Issue#599 May 20, 2015
Detective Jamie Personius
Officer Jamie Personius has been chosen and assigned to the Investigations Unit to serve as a Detective.  Detective Personius will, due to operational needs of the patrol division, begin to transition to his new assignment incrementally, until assuming a late summer 2015 full-duty assignment.      
Detective Personius joined the Chaska Police Department, in 1997, as a young man in our Police Explorer Post; wherein, he excelled and assumed a leadership role. In June of 2001, Jamie was hired as a Chaska Police Community Service Officer (CSO), and in September of that year he was promoted to Police Officer.
Detective Personius has, through the course of his career, served as a patrol officer, CPD Explorer Post Advisor, Field Training Officer (for new recruits), and investigator.  Jamie also serves as a Carver County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team member, representing us (CPD), as a Diver/Tender.
Detective Personius has received five letters of commendation for stellar action in the apprehension and resolution of many criminal cases.  Our Investigative Unit – and our community – will be well served by Detective Personius.        


Chaska Officers issued 25 citations and 31 warnings during this reporting period.
There were 174 calls for service.


Officer Pesheck stopped a vehicle for speed in the area of Hwy 41 and 1st St East.  The male driver was intoxicated and failed field sobriety evaluations.  He was arrested and charged with 3rd degree DWI.

Officer Carlson conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle, after observing numerous moving violations in the area of Hwy 41 and Engler Blvd.  The male driver was intoxicated and failed field sobriety evaluations.  He was arrested and charged with DWI.

A swerving vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Hwy 41 and Hundertmark Road was stopped by Officer Godinez.  The female driver had consumed alcohol and was arrested for DWI.  The result of a breath test was a .19 BAC.


A male and female, who are in a relationship, became involved in an argument.  The male threatened the female causing her to attempt to call 9-1-1.  The male grabbed her cell phone and smashed it on the ground.  She left the area and reported the incident to police, who later located the male offender.  He was placed under arrest and charged with domestic assault, interfering with an emergency call and 3rd degree criminal damage to property.

Police received a report of a suspicious vehicle and possible drug activity in a parking lot on Crosstown Blvd.  The vehicle was located by officers and two males were located inside.  One male attempted to flee the area on foot and was taken into custody a short time later.  The male was found to be in possession of heroin.   He was charged with felony 3rd degree possession of a controlled substance and fleeing a police officer on foot.  The other male was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.


One life down, eight to go…..


A reporting party called the police to report a kitten had fallen into a storm drain in the area of Hemingway Drive and Hundertmark Road.  Sergeant George and Officer Kavlie were able to remove the grate.  Sergeant George then climbed down into the storm drain to retrieve the kitten.  The kitten and Sergeant George were able to exit the storm drain unharmed (See Photo). The kitten was transported to a vet clinic to be further examined.  A purrrrrfect ending!

The last Monday in May the United States celebrates the federal holiday Memorial Day. Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day, meant to honor the Union and the Confederate soldiers who died during the American Civil War. By the 1900s it had become a day to celebrate all American soldiers who died while serving in the military. It wasn't until 1967 that it was legally named Memorial Day. It became a federal holiday in 1971.

Did you know…
  • The flag is supposed to be flown at half-mast until noon, and then raised to full mast until sunset on Memorial Day.
  • In 2000, Congress established a National Moment of Remembrance, which asks all Americans to pause for one minute at 3:00PM in an act of national unity, to remember and to honor those who have died serving the United States. 3:00PM was chosen because it "is the time when most Americans are enjoying their freedoms on the national holiday."
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