Wednesday, May 8, 2013
A Long Lake woman is accused of breaking into a Hopkins home and destroying pictures inside. Nothing was stolen.
A Long Lake woman is accused of breaking into a Hopkins home and destroying pictures of a woman who had dated the same man as her, according to court documents released Tuesday. Several witness told police that they saw a woman drive up to the 16th Avenue North home April 27 in a black SUV, break a window with a hammer, kick down a door and enter the residence, Detective Renee Meuwissen wrote in the criminal complaint.When officers went inside, they found that several picture frames had been broken and pictures were torn up on the kitchen table. As they were investigating, 48-year-old Barbara Jennings Tolchiner went to the Police Department to file a harassment complaint against the owner of the burglarized home. Officers noted that she …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The officer will work to build bonds with local juveniles.
The Hopkins Police Department is creating its first school resource officer position as part of an effort to work with local juveniles, the agency announced Wednesday morning. “It’s been a priority of our agency to really connect with our youth,” Police Sgt. Michael Glassberg said. “The sooner you intervene and see kids on the wrong track, the greater the impact you can have.” Officer Jessica Thomas, who’s been with the department since 2006, has been tapped to be the new school resource officer (SRO). She’ll work with the following schools in Hopkins: “She’s very passionate about working with juveniles,” Glassberg said. While Hopkins Public Schools has had SROs in the past, they were from the Minnetonka Police Department and only worked …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Reports of surging mental health calls are partly due to changes in how they’re classified.
The annual Police Department report suggested that mental health issues were exploding in Hopkins. According to the report, the number of calls for people with emotional or mental health issues surged by 20 percent between 2011 and 2012. Couple that with the ongoing coverage of mental health and firearms in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting, and Hopkins could come across as a frightening place to be. In this case, though, the numbers are misleading. Hopkins’ boom in mental health cases is really a quirk related to the city’s decision to close its own dispatch center and transition to Hennepin County dispatch, which it did in August 2012. With that transition, Hopkins started using Hennepin County’s method of coding calls. Reports …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Officers wanted to arrest Linda Berneta Hart on suspicion of violating her release conditions.
A Hopkins senior is accused of fighting police who tried to arrest her Monday at Hiawatha Court apartments. A man told police who went to the apartment at 7:25 p.m. that his mother, 60-year-old Linda Berneta Hart, had been drinking in violation of her release conditions in a Hennepin County assault case, Detective Renee Meuwissen wrote in the charging documents. The man said he went to the apartment to get his property since Hart had been evicted. Officers could smell alcohol on Hart, and she admitted drinking. A breath test showed a reading of .054 percent, and officers arrested her for violating her release conditions. As they were walking, though, Hart began screaming that she didn’t want her son in her apartment and started to “kick …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
While violent crime increased slightly in 2012, Hopkins had less crime overall last year.
Hopkins saw yet another drop in crime in 2012, according to statistics Police Chief Mike Reynolds presented to the City Council on Tuesday. While violent crime increased by 7.3 percent in 2012—a figure that reflects just three more cases than a year earlier—overall crime rates fell 4 percent from 2011 figures and 7.2 percent from 2010. Hopkins police saw particular success with thefts, by far the most common crime. The community had 29 fewer cases than it did in 2011—an 8 percent one-year decline and 12.8 percent two-year decline. Similarly, burglaries dropped 13.9 percent and 14.7 percent over 2011 and 2012, respectively. Reynolds told Patch that’s partly because the community hasn’t had as many mass break-ins as it did in earlier years. …
Monday, January 28, 2013
The children were cold and not wearing proper clothing.
An aunt left a 1-year-old and 3-year-old in a vehicle that wasn’t running while she stopped in Lindee’s to drink Sunday night—and then left in a taxi without them, the Hopkins Police Department announced late Monday afternoon. A patron found the children inside a locked vehicle, brought them inside and called 911, according to a news release. “The children were reported to be cold and not wearing proper clothing for the elements,” the release stated. Officers later learned that the children had been under the care of their aunt, 55-year-old Sarah Joan Philbrick, while their parents were working. Philbrick reportedly went inside Lindee’s, drank alcohol and then left the bar in a taxi, according to the release. Police contacted the children’…
Friday, December 21, 2012
Reserve Officer Chris Nelson took the oath of office at Tuesday's council meeting.
Hopkins resident Chris Nelson became the latest person to join the police reserves on Tuesday. Nelson, a 1991 Hopkins High School grad, took the oath of office at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Police reserves are volunteers who help Hopkins police with community events, training exercises, traffic control and more. Nelson’s day job, for example, is editorial publicity director at Minnetonka advertising and marketing firm Longren & Parks. This year, reserves have donated close to 4,000 donated hours—nearly the equivalent of two fulltime employees. Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our free daily newsletter | Check out Patch’s Pinterest boards
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Police say they caught Diantha Kaye Moore on Mainstreet with drug paraphernalia and Xanax.
Hopkins police caught a woman with drugs in the same car as her baby girl, according to court documents released Wednesday. The woman came to officers’ attention Nov. 10 when a resident reported that she was doing “crack cocaine” with an infant in the car, Police Sgt. Michael Glassberg wrote in the charging documents. Police found the woman, later identified as 36-year-old New Hope resident Diantha Kaye Moore, near the Wild Boar with a girl who was about 1 years old in the back seat. Officers saw numerous items of drug paraphernalia in her lap and on the passenger seat and center console—including lighters, razor blades and a used hypodermic needle, according to the court documents. They also found a piece of foil with burnt residue in …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
‘Shop with a Cop’ brings officers and youth together to find Christmas gifts.
Police filled the Target at 36th Street and Highway 100 in St. Louis Park on Tuesday. But these officers weren’t responding to a crime. They were Hopkins police helping local youth shop for Christmas presents for their families. The inaugural “Shop with a Cop” brought officers together with 15 at-risk teens, chosen because they are excellent students with good behavior records. Cargill provided $3,000 for the event, while Target provided $500 and 15 to 20 staff members to help. The students had $100 to spend on their families. The officers helped them navigate the store and check off items on their list. When they were done picking out gifts for their families, the officers surprised them by telling them they had $50 to spend on themselves…
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Hopkins has lower rates of property crime and violent crime than the national average.
Both people and property are safer in Hopkins compared to the average American community, according to 2011 crime statistics the FBI released Oct. 29. Of the eight most serious types of crimes reported, called Type I crimes, Hopkins performed better than the national average in six categories. Residents were about 4.4 percent more likely to be theft victims than the country overall— 2,063.6 cases per 100,000 compared to the nationwide rate of 1,976.9 cases. Both Hopkins and the United States have seen continuing drops in thefts, though. In Hopkins, such cases dropped 5.2 percent between 2010 and 2011, while nationwide figures fell .7 percent. Rape, in which there were seven cases reported in Hopkins, was the other category in which it …