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West Metro Blotter: House Fire, Phony Prescriptions and Thefts

A west metro wrap up of crime, police and fire related incidents for the week of April 1 to April 7.

At Patch, we know that many of you work, shop, and visit communities around where you call home.

To keep you up to date with what is happening in cities near your hometown, Patch will be providing regular updates of police, fire and crime related incidents in the west metro.

The following is a collection of articles that appeared on Patch sites in Edina, Golden Valley, Lake Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Plymouth, Richfield, Shakopee, St. Louis Park and St. Michael.

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Both residents escaped without injury.

Excelsior Commons, Harrison Bay and Old Orchard Park are all part of the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District's Shoreline Restoration Project.

Alcohol is suspected in a Saturday accident that sent a Monticello man to the hospital after he was struck by a westbound vehicle on Interstate 94.

Police say Samuel Adam Schernau Gustafson had several narcotics in his possession when he was arrested in Golden Valley.

Police say Robert Winfield Anderson presented a phony prescription for oxycodone to the Walgreens pharmacy on Cedar Lake Road.

A weekly selection of incidents drawn from Hopkins police files.

The three claimed they were using travelers checks to avoid detection.

The Plymouth Police blotter for March 29 through April 4 include several group arrests and a sex related violation.

Police say Justin Rolland Salisbury of Minneapolis was on the roof of the building stealing copper wire last week.

David Oliver Smith is accused of swindling a Richfield Super America out of thousands of dollars. 

The theft and attempted return of a ham were among the incidents appearing on the recent Maple Grove Police Blotter.

April has seen more instances of people attempting to take off with stolen merchandise from the Albertville Premium Outlets and other stores in the area. Fortunately, most of the perpetrators aren't getting very far.

The measure, which would prohibit Airsoft guns in public, is set to go before the council.

Abuse of prescription painkillers a gateway to local heroin use, they say.

The Maple Grove Police Department issued information on how to help prevent license plate thefts in an email alert to residents.

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