by Joni Astrup
The Elk River Police Department is investigating several cases of forged prescriptions being presented at pharmacies in Elk River.
So far, one arrest has been made.
A Brooklyn Park man, 54, was arrested April 4 for prescription forgery while trying to fill an illegal prescription at Kemper Drug in Elk River, according to Elk River Police Capt. Bob Kluntz.
Police were called to the drug store’s pharmacy at 5:50 p.m., where they took the man into custody without incident.
Police are also looking into two other cases at Kemper Drug, one of which involves a forged prescription for oxycodone that was filled on March 27. Kluntz said police have a suspect in that case.
A fourth incident of prescription forgery was reported at 11:20 a.m. April 3 at the Cub Foods pharmacy in Elk River. Kluntz said police also have a suspect in that case. It’s unknown at this time if it is related to the other three cases, he said.
Woman’s vehicle collides with train
A vehicle driven by an 18-year old-Coon Rapids woman hit the side of a freight car as the train was westbound through the 171st Avenue crossing in Elk River at 12:39 a.m. April 13.
She was the only occupant of the vehicle and was transported to Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, according to Kluntz.
Her vehicle struck the 75th car of the BNSF train, causing the train car to partially derail, he said.
An Elk River officer was on the scene immediately, as he had been on the other side of the tracks waiting for the train to clear so he could cross at the time of the incident.
Once the train had cleared he noticed the stop arm on the other side was down and then saw the damaged car, Kluntz said.
Motorcyclist injured in sideswipe incident
A motorcycle driver suffered minor injuries after a crash at 205th Avenue and Vance Street in Elk River.
Police were called to the scene at 6:58 p.m. April 6.
The motorcyclist had been headed west when he sideswiped a westbound pickup truck that was stopped while yielding the right of way to eastbound traffic.
Sunset was likely a factor in the crash, according to the police report.
The motorcyclist, an 18-year-old Elk River man, was cited for having an expired motorcycle instruction permit, according to Kluntz.
Reported weapon was an airsoft gun
A passer-by touched off a “high risk traffic stop” April 10 after reporting a person in a vehicle outside Walmart in Elk River handling what appeared to be a gun.
Police located the vehicle at Highway 169 and School Street and initiated a high risk traffic stop.
“They learned that a 15-year-old Monticello boy had been handling an AR-15 style replica airsoft gun while in the vehicle, which was parked at Walmart,” Kluntz said. His mother was in the store at the time.
Airsoft guns are replica weapons used in airsoft sports.
He’s arrested after tossing drugs
An officer on patrol who saw a man at the Northstar Park and Ride in the wee hours of the morning ended up arresting him for controlled substance violations.
The officer was patrolling the Northstar site at 17200 Twin Lakes Road in Elk River at 2:53 a.m. April 6 when he observed the man inside a closed shelter on the eastbound train platform. As no commuter trains run during those hours, the officer went to check on the man. As he approached, the man threw an object over the wall into the weeds. It was later found to be a schedule 2 narcotic prescription in someone else’s name, according to the police report.
The man, a 26-year-old from Shell Lake, Wisconsin, was arrested and transported to jail.
While delivering pizza, $510 stolen
A person making a pizza delivery in Elk River had $510 in cash stolen from his vehicle.
The theft was reported to police at 11:18 p.m. April 7.
The pizza deliveryman had left his vehicle running and unlocked while he made a delivery in the 1200 block of School Street when the money was stolen from his wallet, which was inside the glove box.