important role in criminal investigations today, but in real life criminal investigations the evidence is not always able to be identified and collected in cases and we almost never have the crime solved in an hour as it happens on television. Today, we do focus a much greater degree of our time on identifying and collecting all the evidence at crime scenes as a critical element in our criminal investigative process. With that goal in mind, in 2008, we reorganized our crime scene processing …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
During every school year, one of our Lakeville School Resource Officers will organize a career day for Lakeville High School students at the Police Department.
ASSISTING PROBATION OFFICER Officer Troy Hokanson one day recently was accompanying a Dakota County Probation Officer checking on probationers in Lakeville. They stopped to check on one individual and found that the subject was extremely intoxicated, which was a violation of his probation conditions. Officer Hokanson assisted the Probation Officer and arrested the subject on an Arrest and Detain Order and the subject was jailed. CAREER DAY During every school year, one of our Lakeville School Resource Officers will organize a career day for Lakeville High School students at the Police Department. This past week, SRO Andy Hentges hosted a group of about 50 Lakeville North High School students at our station for the Lakeville North High …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
DUI driver who was pulled over for running a stop sign fled on foot as officers pulled him over. Shortly after fleeing, Lakeville's K-9, Zeus, picked up his scent and found him hiding on a garage roof.
Most times when an officer makes a traffic stop, the violator will pull over to the side of the road and wait for the officer to approach their car, but officers stopping vehicles never assume that is what will happen. Officer Shawn Fitzhenry and Officer Brad Wubben initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for going through a stop sign without stopping. The vehicle pulled over to the side of the road and the driver jumped out of the car and fled down the roadway on foot. Officer Fitzhenry chased the suspect and called for assistance. Officer Jason Jensen and his K-9 partner, Zeus, responded to the scene along with other officers to assist. Officer Fitzhenry continued to chase the fleeing suspect, but lost sight of him in a residential …
Friday, November 9, 2012
Chief: "This past Wednesday night was Halloween and with the exception of a few reports of minor malicious mischief events, vandalism and damage to property calls, I am happy to report that all the trick or treating went off without a hitch."
Officer Mike Lamm responded to a crash one morning this week between two vehicles in a residential neighborhood, which didn’t involve any drivers. When Officer Lamm arrived at the location, he observed a large pickup that had rolled into the side of a parked sedan, causing significant damage to both vehicles. In speaking with the owner of the truck, Officer Lamm learned that the pickup truck owner had parked the truck on a hill and set the parking brake. After parking the truck, he was talking to a coworker when he observed his unoccupied truck rolling down the hill on the street, eventually striking the front and side of the parked sedan. The truck owner reported to Officer Lamm that he heard a clicking noise coming from his truck as it…
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
This past Tuesday night, Andy Bohlen was sworn in as the Chief of the Faribault Police Department.
Officer Sandy Thoeny is known around the station for checking on the arrest warrant files for those individuals that have active outstanding arrest warrants that might be located in Lakeville. Then Officer Thoeny will follow up on the information during her shift and find and arrest them. So it was not unusual last Thursday when Officer Thoeny made a warrant arrest on a subject. Later in the day, Officer Thoeny tracked down a two more subjects with active arrest warrants out for them and made a second and third warrant arrests. Officer Thoeny didn’t stop there though, when later during the same shift while working with a Dakota County Probation Officer, she arrested a fourth subject on an outstanding arrest warrant and a fourth subject on…