by Joni Astrup
A 21-year-old Monticello man had his car stolen by a woman he reportedly met through an online dating site.
The theft happened after the man had picked up the woman and then stopped at Speedway, 200 Main St., in Elk River and went inside, leaving her in the car. When he returned, his 2012 black Ford Focus and his date were both gone, according to Elk River Police Capt. Bob Kluntz.
The theft was reported at 3:39 a.m. May 23. Police are investigating, Kluntz said.
Sleeping coyote concerns dog owner
A man contacted police May 22 to ask if he could shoot a coyote that had been sleeping for the last several nights in his yard in the 10000 block of Twin Lakes Road in Elk River. He was concerned because he has several small dogs that he thought would be easy prey for the coyote.
Police told the man he could not shoot the coyote unless it attacked him or his dogs. He was also told that the best solution would be to contact the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources if the coyote continued to sleep in his yard.
Officer worried about car hitting him
An Elk River officer was concerned about possibly being struck by a vehicle while on an unrelated traffic stop at approximately 1 p.m. May 26.
The officer had exited his squad car to approach a vehicle when he saw another vehicle headed north on Twin Lakes Road at a high rate of speed. The officer began trying to quickly get to the rear of his squad car and toward the ditch to avoid possibly being hit as the vehicle was headed toward the squad car. The officer also put his arms in the air to get the driver’s attention and pointed for him to move over.
After completing the initial traffic stop, the officer caught up with the other vehicle in the 19300 block of Tyler Street and stopped the driver.
An Elk River man, 40, was cited for no proof of insurance and warned for speed and failing to drive with due care.
Baseball cards stolen from lobby
The theft of a package from the main lobby of an apartment complex at 1001 School St. in Elk River was reported to police May 25.
The package contained baseball cards worth approximately $1,500. The shipping label and package box were later located in a dumpster, but the baseball cards were not found.
Man arrested for false imprisonment
Police arrested a 37-year-old Elk River man for domestic assault and false imprisonment following a confrontation with his girlfriend, Kluntz said.
Police had been called to the Elk River home at 1:08 a.m. May 24 by a third party who reported a physical domestic in progress.
Lane violations lead to DWI arrest
A Falcon Heights woman, 23, was arrested for DWI at 1:55 a.m. May 26 at Highway 10 and Cleveland Street in Elk River.
An officer initially stopped the vehicle for lane violations and detected signs of impairment and saw a pipe in plain sight while speaking with the driver. A small amount of marijuana was located during a search of the vehicle.