Planning Commission to consider Raising Cane's

   Eagan’s Advisory Planning Commission (APC) is scheduled to review a request to build a Raising Cane’s drive-thru chicken restaurant off Yankee Doodle Road in the Central Parkway area.
   The restaurant would expand the city’s fast food restaurant area from the current cluster on Town Center Drive across Yankee Doodle Road to the rapidly developing Quarry Road area.
   The issue is on the commission’s July 24 meeting agenda. If approved, the plan would be presented to the city council for approval, possibly on Aug. 6. The restaurant would be the second drive-thru chicken restaurant recently approved in the Yankee Doodle Road area. A Chick-Fil-A restaurant opened on Yankee Doodle Road Feb. 8.
   Other items on the APC’s agenda next week include a request to rezone five acres on Dodd Road from agricultural land to residential to build 10 single-family lots.

Northern Gas pipeline construction continues through neighborhoods

   A massive two-story box masking construction materials and trucks looms above the neighborhoods near Interlachen Drive and George Ohmann Park as Northern Gas Cedar Station project continues through the city. The pipeline construction is adjacent to another large construction project in George Ohmann Park as part of Eagan Parks' capital improvement program.
   The pipeline project has also led to the closure of a popular bike and walking trail off Johnny Cake Ridge Road.
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Walmart worker charged with theft from store

Serial DWI driver charged in October crash

   A Rosemount man with 17 prior DWI convictions is facing felony charges stemming from a serious crash on Highway 52 last October. Police allege the man had taken methamphetamine before slamming into the back of a car at a speed of about 50 m.p.h.
   Marshall Knoll, 59, of 4322 145th St. E., Rosemount, has been charged with three felonies: first-degree driving while impaired, and two counts of criminal vehicular operation resulting in great bodily harm. Knoll was also charged with a gross misdemeanor, driving after his license was cancelled inimical to public safety.
   Authorities requested an arrest warrant so the court could require Knoll’s motor vehicle registration be surrendered as a condition of his release from jail, according to court records. Knoll is currently being held at the Dakota County jail.
   The charges stem from a four-vehicle crash in Vermillion Township at about 7 p.m. on Oct. 20, 2017. According to police, a driver noticed a truck operating erratically on Highway 52 and dropped back in traffic to avoid the vehicle. That driver then witnessed the truck, pulling a trailer, driven by Knoll slam into the back of a car that had slowed down because of traffic.
   The occupants of the car struck by Knoll sustained serious injuries, including spinal cord injuries, bleeding to the brain, and broken bones, according to court records.
   Police spoke to Knoll at the scene and reported he was unsteady on his feet and his eyes were bloodshot and watery, according to a criminal complaint. Police obtained a search warrant to test Knoll’s blood, according to court records. The blood test allegedly detected methamphetamine and amphetamine in Knoll’s blood. 
   An Eagan Walmart employee has been charged with felony theft based on allegations he stole from his employer.
   Anthony Oduor, 26, of 3367 Coachman Road, Eagan, has been charged with a single count of felony theft, according to a Dakota County criminal complaint. Investigators allege Oduor stole more than $4,300 worth of merchandise from his employer between last August and May.
   Police allege Oduor, who had worked at the store for about two years, admitted to stealing from the retailer two to three times per week, for about nine months. According to police, the Walmart worker said he started stealing food “to get by,” then later stole items to send money to his family in Africa.
   Oduor has been summonsed to appear in Dakota County court Aug. 6.
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