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West Hennepin Public Safety Report
Delano Herald Journal, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022

Sept. 15 - Welfare Check - 1700 block of Budd Avenue, Maple Plain. Officer was dispatched to welfare check/suspicious person complaint in the area. Reporting party advised the subject was acting odd and making others feel uncomfortable. Officers arrived on scene and determined the subject was not in the area any longer and was most likely homeless. Extra patrol will be conducted.
Sept. 15 - Crime Prevention - 5000 block of Independence Street, Maple Plain. Officer was on routine patrol in the area and found that there was an unlocked and open door to a shed nearby. Officer secured the door and left a crime prevention report in the door.
Sept. 16 - Shots Heard - 5300 block of Main Street, Maple Plain. Officer was dispatched to shots heard in the area. Reporting party stated he heard two shots. Officer arrived in the area and did not hear or see anything. Officer attempted to call the reporting party but was unable to make contact.
Sept. 16 - Gas Odor - 300 block of County Road 92, Independence. Officer was dispatched to a gas leak. Homeowner stated they were having siding put up and the workers hit and punctured a hole in their propane tank. Officer arrived and shut off the propane. MPFD checked the home for any readings of explosive gas. None were found.
Sept. 16 - Medical - 5200 block of Bryantwood Drive, Maple Plain. Officer was dispatched to a patient who was bleeding. Reporting party was uncooperative with dispatch and stated they would transport the patient to the hospital themselves before hanging up. It was later determined the patient suffered an accidental gunshot wound to the hand. Patient was at the hospital getting treated.
Sept. 17 - PD Crash - 1900 block of County Road 90, Independence. Officer was dispatched to a property damage crash. It was determined one of the parties involved had a revoked license was not paying attention which caused her to rear-end another vehicle. Driver cited for failure to drive with due care and driving after revocation.
Sept. 17 - Animal Complaint - 4800 block of Perkinsville Road, Independence. Officer was dispatched to assist a homeowner with removing a red squirrel, which she had trapped in the bathroom. Officer arrived and provided assistance with contacting an animal control company, as well as deploying sticky mouse traps.
Sept. 17 - Utility Problem - 1400 block of Halgren Road, Maple Plain. Officer was dispatched to a wire down. Officer arrived and met with the reporting party who advised a large tree took his service line off his house. MPFD arrived and assisted with contacting Xcel.
Sept. 18 - Gas Odor - 5300 block of Sunset Lane, Independence. Officer was dispatched to a hit gas line. The homeowner was digging with a backhoe near the residence when the lines were hit. CenterPoint was notified. LFD stayed on scene while the line was being repaired.
Sept. 18 - Welfare Check - 5200 block of Manchester Drive, Maple Plain. Officer was dispatched to check the welfare of an individual who has not shown up for work. Officer made contact with the party at her residence and determined she was sick. Officer advised the party to notify her employer.
Sept. 19 - Crash - Intersection of County Road 90 and Main Street, Independence. Officer was dispatched to a rear-end crash in the area. Officer determined there were no injuries. Driver claimed he fell asleep, which caused him to rear-end the other vehicle. Driver was cited for failure to drive with due care.
Sept. 19 - Subject Stop - 7500 block of County Road 6. Officer was on routine patrol in the area when he observed a female sitting in the grass on the side of the road. The female had two backpacks and stated her ex-husband kicked her out of the car. Officer gave her a ride to a gas station to wait for a ride.
Sept. 19 - Medical - 4800 block of Gateway Boulevard, Maple Plain. Officer was dispatched to a patient that was bleeding from the head due to a fall. Upon arrival, the bleeding was controlled. North Memorial Paramedics arrived and transported the patient to the hospital.
Sept. 20 - Crash - Intersection of Highway 12 and County Road 90, Independence. Officer was dispatched to a semi that had rolled over. Upon arrival, the driver was conscious but had sustained injuries to his head. Neighboring agencies responded to assist with traffic and extracting the driver from the truck. Driver claimed the brakes on the semi locked up which caused the crash. North Memorial Paramedics arrived and transported the driver to the hospital. MPFD and MNDOT shut down eastbound Highway 12 to clear debris and investigate the crash site.
Sept. 20 - Crash - Intersection of County Road 90 and W Main Street, Independence. Officer was dispatched to a three-vehicle crash. Upon arrival, it was determined one driver cut in front of another, then backed into a third vehicle after the original crash occurred. All vehicles were towed. Driver cited for failure to yield.
Sept. 21 - Fraud - 3600 block of Independence Road, Independence. Officer was dispatched to an identity theft report. Reporting party stated his bank called and advised someone had tried to gain access to his bank account information using his social security number. There was no financial loss. Officer provided resources to the reporting party to help mitigate the identity theft.