Siding job results in small explosion, fire ; theft, severed toes lead crimes news
Siding job results in small explosion, fire
A construction crew installing maintenance-free siding in the 11700 block of 194th Avenue on June 6 hit a gas line, causing a small explosion and fire that did minor damage at the Elk River work site.
“It could have been a lot worse,” said Elk River Fire Chief John Cunningham, referring to the size of the explosion had the gas leak been more severe.
Folks on the scene had the fire nearly extinguished by the time Elk River fire arrived on the scene and finished up.
Woman reports tire slashed at apartment
A 23-year-old Elk River woman reported on June 6 her rear tire on the passenger side of her white SUV was slashed. She told police she believed that two suspects were responsible for the damage, as they had been pounding on her apartment door in the 800 block of Freeport Avenue.
The SUV had been parked in the parking lot just outside the apartment building.
The matter remains under investigation, according to Elk River Police Capt. Robert Kluntz.
Thefts lead to cases of fraud
A 45-year-old Rogers man reported on June 5 that credit cards stolen in Rogers have since been used fraudulently at SuperAmerica, Walmart and the Dollar Tree in Elk River.
Cemetery urns tipped, damaged
A 50-year-old Elk River man reported on June 5 that several plants and urns had been tipped over and broken in the 19200 block of Jackson Street.
He noticed the damage to property while visiting a grave site at the St. Andrew’s Cemetery.
Pocket utility knife taken from vehicle
A 50-year-old Elk River man reported the theft of a flashlight and a pocket utility knife from an unlocked vehicle overnight on June 5 in the 13500 block of 196th Avenue.
The reporting party located a Sony faceplate lying the floorboards of the passenger seat, which was not his and he believes could have fallen out of the suspect’s pocket. Police placed the faceplate in evidence, Kluntz said.
Man severs toes while using mower
A 48-year-old Hastings man ran over his foot with a lawn mower, severing two toes on First Street in Elk River. An attempt was made to save the toes by putting them on ice. Elk River Ambulance responded and transported the victim to Mercy Hospital.
Motorist cited for DWI after speeding
A 30-year-old Minneapolis man was arrested for DWI on June 5 after the vehicle he was driving was stopped for speeding on westbound Highway 10.