The following stories first appeared last week on this Patch site, or those of our neighbors throughout the South Metro region. To read the full story, click on the headline.
All those named have been arrested and/or charged. Information is provided by the community police department or attorney's office.
Two Apple Valley Men Among Suspects in Armed Robbery at Motel
Jake Lawrence Benson and Shawn Michael Rumble charged in Scott County with first-degree aggravated robbery.
Suspect Apprehended in String of Burglaries, Jewel Theft
Andrew Douglas Page, 30, allegedly used a stolen master key to burgle $20,000 worth of jewelry from an 82-year-old woman's apartment.
Ill-conceived Search for Lost Hoodie Leads to Felony Burglary Charge
An Eagan man was arrested Thursday after he allegedly broke down an apartment door and forced his way into a stranger's bedroom looking for a misplaced sweatshirt.
Burnsville Man Arrested After 3-Hour Assault on Woman
Patrick Joseph Spears, 27, allegedly stole into a woman's apartment and subjected her to a lengthy ordeal that included strangulation, multiple beatings, and threats to stab her to death.
Lakeville Woman Implicated in Armed Robbery at Motel
Emily Kaye Schuster, of Lakeville, was charged in Dakota County District Court with simple robbery and terroristic threats.
Dumb Criminal: Driver Cited for Going 86 MPH in Blizzard Conditions
Despite a blizzard, a Lakeville driver thought it a good idea to drive 86 MPH across icy, snowy roads.
Two Charged in Eagan Burglary Blitz
James Muelken and Andrew Fischer each face five felony charges after allegedly burglarizing several homes along Balsam Trail in Eagan.
Fire Call, Burglary, Neighbor Dispute: Sheriff's Report
These are the calls the Rice County Sheriff's Office received for Feb. 22-25.
MAP: Vandalism in Northfield (Jan. 18-Feb. 24, 2013)
Here's a look back at the last month's reports of vandalism/property damage to Northfield Police.
Inver Grove Heights
Inver Grove Man Accused of Trying to Drown Woman in Sink
Michael Darron Ware, 38, was booked last Thursday after he allegedly choked a woman with his hands and then held her head under water.
Inver Grove Man Arrested for Brandishing Samurai Sword, Attacking Family
Derrick Joshua Levros, 22, said he brought out the three-foot Samurai sword "for his protection" against the two woman he'd allegedly collared.