Hail? Yes. April continues piling snow as winter storms continue

  Friday the 13th brought hail to Eagan and a forecast of up to 15 inches of snow the following day.
  Hail and sleet was falling by 6 p.m. Friday, making for a messy evening commute for those who did not leave work early because of the forecast. The wet, heavy nature of the snow was expected to make snow removal difficult.
  Community events throughout the region were cancelled, including ACT tests, standardized testing for college-bound students.
  While state troopers and safety officials warned people to stay off the roads during blizzards conditions, politicians paid no heed to the warning. Democrats, including gubernatorial candidate Tim Pawlenty sent Twitter messages from their convntion in Bloomington.

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Hail and snow continued to fall in Eagan April 14, with up to 12-15 inches forecast. The storm started Friday night with freezing drizzle and hail pelting the city.

Police Chief to retire June 30

  Retiring Eagan Police Chief James McDonald’s last day with the department will be June 30, the police department announced.
  A new chief has not yet been named. McDonald has spent 30 years on the city’s police force,11 years as chief. The chief’s retirement comes at a time when the department is in transition—with police headquarters under renovation and about a quarter of the department eligible to retire. The department recently hired four new officers and is advertising to hire more.
  The department also announced this week that another veteran of the police force, Sergeant Brad Ramthun, will be retiring April 24 after 29 years with the department.
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On thin ice

The Eagan Fire Department rescued this dog trapped in the ice while chasing ducks at Wescott Station Park Monday, April 9.

Tax preparer accused of identity theft

  A West St. Paul tax preparer has been charged with felony identity theft and filing a fraudulent tax return based on allegations she used customers’ identities to file fake returns and obtain tax refund advances.
  Melissa Johnson, 38, of 290 Winona St. E., St. Paul, is scheduled to appear in Dakota County District Court May 7, according to court records. She has been charged with three felonies: filing a false or fraudulent tax return, identity theft, and theft by swindle, according to a criminal complaint.
  The charges against Johnson stem from an investigation that began when the mother of a soldier reported a problem with a prepaid card that was supposed to contain the proceeds from her son’s tax refund. When the mother called the company that issued the card, she learned that another tax return had been filed in her son’s name, according to court records. The second refund card, according to investigator’s had been sent to Johnson’s home.
  A second victim who, like the first, had consulted Johnson about filing taxes but did not authorize her to file a return, reported to authorities that a tax return had been filed in her name. The state Department of Revenue then audited returns filed by Johnson in 2017 and discovered 68 filings suspected to be fraudulent, according to court records.
  Investigators allege several of the names and social security numbers used by Johnson belonged by children. The returns believed to be fraudulent often overstated income and requested money be placed on a prepaid card, according to the complaint.
  Investigators executed a search warrant at Johnson’s home in November and found 11 cards with proceeds from allegedly fraudulent returns, according to a criminal complaint. Investigators also found “a number of social security cards belonging to other people,” according to court records.
Flames erupted at the Erin Drive McDonald's restaurant after materials sparked during demolition. The restaurant, located next to a daycare center with an outdoor playground, is being demolished to create a new McDonald's with a double drive-thru.
Eagan police are looking for this suspect in the robbery of US Bank at Byerly's on Promenade Avenue last Saturday.  The robber showed a gun and demanded cash, according to police. Anyone with information is urged to contact police at (651) 675-5799.