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Swimming Getaway, Underage Party and Dryer Fire: West Metro Crime Report

A wrap-up of police, fire and court incidents around the Twin Cities west metro for the week of July 15 through July 21, including a dryer fire, underage party busted and an attempted swimming getaway.

The following is a collection of articles that recently appeared on Patch sites in EdinaGolden ValleyHopkinsLake MinnetonkaMinnetonkaMaple GrovePlymouthRichfieldShakopee, Southwest Minnepolis, St. Louis Park and St. Michael. Click on the headline to read the full story.

Golden Valley Police Blotter: Thefts

A look at the most recent crimes reported and arrests made by the Golden Valley police during July 15-21 shows a number of thefts in the city.

Dryer Fire Extinguished at Minnetonka Strip Mall

A small fire was found started in a dryer in the basment of  in a strip mall on Minnetonka Blvd in Minnetonka on July 24. One firefighter suffered heat exhaustion.

Plymouth Police Bust Underage Drinking Party

Twelve juveniles were busted for underage drinking at a party raided by Plymouth Police July 14 in Plymouth.

Senser Spends Birthday in Shakopee Prison

Amy Senser turned 46 years old on Friday, spending her first birthday in prison since being sentenced for the hit and run crash that killed a Minneapolis chef, according to a report by KAAL-TV News.



The latest police blotter for Richfield Public Safety Department showed arrests, arson and armed robbery.

MAP: Lynnhurst Block Raided By Garage Burglars

Despite linked to a summer surge in garage burglaries, over a dozen houses across Southwest Minneapolis saw their garages broken into the night of July 23 and early the next morning.

Video: A Hennepin County District Court judge has sentenced National Hockey League standout Dustin Byfuglien, 27, to two days in the county workhouse for a boating incident on Lake Minnetonka last summer.

SLP Man Arrested for Drug Possession in Burnsville

Police say Marcus Tyrone Hunter had marijuana, Vicodin and Percocet in a satchel when he was arrested.

Police are looking for a former cafeteria manager accused of stealing nearly $1,800 from her Hopkins workplace. Supervisors started investigating the case when she failed to show for work.

Pursuit Ends With Arrest After Suspect Tries to Swim from Police

A traffic stop turned into a police pursuit in Orono the morning of July 26. A driver fled west on County Road 15 before crashing near the Arcola Bridge.The suspect was located running in the water about five minutes after the crash and started to swim into Lake Minnetonka before surrendering.

No arrest had been made as of July 27, but police believe a 20-year-old Hopkins man is responsible for the recent surge of burglaries and thefts from vehicles in Edina and Hopkins.

Lightning strikes were responsible for both fires and forced newlyweds out of their dream home. The other home may be a total loss.

Breaking News: Suspicious Person Alert in the Preserve Neighborhood

A report of a suspicious person in St. Michael was made on around mid-afternoon on July 26. Wright County Sheriffs Office received a call that a man yelled out to a young boy jumping on a trampoline in a home off of Oakwood Parkway.

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