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Children Hospitalized After Fire, Drive-By Shooter Sentenced: West Metro Public Safety Report

A wrap-up of police, fire and court incidents reported in the west metro for the week of Dec. 9-15, 2012.

The following is a collection of articles that recently appeared on Patch sites in Eden PrairieEdinaGolden ValleyHopkinsLake MinnetonkaMaple Grove, Minnetonka, PlymouthRichfieldSouthwest MinneapolisSt. Louis Park and St. Michael for the week of Dec. 9-15, 2012.

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Two Children Sent to Hospital After Crystal House Fire

On Dec. 11, the Golden Valley Fire Department assisted West Metro Fire-Rescue District in putting out a Crystal house fire that started from a space heater.

Elk River Man Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail for Otsego Drive-By Shooting

Tyler Louis Volby, 20, of Elk River, was sentenced Dec. 3 for shooting a BB gun around Otsego from the passenger seat of a car.

Hennepin County Examiner Releases Info on Crash Victim

Sean Kian, 52, died Dec. 4 when his car was struck by a police squad car in emergency mode on Woodland Road and Excelsior Blvd. in Minnetonka.

There was also a burglary report.

Man Charged with Threatening Woman in Hospital

Police say Samuel Lee Moore told the hospitalized woman that he would throw her down the stairs and break her neck.

Numerous Burglaries Hit St Louis Park

A selection of crimes and incidents reported to the St. Louis Park Police Department Nov. 22 to Nov. 30.

Officers Find Drugs on Woman in Car With Her Baby Girl
Hopkins police caught a woman with drugs in the same car as her baby girl, according to court documents released Wednesday. Police say they caught Diantha Kaye Moore on Mainstreet with drug paraphernalia and Xanax.

Unattended Stovetop Causes Richfield Kitchen Fire 

Firefighters arrived on site in less than four minutes.

Police say Darvin Darnell Hardy went to extraordinary lengths to break into a Southwest Minneapolis garage when the arrested him.

Top Five Ways to Get Busted For Committing A Crime

A look at some of those who didn't get away.

Plymouth Police Arrest 5-Time DWI Offender for Drunken Driving

Darren Gile Hoffman was charged with first-degree DWI after police say he refused to submit to an alcohol test.

Car Theft Suspect Arrested Again—in Another Stolen Car

Police say they found Jibril Osman Abdi asleep in a stolen car parked in MInneapolis. Abdi was arrested Oct. 1 in Minneapolis when police spotted a suspicious car parked at the end of a block. When they checked the car’s license plate, they discovered that it had been reported stolen on Sept. 29.

Police: Drunken Caretaker Accosted Wheelchair-Bound Woman in His Care

A live-in caretaker faces an assault charge after the wheelchair-bound woman he cares for accused him of drunkenly yelling at her and breaking two phones when she tried to call 911.

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