Police report: Paintball, grandparent scam, video chat regrets and a garage fire,

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by Jim Boyle


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Missing Elk River woman believed out West

by Jim Boyle


A 66-year-old Elk  River woman reported that her daughter, a 36-year-old Elk River woman, was missing. The daughter lived with her parents in the 21000 block of Vernon Street and was last seen by them on April 12.

The daughter took her vehicle and has not been seen or heard from since, according to Elk River Police Capt. Bob Kluntz.

A check of her cellphone records indicates she was last in Montana. Police are looking into the matter.

She was last seen around midnight on April 12 at her residence. The parents have told police they have no idea why she would go missing but her credit card was last used sometime on April 12 in Bismarck, N.D., for $125, and before that at Super America in Rogers, for $22 on April 11.

The parents said their daughter has a friend in the Seattle, Wash., area.

At this time the parents have no reason to believe she left against her own will. Her parents said it appears she only took her cellphone and iPad but  no other luggage or toiletries. Family members spoke to her ex-boyfriend and learned that she was “reminiscing” about old memories over text messages the night she allegedly left.

The woman was entered as a missing person by dispatch on April 13. Her last cellphone ping was around noon on April 13 in Dillon, Mont.

Kluntz said police would like to talk to her to make sure she is OK.

Pregnant woman  arrested for meth 

A 23-year-old Chaska woman who is five months pregnant was booked April 12 into Sherburne County Jail for possession of methamphetamine.

She was stopped in the 19100 block of Jackson Avenue while traveling with a 37-year-old Rockford man, who was cited for possession of a small amount of marijuana.

The passenger admitted to having marijuana in his pants pocket.

A subsequent vehicle search of the vehicle led to finding first a scale, then a meth pipe and then the methamphetamine in the driver’s seat.

The drug tested positive of meth.

The driver was transported to Mercy Hospital and later cleared by hospital staff and booked into jail.

Police find texter  ‘under the weather’

A 37-year-old Elk River man was  cited at about 8 p.m. April 14 for texting while driving in the vicinity of Main Street and Carson Court.

An officer observed the driver holding his cellphone just below eye level in his left hand, looking at it and pressing the screen with his left thumb.  Despite this, the driver denied texting and said he had checked his voice mail instead. The call log showed otherwise.

The driver then said he was checking the weather, but was off 5 degrees when asked what the temperature was.

Attached garage catches fire

A 31-year-old Elk River man reported at 5:17 p.m. April 13 that there was a fire in his attached garage in the 13000 block of 214th Avenue.

Elk River Police and Fire responded to find smoke coming from the garage and residents were attempting to put the fire out with garden hoses and fire extinguishers.

Elk River firefighters eventually opened the garage and extinguished the fire, which is believed to have started from campfire ashes dumped into the trash can.

Speeder arrested for DWI near Upland  

A 29-year-old Elk River  man was arrested April 12 for DWI after being stopped for speeding in the vicinity of Upland Avenue and Highway 10.

Drunken driver cited after failing to signal  

A 34-year-old Elk River man was cited for DWI April 12 after being stopped for failure to signal a turn from westbound School Street to Northbound Freeport Street. The vehicle also had a suspended object (ear phones/plugs) hanging from the rearview mirror.

Elk River man, 53, cited for growing pot

A 53-year-old Elk River man was cited for having a small amount of marijuana after police questioned him about growing some plants.

A complainant reported April 13 that there were two marijuana plants growing at a home in the 18000 block of Concord Circle. Police met with the homeowner, who admitted he was growing the plants and showed them to the officers.

Chaska man in crash arrested for DWI

Police responding to a motor vehicle accident at 8:48 p.m. April 12 at the intersection of 181st Avenue and Twin Lakes Road arrested a 54-year-old Chaska man for DWI and failing to yield.

On April 7, there was another accident at this intersection. In this one, a 58-year-old Ramsey woman was cited for failing to yield.

Rogers woman cited for drug paraphernalia 

A 25-year-old Rogers woman was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia on April 12 after a traffic stop for a broken left taillight in the vicinity of  Fifth Street and Highway 169.

When questioned about the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle, the driver provided a glass pipe and trace amount of marijuana. Driver stated she had recently packed and smoked the marijuana in the pipe.

A vehicle search revealed no additional narcotics or paraphernalia.

The driver was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and warned on other charges.

Elk River man, 22,   regrets sending video  

A 22-year-old Elk River man living in the 19000 block of Lincoln Street  who sent a personal video of himself over the Internet now has regrets about it.

He had been video chatting with an unknown party over the Internet when he sent the video.

The person later requested money to keep them from making the video public.

The man called police April 12 to see what his options were.


Woman, 35, shows up to kid’s school drunk  

A 35-year-old woman from Ramsey was arrested for DWI after she showed up at her son’s school appearing to be intoxicated.

Police were dispatched to the school at about 2:45 p.m. Staff at the school was going to try to stall the parent to prevent her from leaving.

Upon arrival, police  found the vehicle parked in lot. While speaking with staff, the driver was exiting the building with a child.

Police made contact with the driver and spoke with her. Driver smelled strongly of an alcoholic beverage and also showed signs of impairment.

The driver failed field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest for DWI. Staff took custody of child. The vehicle was towed to the police station.

Woman’s car caught under RR cross arm  

A 59-year-old Monticello woman driving through Elk River got caught under the crossing arms on April 10 at the Jackson Avenue and Highway 10 railroad crossing.

She was making a left turn from eastbound Highway 10 onto northbound Jackson on a green arrow. As her vehicle approached the railroad tracks, the stop arms came down and driver was between other vehicles and unable to clear the tracks. A stop arm landed on the roof of her vehicle, leaving gouges on her vehicle.

Careless teen driver, passengers warned

A 17-year-old Elk River boy was warned by police April 9 after it was reported that a truck with  juveniles was driving carelessly and knocking over garbage cans in the area of the 12000 Ridgewood Drive.

The complainant reported he had the juveniles detained. Upon arrival the juveniles were spoken to. The complainant wanted the driver and the occupants advised of the children in the area. Juveniles were warned and advised. No further action.


Anoka man’s stolen mail spent at Walmart 

A 62-year-old Anoka man reportedly became the victim of mail fraud.

The Anoka Police Department forwarded on April 9 a case file to the Elk River Police Department regarding a theft of mail. Officers there believe that a check stolen from a mailbox at a residence in Anoka was washed and subsequently offered at Walmart in Elk River.

The forged check was made out for a large sum of money, making the alleged crime a felony.

Father of three accused of drug use  

A 25-year-old Elk River woman living in the 19000 block of Jackson Avenue called police April 9 to report the father of her three children is out using methamphetamine again and wanted to know what to do.

Police advised her to keep working with social services and to try to get the male into in-patient treatment. She was also   told to call 911 if he comes home and causes any problems.

Automated recording rings like a scam 

An Elk River  man April 7 he got two phone calls in the last week that had an automated recording stating that there were a lot of burglaries in his area and that he could call a number to get a free sign.

Police advised the complainant that there are not a lot of burglaries in the area of the 19000 block of Freeport Court and not to respond to the calls as they were possibly a scam.

Elk River man, 88, tricked out of money  

An 88-year-old Elk River man was tricked out of more than $1,000 after falling victim to an alleged phone scam.

Elk River Police responded April 7 to US Bank, 19000 block of Holt Street, to take the report of a phone call fraud. The victim said that someone claiming to be his grandson had called and claimed to be in trouble in Mexico. The unknown caller convinced the victim to wire money to Mexico City, Mexico.

The unknown caller called again asking for more money, and when the victim went to the bank the second time, the bank employees figured out that it was a scam.

Recent paintball spree has police   looking for shooters  

Elk River Police took eight reports of criminal damage to property on April 9 after a person or persons went on a paintball shooting spree in town.

There have been no arrests  and police do not have any big leads, Kluntz said.

The paintball reports were filed by residents living in the 19000 block of Xavier Street, 11000 block of 192nd Court, 18000 block of Zane Street and 11000 block of 187th Avenue.