Friday, May 24, 2013
As the search for Matula continues, Eden Prairie Police are extremely grateful for the outpouring of support from the community, especially those who have taken the time to search their own property and assisted with large-scale search efforts.
From the city of Eden Prairie: Eden Prairie Police continue to actively investigate the whereabouts of 24-year-old Mandy Marie Matula, who has been missing since the evening of May 1. While continuing to follow up on leads and investigate the circumstances of Matula’s disappearance, the Police Department is working closely with multiple law enforcement agencies from throughout the state to conduct searches by land, air and water in targeted areas surrounding Eden Prairie and northward along the Mississippi River toward Stearns County. To view the targeted search areas, visit edenprairie.org/searchmap. As the search for Matula continues, Eden Prairie Police are extremely grateful for the outpouring of support from the community, especially …
Devon McFerrin is accused of selling a Hopkins man the heroin that killed him.
The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office has added a suspected Minneapolis drug dealer to its Top Ten Most Wanted List, the agency announced Friday. Devon McFerrin, 31, is accused of selling a Hopkins man the heroin that killed him following a February 2012 overdose. The County Attorney’s Office has charged McFerrin with third-degree murder, a charge in which the selling of drugs results in someone’s death. It’s believed that this is the first case of its kind to be featured on the Top Ten Most Wanted List. “We want to send a strong message to heroin dealers and drug dealers that we will not tolerate anyone selling deadly and illegal narcotics on our streets and in our communities,” a news release quoted Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek. “…
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Police have arrested Amanda Astor of Eden Praire and Sean C. Hoag of Fort Collins, CO, following traffic stop early Thursday.
Police say they found a quarter pound of marijuana and LSD in an SUV passing through Iowa on its way to a music festival in Illinois. A Johnson County Sheriff's Deputy stopped the vehicle for going 84 mph in a 55 mph construction zone on Interstate 80, and as he was about to issue a speeding ticket he noticed the smell of marijuana, the Associated Press reports citing police. Amanda Astor, 19, of Eden Praire, who was driving, was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, a serious misdemeanor. A passenger, Sean C. Hoag, 22, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and Iowa drug tax stamp violation. Both offenses are class D felonies. Astor gave permission to Johnson County Sheriff's Deputy …
A fundraiser for the Mandy Matula Fund is planned at Brunswick Zone on Monday, June 3.
Groups continue to search for Mandy Matula, the 24-year-old Eden Prairie woman who has been missing since the night of May 1. A search is planned in the St. Cloud area on Saturday, May 25. The search meets at Immaculate Conception Church (130 1st Ave NE in Rice) at 9:30 a.m. and leaves the church at 10 a.m. sharp. The wooded terrain may be challenging, and the search will continue rain or shine. On Monday, June 3, a fundraiser for the Mandy Matula Fund is planned at Brunswick Zone XL in Eden Prairie (where Mandy worked) from 5-9 p.m. There will be a silent auction, live music, $1 bowling, $1 laser tag, billiards, food and a cash bar. More information can be found here. A Facebook page dedicated to "Finding Mandy Matula" has been created …
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
By adding a "1" in front of the owed amount, police say Jordan Evens stole $4,000.
Eden Prairie Police believe a 28-year-old Eden Prairie man alterd his paychecks by adding a "1" in front of the owed amount. Jordan Richard Evens has been charged with one count of offering a forged check, a felony. Evens worked at The Wire Masters on Shady Oak Road in Eden Prairie. Staff at the business told police that Evens had added $1,000 to his paychecks by adding a numerical "1" before the pay amount four times between Dec. 12 and Dec 28, 2012. Evens allegedly deposited the checks into a bank account. A fifth check on Jan. 4 was stopped before payment was received. As a result of the altered checks, police say Evens deposited $4,000 that he was not entitled.
Monday, May 20, 2013
The victim told police that two men followed him inside the building, and in the hallway he was attacked by them.
Two Eden Prairie men are charged with robbery after allegedly attacking a man in his Eden Prairie apartment building. Abdirizak Abdirshiad Mahamed, 22, and Abdiwali Abdirashid Mahamed, 24, are both charged with one count of felony simple robbery. On May 13, Eden Prairie Police arrived at an Eden Prairie apartment complex on a report of a robbery. The victim told police that two men had followed him inside the building, and in the hallway he was attacked by them. He said he was punched and threatened with a black handgun before they reached into his pocket and stole $300 and a cell phone. Police arrested Mahamed and Mahamed nearby but were unable to locate the handgun, the money or the cell phone.
The officers stood guard at the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial on Wednesday.
Eden Prairie police took part in ceremonies Wednesday for Minnesota’s Law Enforcement Memorial Day, which honors officers who were killed or injured in the line of duty, according to a post on the Police Department's blog. The Eden Prairie officers stood guard for 20 minutes at the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial at the State Capitol. After the guard duty change, they left their posts, rag the memorial bell and said the name of a Minnesota officer who’d been killed in the line of duty. Officers from across the state took part in the 24-hour vigil. Eden Prairie also flew flags at half-staff Wednesday, and the city’s officers wore mourning bands over their badges from sunrise until sunset. Click here to read the full blog post.
This week's compilation includes a continuing search for Mandy Matula, officers shot in Minneapolis, thousands of speeding tickets and burglary suspect calls victim.
Editor’s Note: Every week we bring you a sampling of stories from Patch sites in the west metro: Eden Prairie, Edina, Fridley, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Lake Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Richfield, Shakopee, Southwest Minneapolis, St. Louis Park and St. Michael. Maple Grove Burglary Suspects in Custody After Multi-City Pursuit Police are crediting a concerned neighbor for calling 911 as the burglary reportedly occurred Wednesday. Family, Friends and Strangers Search For Mandy Matula A large-scale public search for Matula began Saturday morning in Victoria and Waconia. "I just can't imagine the pain the family's going through, and I want to help," she said Laura Powers of Savage. SLP Woman Warns Police of Clown-Suit-Wearing…
Sunday, May 19, 2013
We invite you to contribute photos and comments to keep Mandy in our daily thoughts.
Mandy Matula has been missing now for over two weeks. Statewide, people are rallying behind the Matula family in the search for their beloved daughter, sister and friend. Over 9,000 people have become members of a Facebook page dedicated to "Finding Mandy Matula." On Saturday, May 11, more than 400 friends and strangers searched for Mandy, and smaller groups continue to search for her daily. More than 50 local companies have donated food, facilities and supplies to help bring Mandy home. Join Eden Prairie Patch for more news and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Cell phone and financial records showed the person of interest David Marshall Roe had been in central Minnesota.
The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office completed its search of the Mississippi River without turning up any sign of missing Eden Prairie woman Mandy Matula, the St. Cloud Times reported Thursday. Stearns County deputies, with help from the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, searched the river at the request of Eden Prairie investigators after cell phone and financial records showed that Matula’s ex-boyfriend David Marshall Roe had been in central Minnesota. The Wright County Sheriff’s Office continued its routine patrols on the Mississippi but didn’t do any extra searches for Matula. Matula has been missing now for over two weeks. Roe, who was identified as a person of interest in the case, killed himself in the Eden Prairie City Center …