Woman’s body found outside Parish House identified
A woman found dead on the Parish House property has been identified as Tiffany Louise Smith, 31 years of age. Police Chief Monte Nelson said, “she had been reported missing to us on the first, by a friend who was concerned for her” They had been unable to locate her. “Unfortunately it turned out that she was the deceased person” they found yesterday. In a press release yesterday he said it was believed she had been outside for at least a day. There were no obvious signs of a struggle or other suspicious activity. An autopsy will be performed by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office. It could takes weeks as they also await a toxicology report. Sgt. Thad Monroe is the investigator working with the ME. A source had told KYMN that the woman was found and a Facebook post on the Lonsdale Happenings page listed Smith missing. United Legacy Search and Recovery had put the information together on a Facebook posting asking for help. Organizers were working on handing out fliers just an hour before she was discovered. The investigation continues.
Updated Press Release: NPD – Death Investigation Update – 010416 – Press Release
A desire for alcohol brings first degree burglary charges
A young Dundas man could get up to 20 years in prison for attempting to steal alcohol. According to the criminal complaint, Dundas and Northfield police were dispatched to a residence where a woman reported hearing footsteps inside her home and found a door open that is always closed. Police found no one inside but the woman believed 18 year old Brandon Jo Hatfield had entered her home. Officers found wet footprints in the basement and fresh prints in the snow from a door exiting the house. They had a distinct X in the print. Officers went to Hatfield’s home and were met by his parents. He came home about 2 hours later. He told police that he’d gone inside the victims home entering through the basement to search for alcohol but when he got upstairs he saw the woman sitting there, she then turned down the volume on her tv, he panicked and ran out the front of the house. Hatfield’s been charged with 1st degree burglary. Released on bail,his next court appearance is January 14th.
Dundas Planning Commission to hold public hearing on Sports Dome
The City of Dundas continues to work with the people who plan on building a sports dome. City Administrator John McCarthy said they expect to hold a public hearing at their January Planning Commission meeting. McCarthy said the Lacrosse facility will be a great addition to the community. Adding that residents have been asking about it as they haul their kids “nearly all over the State” to practice lacrosse and soccer indoors. They hope to see it open early this Fall.
Depot on the move
The 1888 Northfield Depot was in yesterday’s Star Tribune as Save the Northfield Depot group anxiously waits for the big move. Delayed by weather and other commitments, the actual move was pushed back but by all account, Member Alice Thomas, says the contractors lifted the building up and out of it’s old home today with the move taking place Wednesday.
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