Early voting begins in new location

   Early voting is underway for state primary elections, but in a different location than previous elections.
   Those who can't wait for August to cast their ballots can head to the polls now. Early voting for the primary elections started June 29 and will be available until Aug. 13.
   Because of the renovations to Eagan's city hall, early voting is being held at the Fire Safety Center, 1001 Station Trail.
   City hall renovations have also prompted the relocation of two polling places:
   Precinct 3 has been moved from the Fire Safety Center, where early voting is being held, to Trinity Lone Oak Church on Highway 55.
   Precinct 6A, which had voted at the Eagan Civic Arena, will now vote at the Wescott Library, 1340 Wescott Road.

   For information about voting and candidates, follow this link: https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting.

Location of Eagan's 2018 Early Voting

Lost child found

   A 3-year-old girl was found safe after Eagan police and fire launched an emergency response in the area shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday, July 3.
    The Eagan Fire Department's rescue boat unit raced up Cliff Road towards Schulze Lake after the girl was reported lost in the Dodd Road area, near Schulze Lake. Police searched the area for about an hour. Det. Sgt. John Collins found the girl at a neighbor's house. She had apparently wandered into the home through an unlocked sliding door.

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School Board member misses meetings

Eagan man accused of bike theft

    District 196 school board clerk Sachin Isaacs was absent from the board's June 25 meeting, missing a vote on the district's budget for the coming school year and the final meeting of retired superintendent Jane Berenz. The board provided no explanation for Isaacs' absence. Isaacs, an elected member of the school board, has missed three of the last four school board meetings, according to the official minutes of the board meetings.
   The school board recently voted to give itself a pay raise of about 40 percent.
   An Eagan man has been charged with a felony based on allegations he rode a $10,000 bicycle out of a Burnsville bike shop without paying for it.
    Deangelo Williams, 29, of 2176 Cedar Pass, Eagan, was charged with felony theft over $5,000, according to a criminal complaint. The charge stems from a June 21 report of a Burnsville bicycle shop. An employee reported to police that a man had taken a $10,000 bicycle from the store. Store security video showed a man riding a bicycle out the front door of the shop, according to court records.
    Police found a man near the border between Burnsville and Apple Valley riding a bicycle on County Road 42 that matched the description of the one reported stolen.

Minneapolis man charged with assault and criminal threats

Woman charged for throwing rocks

    A Minneapolis man is facing a felony charge after he allegedly punched a stranger in the face and threatened to kill him in the parking lot of an apartment complex.
    Barry Bolton, 61, of 2510 Fremont Ave. N., Minneapolis, was charged with felony treats of violence and misdemeanor fifth-degree assault in connection with a June 23 attack at a Burnsville apartment complex, according to a criminal complaint.
    Bolton is accused of punching a man in the face in an unprovoked attack, according to court records. The victim had been walking near Bolton on a sidewalk on his way to visit a friend at the apartment complex at about 10:30 p.m. June 23 when Bolton asked the victim if he "was Mexican."
    Bolton allegedly told the victim he "hated crackers and Mexicans because they hate black people," according to a criminal complaint. Bolton then began walking behind the victim and allegedly punched him in the face from behind, according to court records. Bolton then allegedly told the victim he was going to his car to get a gun and threatened to kill the victim "all the whites and all the Mexicans."
    The victim, fearing for his life, ran into a secured building.
    Another person, who did not witness the threats against the victim, reported seeing Bolton "walking around yelling racial slurs about Mexicans," according to court records. At the time, the witness told police, Bolton was carrying a rock and she was afraid he was going to throw it at her.
     Police found Bolton in the passenger seat of an SUV in the area an arrested him, according to the complaint.
   A Farmington woman is facing criminal charges based on allegations she showed up at her former boyfriend's workplace and threw rocks at his car.
    Audrial Gosha, 29, of 5244 Upper 183rd St. W., Farmington, has been charged with criminal damage to property in the first degree, a felony, and violation of a harassment restraining order, a misdemeanor, according to a criminal complaint. She has been summonsed to appear in Dakota County district court on Aug. 6.
    The charges stem from a call to Burnsville police shortly before midnight on April 24. When police arrived at the scene of the business, a man reported his ex-girlfriend, Gosha, had come to his workplace and began pounding on the drive-thru window. When the man opened the window, Gosha allegedly tried to strike him, but the man moved away. Gosha then allegedly made a threat using expletives, according to police.Gosh then allegedly threw a rock at the man's car, damaging the window, and threw more rocks at the car.
   The estimated cost of the damage was more than $1,550, according to court records. At the time of the episode, Gosha was prohibited from contacting the victim under the terms of a harassment restraining order served in June 2017, according to the complaint.
Barry Bolton

Man charged with fleeing police

   A Minneapolis man has been arrested and charged with a felony following an alleged attempt to avoid interaction with the police.
   Thane Heger, 31, of 1503 Laurel Ave., Minneapolis, was charged with fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, a felony, and detained at the Dakota County Jail.
   According to the criminal complaint, shortly after 8:15 p.m. on July 1, a Mendota Heights police officer on patrol on Interstate 35E saw a car cross from the center lane across the right lane and two solid white lines to make a late exit onto Interstate 494 eastbound without using a turn signal. The police officer followed the 2002 Lexus, which took the next exit back to 35E, allegedly driving fast and crossing over the left shoulder lanes.
   The Lexus continued to drive on the shoulder of the road after the police officer activated his cruiser’s lights and siren to pull the car over, according to the complaint.
   The Lexus eventually pulled over, according to police, but took off again as the police officer walked to the car. The police officer than returned to his car and broadcast a description of the Lexus over the police radio.
   Another police officer spotted the car exiting onto Highway 13, allegedly driving dangerously. Police reported the Lexus was swerving into the opposite lane into oncoming traffic and causing other cars to swerve off the road. The Lexus made several turns off Highway 13 before turning into a cul-de-sac and stopping at a house. The driver then fled on foot.
   The driver was identified as Heger, who was wanted on a felony drug warrant, according to court records.
   Police brought in canine officers to search the area. Heger was arrested shortly after a state trooper spotted him along the railroad tracks near a pool and yacht club.
   Heger has a criminal history dating back to 2005, according to court records, including convictions for burglary and receiving stolen property.
Thane Heger