Meth dominates recent complaints


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   A review of Dakota County’s criminal complaints since July 1 reveals more than a dozen people charged with offenses related to possession of methamphetamine. The drug was frequently found in vehicles during traffic stops, according to court records.
   Drug charges related to methamphetamine was, by far, the most common criminal complaint filed in Dakota County during the two-week, according to court records, surpassing domestic violence, burglary, and theft complaints.
   Wade Stansbury, 39, of 14318 Hemlock Court S., Apple Valley, was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance as a result of a July 3 traffic stop by Eagan police, according to court records. Eagan police stopped the suspect’s vehicle near the intersection of Cliff and Johnny Cake roads, suspecting the driver was impaired. The driver told police he had recently taken prescription oxycodone, according to the criminal complaint. Police found a plastic bag containing .46 grams of a crystal substance that later field tested positive as methamphetamine, according to the complaint.
   Two people have been summoned to appear on a felony controlled substance possession charge stemming from a March 25 traffic stop in Eagan, according to court records. Andrew Thai, 30, of 1115 E. County Road Rd. B, Maplewood is facing a charge of gross misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, according to court records. Thai was driving a vehicle stopped by Eagan police on 35E northbound shortly after 5 a.m. on March 25, according to police. A records check revealed the driver had a revoked license and history of failing to appear in court, according to court records. The passengers in the car also had warrants for their arrest.
   Police searched Thai and found, in his pocket, a digital scale with a white residue that later field tested positive for methamphetamine, according to court records.
   A search of the Chevy Blazer before the vehicle was towed revealed a glass pipe containing .29 grams of a crystal substance that tested positive for methamphetamine, according to court records. Police reported the front-seat passenger Paso Xiong, 38, of 1851 Maryland Ave. E #2, St. Paul, admitted to smoking from the pipe, but said it did not belong to him. Xiong was summoned to appear in Dakota County court on July 31 on a felony possession charge, according to court records.
   Robert Heesch, 35, of Hastings, was charged with felony level possession of a controlled substance, according to court records. The charge stems from an April 14 traffic stop in Hastings, after a police officer observed a car travelling in the middle of the road shortly after 10:30 p.m.
   After police stopped the vehicle, they discovered a young child in the back seat and a glass bubble pipe in the front. The pipe tested positive for trace amounts of methamphetamine, according to court records. Police also reported finding oxycodone and marijuana in the car.
   In another matter, Daniel Collins, 34, of White Bear Lake, was charged with felony controlled substance possession. The charge resulted from the investigation of an April 28 two-vehicle crash on Cliff Road in Eagan, according to court records.
   An Eagan police officer questioning Collins about the crash spotted a plastic bag containing what appeared to be crystal methamphetamine protruding from Collins’ pocket, according to court records. When asked about the bag, Collins handed it to a passenger, who swallowed it bag and all, according to the criminal complaint.
   During a search after Collins’ arrest, police also found a pipe, which tested positive for a trace amount of methamphetamine.
   In another case, Apple Valley police arrested Jonathan Worrell, 29, on a warrant at the Holiday gas station on 155th St. and Cedar Avenue. Worrell was taken to the hospital after he admitted taking a large amount of methamphetamine. At the hospital, police seized a bindle containing .94 grams of what field tested positive as methamphetamine.
   On June 10, in Inver Grove Heights, a police officer attempted to pull over a motorcycle displaying an expired registration shortly after 1:15 a.m. The driver refused to stop, according to police, speeding up to 70 mph in a 30 mph zone until he crashed the motorcycle.
   After calling the paramedics, police removed a knife and metal knuckles from the driver, according to court records. Police also found nearly $3,500 cash and a plastic bag containing a crystal substance that later field tested as 1.01 grams of methamphetamine, in the driver’s pockets, according to court records.
   The suspect, Kent Grengs, 49, of Inver Grove Heights, was charged with fleeing a police officer and felony controlled substance possession.
   In another matter, police reported finding .05 grams of methamphetamine and firearms during the Feb. 8 daytime search of a Burnsville residence. Brendon Rackow, 39, of Burnsville, was charged with two felony counts for possession of a controlled
substance and firearm in connection with the search.
   Nicole Shearer, 31, of Hastings, is facing a gross misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor theft stemming from a March 18 investigation into a theft of cat food.
   Burnsville police arrested Shearer on a warrant after she was detained by store security on suspicion of shoplifting. When store security searched her purse for stolen merchandise, according to court records, they found a bag containing a white powdery substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine.
   Others facing methamphetamine charges, according to complaints filed in the First Judicial District Court in Dakota County include:
   Stacy Cueto, 39, 620 Broadway St., St. Paul, charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, prior conviction, summoned to appear Sept. 25. The charge stems from a March 19 speeding stop in Hastings.
   Rachel Ann Gates, 37, 24055 Hogan Ave., Hampton, summoned to appear Sept. 25 on a charge of gross misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance. The charge resulted from the discovery of a glass pipe while police were at a New Trier residence to serve an arrest warrant on another person at about 12:45 a.m. March 21.
   Ramon Jackson, 48, address unknown, charged with felony possession of a controlled substance stemming from the discovery of .25 grams of a crystal substance, a glass pipe and a digital scale during a July 4 traffic stop in Rosemount.
   Jose Lara, 22, of 337 Maria Avenue, St. Paul, was summoned to appear on a gross misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance Sept. 18. Aurelio Ruiz, 27, 3334 Oliver St. N., Minneapolis, summoned to appear Sept. 25 on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance. The charges stem from a May 5 traffic stop in Hastings during which .51 grams of a white powdery substance was found by police.
   Tyrone Lovick, 20, 4465 B Clover Lane, Eagan; and Aubrey Lee, 19, 147654 Chili Ave., Rosemount, were summoned to appear August 28 on a gross misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance. The charges stem from police response to a complaint of suspected drug use in a car parked near homes on Hickory Court, Apple Valley shortly before 4:30 a.m. March 30. Lovick was a backseat passenger in the car observed by police with a syringe in his hand. Liquid residue in the syringe field tested positive for heroin, according to court records.  A glass pipe found in Lee’s purse tested positive for methamphetamine, according to court records.
Police reported finding a bag containing .54 grams of heroin in the sock of a third person in the car, Troy Vossen, 22, of 421 E. Travelers Trail, Apt. 319, Burnsville. Vossen was summoned to appear Aug. 28 on a gross misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance.
   John Nelson, 32, of 632 145th St. E., Burnsville, was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance stemming from a July 6 traffic stop in West St. Paul, according to court records. Police reported finding 3.10 grams of a substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine in a clear plastic bag inside a backpack during a search of the car.
   Benjamin Salmon, 24, of 637 10th Ave. N., S. St. Paul, was summoned to appear July 17 on a gross misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance, according to court records. The charge stems from a Dec. 29 traffic stop near the intersection of 70th St. E. and Babcock Trail in Inver Grove Heights. Police found a glass pipe containing methamphetamine residue during an inventory search of the car, according to court records.  
  

We have rebuilt

A portable facility destroyed by fireworks at Bridle Ridge Park on July 4 has been replaced. To the left of the facility is the charred wooden ice rink panel behind the original port-o-let. 

District 196 hires more new staff

       Despite a looming multi-million dollar deficit, School District 196 has hired new staff, according to a document released by the district.
     The new staff includes an administrative assistant for the superintendent. The administrative assistant will be paid more than $60,000 per year.
     The list of new personnel includes about four dozen teachers. Many of the new teachers are slated to be paid $78,000 to $83,000 per year, well above the national average for teacher’s pay.
     The hiring also includes several school nurses at $29 to $38 per hour.

New sign at Old Town Hall

A new sign dedicating the Old Town Hall on Pilot Knob Road to former city manager Tom Hedges was recently unveiled. A former West Publishing executive, noting Hedges cooperation in bringing the company to Eagan, donated $100,000 to build the plaza and exhibits inside the town hall, according to the city.