A Northfield man is charged with stealing drugs from a Minneapolis Hospital. According to the U.S. Dept. of Justice, 30 year old Matthew Allen Amundson, a registered nurse, was indicted yesterday for fraudulently obtaining hydromorphone, a prescription opioid pain medication. From January through April of 2015, AMUNDSON, while employed at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, accessed the hospital’s secured automated medication dispensing systems and used syringes to extract hydromorphone from vials intended for patient use. He then filled the vials with saline solution before returning
them. According to Amundson’s LinkedIn page, he’s been working at West Hills Lodge, a treatment facility in Northfield, as a Lead treatment technician, for the last year. Amundson entered a not guilty plea and is out on $25,000 bond. This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of Criminal Investigations and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Tactical Diversion Squad, which is comprised of agents, officers and deputies from the DEA, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Minneapolis Police Department, Plymouth Police Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, and the Minnesota Army National Guard. Amundson indictment
Tip 411 leads to 6 Nfld teens cited
Just after midnight on Monday, Northfield Police received information through the anonymous Tip 411 system about a party allegedly involving underage drinking. Officers responded to a residence in the 600 block of 7th St. E., spoke to a resident of the house, and observed signs of underage consumption. Northfield and Lonsdale Police Officers and Rice County Sheriff’s Deputies secured the residence, and after a search, six high school-aged juveniles were cited for Underage Consumption, one of them was also cited for violating the Northfield Social Host Ordinance. Chief Nelson said, while it is disappointing this type of activity took place, the incident demonstrates the value of the Tip 411 system. 110617 – NPD Release – UnderageParty (1) More information: Tip411TablingPostcard (1)
BTYR celebrates Veterans Day
Former Mayor Dana Graham spearheaded the effort to make Northfield a BTYR City. He commented on the groups growth from about 6 people sitting around a table at City Hall to a network of over 300. They invite the community to a Veteran’s Day celebration tomorrow from 2 to 4pm at the Northfield Middle School auditorium. The family event includes music, speakers, kids activities and a message from Senator Klobuchar. The BTYR network helps with any number of requests. Graham said once a call is put out to the network, people respond very quickly and are more than willing to help any way they can. Youth representative Courtney Nelson said, “the network is amazing. There are so many people we’re able to connect Veterans with when they’re in need and I love that it’s a way for Veterans to feel more a part of our community”. Nelson aspires to be an aeronautical engineer and plans to join the Air Force ROTC next year. The network enlists help from many organizations including Boy and Girl Scout troops.
Historical Society offers free admission to Veterans
The Northfield Historical Society will be offering free admission tomorrow to all veterans. Of special interest may be the newest NHS exhibit, Service and Sacrifice: Northfield in the Great War. This World War I exhibit will only be on display until the end of the year, so everyone’s encouraged to view it before it’s gone. NHS will be open 10 to 5 on Saturday.