Crime

An Eagan police officer examining what appeared to be a suspect’s cellphone during a traffic stop last week was in for quite a shock. As the officer was opening the case for the device … zzzzzap! The device, it turned out, wasn’t a cellphone but a stun gun designed to resemble a cellphone, police said. [...]

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A 24-year-old Lakeville man with a history of criminal sexual conduct is jailed and facing four felony charges in connection with the alleged Sept. 9 criminal sexual assault of a girl under age 16. Kenneth Junior Pitchford Jr. allegedly entered the girl’s bedroom between 1 and 2 a.m. wearing a mask and then pulled out [...]

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An Eagan woman received jail time and probation for cutting another woman during a 2013 holiday party. Arouna Mahachay, 30, was sentenced on Sept. 19 to 90 days in jail and 10 years of probation. Mahachay pleaded guilty in May to second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon. A third-degree assault charge was dismissed. Last December, [...]

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The founder of Burnsville-based PureChoice Inc. has been indicted on seven counts of wire fraud, the U.S. attorney’s office in Minneapolis announced Sept. 18. Bryan Reichel, 59, the former principal shareholder of PureChoice, is charged with stealing more than $2.5 million in investment funds and loans from a variety of investors by lying about the [...]

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A high-speed police chase through Apple Valley and Eagan resulted in the seizure of more than a quarter pound of methamphetamine but no arrest. The suspect — 28-year-old Daniel J. Perry of Hastings — managed to evade arrest during the Aug. 18 incident because police opted to end the vehicle pursuit for safety reasons. Perry, [...]

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When residents enter the voting booth on Nov. 4, residents will have two choices for Dakota County sheriff. Current Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows is not seeking re-election. When the filing closed last May, Herb Kotek and Tim Leslie both had entered the race. Leslie is actively campaigning while the campaign website Kotek listed at [...]

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