by Joni Astrup
A mail carrier was reportedly pushed by a woman July 3 in Elk River.
The woman had approached the mail carrier in the 1100 block of Lions Park Drive in Elk River and began yelling, taking mail and tearing it up. She then allegedly tried to take a piece of certified mail and pushed the mail carrier, according to the police report.
The incident was reported to the Elk River Police Department, and a postal inspector is also on the case.
Fire damages a portable toilet
Toilet paper inside a portable toilet was set on fire, damaging the structure.
The fire was reported at 1:14 a.m. July 7 in the 9900 block of 165th Avenue in Elk River. There appeared to be the remnants of a smoke bomb or something similar that was used to start the fire, according to the police report.
Officer removes bat from house
A woman reported a bat in her house in the 1800 block of Main Street in Elk River at 1:08 a.m. July 11. A police officer used a towel to capture the bat and release it safely outside.
Step ladder, toolbox stolen from storage
On July 8 items were reported stolen from a storage locker unit located in Big Lake Township. Taken were an 8-foot double-sided step ladder valued at $325 and a metal toolbox containing miscellaneous tools valued at $150, according to the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office.
Shoplifter steals vacuum, case of pop
An officer was flagged down at 11:23 a.m. July 10 regarding a shoplifting that had just occurred at Wal-Mart in Elk River.
A male left without paying for a Shark vacuum, a 24-pack of Mountain Dew, and another item, possibly a case of Monster Energy. Officers checked the area for the suspect wearing blue sweats and a white t-shirt. He reportedly drove away in a maroon Buick passenger vehicle. He was not located.
E-cigarette stolen from vehicle
A Zimmerman woman reported July 7 the theft of an Aspire e-cigarette and some loose change from her vehicle. Estimated value is $153, according to the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office.