by Jim Boyle
A bicyclist was struck by a vehicle at about 4:30 p.m. July 4 while crossing Highway 169 at Main Street, according to Elk River Police Capt. Bob Kluntz.
A 33-year-old St. Paul woman had been northbound on Highway 169 approaching Main Street on a green light when she saw three bicyclists crossing the roadway. The driver said she slowed and swerved to miss them, but one of them struck the front of her vehicle.
The driver called police and told the bicyclist to remain there and wait for the police and ambulance.
The bicyclist was a 16-year-old Elk River boy, who escaped injury, Kluntz reported.
Motorcyclists cited for exhibitionist driving
An officer cited three motorcyclists for exhibitionist driving at about 9:30 p.m. July 8 in the area of 181st Avenue and Twin Lakes Road in Elk River.
Cited were two 20-year-old Otsego men and a 19-year-old Maple Grove man.
The officer observed three sport/racing-style motorcycles traveling east on 181st Avenue, Kluntz said. All three drivers failed to stop at that intersection’s stop sign, accelerated excessively from stop in a racing manner, failed to signal lane changes and were weaving excessively in the traffic lanes.
Elk River man warned for shooting fireworks
A 41-year-old Elk River man was warned for shooting off illegal fireworks on July 6 at a home in the 18000 block of Queen Street. The officer had observed mortar-type fireworks being launched from the cul-de-sac, and he went and spoke to the homeowner who was doing it.
Wheelbarrow caper at ‘On the Run’ solved
A 32-year-old woman reported on July 6 the theft of a wheelbarrow from On The Run gas station and convenience store at 18296 Zane St., Elk River. It is believed that officers recovered the wheelbarrow on July 1.
The complainant described the wheelbarrow in detail, which matched the one in a previous case.
Two dozen arrested at drinking party
Officers called to a report of a possible juvenile drinking party in the 10800 block of 184th Court in Elk River arrested 24 young adults for underage consumption.
One male was additionally cited for fleeing on foot.
The people cited were from Elk River, Ramsey, Anoka, Andover, Nowthen and Coon Rapids.
Only three calls at July Fourth celebration
Kluntz reported there were three calls for service at Lions Park during the Elk River Fourth of July celebration.
One was a disorderly conduct, involving two juveniles. The second was a missing juvenile who was found almost immediately. and the third was a woman who reported her iPad was stolen but she later found it.
Complainant reports eggs thrown at car
A 43-year-old Elk River man reported at about 10 p.m. July 8 eggs being thrown at his vehicle in the area of Island View Drive and Meadowvale Road in Elk River. An officer checked the area but found no one suspicious. On calling the complainant, he said that the eggs were high enough to go through a passenger car’s open window and possibly hit the inside of the windshield or the driver. No damage occurred to the complainant’s vehicle but he requested extra patrols at that intersection.
Big Lake man, 32, arrested for DWI
A 33-year-old Big Lake man was arrested for third-degree DWI at about 10 p.m. July 5 after being stopped at Highway 10 and Jackson Avenue in Elk River for speeding, a lane violation and failure to signal a lane change. A breath test was obtained with a reported blood-alcohol-content reading of .21.