by Jim Boyle
Motorcycle crash among Sept. 22 accidents
A motorcycle rider involved in the Lynnda Laubach Breast Cancer Ride crashed about noon Sept. 22 in the 19800 block of Highway 169 in Elk River. It was the first of four unrelated highway crashes in Elk River in a five-hour period that day.
Jarrod Alan Holmes, a 26-year-old Kingston, Minn. man, accelerated rapidly and when he tried to stop quickly when he caught up to the group, he lost control of the motorcycle and crashed, according to Elk River Police Capt. Bob Kluntz.
Holmes was northbound on Highway 169 near 197th Avenue when the crash happened. He was not wearing a helmet and was injured. He was transported by Elk River Ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids. Holmes’ injuries are non-life threatening.
There was also a minor property damage crash about 12:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at the intersection of 165th Avenue and Highway 10. A 16-year-old Cambridge girl made a short turn and struck a vehicle being driven by a 47-year-old Coon Rapids man.
There was another crash on Highway 169 a short time later. At about 1:41 p.m. on the southbound lane of Highway 169 near School Street, a crash involved three vehicles and sent two people to the hospital.
A vehicle driven by Danielle Marie Carbert, 29, of Princeton, struck a vehicle driven by Maureen Mary Murphy, 26, of Bloomington. This caused Murphy’s vehicle to then strike a vehicle driven by Jason Thomas Voiovich, a 37-year-old Shoreview man. Carbert was transported to Mercy Hospital with an unknown extent of injuries. Voiovich and his 12-year-old son, who was a passenger, also sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
The fourth crash that day happened at about 6:08 p.m. near the Highway 10-169 interchange. This time, a two-vehicle crash occurred when a vehicle driven by Mehul Ravindra Jariwala, a 41-year-old Madison, Wis. man, and a vehicle driven by Phillip Warren Engler, 59, of Elk River, crashed into one another.
Jariwala was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Jariwala is suspected of using alcohol. A blood test was obtained and authorities were waiting for those results.
Toilet-papered home cleaned up by culprits
Elk River police stopped a vehicle for speeding along Proctor Rd. about 1:15 a.m. on Sept. 24, and during the stop all five of the occupants admitted to toilet papering a residence in the 22000 block of Elk Lake Rd.
The five juveniles were cited for curfew violations and taken to the residence, where they admitted to littering with toilet paper and cleaned it up to the satisfaction of the homeowner. The youths were all 17 years old from Elk River.
Juveniles interrupting wedding party warned
Elk River police warned two juveniles for allegedly using profanities and obscene gestures toward a park employee and in the vicinity of two young children Sept. 22 at Lions Park. The juveniles were upset because they were not permitted to use the rest room inside the building, although there were several signs posted stating the facility was closed for wedding reception.
Annandale woman arrested on warrant
A 28-year-old woman from Annandale was arrested on a Mille Lacs County warrant for controlled substance. She was stopped 10:09 p.m. Sept. 22 at Main Street and Jackson Avenue.
Night rider struck by tree at Hillside Park
A 48-year-old man from Plymouth was participating in a night ride at Hillside Park when he was struck by a falling tree at about 10:55 p.m. Sept. 21. Elk River Ambulance responded and transported the man to the hospital.
Elk River woman, 24, arrested for DWI
A 24-year-old Elk River woman was arrested about 5:30 p.m. Sept. 21 for 4th Degree DWI after police showed up at her residence in the 300 block of Baldwin Avenue on a complaint that she had trouble with her balance and was falling asleep inside a business in the 200 block of Main Street before getting in a motor vehicle and driving off.
Becker man reports more vandalism
A 45-year-old Becker man reported on the morning of Sept. 21 his truck, box trailer and building had graffiti spray painted on them in the 18000 block of York Street, causing about $8,000 in damage. This was the second report of vandalism the man made this month.
Chemical bomb in mailbox reported
A 38-year-old Elk River man reported Sept. 21 that someone put a chemical bomb in his mailbox in the 21000 block of Lander Street and it went off.
Otsego woman, 20, arrested for DWI
A 20-year-old Otsego woman was arrested for DWI during a Highway 10 traffic stop in Elk River. Police pulled her over after receiving a complaint about her driving conduct at about 1:24 a.m. Sept. 21.
Car damaged at Elk River Pizza Ranch
A 21-year-old St. Michael woman reported that her car was damaged Sept. 20 in the Pizza Ranch parking lot. She reported that someone broke into the trunk of her vehicle but nothing appeared to be missing.
Novco trucking tire theft reported
The owner of Novco Trucking observed on the evening of Sept. 18 two individuals loading tires from his shop into a van. He detained them and the police were called. Prior to police arrival the suspects fled, but they were located and arrested for theft. A 51-year-old Coon Rapids man and a 24-year-old Anoka man were jailed for theft and trespassing.
ATV reported stolen from woman’s yard
A 58-year-old Elk River woman reported at 11:27 a.m. Sept. 18 the theft of an ATV from her property. The theft occurred sometime between Sept. 13 and Sept. 18. A neighbor, however, reported that he heard an ATV running at about midnight on the night of Sept. 14.
Boy, 17, cited for possession at VMS
A 17-year-old Ramsey boy was cited on the morning of Sept. 18 for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after it was discovered in his backpack while at VandenBerge Middle School.
Two-vehicle crash happens at bus stop
Elk River police responded to a two-vehicle crash at a school bus stop at the intersection of 192nd Avenue and Pascal Street. One vehicle was stopped behind a school bus that was picking up students. The bus started to go and the vehicle started to go as well, when another car struck the first car from behind. An Elk River woman, 50, was cited for failing to drive with due care.
Alleged customer accused of scam
A 39-year-old Elk River woman in the 13000 block of 180th Lane reported that she was contacted by a potential customer for her business about a sale. After a series of emails the complainant felt that the person was trying to scam her. The person wanted her to cash a check for over the amount of the purchase and wire the remaining funds to an address out of state. No loss was reported at this time.