Crime

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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by Mandy Moran Froemming ECM Publishers A woman has been charged for allegedly mailing bomb threats to seven post offices in the Twin Cities, including Elk River. Christina Anne Reineke, 43, was arraigned in U.S. District Court Monday, charged with mailing threatening communications. Reineke was arrested Friday, Oct. 4, according to U.S. Postal Inspector Jeff [...]

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The Sherburne County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division on Sept. 25 arrested a 38-year-old  Zimmerman in connection with an alleged burglary at a new restaurant and bar in Zimmerman. According to Sherburne County Sheriff Joel Brott, his criminal investigation division executed a search warrant at the man’s home and found what’s believed to be  stolen TV’s, [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Former Sherburne County Sheriff Richard “Dick” Witschen has died at age 78. He was appointed Sherburne County sheriff in 1981 and was re-elected until his retirement in 1995. Witschen died Sept. 18 after battling mesothelioma for the past 10 months. Sherburne County Sheriff Joel Brott said he’s saddened by Witschen’s [...]

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by Jim Boyle Editor Chevy Silverado stolen from Elk River home A 35-year-old Elk River man reported at 5:35 a.m. on Aug. 8 his truck, a 2006 Chevy Silverado was stolen from his driveway sometime overnight The vehicle had been left unlocked, but he had the only set of keys inside the house at the [...]

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by Clay Sawatzke ECM Sun Publications Phillip LaVallee, a 2012 Monticello High School graduate who was preparing to begin his sophomore year at South Dakota State University, was hit and killed by a van while out for a run on Aug. 8 in the 8300 block of County Road 19 in Otsego. The initial investigation [...]

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