by Jim Boyle
Hockey player, 11, taken to hospital
Elk River police and ambulance responded to the Elk River Ice Arena at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 8 on a report of a hockey player down with a possible neck injury.
An 11-year-old Eagan boy was injured. Upon arrival, the juvenile patient was alert and conscious. Parents were on the scene as well.
The patient was transported to Maple Grove Hospital.
Conductor calls on suspicious behavior
For the second day in a row a Burlington North Santa Fe Railroad conductor reported a bearded man with two small children and a large dog standing on or near the railroad tracks at the intersection of 173rd Avenue and Ulysses Street.
Upon arrival on the evenings of Jan. 7 and Jan. 8, officers have not been able to locate the man or the children, according to Elk River Police Capt. Bob Kluntz.
A BNSF detective was reportedly going to look into the matter further, and officers were asked to be in the area the next few days to try and locate the male and determine his intent.
Elk River woman, 28, arrested for DWI
A 28-year-old Elk River woman was arrested for DWI after being stopped for doing 41 mph on School Street about 11:40 p.m. Jan. 7. Vehicle was stopped in the area of Lions Park Drive.
Bats are pests and not endangered species
A 28-year-old Elk River man waved down an Elk River officer on the evening of Jan. 7 to tell him he had found a bat in his residence and he would like the officer to take custody of it.
The resident, who lives on the 18000 block of Hudson Lane, was under the impression the winged creatures were an endangered species. The officer advised the resident the bats were considered a pest in this area and suggested the creature be destroyed or released back into its natural habitat.
Texts asking for drugs sent to 57-year-old man
A 57-year old Elk River man reported to police on Jan. 7 receiving text messages from an unknown person asking for “drugs.”
The person told police he did not reply to the texts, and he did not know who they were from. The information has been passed along to the Sherburne County Drug Task Force.
Man, 20, cited for possession of drugs
A 20-year-old Elk River man was cited for possession of a small amount of marijuana after a traffic stop in the area of Highway 10 and Lowell Avenue. The driver of the vehicle, a 21-year-old Maple Grove man, was cited for driving after suspension during the stop, which was performed due to a lack of a front license plate and window tint.
iPhone taken from Salk school locker
A 14-year-old Elk River boy reported on Jan. 5 the theft of an iPhone from his locker at Salk Middle School.
Elk River’s Zeus assisted State Patrol
Zeus assisted the Minnesota State Highway Patrol during a recent canine sniff of a vehicle for narcotics.
No narcotics were found, but suspected stolen property was located during the Jan. 5 traffic stop in Monticello.
Elk River’s canine also assisted with a stop in Big Lake earlier that same day. No narcotics were found, but the occupants of that vehicle admitted to using marijuana.
Andover man, 27, cited for possession
A 27-year-old Andover man was cited for possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after a motor vehicle stop on Jan. 5 in the area of 171st Avenue and Highway 10.
An Elk River officer stopped the vehicle for a cracked windshield. There was a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle when the officer met with the driver.
Drug paraphernalia was seized and the driver was cited.
Fort Ripley man cited for not changing lanes
A 56-year-old Fort Ripley man was cited for failing to change lanes when passing an emergency vehicle on Jan. 4. The driver admitted to the violation and his knowledge of the move-over laws.