by Jim Boyle
Police cite two at emergency scene
A 17-year-old Elk River girl was cited for disobeying a traffic direction order by an officer, after she allegedly drove past fire trucks and firefighters who had blocked the roadway at the scene of an emergency gas leak on Dec. 13 at Elk Lake Road and Upland Avenue in Elk River.
In addition to a citation, police mailed a parental notification letter.
A Zimmerman man, 64, allegedly did the same thing and was also cited. The driver gave no excuse as to why he drove around the officers.
Emergency crews were called to this location after a CenterPoint Energy worker struck a gas line. The leak was eventually capped with no damage or injuries, according to Elk River Police Capt. Bob Kluntz.
Thief tampers with soda machine in theft
An employee of Charlie Brown’s, a gas station and convenience store in the 300 block of Lowell Avenue in Elk River, reported on Dec. 11 that one of their soda machines had been tampered with and the money and soda were stolen. Suspect information was provided to the police.
CRASH detail scares up DWI arrest of man
A Zimmerman man, 44, was arrested for DWI after being stopped for an improper turn violation during a CRASH detail on Dec. 10 at the intersection of Fremont Avenue and Second Street in Zimmerman.
Traffic stop nets drug bust involving two
An 18-year-old Elk River woman was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia, and a 23-year-old Elk River man was cited with possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia following a Dec. 9 traffic stop near the intersection of 191st Avenue and Xavier Street in Elk River.
Inattentive motorist cited after rollover
A 16-year-old Zimmerman boy was cited for inattentive driving after he was involved in a single vehicle rollover about 3 p.m. Dec. 7 in the 12200 block of Ridgewood Drive in Elk River.
He told police he had turned to a passenger for a piece of gum, removing his focus from the road and he then struck a mailbox and over-corrected.
There were no injuries reported.
Damage reported to Tara Hills Estates
A manager from Tara Hills Estates in Elk River reported Dec. 8 that an unknown party had struck one of the garage doors at the complex, located in the 100 block of Fifth Street. The south wall of the building was pushed in. Photos were taken of the damage.
Letter leads to fraud
An Elk River man, 60, reported Dec. 13 he was scammed out of $87 after he received a letter in the mail that appeared to be from Sherburne County, Kluntz said.
The man, who lives in the 11000 block of 187th Avenue, responded to the letter in an attempt to gather more information and included a check for $87 that was requested. The man later found information on the internet about a scam involving this particular letter.
Sherburne County officials have been notified of the situation.
Revoked plates shines light on DWI
An Elk River man, 28, was arrested Dec. 13 for DWI after a traffic stop near Main Street and Line Avenue. The motorist was stopped for revoked license plates and for no fault conviction.
Hit-and-run reported in Menards lot
A 50-year-old Zimmerman woman was walking in the lot of Menards at about 4:55 p.m. on Dec. 12 when a van allegedly backed into her and knocked her down.
The van left the scene, but the victim did not believe the driver of the van even knew he or she had struck anyone. The victim was transported to the hospital.
Purse stolen on trip to Elk River childcare
An Elk River woman, 33, reported that she had just parked her car in the lot of Little Lambs Daycare in Elk River, and upon her return she found that her purse had been stolen from her unlocked vehicle.