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A 49-year-old Minneapolis man made his initial court appearance Feb. 9 on charges he robbed 13 Minnesota banks, including a Merchant's Bank branch in Hampton, between March 9, 2011 and Jan. 3, 2012. According to a grand jury indictment made public Thursday Mark Edward Wetsch is suspected of stealing $9,445 from the Hampton bank on May 13, 2011. That's the second largest total listed among the robberies.
A father and son arrested last week at an Empire Township construction site have different explanations for what they were doing there. Maksim Krimouski, 25, of Savage, told Dakota County Sheriff's deputies he and his father were stealing diesel fuel from the site. His father, Gennadi, said he didn't know anything about stolen fuel. He said he was asleep in his truck until deputies showed up. According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office, deputies found the pair around 12:20 a.m. Feb.
Alexander Olsen was upset about his credit card being used without his permission, but the way he went about addressing the problem has landed him in trouble with the law. According to a complaint filed this week in the Dakota County Attorney's office, Olsen grabbed and head-butted the individual he said used his credit card, then took $70 from his wallet. The incident happened Feb. 6 in Farmington. Olsen told police he went to a home in the city and waited for the other individual, who he knew would stop by there.
A 21-year-old Farmington man faces felony drug charges after he allegedly sold marijuana to a police informant. Jordan Patrick Schultz allegedly made the sale last October when Dakota County Drug Task Force agents sent their informant to his house with cash and a recording device. Agents arrested Schultz as he was leaving the house. According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office task force agents found 12.4 grams of marijuana in Schultz's home. They also found drug paraphernalia, a hydroponic grow light and the money agents had given to their informant.
Farmington residents who commute south to Rochester every day have a new transportation option available to them. Earlier this year Rochester City Lines launched a new bus service that will bring people from downtown Farmington to downtown Rochester in time to start an 8 a.m. workday. The line, which originates in Burnsville, will be the bus company's second connecting the Twin Cities and Rochester. "We had been hearing increased demand for a broader range of service in the south metro area," said Rochester City Lines community liaison Christian Holter.
It was standing in the highway and yelling at traffic that drew police officers' attention to Jesse Gallagher. It was the drugs in his pocket that landed him in trouble. Farmington police found Gallagher, 29, Nov. 25 after receiving reports of a man blocking traffic on Highway 3 and yelling. According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office Gallagher screamed at police officers as they tried to talk to him. During a search conducted after Gallagher had calmed down police found a pink pill, later identified as the controlled substance Suboxone, in his right coin pocket.
The Farmington School District has put together a pared-down list of proposed building improvements. School board members got their first look Monday at a list of roughly $8.2 million in construction and maintenance projects that will use up what's left of bond funds originally meant for a fifth elementary school. Slowing growth has made that building unnecessary, at least for the immediate future. A district task force created the list presented Monday from a longer list the district was considering last year.
The Farmington School Board is making plans to cut an estimated $1.29 million from its 2012-13 budget. Finance director Carl Colmark told school board members Monday the cuts are necessary primarily because of a loss of $800,000 in federal jobs bill money and a $400,000 shift of technology staff funding from the capital budget to the general fund. "Those two items alone represent about $1.2 million of the $1.3 million (deficit)," Colmark said Monday.
There were more adults charged with felony-level offenses last year in Farmington, mirroring a trend countywide. There were 39 individuals charged with 70 offenses last year in the city. In 2010 there were 31 individuals charged. Among Dakota County cities only Mendota Heights had fewer defendants and fewer charges. The Dakota County Attorney's office recently released adult felony statistics for the year. Sex-related offenses, including possession of child pornography, were the most commonly charged last year in Farmington with 15 instances.
A Farmington man who caused a Christmas Eve accident that killed a Prior Lake man in 2009 has been sentenced to more than a year in jail, 90 days of electronic home monitoring over three years and 13 years of probation. Jeffrey Arthur Martin, 39, received the sentence Wednesday from judge David Knutson. He will serve 545 days in jail and submit to 30 days of electronic home monitoring each year for three years. He was also fined $1,000 and ordered to pay restitution. Martin had a blood alcohol level of .17 at the time of the crash, which occurred in Lakeville.