Eagan firm linked to explosion has contract with school district

 Wisconsin man facing drug charge
   A Wisconsin man stopped by Eagan police after a report of a man waving a knife at the shopping mall at 1340 Duckwood Drive has been summoned to appear in court Oct. 9.
   Cody Schmidt, 26, of 3927 Southwyck Ct., Janesville, WI, is charged with charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, according to court records. Police encountered Schmidt while responding to a report of a man waving a knife. During a pat-down for weapons, police discovered a used hypodermic needle in the pocket of Schmidt’s pants.
   Schmidt told police he had been at Caribou Coffee earlier and became intimidated by a man talking to him, according to court records. Paranoid, Schmidt told police he had swallowed a bag containing about a half ounce of methamphetamine. He was then transported to the hospital by ambulance, according to court records.
   Police also reported finding a “drug kit” with used spoons containing white residue, a tourniquet, and a small bag with a rock that field tested positive for heroin, according to court records.   
   An Eagan firm facing questions from federal investigators for its role in an explosion that killed two people and injured nine more at a Minneapolis school was awarded a contract worth nearly $700,000 last April to help renovate two District 196 schools.
   Master Mechanical Inc., of 1027 Gemini Road, Eagan, was awarded a contract for HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) as part of major construction projects at the Valley Middle and Southview Elementary schools, according to school records. The value of the contract is $641,300.
   The Eagan company has faced inquiries from federal investigators for its role in an explosion at Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis Aug. 2. Master Mechanical, working as a contractor for Center Point Energy, was at the school moving a gas meter on the morning of the blast, according to investigators.
   “The gas company wants meters to be on the outside of the building so they can read them,” said NTSB spokesman Christopher Hart. “The meter was inside the building.”
   At a media conference, Hart, an experienced Washington, D.C., attorney and federal administrator, described some of the information investigators are seeking.
   “They want to know about the condition of pipes and valves in the building,” Hart said. “They want to know about the fatigue of the two workers involved, the father and son involved.”
   The Eagan company is named on a number of mechanical permits issued in the cities of Eagan and Apple Valley. A search of the cities’ permits databases shows 107 mechanical permits issued to Master Mechanical in Eagan since 1999. The company is named on 32 permits issued by Apple Valley since 2000.

 Gift card linked to theft leads to Dakota County felony charge 

   A St. Paul woman is scheduled to appear in Dakota County District Court Oct. 30 on a felony financial fraud charge linked to a series of vehicle thefts in Lakeville and Scott County.
     Kelly Ann Gambino, 26, of 929 Thomas Avenue, St. Paul, was charged with a felony in connection with nearly $5,300 in fraudulent transactions at area stores during February and March. Gambino was charged after an employee of an Eagan business identified her as the person who paid for services with a gift card bought with a stolen credit card from a Sam’s Club in Apple Valley.
     After the suspect was identified, police obtained a search warrant for her phone data, according to court records. That data linked her to the area of a Scott County dog park where one victim’s car had been broken into on March 22. The victim’s credit cards were stolen during that break-in and used at several stores in Apple Valley. The thief racked up more than $3,000 in credit card purchases at stores in Apple Valley within an hour of the car break-in before the card was eventually declined at a third store, according to court records.
     Police also executed a search warrant at Gambino’s home on June 7, according to court records. Police found an air purifier linked to one of the fraudulent transactions during the search.  A Lakeville detective at that time recognized her from security video from a Burnsville store where nearly $1,300 had been charged to a credit card stolen from a car in the parking lot of the Lakeville Lifetime Fitness.  
Eagan man facing drug charge
   An Eagan man is facing a felony drug charge after he allegedly sold Xanax to an undercover drug agent.
   Mohamed Salad, 23, of 4459 Slater Road, Eagan, is scheduled to appear in Dakota County court on Sept. 18 in connection with the sale of 100 Xanax bars for $450 to a drug investigator at 7539 148th St. W., Apple Valley. The address is listed as the address of a smoke shop.
 County Drug Task Force raids Eagan apartment 
   An Eagan man is facing a felony charge after the Dakota County Drug Task Force searched his home.
   Cabbott Weyker, 39, of 1887 Silver Bell Road Apt. 116, Eagan, is scheduled to appear in Dakota County court on Sept. 11, according to court records. Weyker is charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and felony possession of a firearm.
   Police executed a search warrant at Weyker’s apartment on April 26, according to court records. During the search police found metal numchuks hanging from a bedroom door, rifle ammo, and three digital scales. Residue from one of the scales tested positive for methamphetamine, according to police.


 Restaurant fight leads to felony charge
   A St. Paul man has been charged with a felony violation of a domestic abuse no-contact order following a police call to an Eagan restaurant.
   Eric Sawyer, 31, of 798 Sherburne Ave. #3, St. Paul, was charged with violating a domestic abuse no-contact order within 10 years of the first of two or more previous qualified domestic violence-related offense convictions or adjudications, according to court records. He was also charged with giving false information to police, a misdemeanor.
   Police were called to a domestic disturbance in the parking lot of an unspecified Lone Oak Road restaurant at about 4:10 p.m. on July 27, according to court records. When police arrived, they saw a man and woman in a car yelling at each other.
   The woman told police Sawyer was her ex-boyfriend and that they had been arguing over past issues. During the argument, the defendant allegedly broke the victim’s cell phone by throwing it out the car window.
   Police determined that the victim was protected by a domestic abuse no-contact order. Police also discovered an active warrant against Sawyer for failing to appear on a felony domestic assault case in Washington County.
   Police found a history of two domestic violence offenses from 2012, according to court records.