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Promoting Prostitution Arrest, Petters Ponzi Scheme: West Metro Police, Fire Report

A wrap-up of police, fire and court related news reported in the west metro for Feb. 3-9, 2013, including pee problems at local restaurant and guilty plea for an incident at local business.

The following is a collection of articles that recently appeared on Patch sites in Eden PrairieEdina, Fridley, Golden ValleyHopkinsLake MinnetonkaMaple Grove, Minnetonka, PlymouthRichfieldSouthwest MinneapolisSt. Louis Park and St. Michael for the week of Feb. 3-9, 2013.

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The woman reportedly took approximately $840,000 from Edelweiss Home Health Care, according to the United States Attorney’s Office.

A Hopkins woman is accused of assaulting officers who responded to a fight she reportedly started by peeing on the floor of a Mainstreet Bar and Grill restroom and then threatening to hurt anyone who told on her.

Police Arrest Two for Firearms Violations in Golden Valley

A traffic stop led the Golden Valley Police to involve the Hennepin County Violent Offender Task Force.

Father of Infant Who Drowned in Lake Minnetonka Appears in Court to Answer Vehicular Homicide Charge

Lake Minnetonka accident claimed the life of Markle's infant daughter last month. Prosecutors say Markle was legally drunk. Defense attorney says family has already been "visited by extreme pain and hurt."

Charges Filed Against Man Suspected in Up To 60 Burglaries

Investigators say Brian Stefan Williams broke into a Shorewood building and then fled police with a pregnant woman in his car.

Plymouth Man Charged with Felony Drug Possession

A 20-year-old Plymouth man faces charges after police executed a search warrant late last month.

Man Who Died After Going Through Ice Worked In SLP

KARE 11 reported that Harland Dietrich worked at CRAVE in the West End.

Man Caught Stealing Donation Jar from Edina Gas Station

The Brooklyn Park man was reportedly apprehended with the donation jar, $24.86 in cash and drug paraphernalia.

A roundup of crimes and incidents reported to the Minneapolis Police Department Feb. 4 and 5.

Otsego Man Charged with Sexual Assault of 11-year-old Girl

The man, her mother's boyfriend, allegedly assaulted the girl after her mother told her to watch them have sex. He was arrested last week.

The Richfield Public Safety Department releases its most recent crime reports.

Grease Fire Sends Crews to House on Benjamin Street in Fridley

One person from the house went to the hospital with burns.

Police Arrest Predatory Offender While Checking on Misdemeanor Warrant

A misdemeanor warrant on a woman led Hopkins police to arrest a convicted predatory offender she had a protection order against.

Latest Guilty Plea in Petters Ponzi Scheme Comes as Orono Resident's Trial Starts

Frank Vennes, a business associate of Tom Petters who made north of $48 million, pleaded guilty Friday afternoon to one count of securities fraud and one count of money laundering. His co-defendant, James Nathan Fry of Orono, heads to trial this week.

The Maple Grove Fire Department also helped with a water incident at Cintas

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