Police report: cocaine arrest, bear kills dog

Drug task force, police team up in cocaine arrest
Investigators from the Sherburne County Drug Task Force (DTF) and members of the Elk River Police Department on May 8 arrested a 48-year-old Maple Grove man for first degree sale of a controlled substance and booked him into the Sherburne County Jail.

According to Sheriff Joel Brott, investigators with the DTF conducted an investigation into the sale of cocaine.  After investigators witnessed a sale of cocaine in the city of Elk River, the suspect was arrested without incident.

As a result of the sale of cocaine, the DTF seized the man’s 2000 Chevrolet Impala and over $300 in cash for forfeiture.

The suspect remains in the Sherburne County Jail pending arraignment.

Bear kills dog in Livonia Township
A bear killed a dog in the early morning of May 7 in a back yard on 261st Avenue east of Zimmerman almost at the Isanti County line, according to the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office.

The female bear was with three cubs feeding at a bird feeder at the time of the Livonia Township attack.

According to Sheriff Joel Brott, it’s not rare for bears to be spotted in Sherburne County, but it is rare for there to be an incident like this one.

Brott added that it is during this time of year when bears have exited their winter dens hungry and their natural food sources are not yet available to them. Bears will then turn to bird feeders, garbage, dog food and even barbecue grills.

If anyone sees a bear and is concerned, they are asked to call Assistant Wildlife Manager Nick Snazely at 320-255-4279 or Conservation Officer Mitch Sladek at 763-497-5880. If a bear is an immediate threat, call 911.

For more information on bears and how to live near them, check out the DNR’s landowner publication.

Salesman makes  unwanted house call
A 69-year-old Elk River woman reported on May 1 that a sales representative from a home improvement company came to her home uninvited and started asking her husband questions.

This visit came after there were two phone calls made to the home and the complainant had asked never to be called again.

During the visit at the door in the 20000 block of Ulysses Street, the sales rep began asking information that went beyond what would be needed to do a home remodeling project. The  sales person left the area without incident, and the homeowner called the company and asked to be removed from their call list. Police confirmed this with a branch manager with the company.

Elk River fire responded to an apartment fire in the 800 block of Proctor Avenue Wednesday. The fire caused minor smoke and fire damage.