BYRON -- The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office is urging vehicle owners to not leave their cars unlocked with the keys inside after another vehicle was reported stolen late last week.

A Byron resident reported Friday morning that their vehicle had been stolen sometime overnight from their driveway in the 300 block of Second Avenue Northeast, according to Sgt. Jim Schueller of the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office. The vehicle owner said the doors were unlocked and the keys were in the vehicle.

The vehicle has not been found.


A Rochester man was arrested after police reportedly found a large amount of marijuana in the vehicle he was driving following a traffic stop.

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An Olmsted County Sheriff's deputy conducted a traffic stop about 8:40 p.m. Thursday in the area of Lake Street Northwest and Interlachen Lane Northwest after running the vehicle's license plate and learning the driver had a suspended license, according to Sgt. Jim Schueller.

When the deputy approached the car, he allegedly smelled "fresh marijuana coming from inside the vehicle," which gave the deputy probable cause to search the vehicle, Schueller said. The deputy found about 48 grams of marijuana as well as 10 packages of THC vape oil. A large amount of marijuana was found in the vehicle's trunk. The deputy had the vehicle towed while he obtained a search warrant.

Momin Zuhier Hammadelniel, 25, is charged in Olmsted County District Court with fifth-degree controlled substance crime-possession and driving after suspension.


A Rochester man was arrested on a felony Department of Corrections warrant after being stopped for multiple traffic violations.

An Olmsted County Sheriff's deputy stopped a vehicle about 2:40 p.m. in the 1000 block of Ninth Avenue Southeast for an expired registration, an inoperable brake light and failure to stop at a stop sign, according to Sgt. Jim Schueller. The deputy reportedly saw two open cans of beer in the vehicle's center console.

The driver, who had initially gave the officer a false name, was learned to have a warrant for his arrest. The driver, a 33-year-old man, ran from the deputy but was caught and taken into custody on suspicion of fifth-degree controlled substance crime-possession, fleeing an officer on foot, possession of drug paraphernalia, and giving a false name to police.


A Rochester man was arrested Thursday on two counts of criminal sexual conduct.

Paul Ray Goldstein, 62, was arrested about 10:50 a.m. Thursday in the 1100 block of Buck Ridge Drive Northeast, according to Sgt. Jim Schueller, of the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office.

The investigation into Goldstein began the night of June 30 when two people approached a Rochester police officer. While taking the report, the officer realized the incident actually took place outside of city limits and forwarded the report to the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office to investigate.

Goldstein is charged in Olmsted County District Court with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person under the age of 13, second-degree criminal sexual conduct and two charges of indecent exposure/lewdness.


The Rochester Police Department received more than 50 calls relating to fireworks over the Fourth of July weekend, according to Capt. Casey Moilanen. Most of the calls ended with a warning.