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Suspicious Package Leads to Largest Cash Seizure Ever in Wabasha County

Daniel Gernes - Photo: Olmsted County Adult Detention Center

(ABC 6 News) - We’re learning more about a police traffic stop in northwest Rochester, where police ordered the driver out at gun point.

The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Department says the stop was part of an ongoing investigation into a suspicious package that was first discovered by the U.S. postal service in Minneapolis.

Police say they found a pound of meth inside that package. But instead of confiscating it, they resealed it and followed it to its destination. The package was eventually delivered to a vacant home in northwest Rochester.

Authorities say they were waiting at the home, when Daniel Gernes pulled up to retrieve the package.

As officers attempted to pull over Gernes, they say he rammed a squad car. Gernes vehicle was eventually cornered near the 5000 block of 10th Street NW.

Rochester Man Charged For Tens of Thousands of Child Porn Images

John Crane - Photo: Olmsted County Adult Detention Center

(ABC 6 News) - A Rochester man is facing child pornography charges after police say they found tens of thousands of illegal images and videos on his computer hard drive.

According to the criminal complaint John Crane was arrested after an undercover officer in Minneapolis linked illegal images to his computer.

A search warrant was executed at Crane’s home. The complaint describes the images and videos as showing pre-pubescent girls naked and others photos where the girls are performing sexual acts.

The complaint states police also found images of Crane interacting with girls who appear to be between the ages of 8 and 12.

The investigation is ongoing. More updates as they become available.

Rochester Police: 15 Establishments Caught Selling Alcohol to Underage Buyers

(ABC 6 News) - The Rochester Police Department says 15 well known grocery stores, liquor stories, bars, restaurants and a movie theater were caught selling alcohol to underage buyers.

The list includes, Hy-Vee North (37th Street), Wild Bill's Sports Saloon, Hy-Vee Crossroads, Andy's Liquor (Wellner Drive), Nupa North, John Hardy's (Highway 52), Sam's Club Liquor, Chateau Theater, Wildwood Sports Bar, Osaka, Mr. Pizza North, Valentino's, Jabbers, Ichi Tokyo and ZZest.

Ironically, the police sent out a warning letter to all the establishments letting them know that compliance checks were coming.

In all, 142 locations were checked.

Police say charges related to the compliance checks are pending and that future checks will be conducted. 

Police Release More Information on Rochester Bank Robbery

(ABC 6 News) - Police say the robbery at a Rochester Wells Fargo bank Wednesday afternoon was so quick other workers and customers didn’t know it was going on until the suspect left the building.

It happened around 4:40pm at the Wells Fargo on 37th Street Northwest. The suspect entered the bank and walked up to a teller. He then set down a bag, pulled out a gun and demanded money. The teller quickly handed over an undisclosed amount of money and the suspect left.

Police say there was at least one other customer in the bank at the time of the robbery and 3 to 4 other workers. They're asking the public to come forward if they have any information that may help with the investigation.

Authorities say the man, who is white or mixed race, is 6 feet tall, 30 or younger, and was wearing a white jacket, a Chicago Bulls hat, glasses and finger gloves. He may have left the area in a sedan type vehicle.

Rochester Police: Officer Writing Parking Ticket Makes Drug Bust

Sharon Weaver & Ian Cowden  - Photo: Olmsted County Adult Detention Center

(ABC 6 News) - Two people are facing possible drug charges after police say they found meth, marijuana and syringes in their vehicle.

Rochester Police arrested Sharon Weaver and Ian Cowden near the drop off area in front of the Kahler Hotel Wednesday night.

An officer was writing a parking ticket just after 5 o’clock, when he says he noticed Weaver driving by. The officer knew that Weaver had a warrant out for her arrest and approached the vehicle. Police say he saw a bag of marijuana sitting in plain sight.

The officer asked Cowden, who was sitting in the back seat, to step out of the vehicle. He says Cowden resisted. Police say they found a bag of meth and a syringe on him once he was searched.

They also say they found another 7½ grams of meth and several hundred dollars in cash inside the vehicle.

Rochester Police: 2 Notorious Thieves Captured

Lenard & Brian Booth  - Photo: Olmsted County Adult Detention Center

(ABC 6 News) - Rochester police say two notorious thieves are in custody after an alleged shoplifting incident Wednesday afternoon.

Police were called to the Kohl’s store, located on South Broadway, for a shoplifting report. When they got there, they say they saw Lenard and Brian Booth leaving the store.

They say, when the Booth brothers noticed them, they took off running towards Walmart.  When the officers caught up with the suspects, they say they found several stolen computer tablets and some stolen clothes.

Police say both suspects have extensive criminal histories, and as a result, are both facing felony theft charges.

UPDATE: Police Arrest Possible Sexual Predator

Anthony King - Photo: Olmsted County Adult Detention Center

(ABC 6 NEWS) - An undercover investigation led Rochester Police to an arrest of a potential online predator.

Police arrested Anthony King by using a fake profile on website called Tagged.com. Police say an undercover officer posed as a 15-year-old girl and was immediately approached by King, who is 43-years-old.

Over a week long period the officer maintained a relationship with King, who they say, eventually sent sexual text messages and nude photos.

The officer posing as the 15-year-old eventually arranged to meet the man at a public location in Rochester on Thursday for sexual purposes.

A team of officers was instead waiting for him.

According to police it was very clear that King knew he was supposed to meet up with a 15-year-old girl.

This was the first time Rochester Police have done an investigation of this nature. They say they are only scratching the surface of the issue.