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J. Patrick Rowley

J. Patrick Rowley

Shakopee residents were none too pleased to find out a level three predatory sex offender will be moving back to Shakopee next week. 

Shakopee police notified the public that J. Patrick Michael Rowley has done his time and will be relocating to the 1200 block of Sage Lane on May 28. 

Rowley was convicted of engaging in sexual conduct with multiple female children and one male child. For more information, go to

Plans for the construction of a market rate apartment and transitional housing building in downtown Chaska went before the Planning Commission on May 8.

The two-story 16-unit transitional housing building would cater to adults, ages 18-29, who are coming out of homelessness. 

Planning commissioners unanimously voted to recommend approval of the project to the Chaska City Council after the plan was largely met with support by members of the audience. Just a few voiced their concerns about increased traffic in the area.

The proposal is similar to one that was struck down by the Chaska City Council in 2017 after a number of residents voiced concerns about it. Those plans called for a 28-unit building for homeless people on the same site.

Lloyd Edward Johnson mugshot

Lloyd Edward Johnson

A man convicted of pulling a gun during a confrontation with several black, Muslim teenagers in an Eden Prairie McDonald’s in November was sentenced Friday to 45 days in jail.

Hennepin County District Judge Philip Carruthers ordered Lloyd Edward Johnson, 55, to report to the Hennepin County workhouse on May 17 to serve 45 days and also ordered 24 days of community service.

Johnson pleaded guilty March 7 to a felony after the McDonald's exchange with several Eden Prairie High School students ended with Johnson allegedly shoving one of the students and pulling out a gun before backing out of the restaurant.

Drone image of the Schmitz property

A rare break in the trees shows the entrance to the Schmitz property is a labyrinth of tires, trash and truck parts. Shakopee city officials have tried for over a decade to get the owner, Gerald Schmitz, to clean up the property.

Shakopee residents are talking about a story we did last week on a man who has waged an over decade-long battle with city officials over his illegal junkyard on his property south of town.

The city has issued Gerald Schmitz, 71, more than 20 tickets for ordinance violations related to exterior storage, trash disposal and junked cars since 2008. Fifteen of those tickets have been issued this year alone. The police department is currently issuing a ticket every week, on average.

But that hasn't worked before; he's even done jail time for it. Shakopee Police Chief Jeff Tate called the level of debris and refuse on the property “mind boggling.”

South regional editor

Deena is the regional editor for Shakopee, Jordan, Prior Lake and Savage and is passionate about uncovering the truth. Deena also enjoys gardening, playing tennis and up-cycling furniture.


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