by Jim Boyle
A 22-year-old Big Lake man who stated he was showing off for some girls was warned for exhibition driving shortly before 10 a.m. on May 24 near Applebee’s in Elk River.
An officer had been in the restaurant parking lot when he heard a motorist accelerating his vehicle rapidly on Freeport Avenue and squealing the vehicle’s tires. The officer activated his radar and clocked the vehicle doing 44 mph in a 30 mph zone.
It’s unclear whether the girls were impressed, but the officer clearly wasn’t, as he issued a speeding ticket and a warning against exhibition driving.
U-turn results in two-car crash in Elk River
A 53-year-old Ramsey man was cited for inattentive driving after he made a U-turn in the roadway at about 7 a.m. May 25 and ended up in a two-vehicle crash on 181st Avenue near Johnson Street.
Driver warned for his driving behavior
An 18-year-old Elk River man was warned for his driving behavior after police received a complaint at about 10 p.m. May 24 in Elk River. The complainant reported the driver had been all over the road and almost struck them. Officers located the suspect and found he was not under the influence. He stated he had been tailgated, and said that was the reason for his driving conduct.
Teacher from area charged with stealing from teachers union
Brandy Clark, an Onamia High School teacher, was charged in April for felony theft for stealing $25,550 from the Onamia Education Association — the Onamia district’s teachers union.
Clark, 29, of Zimmerman, was the treasurer of the union beginning in the spring of 2011. According to a criminal complaint filed in Mille Lacs District Court April 13, Clark forged the signatures of Mike Zea and Linda Caron and deposited at least 15 checks into her personal bank account.
School administrators and union representatives reported the allegations to the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office. She later admitted she had forged signatures of Zea and Caron beginning in June of 2011. She said she felt pressured by debt, school loans and other expenditures, the complaint states. Clark was charged with two counts of felony check forgery and two counts of felony theft. Each count carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.
Elk River police assist with sniff at ERHS
Elk River High School requested police assistance with a K-9 sniff at the school May 24.
Zeus, the drug-sniffing dog, located a small amount of marijuana and some drug paraphernalia. Police cited a 17-year-old Rogers boy.
Scrap metal swiped from dumpster
A 53-year-old man from Princeton reported the theft of scrap metal from a dumpster in the 10000 block of 171st Avenue in Elk River. The estimated loss was $150. The incident happened between midnight and 7 a.m. May 24.
Texting while driving citation issued to teen
While working a CRASH detail May 24 along Main Street, a 17-year-old Elk River boy was cited for texting while driving. He was stopped after police observed the motorist holding a cellphone in his right hand near eye level, appearing to be texting with his right thumb.
When asked about it, the driver said he was returning a text message to someone he had just received a text from. He was cited for text while driving and provisional cellphone use. A parental notification letter was also sent.
Babies R Us gift card allegedly stolen, used
A 30-year-old Elk River man reported May 23 the theft of a Babies R Us gift card. He believes the card was used at the Maple Grove store. Police are investigating.
He was really late after getting ticket
A 66-year-old Elk River man was cited for speeding after being clocked at 73 mph in a 55 mph zone. An Elk River officer spotted the violation while traveling eastbound on 205th Avenue on the afternoon of May 23. The officer stopped the man at 205th Avenue and Auburn Street. He stated he was running late to pick up his sister.