Police report: Police asked to stand by during school board meeting

by Joni Astrup

Associate Editor

A school administrator asked Elk River Police to stand by during a Dec. 12 Elk River Area School Board meeting due to concern about a person in attendance.

The school administrator was concerned about a person “appearing to be agitated during one of the topics being discussed by the board,” according to the police report.

The person left at the end of the meeting without incident and police did not make contact with him.

Fraud suspected in offer to fix computer

An Elk River woman reported a case of possible fraud to police on Dec. 13.

She reported that she experienced problems with her laptop computer and received a message regarding who to contact to fix it.  When she called, a man with a Middle Eastern accent asked for information allowing him to access her computer remotely, according to the police report. He also asked for her credit card number for the $317.90 charge. The woman gave out all her information and later determined it was probably a scam.

One injured in two-car accident in Elk River

One person was injured in a two-vehicle crash at highways 10 and 169 in Elk River.

The crash occurred about 9 p.m. Dec. 12. A 2016 Toyota Sienna was turning south on Highway 169 when the driver of a northbound 2003 Chrysler Town and Country failed to stop for a red light, striking the Sienna, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The driver of the Sienna, a 50-year-old Maple Lake man, sustained non-life-threatening injuries. His passenger, a 12-year-old Maple Lake girl, was not injured.

The driver of the Chrysler, a 49-year-old Richfield man, also was not injured.

The State Patrol handled the crash investigation. Elk River officers helped control traffic and the crash scene and gathered information from witnesses.

Can’t stop on snowy night, he hits car

An Elk River man, 20, was cited for failing to drive with due care after he struck a vehicle and went off the road, hitting a tree.

The crash was reported at 11:44 p.m. Dec. 10. It was snowing at the time and the roads  were covered in packed snow, according to the  police report.

The woman whose vehicle was hit said she was traveling east on Highway 10 near Proctor Avenue in Elk River when a vehicle approached her at a high rate of speed and hit her rear bumper.

The driver of that vehicle told police he had been trying to slow down and get in the left lane to go around the vehicle but was unable to slow down in time. He hit the rear of the vehicle, then went off the road and struck a tree and a sign, according to the police report.

No one was injured. The woman’s vehicle had scratches to the bumper. The man’s vehicle was damaged on several sides and the driver’s side curtain airbag deployed. Neither vehicle was towed.

Fire designed to keep crew warm

Police responded to a report of someone burning a large pile of debris at 1:58 p.m. Dec. 10 in the 13000 block of 186th Avenue. Police located the fire near where a home was being remodeled.

The contractor, a 28-year-old White Bear Lake man, said he was keeping the fire going for his guys to warm up. He agreed to reduce the size of the fire.

Man arrested after domestic incident

An Elk River man, 45, was arrested for domestic assault and interference with a 911 call after police were called to a home at 7:19 p.m. Dec. 9.

The victim told police her intoxicated husband had returned home from a holiday party and was upset from a previous argument with her over money.

He allegedly pushed his wife to the floor and then into a bookshelf. When she attempted to call 911 for help, her husband allegedly took the phone away before she could complete the call.

He was taken into custody without incident.

DVD delivered to doorstep stolen

A DVD ordered from Target and delivered to the doorstep of a home in the 10000 block of 186th Circle in Elk River by UPS was reported stolen on Dec. 9.

The theft is believed to have occurred on Dec. 7 between 12:47 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The stolen DVD is “The Secret Life of Pets.”

Wallet taken from unlocked vehicle

A wallet was reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle that was parked in a driveway in the 18000 block of Zane Street in Elk River.

The wallet didn’t contain any cash and the credit cards were canceled prior to any fraudulent activity.

The theft was reported Dec. 9.

Multi-tool, pocket knife reported stolen

A Gerber multi-tool and Spyderco pocket knife were reported stolen from an unsecured vehicle parked in a driveway in the 11000 block of 191st Avenue in Elk River.

The theft occurred between 5 p.m. Dec. 8 and 11 a.m. Dec. 9. The stolen items are worth a total of $100.

A close-up of the "ghost graphics."
A close-up of the “ghost graphics.”