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South Lake Minnetonka Police Department

Media Release


Criminal Sexual Conduct Investigation - SLMPD Case File #13010782

In response to inquiries from the media, the following information concerning this investigation is being released.

Media Release 1 - Chief Bryan Litsey

Criminal Complaint - Defendant Ryan Chmielewski

COMMUNITY ALERT - Daytime Residential Burglaries

The South Lake Minnetonka Police Department has recently responded to reported daytime residential burglaries.

These burglaries have occurred between mid-morning and early afternoon. In each case it appears the burglar(s) gained entry to the homes via an unsecured (unlocked) door or open overhead garage door. The South Lake Minnetonka Police Department would like to remind residents that the best way to protect your home and valuables is to keep your home secured:

 ·        Close and lock all doors and windows when you are not at home.

·         Close overhead garage doors.

·         If equipped, always use your alarm system.

·         Install and use window locks, dead bolts, burglar bars, and security lights.

·         If you are leaving home for an extended period of time, notify trusted neighbors, family or the police.

Burglars often look for signs that a home is unoccupied and vulnerable. To better protect yourself and your property, take steps to minimize these perceptions:

 ·         Turn on lights, TV, or radio when you leave home.

·         If packing a vehicle, when at all possible do so in a closed garage so that passersby do not see.

·         Place a hold on mail, newspaper, and package deliveries.

·         Have someone care for your lawn or shovel your driveway if you are away for an extended period of time.

·         Enhance the visibility of all entry points into your home by cutting back foliage and lighting doorways.

·         Install motion detection lights.

·         Use timers to turn lights on and off.

·         Use window coverings so the interior of your home is not easily seen.

Stolen property is usually sold or traded very quickly after the original theft. To increase chances of property being recovered, photograph and record identifying numbers or codes and keep records in a safe location, such as a safety deposit box. This is especially important for jewelry, sterling silver, electronics and firearms.

Burglars often times make note of publicly scheduled events such as weddings, graduations, funerals, etc. If you or a loved one is the subject of a public announcement which would indicate a time when a home would be unoccupied, look for a trusted friend or family member to watch the residence during the time of the event.

Report to the police right away, by calling 911, any suspicious activity you see such as strange or unfamiliar cars in the neighborhood, persons on foot going door to door, abnormal noises or lights, and unexplained dog barking.


If you have any questions or concerns about this alert please contact the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department at 952-474-3261 during normal business hours.

For an immediate response please dial 911 to speak with a Hennepin County Sheriff’s Dispatcher.

Media Releases


Missing Person/Homicide - SLMPD Case File #13007200

A second person, identified as Talisha Hunt, has been arrested and formally charged in connection with the homicide that occurred at 5700 Wood Duck Circle in Shorewood on or about August 4, 2013. She has been charged with the felony offense of accomplice after the fact with bail set at one million dollars. A copy of the criminal complaint has been posted below.

Criminal Complaint - Accomplice After the Fact


Missing Person/Homicide - SLMPD Case File #13007200

This is in response to inquiries from the media about the status of Defendant Jetaun Wheeler’s children.  They have been located, are safe and have been placed in protective custody through Hennepin County Child Protection.  No additional information will be released about the children.


Missing Person/Homicide - SLMPD Case File #13007200

Jetaun Wheeler, age 29, was formally charged this afternoon with Murder in the Second Degree.  She remains in custody with bail set at two million dollars.  A copy of the criminal complaint has been posted below.

Criminal Complaint - Murder in the Second Degree

FOX 9 News Story - Link Posted Below


Missing Person/Death Investigation - SLMPD Case File #13007200

In response to inquiries from the media, Chief Bryan Litsey with the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department issued the following statement on the evening of August 21, 2013.

"Earlier this afternoon, the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department (SLMPD) executed a search warrant at 5700 Wood Duck Circle in the City of Shorewood. This was part of an ongoing investigation involving an adult male who had been reported missing to the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department. A deceased person was discovered during a search of the residence which is suspicious in nature. A person of interest in the disappearance of the missing person is currently being held pending further investigation by the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department, Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office. The South Lake Minnetonka Police Department does not believe members of the community are at risk."

Media Release 1 - August 21, 2013

KARE11 News Story - Link Posted Below

Arrest Information

Sheriff's Jail Roster - Booking Number 2013023492

The South Lake Minnetonka Police Department will not be releasing any additional information about this active investigation until formal charge(s) are filed.

Operation Lock and Unload

“Safe storage of firearms is not only the law in Minnesota, but it is a matter of public safety.” – Chief Bryan Litsey       

The safe storage of firearms is the responsibility of all gun owners.  Not only is it the law in Minnesota, but it is a matter of public safety.  Educating gun owners on the need to take such precautions has taken on a renewed sense of purpose with the recent surge in firearm sales across the state.  There are also people purchasing firearms for the first time that are seemingly unaware of the obligations that come with gun ownership.  This includes making sure firearms are not accessible to children, criminals and emotionally distraught individuals.

To bring more awareness to this public safety issue, the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department has undertaken an initiative entitled, Operation Lock and Unload.  The focus is on the safe storage of firearms, whether at home or some other location.  Simply hiding a gun without taking additional precautions is not a safe practice.  Proper safeguards include unloading the firearm, using a trigger or cable lock and placing the gun in a lock box or safe.  Ammunition should be securely stored away from the firearm. 

To learn more about firearm safety go to Project ChildSafe at The South Lake Minnetonka Police Department offers free cable locks that will secure most types of guns.  Please join this effort to prevent a needless tragedy from occurring due to the negligent storage of a firearm.  

  Operation Lock and Unload Flyer

  Sun Sailor Article - Operation Lock and Unload (03-26-2013)

  MN Statute 609.666 - Negligent Storage of Firearms

Disposal Program for Unwanted Guns and Ammunition

In March 2013, the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department unveiled the attached public awareness campaign entitled, “Operation Lock and Unload.”  This campaign focuses on the safe storage of firearms, whether at home or some other location.

As part of this ongoing effort, the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department has taken the next step of providing a safe and easy way for people within the community to dispose of unwanted firearms and/or ammunition.  Having such items lying around the house can pose a real safety concern, especially if there are young children or teens present.  Many times the only reason people do not discard these unwanted items is because they are unsure how to properly dispose of them.  The South Lake Minnetonka Police Department is now offering a no-hassle way to do just that by following the simple three step process outlined below:   

  • Place a call to the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department.                                    Administrative Number – (952) 474-3261    Dispatch Number – (763) 525-6210

  • Specify that you would like a police officer to contact you about the disposal of an unwanted firearm and/or ammunition.

  • A police officer will call you back and make a determination on whether to have an officer pick up the unwanted firearm and/or ammunition or have you bring the item(s) to the police station.

The bottom line is if you have a gun or ammunition you don’t want, get rid of it!  Is it worth taking the risk when there is now a safe and easy way to dispose of them?  Questions about this program being offered by the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department should be directed to Chief Bryan Litsey at (952) 474-3261.  We all need to do our part to make the community a safer place to live, work and have fun.

 SLMPD Flyer - Disposal of Unwanted Guns and Ammunition

Reserve Unit Seeking Members

Reserve officers provide support services that include such duties as riding with licensed officers on routine patrol, traffic and crowd control, crime prevention, residential and business checks, bike patrol, security assignments, and emergency call-outs for disasters and crisis situations.

Reserve Unit members spend much of their time riding with licensed officers assisting them with calls and traffic stops. After completion of required training and performance evaluation, reserve officers can use a squad car on their own to check residences and businesses, perform assigned details, and assist licensed officers as requested.

The Reserve Unit holds monthly meetings at which current law enforcement and department issues are discussed. Additionally, each meeting features a training topic. Reserve officers may also receive training at other scheduled department training sessions along with licensed officers.

Please visit the Reserve Unit section of this site for further information. Visit the Employment section of this site for a downloadable application form.

Citizens Police Academy

What is the Citizens Police Academy?

The Citizens Police Academy is a free program that meets one night a week for ten weeks.  The academy is normally offered in the fall and classes start at 7:00 PM and go until 9:30 PM.  The course is designed to give citizens a working knowledge of the operations and responsibilities of the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department.  Our hope is that a better understanding of how your police department works will improve the relationship between citizens and officers.  Some of the topics covered are:

  • Police Department History
  • Courts and Prosecution
  • Traffic and DUI Enforcement
  • Patrol Operations
  • Investigations
  • Drug Enforcement
  • Police K-9 Demonstration
  • Use of Force
  • Firearms
  • Police and Fire Dispatch
  • Emergency Response Unit
  • Fire Services

Classes are presented by police officers, fire fighters, drug task force agents, prosecutors, and dispatchers.  You will also have the opportunity to go on a ride-along with an officer.

Academy Activities

As a participant of the citizens academy, you will learn about the police department in a classroom setting as well as have hands on experiences.  The classes are limited to 12 participants.  The small class size affords more opportunity for citizen participation in the discussions.  It also gives you the chance to get to know the officers and for the officers to get to know you.

The classroom sessions include discussions and case studies presented by South Lake Minnetonka officers, Hennepin County Crime Laboratory technicians, a city prosecutor, Excelsior Fire District firefighters, Drug Task Force agents, and a police K-9 officer. The hands on activities include:

  • Checking the speeds of cars with a LASER
  • Practicing traffic stops on your fellow classmates in a squad car
  • Shooting official police firearms in the department’s indoor range 
  • Field trip to the Hennepin County Dispatch Facility in Golden Valley

Who May Attend?

To be eligible to participate you must be at least 18 years old and you must either live or work within the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department’s jurisdiction.  If you are selected to attend the academy, you are expected to attend at least seven of the class sessions.

How Do I Apply?

Please fill out an application and return it to the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department.  There are only 12 openings in each class and the positions are filled on a first come first served basis, so apply early. 

After an application is received, a background check will be conducted which includes a criminal history check.  Prior arrests or convictions may disqualify you from participating in the academy. 

If you are accepted into the academy you will receive a packet which will contain course details.

Applications are available at the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department or click here to download one.

Are You And Your Family Prepared For an Emergency?

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is encouraging Americans to take advantage of the March 13 time change for Daylight Savings as a reminder to ensure their families are prepared for a possible emergency.  A few simple steps like checking smoke alarms, developing a family communications plan, and putting an emergency kit together can go a long way toward keeping families safe.

“No matter how much the federal government, the state, or local officials do to prepare, we can’t do it alone – individuals and families must do their part to be ready in case of an emergency,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate.  “The public is the most important member of the nation’s emergency management team, and so I encourage everyone, as they spring forward this year, to also take a few minutes to check their smoke alarms and talk through what your family would do during an emergency.”

Information on preparing for emergencies can be found at  Steps include developing a communications plan to ensure family members know how to get in touch with each other during an emergency, putting together an emergency kit, and staying informed of potential risks.  It’s important to remember that an emergency could be a large scale catastrophic disaster, or a smaller-scale event like a car accident or house fire.

In addition to visiting, the United States Fire Administration is encouraging families to ensure their homes are equipped with working smoke alarms.  A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire so it’s important to test alarms regularly and keep them properly maintained.  This includes checking the manufacture/expiration date on the label, replacing the batteries, and cleaning dust away from the slots so that smoke can enter freely.

For more information about home smoke alarms and fire sprinklers, please visit:

Help Police Fight Crime!

How Do I Help?

Visit the Chaska Police Department's web blog at to view surveillance video images. If you recognize an individual in the photos, please comment!  You can comment anonymously. All comments will be reviewed, and will never be published on the website. Just click the “comment” tab under the photo.

Chaska Police Department personnel will forward the information to the correct law enforcement agency for follow up.

Inhalant Abuse Information for Parents

Inhalant Abuse: What You Should Know is an ADULTS-ONLY online training for parents and other caring adults developed by the New England Inhalant Abuse Prevention Coalition and the Massachusetts Northeast Regional Center for Healthy Communities. If you would like to learn about the dangers of inhalant abuse, how to talk to your kids about it, and ways to get more information and help, go to

Uniform Hennepin County Curfew Law

The South Lake Minnetonka Police Department would like to remind kids and parents that the Hennepin County Curfew law must be observed, and will be enforced by the SLMPD.


The law dictates the following by age:


Under 12 -  9:00 PM weekdays, 10:00 PM Friday and Saturday

12 to 14 – 10:00 PM weekdays, 11:00 PM Friday and Saturday

15 to 17 – 11:00 PM weekdays, midnight Friday and Saturday


Exceptions are as follows:


The juvenile is accompanied by a parent/guardian or other responsible adult, is engaged in lawful employment or is going to or from work, is involved in an emergency situation, is going to/attending/returning from an official school, religious, or other activity sponsored and/or supervised by a public entity or civic organization, is on an errand at the direction of a parent/guardian, or is on the boulevard or sidewalk abutting the property of the juvenile’s residence.


The complete ordinance can be viewed on-line at  Click on “Ordinances” under the “Reference” section and go to ordinance 16.

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Free Gun Locks Available
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