Late Tuesday night, the Cannon Falls Police Department assisted the Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office with a burglary in progress in Cannon Falls Township. According to Cannon Falls Police Chief McCormick, an Officer arrived just as the suspect was leaving in what the officer believed to be a stolen vehicle. 40 year old Zlatan Lukic, no known address, tried to drive through the ditch, where he got stuck. Lukic was held at gunpoint until back-up arrived. He was yelling at the officers to shoot him. Officers used de-escalation
techniques and requested an ambulance. A Trooper arrived and they were able to get Lukic into custody without incident. Lukic is accused of stealing a vehicle from the residence, breaking into the home and confronting the occupant and stealing from 2 businesses in Cannon Falls. Chief McCormick said this incident had a successful outcome due to the actions of Officers in calming a tense situation and gaining the suspects cooperation to take him into custody. Lukic is in the Goodhue Co. jail facing 8 charges including 1st degree burglary and motor vehicle theft. Full press release: 3-14-18 CFPD Burglary PRESS RELEASE
Dak. Sheriff Deputy assaulted by prisoner
A Dakota County Sheriff’s Deputy was “popped” by an inmate while escorting the man from the shower. Attorney James Backstrom and Sheriff Tim Leslie announced that 23 year old Aziz Holmes, of Brooklyn Center, was charged* last week after punching the Deputy in the face multiple times. According to the criminal complaint, Holmes didn’t think he was being treated fairly by jail staff and inmates, so he decided to fight one of the officers. After his shower, as the Deputy was escorting him back to his cell, Holmes attacked him with a closed fist. The Deputy took him to the floor but not before Holmes bloodied the Deputy, who required medical attention. Holmes is charged with 4th Degree assault of a Peace Officer (a felony). His next court appearance is April 10th. Holmes was convicted of making terroristic threats in 2015. He threatened to “shoot up” National American University in Burnsville. He was just convicted of assaulting a transit official in November of last year.
Pavement study shows the good, the bad and the expense
The City of Northfield hired a consultant to hit the pavement, or at least take a real close look at it. In 2017, Staff worked with Goodpointe Technology to provide updated Pavement Condition Index (PCI) ratings. They video recorded every street measuring the cracks and distresses, assigning a severity level of (low, medium, high) and rating. The scale was set at 0 to 100, with 100 being brand new. Administrator Ben Martig said that overall the City ranked 74, however, 4.1% of the roads are failing. Ninth St. from College to Winona is at the top of the bottom, failing miserably. Public Works Director, Dave Bennett, explained that as the roads age, they look to identify them and rehabilitate as necessary, they’re rating then changing. Bennett said after a mill and overlay they can raise the rating from 70 to 85. This enables them to consider how much funding they’ll need moving forward. To maintain the 74 rating, Martig said it would cost an additional $300,000 a year, as they look 10 years out. The current average yearly expenditure is about $2.8 million. That does not include any new roads. Council questioned how to move forward. Should they tackle the really low rated roads and do reconstructions? Bennett emphasized the importance of maintaining what you’ve got, doing sealcoats and repairs, so that those streets in better condition get the longest useful life as possible. Bennett will come back with more financial information and the ways of Funding, including assessments. It is pothole season, the City has a reporting process on their website. I have a direct link from kymnradio.net. These links are to maps and additional financial information. 1 – 2017 PCI Map