Having moved to Minnesota from Florida, my scariest aquatic experience involved a water temperature below 80 degrees, until Tuesday. I put on a protective “mustang” suit, ready for a mock water rescue in icy Lake Minnetonka with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Water Patrol. Not yet at ice’s edge, I was already panic stricken. I can’t imagine this as my job.
Although Minnesotans are already enduring subzero temperatures this November, officials are reminding those venturing outside that the ice just isn’t ready for recreation.
Minnesota’s law enforcement community is making changes to protect from the potential for Ebola. All Minneapolis police squad cars, bikes and Segway’s have a new tool in the fight against an invisible threat to public health.
Local and federal law enforcement credit a cooperative effort for busting a Chicago-based drug gang that made ordering a bag of heroin as simple as placing a phone call. “This was a 24-hour-a-day, retail-sales heroin operation,” said United States Attorney Andy Luger. “The way this would work is you would call one of two different phone numbers that were known as dispatch phone numbers — almost like you were calling a cab or you were ordering food.”
An escaped inmate is back in the Hennepin County Jail Friday. On Thursday, Michael Henderson ran from the court room as a jury handed down a guilty verdict for attempted murder following a robbery at a Sam’s Club in Bloomington earlier this year. He was on the run for 16 hours after escaping the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis.
As the search for Lyle “Ty” Hoffman continues, the reward money for his capture grows. Whoever helps authorities track down a man who has eluded police for nearly a month will earn $25,000.
Next month, all first responders will have a new tool in the fight against heroin. Law enforcement and firefighters will now be able to treat heroin overdoses with a drug called Narcan.
The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Deputies Association has voted overwhelmingly in favor of incumbent Sheriff Rick Stanek’s opponent on Wednesday. Minneapolis Police Deputy Chief Eddie Frizell received 75 percent of the votes, while Stanek only received nine percent. Sixteen percent of votes were to endorse neither candidate.
It’s going to take an order from a judge for county jails to hold prisoners requested to be detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Hennepin County officials made the announcement on Wednesday. Ramsey County officials also say the county will no long participate in holding inmates after serving their time.
Law enforcement officials say they nabbed one of Hennepin County’s top 10 most wanted on the first day of a county-wide warrant sweep aimed at drug dealers.
Go slow or get an expensive citation — that’s the message from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Water Patrol. This is the first time Lake Minnetonka has ever had a minimum wake restriction on the entire lake. Deputies are on the water to educate and enforce the restriction.
The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is urging boaters to create a safety plan before hitting the waters this Memorial Day weekend. With a High Water Declaration in effect for Lake Minnetonka, Sheriff Rich Stanek says boaters need to manage their wakes properly, as well as have the necessary safety gear in place.
Inmates at the Hennepin County Jail in Minneapolis will now be allowed to wear religious head coverings while incarcerated. The announcement about the policy – the first of its kind in Minnesota – was made Thursday by Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek. “I am extremely proud of our current efforts to recognize the religious rights and beliefs of all inmates,” Stanek said. “The addition of this policy enhances our efforts to be more culturally aware.”
With 104 lakes and three rivers in Hennepin County alone, Sheriff Rich Stanek says it’s a busy time for ice rescues in Minnesota. “Maybe you had subzero temperatures, but you’re going to go through,” Stanek said. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s office responded to 25 rescue calls out on the lakes last winter from people falling through the ice. Three people were killed. “The most important thing is to stay calm,” he said.
There’s a drug that works as an antidote to save someone overdosing from heroin. Now a Minnesota state senator who lost her own daughter that way wants all law enforcement officers to carry it.