Police report: two businesses hit by vandals, fire on deck

by Jim Boyle

Two Jarvis Street businesses hit by vandals
An official for Steinwall in the 15000 block of Jarvis Street reported Sept. 17 that one of their vehicles and one of their service trailers had been spray painted with graffiti sometime over the weekend.

A Fantom Wire official also reported Sept. 17 that the side of their building in the 15000 block of Jarvis Street was spray painted with graffiti again. The building was painted a few days before to cover the original graffiti. The new graffiti was applied sometime over the weekend, according to Elk River Police Capt. Bob Kluntz.

Disturbance was actually a fire on deck
Elk River police responded to 379 Baldwin for a report of a disturbance at the apartment unit at 10:47 p.m. Sept. 16. Upon arrival they learned from witnesses there had been a small fire on one the deck. The fire had been extinguished by then.

Pole fire extinguished by fire department
Officers were dispatched at 5:19 a.m. Sept. 17 to a residence in the 13000 block of 192nd Avenue on a report of a power pole fire. On arrival, smoke was billowing from an electrical box atop the pole with occasional embers falling to the ground. Elk River Fire Department and Connexus Energy responded and extinguished the fire while police provided traffic control.

Wallet stolen from ERHS parking lot
A 16-year-old Elk River girl reported at 8:31 p.m. Sept. 16 that her wallet was stolen from her vehicle while parked in the high school parking lot. Inside the wallet was a Bank of Elk River debit card, a Social Security card and a $1 bill.

Man, 60, cited for possession of pot
He’s old enough to know better, but a 60-year-old Zimmerman man was cited for possession of a small amount of marijuana following a traffic stop at about 10 p.m. Sept. 15 in the area of Elk Lake Road and 196th Avenue.

The officer who stopped the man for operating without headlights noticed the driver make hasty, furtive movements toward the vehicle’s center console.

The driver later admitted he had been smoking a “joint,” but threw it out the window when he saw squad car lights. He also admitted to having more marijuana in the car.

Fence between businesses cut open
Elk River police responded to a suspicious activity call to the area of Elite Sanitation, 700 block of Fourth Street, on the morning of Sept. 12 where tire tracks, shoe prints and a small coil of copper wire were found behind the business. Upon police arrival, it was discovered the fence between Elite Sanitation and Elk River Machine Co. had been cut. There are no suspects at this time.

Elk River man, 21, arrested for DWI
A 21-year-old Elk River man was arrested for DWI after being stopped on the afternoon of Sept. 15 in the area of Proctor Avenue and Main Street. Officers pulled the man over for having an obstructed license plate and the stop resulted in an arrest for 4th Degree DWI.

Terminated employee had smoked meth
A 50-year-old Elk River man called police Sept. 13 to have an employee that was terminated removed from the property in the 17000 block of Ulysses Street. The employee was suspected of using meth after having returned from driving truck for the firm.

The driver admitted to having smoked meth last week and the night before. He was given a Breathalyzer and it came back with nothing registering. The driver was given a courtesy transport to the Rogers truck stop and released.

Suspicious vehicle report leads to citation
Police were called to the area of the 11000 block of 202nd Avenue on a report of a suspicious vehicle with its lights blacked out. An officer made contact with the vehicle, immediately detecting an odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside the passenger car. During a search a small bag of marijuana was found and a glass pipe was found on a passenger. The passenger was cited and both occupants were released.

Firearm stolen from unlocked vehicle
A 59-year-old Elk River man reported Sept. 14 a firearm was stolen from his unlocked vehicle the previous night in the 500 block of Seventh Street. A neighbor’s video camera on the garage showed one party walking east from the residence and another exiting the passenger door of the victim’s truck and running west.

Citations issued in problem speed area
Officers patrolling the area of Elk Lake Road and Watson Street issued two citations and one warning this past week. A 26-year-old Anoka woman was cited for expired registration. A 19-year-old Elk River man was cited for speed.

There have been ongoing complaints of speeding in that location.

Faceplate, pocket knife stolen from car
A 29-year-old Elk River man reported Sept. 12 sometime overnight someone entered his unlocked vehicle in the 600 block of Jefferson Lane and stole the face plate to his stereo and a pocket knife from the inside of his vehicle.

‘Hello Kitty’ iPod stolen at senior high school
A 14-year-old girl reported Sept. 12 that someone stole her iPod Touch in a “Hello Kitty” case from her backpack during lunch while it was sitting in a classroom in Building C at Elk River High School. Surveillance video was examined, which resulted in no suspects.

Woman reports son’s bike stolen from yard
A 45-year-old Elk River woman reported Sept. 11 that her son’s bicycle was stolen sometime overnight from their front yard in the 800 block of Holt Avenue. The eight-year-old bike has been valued at $234.

Sister says brother  harassed on Facebook
A 22-year-old Elk River woman in the 17000 block of Tyler Drive reported to police Sept. 11 that she observed what she believes is harassment of her brother on Facebook.

Contractor alleged to be harassing client
A 35-year-old Elk River man in the 18000 block of Tyler Street reported Sept. 10 that he is being harassed by a contractor. The contractor did some work for the man and the man says that he paid the contractor in full. The contractor is, however, asking for more money, which the complainant does not believe he owes.

The financial arrangements are a civil matter, but police did tell the contractor if he continued to send harassing emails it would result in criminal charges.

Elk River man, 41, reports plates stolen
A 41-year-old Elk River man reported Sept. 10 that both license plates were stolen from his vehicle while it was parked in his yard in the 13000 block of Islandview Drive.

Driver issued speed, DAS citations
A 22-year-old Dayton man was stopped Sept. 14 in the area of Dodge Avenue and 189th Avenue by police and cited for driving after revocation and speed.

Rochester man, 23, cited for DAS
A 23-year-old Rochester man was stopped and cited Sept. 13 for driving after suspension in the area of Twin Lakes Road and Industrial Circle after a routine check. His license was suspended after having five violations in 24 months.