by Joni Astrup

Associate Editor

A report of a vehicle that crashed and was on fire, with the driver stuck inside, came in at 4:23 a.m. Aug. 2 in the 19600 block of Twin Lakes Road in Elk River.

By the time authorities arrived, the reporting parties had helped the driver out of the vehicle, which had crashed into the back of a front end loader that was parked in a construction area.

The driver, a Big Lake woman, 23, was transported to the hospital by ambulance. DWI charges are pending blood test results, Elk River Police Capt. Bob Kluntz said.

Police assist with homicide arrest

Maple Grove Police have made two arrests in connection with the July 30 homicide that occurred at Lakeview Knolls Park in Maple Grove.

Adrick James Hare, 20, and Arianna Susan Sylvester, 18, were taken into custody by the Big Lake Police Department around 9:15 p.m. Aug. 6 following a traffic stop. Big Lake Police were assisted by the Elk River Police Department, Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office, and the Minnesota State Patrol.

According to Maple Grove Police, the suspects were taken into custody without incident and transferred to the Maple Grove Police Department and are now being held at the Hennepin County Jail.

UPDATE: They have since been released from jail without charges.

The case is part of an ongoing investigation. If anyone has any additional information about the case, contact Maple Grove Police Department Investigator Angela Tschida at 763-494-6214 or

Earlier, on Aug. 2, the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Response Unit requested assistance from the Elk River Police Department SWAT with executing a search warrant for the Maple Grove Police Department in the 20000 block of County Road 81. Kluntz said they were looking for Hare.

The Elk River Police Department SWAT assisted with making entry into a building on the property without incident. Hare was not there.

Victim confronts dog dish thief

A woman was confronted by the owner of a dog dish after she allegedly stole it and drove away.

A witness had observed a vehicle pull up next to the curb in front of a home in the 20 block of Morton Avenue in Elk River. After the vehicle left, the witness saw that a metal dog dish was missing. The dish’s owner sets it out for people who are walking their dogs.

The witness advised the victim, and they followed the vehicle and located the woman who picked up the dog dish at a garage sale west of the Orono Dam. The victim confronted the woman, who agreed to return the dog dish, drove back to the victim’s home, threw the dish out the window and then left the area.

The incident was reported to police at 11:25 a.m. Aug. 2.

Police were unable to locate her.

Heavy smoke was from green branches

A report of heavy smoke in the Irving Street area of Elk River turned out to be freshly trimmed tree branches burning in a campfire.

Police informed the homeowners of the rules for burning, and they removed the green material from the fire.

The report came in at 8:04 p.m. Aug. 3.

Woman flees after allegedly attacking her ex-boyfriend

Elk River Police were dispatched to a home on Brentwood Lane at 9:50 p.m. Aug. 4 where a man’s ex-girlfriend was allegedly attacking him. The suspect, a 51-year-old woman, fled prior to police arriving.

Man arrested for DWI, passenger for warrants

Police arrested a Cambridge man, 34, for DWI and a female passenger from Isanti, 25, for warrants after stopping the vehicle they were in for a semaphore violation.

The incident happened at 7:21 a.m. Aug. 4 in the 700 block of Upland Avenue in Elk River.

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