Police report: Police save woman from train, Rogers hires two officers, grass fires

by Jim Boyle

Police save woman from train
Elk River police responded to a report of a woman lying on the railroad tracks at about 6 p.m. May 9 near the Main Street crossing.

When officers arrived they saw a woman lying on the south tracks about 100 yards east of Main Street.

As officers approached the woman, they began hearing an approaching train. They also heard the train whistle and saw the approaching lights.

“Officers ran to the woman who was lying in the fetal position on the tracks,” said Elk River Police Capt. Bob Kluntz.

Officers could see the train continue to approach as they ran to the woman.  The initial officer grabbed the woman and pulled her off the tracks approximately 10 to  20 seconds before the train passed, Kluntz reported.

The officer kept the woman pinned to the ground as the train passed their location. After the train had passed officers sent the 29-year-old Elk River woman to a local hospital for evaluation.

Hit and run suspect caught, arrested
A 23-year-old St. Paul man was involved in a May 10 hit-and-run property damage motor vehicle crash. The vehicle was located in the area of Highway 169 and 193rd Avenue and the driver was arrested on a warrant for driving after suspension. A passenger in the vehicle was on her way to the hospital, so police arranged for transport.

Hanging flowers swiped from grave
A 48-year-old Elk River man reported from his home on the 18000 block of Boston Street the theft of two hanging flower baskets, a vase and a decorative ornament from his mother’s grave at the Orono Cemetery on the evening of May 13.

Cell phone, iPod stolen from locker
A 14-year-old Elk River girl reported on May 12 that her cell phone and iPod were stolen from an unlocked locker at Elk River High School while she was away at track. She gave police suspect information.

Rogers Council hires two police officers
The Rogers City Council agreed to hire two new police officers, Daniel Rose and Matthew Sherry.

The men were selected from over 225 applicants and will fill one position recently vacated and one newly created, due to the recent annexation of Hassan Township.

Grass fires stop trainElk River Fire responded to a series of grass fires at 4:06 p.m. May 14 in the area of 192nd Avenue and Ogden Street along the railroad tracks in eastern Elk River. The fires did not spread very far, but they were enough to stop train traffic through the area, including at least one commuter train that had to be halted.