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Felonies down last year in Farmington, Rosemount

Both Farmington and Rosemount saw declines last year in the number of adults charged with felony-level offenses.

Rosemount saw the bigger drop of the two cities. There were 31 individuals charged with 41 offenses in the city in 2013, down from 52 individuals and 72 offenses in 2012. In Farmington there were 33 individuals charged with 42 offenses, down from 38 individuals and 62 charges the year before.

The local numbers follow countywide trends. Throughout Dakota County the number of adults charged with felony-level offenses dropped by almost 4 percent according to the Dakota County Sheriff’s office. Not every city saw a decline, though. In Lakeville, charge numbers increased from 109 to 140 and in Eagan they increased from 195 to 215.

Drug-related offenses were the most commonly charged in Farmington with seven individuals facing nine charges. Harassment and strangulation-related assault charges were the next most common with six offenders and seven charges each.

Farmington had two murder charges filed last year, both related to the 2012 death of a child at a local daycare. The woman charged in that incident recently pleaded guilty.

In Rosemount, sex-related offenses were the most common charge, with three individuals facing eight separate charges. Drug charges tied with theft and burglary for the next most common offense. Each category had four offenders and five charges.

Rosemount also had murder charges filed last year. The city became the focus of the investigation into the death of Anarae Schunk in November and around the same time was the site of a murder-suicide. There were also murder charges in connection with a drug-overdose death.

Drug offenses were the most common charge countywide, making up about 23 percent of the total workload at the county attorney’s office in 2013. There were 350 people countywide charged with drug offenses last year, down from 389 the year before.

“Illegal drug use in Dakota County and across our state and nation is an enormous problem,” county attorney James Backstrom said. “We continue to work hard with our law enforcement partners to protect our community from drug offenders and to hold them accountable for their crimes.”

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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