by Jim Boyle
Click it or ticket campaign begins locally and across state
The Elk River Police Department, in conjunction with other area law enforcement agencies, has begun its 2012–13 Toward Zero Deaths campaign.
As part of the statewide effort, Elk River police and other agencies will focus on seat belts and child passenger safety for the first wave of special enforcement in October.
“Our goal is to get people to buckle up,” said Officer Dave Windels of the Elk River Police Department. “With winter right around the corner, roads will get bad.”
Statewide about 94 percent of people buckle up, and the average is even higher in Sherburne County. But one thing officers note is that while people might be in the habit of buckling up on most occasions, they are not buckling up every time they get in the car to run an errand or go grab lunch. Officers will be looking for these and other offenses during the seat belt enforcement wave.
Elk River Fire knocks down shed fire
Elk River Police and Fire were dispatched at 9:25 p.m. Oct. 1 to a reported barn on fire in the 17700 block of Cleveland. Upon arrival, emergency personnel found a shed on fire, with fire extending into a wooded area. The fire was extinguished. The cause is undetermined.
Realty sign goes missing but is found
A 44-year-old New Hope man reported at 3:27 p.m. Oct. 1 that his realty sign was stolen from a home in the 300 block of Main Street in Elk River. Police have since learned the property was sold and the sign was removed by another Realtor.
Surveillance system has piece stolen
A 57-year-old Maple Grove man reported at 9:50 a.m. Oct. 1 the theft of a piece of equipment for a surveillance system in the 500 block of Freeport Avenue in Elk River.
The piece looks similar to an iPad; however, it is rendered useless without connection to a standard computer. An employee at the business said that he thought he saw suspect hanging around the area, who is also the suspect in a previous theft from the business.
Elk River man reports attempted break-in
A 40-year-old Elk River man reported at 8:22 a.m. Oct. 1 that it appeared someone tried to enter his residence in the 21000 block of Fresno Street. The complainant reported a screen door was locked but someone had pulled the screen away from the frame. Several items were out of place on the outside of his residence, but it did not appear that entry was made.
SA employee tricked into filling card
A 53-year-old Elk River man reported Oct. 1 that one of his employees at SuperAmerica, 11000 block of 193rd Avenue in Elk River, received a phone call from a person claiming to be a regional manager. This person was supposedly conducting a test with a reloadable card and instructed the employee to add an amount to the card. The card was later used and the amount removed. The caller, however, was not an employee of the company.
Elk River man, 31, assaulted at work
A 31-year-old Elk River man reported to police at 10:33 p.m. Sept. 30 that he was assaulted at a work site by a co-worker. He alleged the suspect punched and choked him. The suspect was reportedly directed to leave the job site after the incident. The complainant was instructed to call and file a report by his boss. The victim told police he was suffering from concussion-like symptoms, but refused medical assistance. He stated he will be staying at his parents’ residence to be monitored for the evening.
Items taken, mess made during burglary
A 39-year-old Elk River man reported a burglary at 8:16 p.m. Sept. 30 that had occurred in the 700 block of Quinn Avenue in Elk River. Police arrived to find several items tipped or overturned, including the fridge and the bedside table. No evidence was found or fingerprints located. Items taken included video games, jewelry, currency and electronics.
There are no suspects at this time.
A 17-year-old Elk River girl called police at 9:06 p.m. Sept. 29 to report a large fire in the area of the 1100 block of Lions Park Drive in Elk River. Police later learned that the smoke was from fireworks that had been thrown in a vehicle. The vehicle was damaged and the fireworks explosion had caused the smoke.
Backpack stolen from unlocked car at park
An 18-year-old Elk River woman reported at 6:29 p.m. Sept. 29 the theft of her backpack. The backpack was reportedly taken from a friend’s unlocked vehicle while parked in the 1100 block of Lions Park Drive, Elk River.
Off-duty deputy phones in drunk driver
An off-duty Sherburne County deputy called police at 6:45 p.m. Sept. 29 to report an erratic driver on Highway 10.
The deputy reported the driver nearly caused a crash at the intersection of County Road 15 and Highway 10 in Big Lake Township.
Police were able to stop the motorist near Gary Street in Elk River. A 57-year-old Mounds View man, who blew a .08, was arrested for DWI.
Zimmerman man, 32, tagged for DWI
A 32-year-old Zimmerman man was arrested for DWI after a traffic stop at 1:54 a.m. Sept. 28 in the area of Highway 169 and 197th Avenue in Elk River.
Welfare check finds man in county jail
A 34-year-old Elk River woman in the 13000 block of Islandview Drive at 8:10 p.m. Sept. 27 requested a welfare check on her husband. The caller reported that her husband did not come home that evening, which was unusual. The husband works in St. Paul and was expected to get off work at 7 p.m. His cell phone had been off all day and another employee drove past his work and his vehicle was not there. Police issued a KOPS alert on the man’s vehicle. The man was located at Ramsey County Jail and his wife was notified of his location.
Driver turning around crashes into garage
A 55-year-old Elk River woman reported at 4:34 p.m. Sept. 27 a vehicle crashed into her garage in the 1000 block of Main Street in Elk River. The driver, a 21-year-old Zimmerman man, was at the scene when police arrived. He told police he was turning around in the driveway and accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake. He was cited for careless driving.
Teenagers cited for stealing cosmetics
A 17-year-old Ramsey girl and an 18-year-old Nowthen woman were cited for theft after allegedly taking cosmetics from the Elk River Walmart on the night of Sept. 26.
Elk River girl cited for shoplifting at store
A 16-year-old Elk River girl was cited for theft after allegedly taking cosmetics from Elk River Walmart on the evening of Sept. 26.
Community clothes dryer top stolen Sept. 26
A 22-year-old Elk River woman reported on Sept. 26 someone stole the top to a community clothes dryer in the 500 block of Fifth Street, Elk River.
Masonry pallets stolen from man
A 35-year-old Howell, Mich. man reported at 3:19 p.m. Sept. 26 that about 70 wooden masonry pallets valued at $1,000 were stolen from the 18200 block of Zane Street, Elk River. A witness stated at 6:40 a.m. that same morning he had seen a two-tone gray and black or dark blue standard cab Dodge truck with a three-place snowmobile trailer traveling north on Zane Street at a high rate of speed with a load of pallets, but at that time was unaware of the theft. The truck was last seen turning east on 181st Avenue from Zane Street. The complainant believes the suspect will attempt to return the pallets for money and has notified the owner/company (AMCON) by phone.
Syrup used in case of property damage
A 17-year-old Elk River boy reported at 7:54 a.m. Sept. 26 someone poured syrup on his vehicle and damaged the driver’s-side mirror while it was parked in the 22000 block of Watson Street in Elk River.
Vehicle has derogatory remarks left on it
A 22-year-old Elk River man reported at 7:26 a.m. Sept. 26 the windows of his vehicle were painted with derogatory remarks while it was parked in the 800 block of Freeport Avenue.