Police Report: County seeks help, gorilla cited

by Jim Boyle
Editor

County asks for help in electrical wire thefts
The Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office is seeking assistance from the public with any information concerning the recent theft of electrical wire from irrigation systems in Sherburne County.

The sheriff’s office has recently received complaints concerning the theft of electrical wire from farm irrigation units on agricultural fields in rural Sherburne County. The suspects are removing the large-gauge wire and presumably selling the copper contained within. These same types of thefts occurred in the spring of 2012.

If anyone has any information concerning these thefts they are encouraged to contact Tri County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-255-1301 or the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office at 763-765-3500.

Big Lake pedestrian dies after crash
An accident has claimed the life of an 18-year-old Big Lake man.

The Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the motor vehicle and pedestrian crash that occurred Monday.

The department was called to the scene of the accident at 11:43 p.m. on Sherburne County Road 81 north of Highway 10 in Big Lake Township.

According to Sheriff Joel Brott, deputies discovered that a motor vehicle driven by Michael Jorgenson, 45, Big Lake, hit the teenage pedestrian, identified as Efren Martinez, while traveling northbound on County Road 81.

There is no suspicion of alcohol or drug use by Jorgenson. The crash remains under investigation. Martinez was sent to the Ramsey County Medical Examiners Office where an autopsy will be performed.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Big Lake Police Department, the Minnesota State Patrol and New River Ambulance. The sheriff’s office will map and reconstruct the crash.

Theft of deer stand, trail camera reported
A 46-year-old Elk River man reported Oct. 15 the theft of his deer stand and ladder along with a trail camera from a development association property near the 22000 block of Tipton Street. It was taken sometime between Oct. 8 and 13. The value of the loss is $388.

Yellow Ribbon info dispensed to family
Elk River police responded to an Elk River residence on the night of Oct. 11 on a report of a possible suicidal female. Police met with the person and her husband. It was determined that she was depressed and the husband would help her get treatment. He is a member of the military, so he was provided with information on the Yellow Ribbon program, which aids military families.

Wal-Mart shopper hits pole, vehicle, pole again
A 21-year-old Elk River woman was backing out of a parking stall at the Elk River Wal-Mart Oct. 11 when she struck a yellow pole protecting the store.

The crash startled the woman and she accelerated forward, striking another vehicle in the lot. After hitting the vehicle the driver was again startled and backed into the pole a second time. A passenger in the vehicle was injured but refused medical attention.

Works bomb blows up Elk River mailbox
A 35-year-old Elk River man reported Oct. 13 he heard a loud boom outside and the following morning he noticed his mailbox had been damaged by a works bomb. The complainant stated the back of the mailbox was blown out and there was a Powerade bottle and tin foil on the ground near the mailbox in the 19000 block of Irving Avenue.

Motorist makes off without paying for gas
An employee at the BP station, 19000 block of Evans Avenue, Elk River, reported Oct. 14 a gas driveoff involving a gray Chevy Monte Carlo with a rear license plate that appeared to be covered up with paper and tape. The driver was described as a white female in her 20s with light-colored hair and wearing baggy pants. Drive off was for $36.83. The vehicle was last seen eastbound on 196th Lane.

Burglary attempted on Johnson Street
A 49-year-old Elk River man reported Oct. 13 that someone tried to gain access to his home by prying off the ground-level window screen in the 17000 block of Johnson Street.

Birthday party runs from Elk River police
A large group of juveniles walking in the roadway near the intersection of Mississippi Road and Denver Street fled when an Elk River police officer came to check on what they were up to. Police had taken a complaint shortly before 10 p.m. Oct. 13. Officers followed and located a large eighth-grade birthday party in the 18000 block of Albany Street. They spoke to the juveniles and parents and advised of potential consequences for running from police. The juveniles were made to clean up some toilet paper at a friend’s house.

Gorilla cited for disorderly conduct
A 17-year-old St. Michael boy was cited for disorderly conduct after he was observed wearing a gorilla suit and running across the football field during the Elk River football game against Osseo Oct. 12. The youth also threw bananas into the stands where Elk River fans sat.

Man clocked at 101 mph arrested for DWI
A 43-year-old Hot Springs, Ark. man was arrested for DWI after an officer observed him at about 3:30 a.m. Oct. 13 traveling at a high rate of speed in the southbound lane of Highway 169 at 191st Avenue in Elk River.

The officer got behind the vehicle and activated the radar in the same direction mode, and clocked the motorist going 101 in a 55 mph zone. The vehicle then turned west on Main Street and ran into a vehicle. The officer stopped the motorist at Carson Street near SuperAmerica in Elk River.

Elk River man, 43, arrested for assault
A 43-year-old Elk River man was arrested Oct. 14 for domestic assault after he allegedly struck his girlfriend at a residence in the 400 block of Irving Avenue. The girlfriend received a small laceration to her head.

Harassment of teen on Facebook reported
A 17-year-old Ramsey girl reported Oct. 12 she is being harassed on Facebook.

Elk River man, 20, arrested for DWI
A 20-year-old Elk River man was arrested for DWI and underage drinking and driving shortly before 1 a.m. Oct. 12 after an officer observed the motorist’s vehicle jump the curb at the intersection of Main Street and Parrish Avenue to go east.

Yellow Ribbon info dispensed to family
Elk River police responded to an Elk River residence on the night of Oct. 11 on a report of a possible suicidal female. Police met with the person and her husband. It was determined that she was depressed and the husband would help her get treatment. He is a member of the military, so he was provided with information on the Yellow Ribbon program, which aids military families.

Wal-Mart shopper hits pole, vehicle, pole again
A 21-year-old Elk River woman was backing out of a parking stall at the Elk River Wal-Mart Oct. 11 when she struck a yellow pole protecting the building.

The crash startled the woman and she accelerated forward, striking another vehicle in the lot. After hitting the vehicle the driver was again startled and backed into the pole a second time. A passenger in the vehicle was injured but refused medical attention.

Vehicle break-in attempted in Elk River
A 48-year-old Elk River man reported Oct. 10 someone tried to break into his vehicle overnight while it was parked in a driveway in the 13000 block of 190th Avenue. It appeared that the door lock and handle were pried along the door jamb.

Alleged knife assault blows over
Elk River police responded to a report of an assault with a knife at about 2 p.m. Oct. 10 in the 18200 block of Twin Lakes Road.

The caller was a 27-year-old Elk River man and the other person involved was a 25-year-old Corcoran man. The two males are in business together and a dispute occurred between them. The males claimed each person had a box cutter, but both told police they did not want anything done with the case. No arrests were made.

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