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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 for the week of March 31 through April 6.
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Police say Timothy Andre Davis threatened to shoot his neighbor after he was asked to turn down his loud music.
The DNR used a helicopter to aid other west metro agencies in battling the blaze which consumed about 50-acres of land just across the Maple Grove border.
A series of brush fires throughout the week have kept local fire departments on the go.
Autumn Brenae Mason is charged with a felony after police say they traced her to two online ads offering prostitutes.
Scott Andrew Bradley was the communications coordinator for the City of Richfield until June 2010.
Officers say it can be hard to distinguish them from real guns.
Police say they responded to a call around noon April 5 of a report of a student with a knife. The lockdown reportedly lasted about 30 minutes and no students were injured or in danger.
Police say they found heroin hidden in David Andrew Mack-Bohnhoff's sock when he was arrested in Minneapolis last week.
The Richfield Public Safety Department releases its most recent crime reports.
Police say Lamar Michael Hutton was arrested after selling marijuana to two people outside the Hennepin County Library in downtown Minneapolis.
Corey Roscell Chester alledgely led them on a chase through a hospital parking lot in Robbinsdale, crashed into a guardrail and then fled on foot.
A man suspected of being involved in a "physical" domestic incident fled police, and somehow got away.
Residents asked to report all suspicious activity to Wayzata police or call 9-1-1.
James Lee Norgaard was driving the stolen Buick LeSabre when police stopped the car last week, according to court records.
A weekly selection of incidents drawn from Hopkins police files.
St. Louis Park police also responded to several home break-ins in recent weeks.
A controlled burn was conducted by a contractor hired by the City of Shakopee Saturday near 17th Avenue East.