Wednesday, May 8, 2013
A 50-unit housing development designed for low- to moderate-income families got a green light from the Eagan City Council on Tuesday.
Dakota County Community Development Agency officials and Eagan City Council members did their best Tuesday night to assuage the fears of a group of Lemay Lake residents worried about a 50-unit affordable housing facility proposed for the area. Neighbors living near the proposed site of the workforce housing facility expressed concerns over the increased traffic, crime and crowding the project could bring to the neighborhood. In the end, the council voted unanimously to move forward with the project; approving rezoning, a site plan and final platting for the development, which will be located at 1319 Jurdy Road. The complex, which would be developed and operated by the CDA, is part of the agency's Family Townhome Program. The program is …
Monday, March 25, 2013
Jonathan Thomas Lahr died of blunt force injuries to his head and neck following a fight with his roommate, Samuel Walter Petersen.
The Jan. 1 death of a 36-year-old Eagan man has been ruled a homicide, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office. Jonathan Thomas Lahr died of blunt force injuries to his head and neck, the medical examiner said following an autopsy conducted earlier this year. Police say Lahr fought with his roommate, 28-year-old Samuel Walter Petersen, shortly before midnight on Jan. 1 at a residence on Slater Road in Eagan. During the fight, Lahr suffered facial injuries. He could not be resuscitated by paramedics and fire personnel, who were called to the scene by Petersen. Petersen and two other individuals were detained for questioning following the incident, but no charges have yet been filed against any of the three men. Petersen, …
Friday, February 22, 2013
The Eagan Police Department rolled out a new tactical robot this winter, courtesy of a $15,000 donation from the Eagan Citizens Crime Prevention Association.
Follow Eagan Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter | Blog for us Meet "Tim," the tactical robot. The Eagan Police Department's newest team member isn't afraid to dive into tense standoff situations, send reconnaissance information back to fellow officers and help police track down a suspect. Named for Tim Gossfeld, a Thomson Reuters employee who died in a hang glider accident last year, the diminutive robot will play an integral role in the Eagan Police Department, according to Public Information Officer Desiree Schroepfer. "Having a robot that’s wirelessly controlled will allow us to reduce the risk to Eagan police officers," Schroepfer said. The robot, she added, will primarily be used to locate …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
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Thursday, November 8, 2012
Two high-profile police standoffs involving Eagan officers earlier this year are part of a bigger problem, according to Jim McDonald.
Follow Eagan Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter The police standoff on Deerwood Drive in Eagan started when a man with mental health issues threatened a family member with a gun. It ended when the suspect surrendered peacefully to a force of more than 40 police officers, who shut down an entire neighborhood and set up a mobile command post and roadblocks to keep bystanders safe during the hours-long standoff. Taken alone, the high-profile standoff is troubling enough. But Eagan Police Chief Jim McDonald sees the incident as a symptom of an even more worrying trend in law enforcement: The increase in both quantity and severity of mental health-related calls. In 2007, Eagan police responded to a total …
Monday, October 29, 2012
With their investigation hampered by intoxicated witnesses, police are still searching for a suspect or suspects in the case.
Police have identified the woman shot in the back during an apparent road rage incident in Eagan on Sunday morning. The 26-year-old victim is Kimberly Lawrence, a Rosemount resident, according to Eagan Police Chief Jim McDonald. Lawrence, who sustained a "non-fatal" shoulder wound, was transported to Regions Hospital on Sunday following the shooting. Police say Lawrence was one of eight people riding in a Volkswagen Jetta in Eagan early on Sunday morning. Police say the confrontation started when a dark-colored SUV began tailgating the Jetta, driven by 28-year-old Grant Hengy of St. Paul. When Hengy made an obscene gesture at the driver of the SUV, an occupant of the SUV responded by opening fire on Hengy's vehicle. One round struck …
Friday, September 28, 2012
Eagan police and animal control responded to an alleged black bear sighting near Meadowland Park. At this point, the sighting is unconfirmed, Eagan Police Chief Jim McDonald said.
Follow Eagan Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter | Blog for us Eagan police are treating a potential black bear sighting near Meadowland Park as "unconfirmed", Eagan Police Chief Jim McDonald said on Thursday. A husband and wife walking along Highline Trail near the park claim they saw a fully-grown black bear and called police to report the sighting just after midnight on Tuesday morning, according to Eagan police reports. The woman told police she and her husband made noise and took off running after coming within 50 feet of the animal, which was allegedly spotted in the backyard of a home on Fox Ridge Court. Although confirmed bear sightings do occasionally occur in Eagan and other Dakota County …
Friday, August 10, 2012
The Eagan Police Department is slowly replacing its aging Crown Victoria squad car fleet with the new Ford Interceptor.
Follow Eagan Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter For a quarter century, the Eagan Police Department has relied on the Ford Crown Victoria as the workhorse of the department's squad car fleet. But now the aging Crown Victoria, no longer in production, is slowly being phased out in favor of the new Ford Interceptor. The department already has six of the new Interceptors, and plans to add more in the coming years as it retires more of its Crown Victorias, according to Eagan Police Chief Jim McDonald. Each car cost roughly $28,000, McDonald said.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Eagan police are investigating the death of the 10-week-old boy, though no charges have yet been filed.
Follow Eagan Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter Eagan police are investigating the death of a 10-week-old infant who allegedly died while in the care of his intoxicated, 46-year-old grandmother. Just after 1 p.m. on July 7, emergency responders were called to a home on the 3600 block of Denmark Avenue in Eagan on reports of an infant in cardiac arrest, according to a search warrant affidavit filed in Ramsey County District Court. The boy was blue and cool to the touch when officers arrived at the residence. Resuscitation efforts by Eagan police, Eagan Fire Rescue and Health East Paramedic personnel ultimately failed, the warrant said. Police interviewed the infant's mother, who said she left the boy …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The Eagan Police Department held its 2012 Awards Ceremony on Tuesday afternoon at Eagan's City Hall.
Follow Eagan Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter A hotel manager who helped police bust prostitutes, drug dealers and other criminals. Two young children who worked with an officer to save their drowning father and brother. A concerned neighbor who kept a cool head when an armed robber was spotted near her home. All got their turn in the spotlight during the Eagan Police Department's 2012 Awards Ceremony, which honored the quick thinking, community service and courage of police officers and Eagan residents alike. Eagan Police Chief Jim McDonald handed out several awards at the annual event, held on Wednesday at Eagan's City Hall. The honorees for each award were selected by a nominations committee …