Police report: Distracted driver sheers off fire hydrant

by Jim Boyle


A 45-year-old Elk River man was driving April 20 when he left the roadway and sheared off a fire hydrant with his vehicle near 171st Avenue along Highway 10, according to Elk River Police Capt. Bob Kluntz.

The driver appeared to have been on the phone and distracted while traveling westbound, officers reported.

Bus company reports several radios stolen 

Vision Transportation, 12000 block of Elk Lake Road, reported on April 29 that several of their buses were entered over the weekend and two-way radios were stolen. Each radio is valued at approximately $450. There was no damage or signs of forced entry into the buses, Kluntz reported.

Playhouse shot at in Elk River backyard 

A 42-year-old Elk River man reported to police on April 27 that someone had shot his daughter’s playhouse, damaging the siding and windows, on the 13000 block of 210th Circle.

Couple returns home to find money missing 

Elk River Police are investigating an alleged burglary. An Elk River couple returned to their home on the 14000 block of 202nd Avenue and reported they discovered money missing from their home.

Man with stolen items sped away from store 

An unknown male on April 26 entered the Elk River Walmart, filled a cart with merchandise, took it out to a vehicle, loaded it and sped off without paying.

School asks for help with angry parent 

Twin Lakes Elementary School requested an officer at the end of a school day April 26 due to a disgruntled parent. A 32-year-old Ramsey woman was apparently upset over the school’s child pick-up rules. The officer witnessed the parent attempt to break the rules until confronted by staff. The parent became upset, using profanities with both the staff and the officer. The officer mediated.

Reports of damage to mailboxes filed 

A 64-year-old Elk River man reported on April 26 damage to his mailbox, probably from a baseball bat, on the 19000 block of Dodge Street.

Another resident on the same block reported April 26 the same type of damage was done to his mailbox.

Lockdown drill nets two drug citations 

At the request of the Elk River Area School District, the Elk River Police Department orchestrated a lock down drill with a K-9 sniff on April 26.

Police made two finds in the search.

An 18-year-old Elk River woman cited April 26 for possession of drug paraphernalia at the high school.

A 16-year-old Elk River boy was cited April 26 for possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia at the high school.

Credit card misused to tune of $2,300 

A 49-year-old Elk River man reported April 25 that someone has been using his credit card to make unauthorized purchases at Menards, totaling $2,300. Police have suspects and are investigating.

Outboard motor theft ends like a fish story 

Elk River Police were called to Riverview Sports on the 17000 block of Highway 10 after someone cut through their fence and attempted to steal an outboard boat motor. The motor was recovered outside the fence.

iPod stolen from unsecured locker 

A 48-year-old Elk River man called police to report April 25 that his daughter’s iPod was stolen from an unsecured locker at the YMCA, 13337 Business Center Drive.

Drug paraphernalia found in locker 

Police were called April 24 to Ivan Sand School by administration. School staff had searched a student’s locker and found tobacco and drug paraphernalia. The 15-year-old Elk River boy was cited.

No damage in hit-and-run at Elk River library 

Police were called April 24 to the Elk River Library to take a report of a hit-and-run motor vehicle crash. A motorist struck a light ballast near the entrance to the library. Police located the driver, a 74-year-old Elk River woman, who had no damage to her vehicle.

Police investigate  alleged assault 

Police were contacted April 23 by a female from Milaca who reported that she was assaulted by a male party on the 19000 block of Freeport Street. The male reportedly told the victim that he had watched her walking back from the Holiday station where she had gotten some fuel in a gas can, since her car tank was empty. Police have identified a suspect and continue to investigate the matter.

Officer spots damage done to mailbox 

During a routine patrol, an Elk River officer located a mailbox with a newspaper box and post that had been damaged. A vehicle appeared to have gone off the road along the 20000 block of Elk Lake Road and continued in the ditch for about 40 yards past the mailbox.

One charged, another hospitalized first

Police were called to a domestic situation at an apartment on the 11900 block of 191 1/2 Ave. Upon arrival they located a 39-year-old Elk River woman who was bleeding from the nose and had an eye injury.

Police spoke to a 49-year-old Elk River man who reported that the female threw a knife at him. The male was arrested for domestic assault and the female was transported to the hospital. She will be charged at a later time.

License plate stolen while car parked at lot 

A license plate was stolen from a vehicle belonging to a 21-year-old Zimmerman woman while the vehicle was parked at Cornerstone Auto Resource. The theft was reported April 23.

Walmart thief  caught by police 

Police were called April 21 to a theft that had just occurred at Walmart. The suspects left the store in a vehicle, which police located nearby. The truck was being driven by a 28-year-old man with no permanent address.

The male admitted to police that he stole a cellphone. Police noticed that the ignition system on the truck was punched.

The man was arrested and charged with a number of offenses, including driving after revocation, theft, trespassing and no proof of insurance.

It was later determined that the vehicle was stolen from Coon Rapids, so the man faces additional charges.

Man decides not to report scary situation 

Police received a call April 21 from a 26-year-old Shoreview man who reported that he was at a home in Elk River when he was assaulted by a male. He said the male threatened to get a gun, but eventually approached him outside the home in the area of 193rd Avenue and Queen Circle with a knife. While speaking to police, the man decided he wanted to forget the whole incident and did not wish to make the report. Man laying in road too drunk to care for self

A 67-year-old Elk River man found laying in the middle of the road near the intersection of Highway 10 and Jackson Avenue was transported to Mercy Hospital on April 28.

A woman flagged down an Elk River officer, who found the man to so intoxicated that the man was unable to walk on his own to the safety of a sidewalk. The male’s speech was slurred to the point that little of what he said was understandable.

Minneapolis woman tagged for DWI 

A 32-year-old Minneapolis woman was arrested shortly before midnight April 27 for DWI after she was stopped for speeding and crossing the center and fog lines along Highway 10 and Jackson Avenue.

Front license taken from parked vehicle 

A 46-year-old Elk River man reported April that his front license plate was stolen off his vehicle while it was parked at his home on the 18000 block of Macon Street.