by Jim Boyle
Teen faces possible charges in crash
Elk River Police are investigating a one-vehicle crash in which they believe alcohol may have been a contributing factor.
They are awaiting blood test results and are considering charges of driving while intoxicated (DWI) and criminal vehicular operation against a 17-year-old Elk River boy, according to Elk River Police Capt. Bob Kluntz.
The vehicle had two juvenile occupants when it crashed on the 14000 block of 192nd Avenue at the intersection of Troy Street. He and a 15-year-old Otsego girl who was a passenger were transported to area hospitals.
Air mattress theft attempt foiled
A 22-year-old Onamia man was cited for theft and providing a false name to police after allegedly taking an air mattress on the evening of April 9 from the Elk River Walmart.
He reportedly tried to return it after taking it off the shelf, Kluntz reported. When police questioned him, he tried giving a false name and date of birth to avoid “getting in trouble.”
Anoka woman, 25, arrested for DWI crime
A 25-year-old Anoka woman was arrested for DWI-controlled substance after making numerous lane violations at about 2 a.m. April 9 while driving along Highway 10. Both the driver and an adult male passenger were transported to Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.
An Elk River officer who stopped the vehicle at Simonet Drive responded to the hospital where the motorist agreed to a blood test and was transported to the Sherburne County Jail. Meanwhile, the driver’s juvenile son was placed into temporary foster care by Sherburne County Social Services. The suspect’s vehicle was towed and held for forfeiture.
Manager wards off theft at Walmart
A manager’s presence may have prevented a 27-year-old Onamia woman on April 8 from stealing a plastic tote filled with household goods.
The Walmart employee told police the woman appeared to be leaving the store when she became “spooked” and left the items at the front of the store. The suspect told police in the parking lot she realized she did not have the money to pay for the items so she left them behind in a cart. She was advised of the manager’s observations.
‘Sonic’ boom felt after order messed up
A 50-year-old Monticello man reportedly became “out of the control” after he learned his Sonic order wasn’t correctly completed 8 p.m. April 8 200 block of Main Street.
Police spoke to him and learned he was upset that two things were wrong with the order. The Sonic manager corrected the order and the man left.
Police called to report of loose pigs in ditch
Elk River Police responded on the afternoon of April 8 to the area of Mississippi Road and Waco Street on a report of two loose pigs.
The pigs were believed to be in the ditch alongside Mississippi Road, Kluntz said.
Police found one pig and but could not locate the other. The owner, a 54-year-old Elk River woman, figured that one may have returned to the pen on its own so she left the officers and went to check.
Man sought in theft from Walmart
Police are looking for an unidentified white male who allegedly stole a backpack loaded with other items, like a cellphone, on April 8. The man is also believed to have made off with a 32-inch television. The loss is estimated at $458.
The suspect pushed his way through the secured lawn and garden doors and left in a blue SUV.
Facebook post gets 14-year-olds in trouble
Two 14-year-old Elk River girls portrayed themselves drinking alcohol on Facebook, and police looked into it after receiving a tip through Crime Stoppers. Police notified the parents of the postings.
Equipment violation lead to warrant arrest
Officers stopped a vehicle about 7 p.m. April 7 near Main Street and Gates Avenue for an equipment violation. The driver, a 20-year-old Zimmerman man, was cited for driving after revocation and a passenger was arrested for a warrant.
Big Lake woman stunned by ticket
A 28-year-old Big Lake woman who was running late for work at 5:37 a.m. April 7 ended up being really late.
She was stopped for speeding at Rush Street on Highway 10. She told the officer she didn’t realize what the speed limit was on that section of Highway 10.
When the officer came back to give her a ticket, the driver yelled at the officer.
“Seriously, you have to give a ticket,” she reportedly said, claiming the speed limit drops from 65 to 45 mph without warning. The officer explained that the speed limit drops from 65 to 55 mph and then from 55 to 45 mph over a great distance. But before he could finish, the driver drove away.
And the band played on … and on too long
A 39-year-old Elk River man complained to police on April 6 the Elk River High School band was practicing late into the night, and the sound of the band echoing between his apartment complex and the Crossing Church was loud and annoying.
He said the week before they played until 10 p.m., and he had spoken to school officials about having the band play on other sides of the building and not always on the same side.