by Joni Astrup

Associate Editor

Police cited a 35-year-old Elk River woman with illegal use of fireworks after an aerial mortar set fire to a neighbor’s four-wheeler.

The fire was reported at 9:48 p.m. June 1 in the 11300 block of 192nd Avenue in Elk River. It was reportedly started from illegal fireworks that had been set off at a neighboring home. The aerial mortar exploded in front of the victim’s home, causing a 2001 Kawasaki four-wheeler by the garage to catch fire. The homeowner extinguished the fire but the four-wheeler was a total loss.

Man flees police on a mini bike

An 18-year-old Ramsey man is in trouble after allegedly fleeing police on a mini bike.

A person had flagged down an officer at 1:51 p.m. May 31 to report that two small dirt bikes were riding through the Elk River High School parking lot at 900 School St. while students were in the lot.

Elk River Police Capt. Bob Kluntz said police observed one dirt bike and tried to pull the driver over, but he fled across the athletic fields to the north. He was located by a second responding officer and taken into custody near Highland Road for fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

Missing: One Holstein cow statue

A black and white Holstein cow statue was reported stolen from outside a garage in the 19000 block of Jackson Court in Elk River. The theft was reported to police June 2.

Man cited after dropping cigarette

A Brooklyn Center man, 69, was cited for littering after a police officer saw him extend his left arm out the window of his vehicle and drop a cigarette butt onto the roadway.

The infraction happened at 7:47 a.m. May 31 at Highway 169 and Main Street in Elk River.

Gold four-door car flees crash scene

Police were called to a hit and run crash at Twin Lakes Road and 171st Avenue in Elk River at 2:36 p.m. May 31.

One vehicle was traveling west on 171st Avenue approaching Twin Lakes Road and the suspect vehicle was stopped at the stop sign southbound on the frontage road in front of Pullman Place. The suspect vehicle pulled out in front of the other vehicle and the two collided. The suspect’s vehicle sustained substantial driver side damage, but fled the scene west on 171st Avenue. The vehicle was described as a metallic gold four-door passenger car.

Fight breaks out in lunchroom; two cited

Two Elk River High School students were cited for disorderly conduct after they became involved in a physical altercation in the lunchroom. The two 16-year-old boys, one from Elk River and one from Big Lake, had exchanged words before the fight broke out shortly after noon May 31.

100 wooden pallets stolen from business

About 100 wooden pallets worth $5 each have been stolen over the past month from Spike’s Feed, Seed and Pet Supply, 906 Highway 10, in Elk River.

The latest theft was reported May 30, when 20 pallets stored outside the building were stolen the night before.

Meth pipes and paraphernalia found

Elk River Police assisted the Minnesota State Patrol with a traffic stop at 12:37 a.m. May 30 at Highway 169 and School Street in Elk River.

A trooper had located several methamphetamine pipes and other paraphernalia and the driver was arrested. The Elk River Police Department’s K-9, Duke, completed a vehicle sniff and no other items were found.

Stolen debit card used at Walmart

A woman reported May 29 the theft of her purse from her unlocked vehicle while it was parked at Salk Middle School, 11970 Highland Road, Elk River.

Subsequent fraudulent debit card transactions totaling about $525 occurred at Walmart in St. Cloud.

Bicycle theft reported at McDonald’s

A bicycle theft was reported to police May 31 at McDonald’s, 700 Dodge Ave.

The theft occurred around 5:30 p.m.

Owners warned about dogs in hot cars

Hand in hand with summer temperatures have been complaints about dogs being left in hot cars.

Police were called to two separate incidents on May 31. One, at 2:07 p.m. in the 19000 block of Freeport Street, was reported by a person who said there was a dog barking in a car with the windows barely cracked. A police community service officer responded and was taking the temperature of the inside of the car when the owner, a 67-year-old Zimmerman woman, walked out of a nearby business. The officer advised the owner that it was 114 degrees in the car and that it is very dangerous to keep an animal in a car with hot temperatures.

A second, unrelated incident was reported at 8 p.m. at 18185 Zane St., Elk River. In that case, a complainant said the dog had been in the car for approximately 30 minutes. Shortly after police arrived the owner, a 27-year-old Andover man, came out of the business. He was advised of the danger of leaving a pet in a hot car.

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