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School Lockdown, Pit Bull Attack and Sexting Incidents: West Metro Police, Court Report

A wrap-up of police, fire and court incidents reported in the west metro for the week of Nov. 25 to Dec. 1, 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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Two-Car Accident Backs Up Traffic on 494 in Plymouth

A car accident on 494 northbound at 394 backs up traffic during rush hour Wednesday night.

When Elbows Attack? Police Say Assault Left Lumps the Size of Ping Pong Balls

James Anker Andersen of St. Louis Park used his elbows to repeatedly hit a 19-year-old in the face and body, according to charges.

Sexting Scandal Hits Edina's Middle Schools

Nude photos and videos allegedly circulated throughout Valley View and South View middle schools earlier this month, though district officials said the matter has been resolved at this point.

Orono Public Schools Experience "Lockdown with Warning" Friday Afternoon

Students and staff are safe and the lockdown was dismissed at 2:10 p.m.

Police Chase 3 Burglars Through Southwest Minneapolis

Shortly after noon on Monday, officers with the Minneapolis Police Department were dispatched to the 3800 block of Aldrich Avenue South on a report of a burglary in progress. Several streets were blocked off as police searched for suspects.

Richfield TCF Bank Robbed Friday Morning

No weapon was used in the incident.

Level Three Sex Offender Leaves Golden Valley

This week, Minneapolis police announced that Clarence Opheim, a 64-year-old level three sex offender, will be moving to the 5700 block of Sander Drive in Minneapolis. Opheim moved to a Golden Valley halfway house last March and has admitted to molesting 29 children.

Pit Bull Attacks Terrorize Two Small Pets in South Hopkins

A pair of dogs are in quarantine after attacking a Shih Tzu and nearly killing a cat.

Police Say Felon Fired Shots Through Neighbors' House in Otsego
The man, who police say appeared intoxicated, is charged with reckless discharge of a firearm.

Maple Grove Police Seek Public Assistance in Stopping Graffiti

There have been 38 incidents since August 2011.

Sheriff: 'Sexting Case Highlights Need For Online Safety'

The Hennepin County Sheriff's most recent newsletter.

Cleaning Company Employee Charged with Theft from EP Home

Police say Phuoc Phan Nguyen stole an expensive diamond bracelet while he was cleaning carpets in an Eden Prairie home in June.

The latest Plymouth Police blotter shows attempted burglaries, residential burglaries and more thefts.

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