Police Report: Surge in gun permits felt locally

by Jim Boyle


The surging demand for permits to carry handguns witnessed across the country and in the Twin Cities was felt this past week at the Elk River Police Department.

In a two-day period the department received 11 Permit to Acquire Handgun applications, one renewal application and one application to make a firearm.

Elk River Police Capt. Robert Kluntz said he could not be sure what the reason was for the surge, but he admitted it was likely last week’s elementary school massacre had something to do with the numbers.

The request from the person seeking to make a firearm came through the U.S. Department of Justice (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives). A Query Person Gun Check (QPGC) will be run prior to the Elk River police chief signing off on the application.

Elk River man, 20, found dead in home

A 20-year-old Elk River man was found dead Dec. 10 at an Elk River residence in the 13300 block of 192 1/2 Avenue. The medical examiner has not ruled on a cause of death or manner of death at this time. The male was found unresponsive by a friend who resides at the home.

Elk River home burglarized Dec. 13

A 33-year-old Elk River woman returned home Dec. 13 and found that someone broke the glass on her front door in the 11000 block of 193rd Avenue. The crime happened between 7:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Taken were jewelry, sunglasses and a camera. Overall value was $285. The scene lacked evidence to process, but photographs were taken.

Break-in attempt  observed at store

A 32-year-old Zimmer-man man called police Dec. 13 to report he observed someone trying to break into a vehicle in the 300 block of Baldwin Avenue at the Salvation Army store. The suspects fled the scene prior to police arriving.

Catalytic converter stolen at park and ride

A 53-year-old Elk River man reported Dec. 13 that his catalytic converter was stolen off his vehicle while parked at the Northstar Park and Ride, 17200 Twin Lakes Rd.

Comments on school violence instigates call

Staff at Meadowvale Elementary School, 12701 Elk Lake Road, called police Dec. 18 to report that a young student had made inappropriate comments pertaining to school violence. The 7-year-old student was sent home, and an officer later met with school staff and parents of the student.

Controlled substance report issued by youth

Police received a report Dec. 10 that a student at Elk River High School may have been under the influence of a controlled substance. The information was provided to a school administrator, who was going to follow up with the student and their parent.

Texts get student at Salk in trouble

Police were called Dec. 10 by the Salk Middle School principal regarding text messages of a sexual nature being sent by a student. Police and the school administration spoke with student. Plans were made to contact the parent, too.

Snowmobile operator warned for violation

A 41-year-old Elk River woman called Dec. 16 to report a snowmobile driving by her residence in the 17000 Vance Circle at a high rate of speed. An officer observed the snowmobile, stopped the driver and warned the sled operator.

Verizon Wireless hit by mobile burglars

Elk River police were called to the Verizon Wireless store in the 18000 block of Carson Court early on the morning of Dec. 12 for an alarm. Upon arrival it was discovered that a window was broken out and items were missing from the store. Police searched the store and the area, but the suspects had fled the scene prior to police arriving.

Children harassed at Elk River bus stop

A 33-year-old Elk River man called police Dec. 13 to report that his child and some friends were being harassed by high school-aged kids at their bus stop in the 10800 block of 184th Court.

The complainant’s children and friends were being taunted and followed very closely by the vehicle and its occupants, the man said.

Zimmerman man reports road rage

A 49-year-old Zimmer-man man called police Dec. 11 following a road rage incident, which occurred on Highway 169. The man reported being tailgated on the highway and that the other driver eventually passed him and exited the highway to County Road 33. The man decided to follow the other driver and speak to him. The other driver stopped and the complainant rolled down his window. The other driver got out of his vehicle and produced a pocket knife and told the man to get out of his vehicle, at which point he decided to call police. The man followed the vehicle for a short time, but then pulled over at 205th Avenue and York Street and waited for police. The other driver was not identified.

Sally Beauty loses hair extensions in crime

Sally Beauty Supply reported Dec. 11 that two persons entered the store in the 19000 block of Freeport Street and stole hair extensions. The suspects fled the area when confronted by employees.

Wal-Mart reports theft of LED television

Wal-Mart reported Dec. 10 the theft of an LED TV from the store. The suspects, a male and a female, fled the store. Police were able to locate the female, who was uncooperative. Police continue to investigate.

Two wrestling injuries lead to emergency calls

Elk River police were called to Salk Middle School at 2:46 p.m. Dec. 15 for a medical emergency. The school was hosting a wrestling tournament and a 13-year-old boy from Coon Rapids was knocked out for a brief period during a match.

Earlier that day police were called after a 14-year-old Coon Rapids boy complained of a neck injury.

Boy, 16, taken into custody after assault

Police took a 16-year-old Elk River boy into custody Dec. 14 for domestic assault after being called by his parents who were afraid for their safety. The incident happened in the 20000 block of Meadowvale Road.