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Mandy has been with ABC Newspapers since 2007, when she joined the staff as the editor of the Anoka County Union. She has been the managing editor of the UnionHerald and Blaine Spring Lake Park Life since 2014.

Multiple items stolen in residential burglary

Multiple items, including guns, jewelry, cash and coins, were reported stolen in a daytime burglary at a residence on Verdin Circle, Coon Rapids, April 7.

A woman, 63, returned home about 6:30 p.m. to find the rear garage door leading into the house was damaged, so she called her partner, 70, and he arrived and looked through the residence before calling 911, according to the Coon Rapids Police report.

Property stolen included several pieces of jewelry (ring, earrings and necklace), five shotguns, flat screen television set, knives, watch, speaker with charger, liquor, four or five wine tugs full of quarters, 30 silver dollars and $500 in cash in $100 bills, the police report states.

In addition, clothes had been taken out of the upstairs closet and thrown on the floor, the bed mattress had been moved and drawers of the dressers had been left open, so were drawers from end tables, closets, doors from hutches and desk in several upstairs rooms and in the downstairs bedroom.

~ Peter Bodley

St. Paul woman imprisoned for drug possession

A 24-year-old St. Paul woman was convicted for felony drug possession in Anoka County District Court April 12.

Kirstin Lynn Anderson was pulled over by an Anoka County Sheriff’s deputy in Andover in March 2014 for not displaying a front license plate on her vehicle, according to the criminal complaint.

The deputy found that her insurance had expired and arranged for the vehicle to be towed, the complaint states.

Anderson declined a ride from the deputy and walked toward a nearby CVS Pharmacy while the deputy searched the vehicle, finding a number of bags containing what appeared to be a total of 164 grams of methamphetamine, the complaint states.

The substance initially tested negative for meth, and upon arrest at CVS, Anderson told the deputy whatever he found was “duff” and that she bought it thinking it was meth, according to the complaint.

In June 2014, the Tri County Regional Forensic Laboratory determined one bag contained 26.913 grams of meth, the complaint states.

A warrant was issued for Anderson’s arrest in March 2015 and was returned in July 2015.

She was convicted of drug possession, but had a drug sale charge dismissed April 12, 2017.

Anderson was sentenced to six years and two months in prison with credit for 305 days served.

~ Olivia Alveshere

Police search for check forger

Coon Rapids Police are searching for a man who tried to cash a check at a Coon Rapids bank that had been altered after originally being stolen from a resident’s mail box in Shoreview.

Officers responded to a check forgery in progress at US Bank, 3990 Main St. NW, the early afternoon of April 10, but before they arrived the suspect male had left in a waiting black Cadillac on which the license plate was not seen, according to the Coon Rapids Police report.

The white male attempted to cash a check made out for $1,234 and presented a driver’s license in the name of a person whose photo who looked nothing like him, the report states.

The cashier alerted the bank manager, who called the owner of the check, a Shoreview woman who told him the check, originally made out to the IRS for $243, had been stolen earlier that morning from her mail box.

The bank manager told police that the check appeared to have been washed and the name of the man whose driver’s license had been given to the cashier had been signed over with a felt tip marker, according to the police report.

While the bank manager was verifying the information, the suspect ran out of the bank, leaving behind the driver’s license, and got into a waiting Cadillac, which was parked out of sight. It left southbound on Wedgewood Drive and was occupied by two other males wearing baseball hats.

~ Peter Bodley

Woman sentenced for felony DWI

An East Bethel woman who drove while intoxicated was sentenced April 12 in Anoka County District Court on a felony charge of first-degree DWI.

Holly Lee Moreno, 45, got a sentence of 365 days but was given credit for 178 days served. She was granted furlough from serving this time while she completes treatment for alcohol addiction. She placed on probation for seven years and must pay a $988 fine.

According to the criminal complaint, Moreno was found to have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.38 when she did a preliminary breath test.

An Anoka County Sheriff’s Office deputy had found her vehicle in a ditch on May 23, 2016, near the intersection of Highway 65 and Crosstown Boulevard in Ham Lake. Moreno was seen walking south from the scene and she admitted to driving the vehicle, according to the complaint.

Officers performed field sobriety tests and then did a preliminary breath test before taking her into custody.

Moreno was also convicted of felony-level DWI in January 2010.

Anoka County District Court Judge Todd Richard Schoffelman granted a downward departure in sentencing for this case.

~ Eric Hagen

Man sentenced for using stolen debit card

A Coon Rapids man was sentenced April 10 in Anoka County District Court on a felony charge of financial transaction card fraud.

Daniel James Skowron, 27, was given credit for 160 days served in jail and placed on probation for the next five years. He must pay restitution of $500 and potentially another $500 fine if he does not complete 50 hours of community service.

According to the criminal complaint, a woman called the Anoka Police Department on March 16, 2015 to report the theft of her work badge and a case that held her debit and social security cards. She discovered 11 unauthorized purchases on the debit cards totaling $629.50 on March 15-16.

One of the fraudulent transactions was a $70 cab ride, which he had a receipt for on his phone.

Skowrun was convicted of check forgery in April 2013.

~ Eric Hagen

Man charged with felony DWI

An Anoka man accused of driving while impaired was arraigned April 11 in Anoka County District Court.

Debah George Roberts, 33, was charged with a felony of first-degree DWI and a gross misdemeanor of providing false information to the police.

According to the criminal complaint, Coon Rapids officers found a man passed out in his vehicle with the engine running. He said he had fallen asleep and had not been drinking. He lied about his name and date of birth, but officers were able to get his correct identification.

A preliminary breath test resulted in a blood alcohol concentration reading of 0.20, according to the complaint.

His driver’s license was revoked. He has four prior DWI convictions from Hennepin County, according to the complaint.

~ Eric Hagen