Eagan police arrest Washington shooting suspect

EAGAN, MN – The Washington murder suspect arrested at an Eagan housing project this week was on probation for another violent crime and could have been arrested more than a year ago -- nine months before the fatal shooting of a 21-year-old in Washington, according to court records.
   The Ramsey County criminal court confirmed the arrest warrant for William Holly, 25, formerly of 888 Sims Ave. #1, St. Paul, was issued in February 2018, a year before his arrest at the Lemay Lakes subsidized housing project on Eagan's Shoreline Drive last Wednesday. Despite the existence of the arrest warrant, and a 2015 sentence to probation until 2020, Holly was apparently free to travel to Washington in 2018 where, police allege, he fatally shot 21-year-old Leuea Loto after a dispute broke out during a Thanksgiving Day pickup football game at a high school.  
   At the time of the November 2018 shooting, Holly was on probation after pleading guilty to a 2015 Ramsey County charge of making terroristic threats, according to court records. In addition to five years of probation, Holly was given credit for 117 days served in jail. A 21-month prison term was suspended, according to court records. The case was one of four Minnesota criminal convictions on Holly’s record.
   The arrest warrant against Holly stemmed from a February 2018 report of domestic violence, according to court records. A woman in St. Paul called 911 shortly after 2 a.m. on Feb. 2, 2018, alleging Holly had assaulted her niece two hours earlier. The victim, who was involved in a relationship with Holly, alleged Holly had hit her 45 times during a dispute at an apartment where her three children, ranging in age from 2 to 13, were present. “She thought Holly could be capable of seriously injuring or killing her or her children,” according to a criminal complaint.
   The victim warned police Holly carried a gun and used drugs and alcohol, according to court records. Holly ran from the apartment at the sight of police arriving, the victim told investigators.
   It is unclear how long before Wednesday’s arrest Eagan Police were aware Holly was living in the city.
William Holly

Dog sitter accused of theft from home

   An Apple Valley woman is facing a felony theft charge based on allegations she stole from a home where she had been hired to watch the dog.
   Ashley Wall, 24, of 84 150th St. W., Apple Valley, has been summonsed to appear in Dakota County District Court April 15 on a felony charge of theft, according to a Dakota County criminal complaint.
   The charge stems from a July 9, 2018 report of a theft from an Eagan home, according to court records. The alleged victims left their home for about a week in early July. Before leaving, the victims hired a dog sitter from a website.
   The victims reported items missing from their home after their return and told police their 2012 Lincoln Continental had been driven more than 650 miles. Walls, the dog sitter allegedly admitted she had used the vehicle to drive the dog to Lebanon Hills, less than a mile away.
Sketches of a proposed 172-unit development in the Cedar Grove section of the city. The proposal, which eliminated a restaurant to add 21 more apartments, is slated for review by the Advisory Planning Commission Feb. 26.

Developer seeks to add more apartments

EAGAN, MN -- Unable to find a restaurant for the site, developers of a planned mixed residential development in the Cedar Grove section of the city are seeking to replace the restaurant portion of the plan with 21 more apartment units.
   The proposal is slated for review at the Feb. 26 meeting of the city’s Advisory Planning Commission.   
   The change would put a total of 172 apartments on about three acres near the Eagan outlet mall. Plans for the project originally included a 7,600 square-foot commercial space on the first level, according to city documents.
   “The developer has been unable to secure a restaurant use for the site since the initial city approval early in 2018,” a city planning report said. “The proposed PD Amendment removes the commercial restaurant and adds 21 residential units in its place. In addition to the change from a mixed-use development to an all residential one, the change results in modifications to the Site Plan and Building Plans.”
   The changes stemming from the removal of the restaurant include changing the entrance area of the building and adding two dog runs.
   The proposed apartment building is an area which already has several restaurants, including a food court at the nearby outlet mall, a fast food restaurant, and a bowling alley and restaurant.

Dakota County man charged in fatal crash

   Dakota County officials have issued a nationwide arrest warrant for the suspect in a
Feb. 14 fatal crash.
   Michael Serres, 53, of 23620 Inga Ave., Hampton, has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide in connection with a fatal Feb. 14 crash near the intersection of Highway 50 and Inga Ave., according to a criminal complaint.
   The single-vehicle crash occurred at about 10:30 p.m. Feb. 14. Police arrived at the scene to find a Ford pickup truck overturned to the passenger side about 10-20 yards off the side of the road. Road conditions were poor, according to police, with many snow drifts. Police suspect the truck veered off the road, hit an embankment, and slid on its passenger side for several yards in the snow before stopping.
   Police spoke to the driver, Serres, who allegedly told them the passenger was dead. The passenger, Terri Stephenson, 49, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to court records.
   Police allege Serres admitted to drinking 10-12 alcoholic beverages at a nearby restaurant before driving. He refused to take a breath test at the scene, according to investigators.

Police find cache of stolen computers

   A Rosemount man is facing a felony charge following a police investigation of stolen laptops.
   Michael Ostrum, 47, of 15417 Darling Path, Rosemount, has been summonsed to appear in Dakota County District Court April 8 on a felony charge of receiving stolen property, according to court records.
   The charge stems from a Sept. 13, 2018, report of a stolen laptop computer, according to a criminal complaint. A tracking device on the laptop traced the device to a home in Rosemount, according to court records. Police obtained a search warrant for the home. During a Sept. 14 search, according to court records, police found the stolen laptop and 40 other electronic devices believed to be stolen. Police also found a program running on a desktop computer in the house that wipes data from computers and installs new operating systems.
   Police were able to identify eight owners of stolen iPads during the investigation, according to the complaint.

Woman charged with biting hospital nurse

   A Hastings woman is facing a felony charge for biting a hospital nurse.
   Michelle Wright-Dandridge, 28, 214 Fourth St., Hastings, was charged with fourth-degree assault in connection with a Jan. 12 disturbance at a local hospital, according to a Dakota County criminal complaint.
   Police were called to the hospital for a report of an out-of-control patient, according to court records. Police arrived to find Wright-Dandridge lying on the ground being restrained. While hospital staff was trying to restrain her, according to police, Wright-Dandridge allegedly bit one of the nurses in the hand.
   Wright-Dandridge is scheduled to appear in Dakota County District Court April 15.

Blizzard warning prompts church closing

EAGAN, MN – Eagan churches spent the weekend considering whether to close on Sunday morning as the National Weather Service forecast Eagan near the line of a blizzard warning late Saturday night and Sunday morning.
   According to the National Weather Service, a blizzard warning is in effect Saturday evening through Sunday afternoon for most of Minnesota and Wisconsin south of I-94. Within the blizzard warning area, snow accumulations are expected to range from 1 to 3 inches in the west near the South Dakota border to 6 to 8 inches along Interstate 35 and east. The snow is expected from late Saturday afternoon through the early morning hours Sunday, followed by strong winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts to near 50 mph for most of the day Sunday, which could lead to whiteout conditions in the open areas of western, central, and southern Minnesota, and far western Wisconsin.
   Saints Martha and Mary Episcopal Church on Lexington Avenue has cancelled Sunday’s services. Another Episcopal Church, Nativity Church in Burnsville, has not cancelled services.