Middle school principal pleads guilty to stalking, id theft

  Christopher Endicott, the career educator who once ran an anti-bullying program at Dakota Hills Middle School, pleaded guilty in Dakota County District Court Monday, April 1, to a series of criminal charges including stalking. He is scheduled to be sentenced June 17, following a court-ordered psychological investigation.
  Endicott, 51, of 13745 Fawn Ridge Court, Apple Valley, pleaded guilty to two counts of Stalking (gross misdemeanor), two counts of Burglary (felony), and one count of Identity Theft (felony), in connection with five separate cases from June of 2013 to June of 2018. The indictments, released after school closed June 8, 2018, stem from an investigation into the hacking of school district computers at Scott Highlands Middle School, where Endicott’s wife is still a counselor.
  As the investigation continued, details of the allegations against Endicott grew more bizarre, including allegations he stalked a police officer investigating the case, stole coins from his parents and sports memorabilia from tenants who rented a house from him, spied on his wife’s rivals at school, and stored stolen property in the desk of his office at Century Middle School in Lakeville, where he was recently a principal.
  Through it all, school officials remained silent, refusing to comment and provide explanations to parents and the taxpayers who paid Endicott’s $137,000 annual salary as to why they hired or didn’t fire him.
  Endicott roamed through a series of local school districts, including an administrative position at Dakota Hills Middle School in 2007, when he oversaw the school’s anti-bullying program, to a position as a middle school principal in Shakopee -- which he claimed he left to shorten his commute time but was later accused of stalking a school employee with whom he had a personal relationship – to another position as a middle school principal in Lakeville.

For more on the history of the Endicott case, see School Stalkings.
Christopher Endicott

Commuters beware

Just when you thought it was safe to go back on the highway, another entrance ramp is closing. Beginning April 8, access to northbound I-35W from Burnsville Parkway, and to Burnsville Parkway from I-35W will be closed for 60 days, according to transportation officials. Detours will be posted.

Woman charged with clothing store theft

EAGAN, MN – A Maplewood woman is facing felony charges after Eagan police were called to a theft in progress at a local clothing store.
   Keyarrie Scarver, 23, of 469 Mailand Court, Maplewood, was charged with felony theft over $500 and possession of burglary or theft tools, according to a Dakota County criminal complaint.
   Scarver was arrested March 26 after Eagan police were called to a theft in progress at a local Old Navy store, according to court records. A witness reported two women were in the store filling up bags and it was believed they were preparing to run from the store. Police arrived to see two women running out of the store carrying two large Old Navy bags. Police blocked their car before they could drive off.
   Police identified the driver as Scarver. She told police she was 17 and “needed to call her mom,” according to the criminal complaint. Police did not disclose the identity of the second woman.
   When police searched Scarver, they reported finding “a tool commonly used to pry open clothing security tags,” according to the complaint. Scarver denied the jacket where police found the tool was hers, according to court records.
   The clothing in the bags taken from the store was valued at about $825, according to the complaint. Scarver was previously convicted of felony theft in June 2017, according to the complaint.


City council rejects parking plan

EAGAN, MN – The Eagan City Council denied a local hotel’s request to build 200 parking spots for a park-and-fly operation on a site near the hotel.
   The denial followed the recommendation of the city’s Advisory Planning Commission, which rejected the proposal of Country Inn and Suites, 3035 Holiday Lane, the closest hotel to the Minnesota Vikings facility, March 26. Mayor Mike Maguire explained the request seemed too much like an industrial purpose, vehicle storage, in a retail area.
   City Council member Meg Tilley, who was previously removed from the council for absenteeism, was absent from the meeting.
Eagan police and fire departments recently rescued a cat, Buffy, from the roof of a local apartment building. (Photo: Eagan Police Twitter feed)

Bloomington man charged with robbing bank

   A Bloomington man has been charged with a March 25 bank robbery in Eagan.
   Abdirahman Mohamed, 23, of 1701 89th St. E., Bloomington, has been charged with second-degree aggravated robbery, a felony, according to a Dakota County criminal complaint. Mohamed is accused of robbing the Associated Bank at 1270 Yankee Doodle Road, Eagan, shortly after 11 a.m. on March 25, according to the complaint.
   Eagan police were called to the bank in response to a panic alarm and a 911 hang-up call, according to court records. A bank teller told police a man entered the bank and shouted “give me large quickly. I have a gun.” The robber wore a gray baseball hat and zip-up sweater, according to police. The robber claimed to have a gun and threatened to shoot the teller, but the teller did not see a gun during the robbery, according to the complaint.
   Another teller initially thought the robber was joking, until he became more aggressive. A witness reported the robber demanded large bills, “more, more, all large 100’s…I know you have more,” according to court records. The robber also demanded “give it or I’ll shoot.” Witnesses reported the robber spoke with an accent in “bad English.”
   Police found a note at the scene reading “Don’t touch silet [sic] alarm or I shoot. Give all 100 only or I shoot everyone.”
   Mohamed turned himself in to Eagan police at the Dakota County jail the following night.
Eagan police released this security camera image of the suspected bank robber.

City Council to hire 20 performers

EAGAN, MN – At its April 1 meeting, the Eagan City Council approved twenty contracts with performing groups to appear at city events such as Market Fest. The contracts, which were not posted for public view, include deals with the following entertainers: 1st Things 1st, Elvis Experience, Apple Valley High R & B Band,  Axis Mundi, Brio Brass, Briz and Lady, Craig Clark, Greenwood Tree, House of Dance, JPS Entertainment, LaValle Jazz Cats, Rockin Hollywoods, Saddle Sores, Six Appeal,   Socaholix, Sound Advice , THAT Cooking School, The Percolators, and Vinnie Rose.
   The contracts, for unspecified dollar amounts, are slated to be approved as part of the council’s consent agenda, a list of items approved by a single vote without individual discussion.
Eagan Police officers recently trained to help better detect drunk drivers, as shown in this photo recently released on the department's Twitter feed. The test subjects are volunteers, typically from the Citizens Police Academy. Police make sure they have a safe ride home, according to an Eagan Police Department spokesman.

Break out the boilermakers: City Council approves easing liquor rules for local taproom and allowing bring-your-own liquor

EAGAN, MN – At its March 19 meeting, the Eagan City Council approved a change in the city code for Eagan’s only taproom that will allow people to bring in their own hard liquor and wine.
   Council Member Cyndee Fields, who said she had her wedding at the brewery benefitting from the change, made the motion to approve the ordinance change. The motion was unanimously approved by the council.
   The ordinance change, which does not reference a specific business, allows customers at taprooms –rooms connected to brewing facilities -- to bring in and consume all types of alcohol, from beer to hard liquor, according to city documents. The city’s current taproom regulations allow the consumption only of the beer brewed at the site.
   The ordinance change would also allow earlier drinking on Sundays. The current regulation prohibits Sunday drinking at taprooms before noon. Under the new ordinance, the drinking could begin at 8 a.m. on Sundays, and all other days of the week.
   The ordinance change eases restrictions on city taprooms, which can operate under the least restrictive and least expensive type of liquor license. The taproom license, originally designed to allow brewers to sell samples of the product, has fewer restrictions, less stringent background check requirements, and lower fees than the city’s other liquor licenses allowing the sale of beer, wine, and hard liquor.
   Although the ordinance is written generically, there is currently only one taproom license in the city, according to the city clerk’s office. The licensed taproom establishment, Bald Man Brewing, is located off Highway 13 on Silver Bell Road. Bald Man Brewing, which has sponsored the Eagan High School football website, is located across the street from two popular youth facilities: a gymnastics school and a trampoline park.
   Bald Man Brewing's president and founder Dan Jacobs appeared at the meeting to answer questions from the city council, repeatedly characterizing the request as a gender issue. Jacobs told the council the brewery's main concern, in making the request, was to be able to serve wine at functions in its events room. He alleged women would rather drink wine than beer.
   "I have some friends that are VIPs that can’t experience the VIP experience because of their wives."
A satellite image from Google Maps shows the location of the beneficiary of the ordinance changes, Bald Man Brewing, in relation to a local highway, school, and youth-oriented activities, including a gymnastics school and trampoline park.
Proposed Ordinance Amendment to allow hard liquor at the city's only taproom

Eagan man charged with workplace threat

EAGAN, MN -- An Eagan man is facing a felony charge for allegedly threatening a mass shooting at his workplace.
   Christopher Swager, 40, of 3204 Riverview Ave., Eagan, was charged with threats of violence, a felony, according to a Dakota County criminal complaint.
   The charge stems from a March 13 report of threats to a local business, which the prosecution did not identify, according to court records. An unidentified person told police Swager had allegedly “made several comments about conducting a mass shooting at the business” while in the break room earlier that day. Police allege Swager was “looking through a gun and ammo magazine” when he made the comments and noted a particular person in the break room “would be first,” according to the complaint.
   The Dakota County district court released Swager from jail after a preliminary hearing March 15, according to court records.
Bald Man Brewing president and founder Dan Jacobs advocating for a change in the city's liquor rules to the Eagan City Council.
Eagan City Council member Cyndee Fields talks about her wedding.

EHS band off to China

EAGAN, MN – Eagan High School’s band will be heading to China Friday, March 22, for a week-long tour and concert series over spring break.
    The band will be performing music by composers John Philip Sousa, Aaron Copland, George Gershwin and other American standards.
The Dakota County Sheriff's Office posted this photo of a car in floodwaters at 160th and General Sieben Drive in Hastings on Thursday, March 14. Temperatures are expected to rise to 50 degrees this week, continuing the snow melt.