September Newsletter

ISSUE DATE 9.28.12


Hennepin County Sheriff's Office
350 S 5th St, Room 6
Minneapolis, MN 55415


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A Statement from Sheriff Stanek on the Recent Workplace Shooting in Minneapolis

On behalf of the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, we extend heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of the victims of the deadly shooting at Accent Signage Systems in Minneapolis.
Our thoughts are also with the people who were injured, and we hope for their full recovery. We stand ready to support the community in any way that we can, as we come to terms with this tragedy.
The gunman killed four people and injured several others before turning the gun on himself. Minneapolis Police, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, the Minnesota State Patrol, and multiple area law enforcement agencies responded to the scene on September 27.

Sheriff's Deputies Provide Water Safety Outreach

Water Safety Outreach
Water safety training at an apartment complex in Plymouth

In the spring of 2012, the Sheriff’s Office joined a group of agencies and businesses concerned about the number of drownings in Hennepin County. 
The group includes North Memorial Hospital, DNR, Foss Swim School, and the following police departments: Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, and Plymouth. The effort has been renamed the Minnesota Water Safety Coalition.
This year, the Coalition focused on safety instruction to people who live in apartment buildings with swimming pools.

Suspects Added to Most Wanted List

There are two new suspects added to the Hennepin County Top Ten Most Wanted List. The Sheriff's Office is asking local media and residents in Hennepin County to assist us in locating the individuals.
Mug Shot
Steven Allen Ableman, Jr.
Caucasian Male
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 179
Hair/Eyes: Brown/Brown
Age: 29
Mug Shot 2
Krysta Ellen MacCourt
Caucasian Female
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 123
Hair/Eyes: Blonde/Green
Age: 34
Do you have information?  Call 1-888-988-TIPS or contact Crime Stoppers at

Three NEW Medicine Disposal Drop Box Locations

Hennepin County residents now have more options to dispose of their unwanted medicines. Medicine drop boxes have been added at three new locations in Brooklyn Center, Edina and Minnetonka. There are now six medicine drop boxes located throughout Hennepin County:

  1. Brooklyn Center - Hennenpin County District Court (Brookdale), 6125 Shingle Creek Pkwy
  2. Brooklyn Park - Hennepin County Sheriff's Patrol Headquarters, 9401 83rd Ave. N.
  3. Edina - Hennepin County Library (Southdale), 7009 York Ave. S.
  4. Minneapolis - Hennepin County Public Safety Facility, 401 Fourth Ave. S.
  5. Minnetonka - Hennepin County District Court (Ridgedale), 12601 Ridgedale Dr.
  6. Spring Park - Hennepin County Sheriff's Water Patrol, 4141 Shoreline Dr.
For more information, visit

Two Men Arrested after 46 Guns and Narcotics Found

On September 25, the Hennepin County Violent Offender Task Force (VOTF) executed a search warrant in the 9000 block of Kirkwood Lane North, Maple Grove.  VOTF investigators arrested two men and confiscated narcotics and 46 firearms:
  • Investigators arrested the homeowner, Ted Richard Otis of Maple Grove, and a tenant, Beau Bradley Nicholson of Hopkins.
  • Investigators recovered multiple baggies of methamphetamine and 46 firearms.
  • Otis was charged with multiple felony-level drug offenses.
  • Nicholson was charged with prohibited person in possession of a firearm, a felony.  He remains in custody at the Hennepin County jail.
VOTF consists of officers and deputies from the following agencies: Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, Brooklyn Park Police, Brooklyn Center Police, Golden Valley Police, and the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Join us in paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society. 
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15.