Police report: School security compromised over weekend due to theft

by Jim Boyle


A 53-year-old Elk River woman reported at 9:30 p.m. Dec. 13 a theft from motor vehicle that put the Elk River Area School District at risk.

The complainant reported sometime between 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. an unknown suspect or suspects broke the driver’s side rear passenger window while the vehicle was parked in the Central Lutheran Church parking lot. A brief case containing school district property as well as an employee access card to Lincoln Elementary School and the Elk River Education Association building were taken.

Both buildings were contacted and made aware of potential security breach. Extra patrol was conducted and requested throughout the weekend until the access card could be deactivated, Elk River Police Capt. Bob Kluntz said.


Vision driver reports suspicious vehicle

A Vision Transportation bus driver reported a suspicious vehicle at 8:26 a.m. Dec. 11 after elementary children got onto the bus said they were asked if they wanted to get in and warm up.

None of the children at the bus stop in the area of 185th Avenue and Lander Street knew who the person was or who the red Suburban in question belonged to.

No license plate obtained. Police were unable to locate the vehicle.


Red light runner      argues case, loses

A 41-year-old Otsego man was cited Dec. 15 for going through a red light while making a right hand turn from Main Street onto Zane Street.

The driver made no attempt to stop or slow, the officer reported.

The driver initially stated he did not see the red light. Then while explaining the violation to the driver, the man argued with the officer that he did not have to stop for the red light if he was turning right.

The driver was cited for the violation and released.


Suicidal male         taken to hospital

Elk River Police took a report shortly before 5 p.m. Dec. 15 of a 21-year-old Zimmerman man who was suicidal at the Elk River Northstar Station.

A relative had made the report, saying her nephew was asking for a ride and was suicidal with a gun pointed to his head. Metro Transit checked live surveillance video and no one was seen on property. The phone was pinged to Jasper Street in Anoka County. Anoka County was advised of the call. The Elk River station was checked and no one was found on the platform or in the parking lot. The phone was pinged three times and each time it showed to be on Jasper Street in Anoka County. The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office was advised and they took over the call.

The man was later located at Elk River Applebee’s and transported to Mercy Hospital via Elk River Ambulance on a crisis hold.

(Editor’s note: “Pinging” is the process of determining the location, with reasonable accuracy, of a cellphone at any given point in time by utilizing the phone GPS location aware capabilities. It is very similar to GPS vehicle tracking systems. To “ping” in this context means to send a signal to a particular cellphone and have it respond with the requested data.)


Shoe shopper had   gun on him, clerks say

Elk River Famous Footwear employees reported Friday, Dec. 13, seeing a gun in the waistline of a suspected shoplifter. The white male reportedly attempted to steal a pair of shoes and when confronted, the male returned the shoes.

Employees said they saw the gun in his possession but they pretended not to. The suspect did not make any threats.

The gun was described as a black, semi-automatic without a holster. The suspect left on foot. Police made no contact with the man, and the store did not have security cameras to review.


Injured swan was helped to safety 

Traffic was getting all fouled up about 2:40 p.m. Dec. 10 at the interchange of highways 10 and 169.

People were stopping to help an injured swan lying in the middle of the highway. An Elk River officer responded to the location and located the swan in the left lane of the westbound lane of traffic sitting there. The swan was not able to fly but was able to walk.

Because the swan was causing a traffic hazard, police assisted the swan across the highway and back into the river.


Boy, 12, warned for showing photo

Elk River Police warned a 12-year-old Elk River boy on Dec. 10 after he allegedly sent an inappropriate picture on his cellphone via Internet game chat and was later found to be showing other students at VandenBerge Middle School the photograph.

The complainant took the student’s phone and made contact with his parent. The student was also given school consequences.


Winter’s back and parking ban is on

Winter is here and so is the winter parking ban. Elk River Police issued eight parking tickets on Dec. 10 throughout the city. The cars were illegally parked in the following blocks of the city:

–11800 block of 191 1/2 Street.

–600 block of Auburn Place.

–300 block of Holt Avenue.

–19000 block of Dodge Street.

–19000 block of Baldwin Street.

–300 block of Evans Avenue.

–200 block of Morton Avenue.

–11400 block of Fifth Street.


Otsego man with car in ditch cited

An 20-year-old Otsego man was cited for underage consumption on Dec. 10.

Police initially responded to a report of a vehicle off road near the 11800 block of 198th Avenue and a man walking west from area with no shoes on, Kluntz said.

Upon arrival the unoccupied vehicle was still in the ditch, but the owner was not around. He was later located at a friend’s house. The owner showed signs of intoxication and admitted to drinking but stated the vehicle had been there for several hours and he told police he started drinking after he drove.