The Blue Blotter
A Periodic Publication of the Eagan Police Department
The Mission of the Eagan Police Department is to work in partnership with the community to
Mike Maguire arrest offenders, prevent crime, solve on-going problems, and improve the overall quality of life
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The ship is sailing without you…..
On December 2nd, while on routine patrol, Officer Stephens observed a
vehicle fail to stop for a red traffic light at Highway 13 and Yankee Doo-
City Administrator dle Road. He stopped the car and made contact with the driver who ex-
Thomas Hedges plained she was “in a hurry” to board a plane to the Caribbean. Upon
Chief of Police performing a record’s check on the driver, it showed she had filed an
Order for Protection against a man who had previously threatened her.
Unfortunately for this man, he was a passenger in the vehicle and was
Deputy Chief also going to the Caribbean. Because these types of documents allow no discretion for police,
Jeffrey Johnson officers are directed by the court to arrest those who violate the order. Consequently, the man
Lieutenants was taken into custody, charged with a gross misdemeanor, and taken to the Dakota County Jail.
Duane Pike The rules apply to you too……
Roger New On December 2nd, officers observed an adult male park his vehicle in a handicapped parking
Steve Bolluyt space at a local restaurant. After parking the car, he placed a handicapped parking per-
Executive Secretary mit/placard in the vehicle’s front window. Officers noted the man seemed to be healthy and per-
formed a records check from the information on the placard. Information obtained through the
State computer system revealed the permit was issued to a 50 year-old female, and it expired in
Sergeants 2004. Officers made contact with the driver and discovered he possessed an active arrest war-
Rich Evans rant and was driving with a revoked driver’s license. He was arrested for the warrant and cited for
Mike Fineran driving after revocation and the handicapped placard violation.
Dan Mason Going two directions at once…..
Linda Myhre On December 4th, officers responded to the area of Lone Oak Road regard-
Brad Ramthun ing a semi-truck and trailer that separated as it was moving. On arrival, they
Tom Schoenecker discovered the truck turned, but the trailer detached and went straight. The
trailer stopped in the middle of Lone Oak Road and was blocking traffic. A
local towing company saved the day by towing the trailer to a nearby parking lot and helped the
Nate Tennessen driver secure the trailer to the truck.
Bus shelters are for people, not cars…..
On December 4th, officers responded to a local bus shelter regarding a prop-
Officers erty damage crash. On arrival they learned the driver of a small car lost control
Mike Anderson on a slippery road and crashed into a bus shelter. The driver called 911 to re-
Danielle Anselment port the accident and to provide insurance information to the Minnesota Valley
Heather Berens Transit Authority. Officers believed the driver’s limited experience when driving
in poor conditions contributed to the accident. There were no injuries.
You’re just making it take longer……
On December 7th, while on routine patrol, Officer Rezny stopped a car for an equipment violation.
The vehicle took an extended period of time to stop. Suspicious, Officer Rezny made contact with
Lisa Fancher the driver and eventually asked him to get out of the car. When the suspect opened his door, Offi-
Brian Gunderson cer Rezny could immediately smell the odor of burnt marijuana emitting from the passenger com-
Tracy Harrell partment. When searching the vehicle, it was apparent the suspect locked the glove compartment
to prohibit officers from looking inside. Ultimately, the car was towed to the Eagan Police Depart-
ment where a search warrant was drafted. Found in the glove compartment was a small amount
Andy Helgerson of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The suspect was jailed on associated charges, along with
Pat Hogan obstructing legal process with force.
Todd Kirchgatter Up to no good…..
On December 9th, staff at a local hotel reported a noise complaint. Officers
Mark Kritzeck arrived and located a number of guests causing a disturbance in a hotel room.
Tony Lejcher In the room, officers discovered a white powdery substance, measuring scale,
David Letourneau glass pipe, along with a small amount of marijuana. It was also learned two of
the suspects had active arrest warrants. They were taken into custody for pos-
sessing the warrants and associated charges. Both were jailed.
Pizza, drugs, and declined credit cards…..
Paul Maier On December 10th, officers received a call from a local restaurant employee
who stated he delivered a pizza to a local hotel where the customer used a
Joe Marshall worthless credit card for payment. Through investigation, officers discovered
Doug Matteson the suspect attempted to pay for the pizza with four other dishonored credit
Daniel McCarty cards. When the police made contact with the suspect, it was discovered she
was in possession of methamphetamine, along with associated paraphernalia.
The woman was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession
Joseph Moseng of drug paraphernalia, and theft by swindle.
On the naughty list…..
On December 14th, officers were called to a local grocery store regard-
ing a theft from a Salvation Army donation kettle that was outside the
Karin Pederson store. Store employees advised they witnessed a “bell ringer” remove
Jim Proshek money from the kettle. Video surveillance from the store showed the
Mike Reuss suspect ringing a bell and removing cash from the kettle with a tweez-
ers. He was cited for misdemeanor theft and released.
Daniel Roseth You can’t outrun the phone……
Brian Rundquist On December 15th, a local retail store called 911 stating there were three women in the estab-
Mark Ryan lishment who were known to have stolen merchandise from a store in Apple Valley. Officers ar-
rived and located the suspects. Eagan officers were able to verify the women were wanted in Ap-
ple Valley for theft. The suspects were in possession of stolen property and detained for the Apple
Darrin Schultz Valley Police Department.
You’re going the wrong way…..
On December 15th, while on routine patrol, Officer Pederson initiated a
traffic stop due to a vehicle driving erratically. The driver stopped along
Tony Sundgaard the roadside and the vehicle was partially impeding traffic. Officer Peder-
Sean Sweeney son advised the driver to move forward and park in a manner that would
Eric Tessmer not block traffic. As Officer Pederson was walking back to her squad car,
she heard a crash and noted the driver backed into her squad. Officer
Jeffrey Thul Pederson discovered the driver just received his learner’s permit and got nervous when he was
Lori Tripp stopped by police. Obviously, he meant to go forward but instead put his car in reverse. He was
Robbe Waller issued a citation for careless driving.
Office Manager Another really bad decision…..
On December 19th, while on routine patrol, Officer Thul stopped a car for speeding. He made
contact with the driver and immediately noticed she had red watery eyes, slurred speech, and
Support Services reeked of an alcoholic odor. Through investigation, officers discovered the driver had a blood
Manager alcohol level of .132. She was arrested and taken into custody for DUI. Unfortunately, she
also had her eight-year old son in the car at the time of the arrest, and had prior related con-
victions. She was arrested and her vehicle was forfeited.
No such thing as a free ride…..
Animal Control Officer
Karen Grimm On December 19th, officers were called to a local hotel regarding an unpaid cab fare. They
arrived and made contact with the cab driver. He explained an intoxicated male called from
the hotel and wanted a ride. The cabbie took the person to another
Community Service location and later brought him back to the hotel. The suspect at-
Officers tempted to pay the fare with a bad credit card. When the credit card
Ray Kingsley was declined, the cabbie was told to wait while the suspect went to his
room to obtain cash for payment. The man never returned but was lo-
cated by officers. The suspect had no means to pay the fare and was
issued a citation for theft.
Not a good place to park…..
On December 24th, officers responded to Carnelian Lane regarding a vehicle stuck in a snow
bank. The caller believed the driver was intoxicated because she was moving around with her
Property Room Tech pants down. Officers made contact with the driver and observed obvious signs of intoxication.
Lloyd Enos Preliminary testing indicated she had a blood alcohol level of .201. She was placed under
arrest for DUI and transported to the Eagan Police Department. The woman was later trans-
ported to the Dakota County Jail pending charges for DUI.
Deb Gustin An assortment of trouble…..
Margaret Knoll On December 28th, officers responded to a home on Wescott Square regarding a disturbance
involving a juvenile female. Officers arrived and discovered the juvenile was intoxicated and
had been yelling at her grandmother. The young girl also caused damage to the inside of their
Brea McCarty apartment. Further investigation revealed the juvenile was involved in an earlier assault in
Joanne O’Keefe Burnsville and had an outstanding arrest warrant from Blue Earth County. She was transported
Susan Peterson to the Dakota County Juvenile Detention Center and cited for minor consumption.
Cindy Scipioni Happy Holiday’s
Susan Smart Cast your minds back. The link below is from a Johnny Cash Christmas Special circa 1977.
Once you open it, you will see (from left to right) Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, and
Police Chaplains Jerry Lee Lewis singing a tribute to Elvis Presley. Really not much of a Christmas carol but it
was performed during the holiday season. Regardless, we hope you along with your friends
and families had a joyous season and will be the benefactors of a very Happy New Year. Oh
James Borgschatz yeah—thanks Youtube..
Bob Kelly (Don’t forget to cover the link with your curser while pressing the “ctrl” key on your keyboard)
Who Reads the Blue
John Curlee, Eagan
Business Owner and