Police report: Fisherman on tractor catches police attention

by Jim Boyle

Editor

A 53-year-old Elk River man was warned at about 4 a.m. July 11 for riding a garden tractor on Highways 10 and 101.

A patrol officer spotted the man on the ramp to Highway 101 from eastbound Highway 10. He was stopped in the Babcock Park parking lot. He told police he was coming from the Elk Lodge and going fishing.

Possible burglary investigated at E and O

A supervisor for E and O Tool in Elk River reported at 4:11 a.m. Friday, July 12, that someone broke a window in the office area of the manufacturing business.

The 35-year-old Princeton man told police that the business’ cleaning staff located the broken window and that they found the doors leading outside were also unlocked.

Police learned that a rock broke the window, and it appeared that a suspect unlocked the window and used the crank to gain entry, according to Elk River Police Capt. Bob Kluntz.

The supervisor said that he did not know if anything was missing, and he wouldn’t know until the office staff arrived. As of Monday morning, police still didn’t know if anything was missing.

Police photographed the damaged office area of the building located in the 19000 block of Industrial Boulevard.

Works bomb burns garbage

Elk River Police received several calls of a fire about 4 a.m. on July 12 at a residence in the 13000 block of Ranch Road.

The homeowner, a 52-year-old Elk River man, told police at about 3:15 p.m. he heard a loud explosion and then the sounds of a vehicle engine speeding away.

Police arrived to find a garbage can at the end of a driveway with a large amount of garbage burning. They extinguished the fire with an extinguisher from a squad car.

In the ashes a large Arizona Tea can with the bottom blown apart was located. That is believed to be the cause of the fire.

Noise complaints heard by police

The Elk River Police received back-to-back complaints about loud music and the use of foul language at Trout Brook Park.

The first came in at 8:34 p.m. July 11, but police found no validity to the complaint given the time of day. As far as the second complaint about the use of profanities, police spoke with a group of individuals and they denied swearing while playing basketball at the park in the 18000 block of Trout Brook Parkway.

The complainant said it has been an on-going issue. Extra patrol has been requested.

Drug paraphernalia turned over to ERPD

A 30-year-old Elk River woman reported July 10 her daughter found what appeared to be drug paraphernalia in boxes in a garage that belonged to a previous resident at the residence in the 18000 block of Tyler Street.

Among the items found were a used syringe, empty pill bottles, nebulizer medication and old, dried-up eye contacts. The complainant just wanted the items removed from the residence. Items were taken to the Police Department and destroyed. No further action.

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