By Teri Knight, News Director
In April of last year, two people were charged in the death of a 3-year-old boy in foster care. Yesterday afternoon, 28-year-old Charles Homich pled guilty to second-degree murder in the death of 3-year-old Zayden Lawson, a foster child in the care of his girlfriend Zeporia Fortenberry, in June of 2017. Sentencing is set for August 13, 2019, at 9 a.m. in Hastings. On the afternoon of June 7, 2017, Eagan police officers and paramedics were dispatched to a townhome on a report that a 3-year-old male was not breathing. Evidence in the criminal complaint suggested that Homich had been beating the child for having to use a diaper and that Fortenberry
allowed it to happen. She was charged with two counts of second-degree manslaughter. Her case is still pending.
Northfield gymnastics team will bus to Farmington
The Northfield School Board approved entering into a lease with the Farmington Gymnastics Club for the Northfield team to use. Superintendent Dr. Matt Hillmann explained that this will give them the greatest amount of flexibility as they continue to look for a home within the school district. The board approved $10,000 for for one year. It will cost about $20,000 to transport the students. As noted before, there are some unique parameters to house a gymnastics team which means they will continue to look for the appropriate space. They were practicing at the old K-Mart site last season after negotiations with the Northfield Gymnastics Club broke down.
Developer plans on Bridgewater Heights expansion
Fenway Land Company is interested in expanding Bridgewater Heights in Dundas. City Administrator John McCarthy said they met with the Planning Commission last week. The property is platted for development of 49 single-family detached homes on the west side of Highland Boulevard and single-family attached homes on the east side. McCarthy said they want to have model homes by this fall. He said the city is pretty excited about it. The amendment would permit the reconfiguration of the undeveloped Bridgewater Parkway from a divided parkway with a center island to an undivided two-lane road and eliminate the traffic circles on the road. After receiving comments, Mark Guenther of Fenway indicated they plan to move ahead with a formal application to amend the PUD. This will come back to the Dundas Planning Commission and Council.
Quality finalists for Dundas Administrator
A week from today, the Dundas City Council will be interviewing the five finalists selected to replace current Dundas City Administrator John McCarthy. He said of the candidates, “I look at it as the Council is going to have a difficult time because of the quality of the finalists.” May 1 will be a busy day; candidates will meet staff, tour the facilities, talk with the council members, and then the council will meet after 5 p.m. to select the final candidate. McCarthy plans to retire at the end of May. Dundas Admin Finalist Bios (003)