A man who told police to shoot him, pled guilty last week to simple robbery. In March, Goodhue County Sheriff’s deputies and Cannon Falls police used de-escalation techniques to get a burglary situation under control. 40 year old Zlatan Lukic, no known address, tried to drive a stolen vehicle through a ditch, where he got stuck. Lukic had just burgled the home and confronted the residents. Officers held him at gunpoint until back-up arrived. He was yelling at the officers to shoot him. Cannon Falls Police Chief McCormick said the incident had a successful outcome
due to the actions of Officers in calming a tense situation. Lukic was facing 8 charges including 1st degree burglary and motor vehicle theft. Sentencing is August 8th.
Depot and Transit Hub discussed at Council
The Northfield Council discussed the proposed Transit Hub on the Q-block site last night. Hiawathaland Transit, in partnership with the City, would like to connect a Hub to the restored Depot that would provide, “a bathroom facility, a waiting area protected from the elements and a drive lane through for buses where it would become a key transfer point for local transit authority to switch from the one bus to the other bus and would also be able to serve Northfield Lines to be able to do the transportation routes into the Cities “, Administrator Ben Martig. He said they’ve been working with Hiawathaland on a potential grant with MnDot to build the Hub and the access drive, “the cost of that would be about $350,000, the City match would be $125,000″. The City has been looking at dedicating TIF dollars. They hope to get the grant completed by summer. The process got behind schedule due to employee transition at the bus company. MnDot doesn’t have funding this year but the plan now is, if the grant is approved, to begin work next Spring of 2019. Council received an update on the Depot from Alice Thomas, she brought new members up to speed discussing the vision of the Depot usage including events. Martig was amazed at the work the Depot group has accomplished. Martig said, “so they’re progressing and they’re getting anxious too to see that road developed in ownership with us that if this grant can come through it would really help them out, make that become a reality. There are some great art pieces that they’re working on”. The artist, Nick Swearer, collected railroad spikes from the area in 1971 and created a tree, he recently repaired it and is returning it to the Depot. They’d like to see a parking area, sidewalks and lighting in the area before they get to work on their sculpture garden. Take a look at the design of the hub and the sculptures. Depot-Pavilion-Transit Hub
Nfld police ticket 42
Northfield Police ticketed 42 motorists during the recent “Click it or Ticket” seatbelt enforcement campaign. Sgt. Kevin Tussing said, while he’s thankful for those the majority of Minnesotans who buckle-up, for those who refuse for one reason or another, he says, “it’s selfish. Think about life without you in it”, he added, “I’ve seen what happens to families and friends left behind. Please buckle up and be there for yourself and others.” Only an estimated 8 percent of Minnesotans travel unbuckled yet those who were known to be unbelted represent 30 percent of motor vehicle occupants killed in 2016. The Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement and education is a component of the state’s Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) program. The full press release: seat-belt-post-enforcement-June-2018