Thursday, June 7, 2012
Mendota Heights Patch sits down with the mayors of Mendota Heights, Mendota and Lilydale for regular city updates—all in about a minute.
Police Chief Mike Aschenbrener sat down with Mendota Heights Mayor Sandra Krebsbach last week to talk sirens and summer crime (check last week's Minute with the Mayor for information about sirens). With the arrival of summer travel season comes an influx of unfamiliar faces, says the chief. Keeping items of value out of vehicles can prevent a thief that is passing through from also smashing a window and making off with your things. The chief has one other easy tip for residents: Keep your garage doors closed. Putting your golf clubs and other valuable equipment on display is an easy invitation for thieves. Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter
The Mendota Heights chief of police reflects on his near-decade with the department.
Editor's Note: This is the third of four articles from a series of interviews with some of the Mendota Heights Police Department's most experienced officers. The series will run this week, in honor of the department's 50th anniversary. Nine years ago, chief of police Mike Aschenbrener left his department of 20 years in Forest Lake to work for Mendota Heights, joining a very different department than the Mendota Heights Police Department of today. During his near-decade as chief, Aschenbrener has made a conscious effort to increase citizen involvement in Mendota Heights. Developing the department’s volunteer base through the Reserve Officer program, which began in 2009, has been a particularly high priority for Aschenbrener. This kind of …
Friday, February 10, 2012
Mendota Heights police officers have accused Mike Aschenbrener of ignoring incidents of police misconduct.
Update (5:16 p.m., Feb. 10, 2012) Mendota Heights Police Chief Mike Aschenbrener is being investigated by the Carver County Sheriff’s office after Mendota Heights police officers accused him of ethical and criminal violations. A letter of complaint by Mendota Heights police officers claims Aschenbrener ignored or declined to investigate incidents of police misconduct involving the theft of a picnic table, a cell phone, and a Dakota County Drug Task Force bag, according to Fox 9 News. City Administrator Justin Miller confirmed that he received the letter last Thursday, at which time he submitted the complaint to Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson for investigation. Aschenbrener is still operating in his capacity as chief, according to Miller…