Crime

by Jim Boyle Editor A 44-year-old Elk River man who lives in the 13000 block of 196th Avenue reported March 19 that he was told by the Internal Revenue Service that someone had used his Social Security number to file a tax return. The complainant stated he had filed a tax return a week and [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Authorities are warning people to be on the alert for scams, after an 89-year-old Elk River woman lost $10,700 when a caller claiming to be her granddaughter said she was jailed in Mexico. “We’re seeing a lot of people getting bilked,” Elk River Police Capt. Bob Kluntz said. Just last [...]

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A 71-year-old Elk River woman reported to police on Nov. 7 that the passenger side tires of her car were damaged, according to Elk River Police Capt. Bob Kluntz.  Both tires appeared to have puncture marks on them, police said. The victim said that she left Cub Foods in her vehicle at approximately 12:30 p.m. [...]

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State law allows departments to net various items after citizens break law by Joni Astrup Associate Editor State law that allows law enforcement to seize property associated with certain criminal activity has netted a few unusual items locally. The Sherburne County Sheriff’s Department once seized a semi-tractor and trailer from a drug deal, according to [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor While the city of Elk River’s 2014 budget won’t be finalized until December, it appears all but certain that funding for a drug task force detective will not be in it. Elk River Police Chief Brad Rolfe had asked for the detective as one means to help the city combat [...]

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Elk River Police helped bring an end to a police chase that started 15 miles and three cities away when a crotch rocket-type motorcycle blew by a Champlin police officer at 100-plus mph, according to the first in a series of calls to coordinating dispatchers. An officer for the Champlin Police Department spotted the speeding [...]

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A 21-year-old Dayton man has been charged with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide in Hennepin County Court. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office began investigating the fatal pedestrian crash that took place on May 25 this year in Rogers. An accident reconstruction report indicates the driver of the vehicle, Benjamin Witte, was traveling southbound on [...]

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Wayne Leistico, a 30-year-old Elk River man, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for criminal sexual conduct in the first and second degree in Sherburne County 10th District Court. Judge Sheridan Hawley sentenced Leistico to the statutory maximum. Leistico pled guilty to the charges in August 2013. An investigation of Leistico began in [...]

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