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House Fires, Fatal Accidents and Pipeline Explosion Finding: West Metro Crime, Fire Report

A wrap-up of crime, fire and court incidents in the west metro for the week of Oct. 21-27, 2012.

The following is a collection of articles that recently appeared on Patch sites in Eden PrairieEdinaGolden ValleyHopkinsLake MinnetonkaMaple Grove, Minnetonka, PlymouthRichfieldSouthwest MinneapolisSt. Louis Park and St. Michael.

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Fiery Weekend Crash Ends in Drunk Driver Arrest

Golden Valley police arrested a 19-year-old resident after he crashed his car near Pennsylvania Woods Nature Area.

97-year-old Woman Identified as Saturday Crash Victim

Margaret Ida Bauer was in the backseat of a sedan involved in the crash.

Report ID's Cause of Windom Pipeline Explosion

The March 2011 fire in front of Cub Foods sent flames hurtling into the sky

A basement fire and separate car fire in the same location on 45th Avenue Northwest in Plymouth have local authorities handing over the investigation to the Minnesota State Fire Marshal today.

UPDATE: Second St. Louis Park Troop Named in Boy Scouts' 'Perversion Files'

Recently released Boy Scouts of America records dubbed the "perversion files" show at least two cases of suspected sexual abuse occurring in St. Louis Park Troops.

Man Charged with Violating No-Contact Order at Ridgedale Mall

Police say Eddie Dee Loyd arrived at the mall with the subject of the no-contact order and that he argued with her about a cell phone.

Lightning Strike Causes House Fire in Maple Grove

The homeowners got out safely, according to Fire Chief Scott Anderson. The blaze started on the 18800 block of 63rd Place North.

The Wright County Sheriff's Department has identified the two victims in Friday night's fatal accident near Steele Lake.

Office Building Receives Threatening Voice Mails

Police also responded to several reports of theft and drug paraphernalia at Edina High School.

Top Five Reasons Not to Flee Police

A look at some of the stories about the ones that reportedly did not get away.

Eden Prairie Man Charged with Stealing $20 from 80-Year-Old Victim

Police say Wayne Andre Delorius Falkner snatched the victim's wallet as he turned away from an ATM, then removed $20 from the wallet, threw it on the floor and fled.

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