Gage Elementary students select Rochester K-9 officers’ new names

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By Kimberly Davis, Anchor/Reporter: ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)
The 5th grade class of Gage Elementary School had two special visitors Friday morning, and one K-9 visitor finally got his name. Students were very excited for the two young K-9 officers to make a visit to Gage and the students were anxious to tell the handler his dog’s new name.

Out of the four names, the students chose the name Sarge for officer Brian Roussell’s K-9.

The K-9s will be used as part of the Rochester Police Department’s new bomb program.The K-9’s sole purpose will be to sniff out bombs, and to keep our community safe.

According to the Rochester Police Department, the dogs will be trained in a fun way, so when it comes to actually sniffing for bombs it will be like a game. Officer Roussell chose the names the student’s selected from, and said they picked his No. 1 choice.

“I used to be part of the Morrow posy in Goodhue County, and that was my Uncle’s posy horse. it was kind of the best horse we ever had. And it passed away and my uncle recently passed away and it was kind of for him,” said Roussell.

The other pup came along in support for his pal Sarge, but still does not have a name yet. There’s still some time to vote for his name, just click here to vote. The winning name will be revealed September 18.

Young Boy Makes the Right Call to Stop Crime

Updated: 04/02/2015 6:23 PM
Created: 04/02/2015 12:17 PM
By: Ben Henry

(ABC 6 NEWS) – An 11-year-old did what Olmsted County Sheriffs are calling a “remarkable job” in the arrest of two men in an attempted burglary in Byron.

The young boy from Byron was home on the 500 block of 2nd Avenue SW, during his spring break when he heard a noise from outside and noticed two men trying to break-in a window. He immediately called his mother who directed him to call the police. The boy then called 911 and found a place to hide inside.

The call was placed at 12:03 P.M., and within minutes, the first police officer responded, followed by another.

At 12:27 P.M. police arrested Phillip Bartlett, from Hayfield, and Todd Bauer from Byron, after the K-9 Unit was able to sniff out the suspects in a shed, 50 yards away.

Capt. Scott Behrns of the Olmsted County Sheriff’s said these arrests would not have been made without the 11-year-old doing such a great job by staying calm, and giving a “very accurate” description of the suspects. Behrns also says he did everything correct, and his parents did a great job with preparing the young man to stay home alone.

Pursuit ends near Byron after man allegedly attempts to steal pickup truck

BYRON, Minn. (KTTC) — A pursuit ended near Byron after a man allegedly attempted to steal a pickup truck.

According to the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office, the chase began about 3:15 p.m. Thursday after the Brett Kuehl, 25, of Rochester, fled from a traffic stop in a stolen vehicle.

Kuehl bailed from the truck and ran away. A K-9 unit searched for him in a reservoir near 60th Avenue Northwest. The Sheriff’s Office said the K-9 walked on Kuehl’s stomach in the pond, and Kuehl began punching the dog in the head.

Kuehl is being treated at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus after a K-9 officer bit him in the face.

He now faces felony charges of theft and fleeing from authorities in addition to multiple traffic violations.

The Sheriff’s Office said the man already had a felony warrant out for his arrest.

The K-9 officer “Chase” recently won first place in a search competition.


KTTC News, Rochester, MN

Police dog assists in arrest of Rochester man

A police dog took down a Rochester man who police say has multiple felony and misdemeanor warrants for his arrest.

The incident began about 3:30 p.m. Friday, when a member of the Rochester Police Street Crimes Unit spotted Shain Adam Stevens walking in the 2300 block of West Frontage Road Northwest. The officer called for backup, then waited for Stevens to leave a market in the 1800 block of 24th Street Northwest.


They confronted the 32-year-old, who ran south across 24th Street. The canine officer released the police dog, and Stevens turned around with his hands up, as if surrendering. The dog was called back — and Stevens took off running again, said Lt. Mike Sadauskis.

The handler released the police dog again. Stevens was bit in the right calf and taken down. He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of his injury.

During a preliminary search of Stevens, officers discovered syringes.

He was arraigned Monday in Olmsted County District Court, where he faces misdemeanor counts of fleeing a peace officer and possession of pharmacy materials.

Stevens remains in custody in lieu of $500 conditional bond.

By Kay Fate

The Post Bulletin, Rochester, MN

Rochester man sentenced to 19 months in prison for high-speed chase

KuehlROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) — A Rochester man learned his fate after leading deputies on a high-speed chase near Byron.

Brett Kuehl, 25, was sentenced last week to 19 months in prison for a felony charge of motor vehicle theft.

In June, police took Kuehl into custody with the help of a K-9 officer after he fled from a traffic stop in a stolen pickup.

Olmsted County deputies said Kuehl bailed from the truck, ran, and tried to hide underwater in a pond near 60th Avenue Northwest.

A police dog ended up walking on Kuehl’s stomach in the pond and he began punching the dog. The dog bit him in the face and Kuehl was taken to Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus with non-life-threatening injuries.

As part of his sentence, Kuehl was also ordered to pay more than $6,000 in restitution.


KTTC News, Rochester, MN

Police K-9 helps find 83 grams of meth in car

A Rochester woman was arrested after Rochester police located 83 grams of meth in her vehicle. This was made possible by the assistance of a police K-9.

An officer stopped the vehicle for traffic violations and recognized the driver from prior incidents. A police K-9 was called to the traffic stop location where he alerted on the vehicle. After a search of the vehicle by officers, they located 83 grams of methamphetamine in the woman’s vehicle. The street value of the drugs is approximately $11,000. Thanks to the hard work of the K-9 a significant amount of drugs are off the streets of Rochester and the woman is facing multiple controlled substance and drug sales charges.

RPD police dog wins national competition

1393959_540952952642360_885385219_nCHARLES COUNTY, MD. — The Rochester Police Department has one of the nation’s top dogs.

Chase, a 7-year-old Belgian Malinois who is handled by Sgt. Mike Drees, took first place Thursday in the Criminal Apprehension category of the 2013 Patrol Dog Nationals.

The category measures proficiency in obedience, agility, biting apprehension and recall, when the handler orders the dog to bite, then calls it back. Chase and Drees received 337.67 points out of a possible 340.

The two are part of a regional team that placed third overall in the four-day competition. Other members are from the St. Paul Police Department, St. Croix County in Wisconsin and Washington County.

Chase, who has been with the city since 2008, has been involved in 118 K-9 specific calls for service in 2013. He has assisted officers in four physical apprehensions.

Calls specific to police dogs involve tracking suspects; narcotics searches; evidentiary article searches, such as discarded weapons, clothing or other items used in a crime; as well as physical apprehensions.

The vast majority of Chase’s relatives are also police dogs, said Capt. John Sherwin.

“They’re likely all over the world,” he said. “He was bred to be a police dog.”


By Kay Fate

The Post Bulletin, Rochester, MN

Rochester police K-9 unit apprehends fleeing suspect

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) — A K-9 was used to take down a man who ran from Rochester police.

26-year-old Corey Nevels is currently recovering from a dog bite on Thursday.

Police tell us Nevels was violating an order for protection at about 8 p.m. Wednesday night at a mobile home park on the 1600 block of Marion Road Southeast.

When officers approached, they say Nevels took off on foot and ran inside a mobile home.

A police K-9 was sent in, trapped Nevels in a bathroom and bit him on the thigh until officers could secured the scene.

Nevels faces charges of felony order for protection violation and fleeing officers on foot.


KTTC News, Rochester, MN

Police K9 Earns Department Commendation

k9-keegan-awardOn March 1, Keegan tracked a suspect in a multiple stabbing, following a blood trail over two fences to a garage. The blood trail went past the building, but Keegan turned around right away, said his partner, Officer Craig Sammon. Keegan was sent in and dragged the suspect out from where he was hiding beneath some rubble.

“It’s him,” Sammon said. “We would’ve went right past it.”

For his work on the case, Keegan, a 6-year-old German shepherd, became the first K9 to receive a Rochester Police Department commendation. The award was presented during a department ceremony on Wednesday.

Keegan sat panting, tail wagging as Rochester Police Chief Roger Peterson handed Sammon, Keegan’s handler, his plaque. Keegan also received a bone, which Sammon said would take him about 20 minutes to eat.

Sammon also received an award for his role in the stabbing case.

Keegan and Sammon have been partners since 2007, when they both went through a 12-week training at an academy in St. Paul to learning general police skills, like human tracking.

“Just to be able to watch him work and be part of it is phenomenal,” Sammon said.

Peterson also handed awards to two citizens, 13 officers and a sergeant during Wednesday’s ceremony. Many of the recipients, like Keegan and Sammon, worked together on the same case.

“It’s really a team effort out there,” Peterson told the attendees, which included Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede.

Brede welcomed everyone at the ceremony with a “sincere thanks” to the award recipients.

“We don’t do that enough,” he said.


By Jill Jensen
The Post Bulletin, Rochester, MN