Big Lake Police Department

  • Agency: Big Lake Police Department
  • Address: 790 Minnesota Avenue, Big Lake, 55309 MN
  • Chief: Sean Rifenberick (Chief of Police)

Big Lake Police Department is located at 790 Minnesota Avenue, Big Lake, 55309 MN. The Chief of Police of the department is Sean Rifenberick. The Big Lake Police Department phone number is 763-251-2996.

Big Lake Police Department News

Big Lake Police Department Weekly Calls for Service November 1st thru 7th Call for Service Summary: • Total Calls for Service for Week: 198 • 2017 Calls for Service to Date: 10,772 • Traffic Stops/Enforcement: 73 • Arrests and Citations: 23 • Medical Emergency Calls: 1 Calls of Interest: 11-07: • Hit and Run Crash (Highway 10/Powell St.): Vehicle rear ended by a truck, which left the scene. No injuries, investigation ongoing. • Revoked Driver (Euclid Ave): Driver stopped for a traffic violation, found to have a revoked driver’s license, issued summons for Driving While Revoked. • Domestic Assault (Lake St): Report of a domestic disturbance involving an assault, suspect arrested for Domestic Assault and booked into the Sherburne County Jail. • Theft (Englewood Dr): Theft of 220 sheets of plywood from a construction scene, investigation ongoing with a $4,400 loss. • Social Services Intake (2): Intake reports of suspected abuse and neglect of a child, assigned to Investigator. • Narcotic Arrest(s) (Jefferson Blvd): Officer on patrol found a suspicious vehicle, occupants fled on foot but were located and arrested. Methamphetamine found, both arrested and booked into the Sherburne County Jail for 5th Degree Controlled Substance Crime. 11-06: • Narcotic Arrest (Phyllis St): Suspect stopped for a traffic violation, found to have been drinking contrary to probation, arrested for such. During a search, marijuana wax was located, arrested and booked into the Sherburne County Jail for 5th Degree Controlled Substance Crime, Driving While Revoked, and Probation Violation. • Property Damage (Polk St): Report of sugar being poured into the gas tank of a vehicle, investigation ongoing. • Violation of Protective Order (Kilbirnie Rd): Report of a violation of a protective order via text messaging, referred to County Attorney for charges. • Revoked Driver (Lee St): Driver stopped for a traffic violation, found to have a revoked driver’s license, issued summons for Driving While Revoked. 11-05: • Domestic Disturbance (Lee St): Report of a domestic disturbance in progress, found to be verbal argument only, mediated. • Vehicle Theft (Powell St): Report of a stolen vehicle with a suspect, vehicle located referred for criminal charges. 11-04: • DWI (Lake St): Report of an impaired driver at McDonalds, located by officers and found to be under the influence of controlled substances. Driver arrested and booked into the Sherburne County Jail for Driving While Impaired. • Probation Violation (Polk St): Report of a probationer consuming alcohol contrary to probation, refused breath test, referred for criminal charges. • Domestic Disturbance (Mitchell Rd): Report of a domestic disturbance in progress, found to be verbal argument only, mediated. • Vehicle Crash (County 43/Glenwood): Vehicle lost control and left the roadway striking several evergreens, no injuries. 11-03: • Criminal Sexual Contact: Report of a criminal sexual contact incident, referred to Investigator. 11-02: • Narcotic Offense (Ormsbee St.): Driver stopped for a traffic violation, Officer could smell an odor of marijuana in the vehicle, a search revealed drug paraphernalia, marijuana, and suspected marijuana wax. Driver released pending further investigation and charging. • Social Services Intake (3): Intake reports of suspected abuse and neglect of a child, assigned to Investigator. • Vehicle Crash (Industrial Dr/Highway 10): Report of a two-vehicle crash, report taken with no injuries. • Criminal Sexual Contact: Report of a criminal sexual contact incident, referred to Investigator. 11-01: • Social Services Intake (3): Intake reports of suspected abuse and neglect of a child, assigned to Investigator.

Our own Investigator Rich Berg was attending this training, and front row to this arrest.

Community Flag Walk Thank you for allowing us to participate in this event today. Master of Ceremony Dale Lanz, it was an honor to meet you. Thank you for sharing your incredible stories with me during our time together. Chief Scharf

The roads are slippery, so please be careful driving and give yourself extra time as the snow continues to fall. Also, a reminder to have parked vehicles off the roadway so plows can remove the snow in a safe and timely manner. Thank you!

Incident Number: 17-10286 Date/Time: 11/1/2017 Methamphetamine Arrest On October 24th at 6:50 am Officer Sam Norlin was on patrol when he observed a vehicle traveling at an excessive speed on County Road 43. The speed was verified by radar, and a traffic stop undertaken. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Daniel Scheerz (Age 37 – Big Lake). While Officer Norlin was speaking with Scheerz, he could smell an odor of burned marijuana coming from the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, Officer Norlin located a bag under the driver’s seat which contained; 3 individual baggies of marijuana, and a wax substance. Located in the armrest of the vehicle officer Norlin located 2 baggies of white crystal substance. These substances were field tested, the wax tested positive for marijuana wax (dab), and the white crystal substance for methamphetamine. Scheerz was arrested and transported to the Sherburne County Jail. Scheerz was charged by criminal complaint with; 5th Degree Controlled Substance Crime (Felony) for the marijuana wax, and 5th Degree Controlled Substance (Gross Misdemeanor) for the methamphetamine.

Big Lake Police Department Weekly Calls for Service October 25th thru 31st Call for Service Summary: Total Calls for Service for Week: 248 2017 Calls for Service to Date: 10,574 Traffic Stops/Enforcement: 100 Arrests and Citations: 19 Medical Emergency Calls: 10 Calls of Interest: 10-31: (It was a quiet and cold Halloween) •Domestic Assault (Bluff Rd): Officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance, the investigation revealed one individual had been assaulted, a female was arrested for •Domestic Assault and booked into the Sherburne County Jail. •Social Services Intake (2): Intake reports of suspected abuse and neglect of a child, assigned to Investigator. •Disturbance (Forest Rd): Report of a homeowner refusing to leave the property after closing had taken place, escorted off and warned by officers. 10-30: •Warrant Arrest (Martin Ave): Suspect located who had an outstanding arrest warrant, arrested and booked into the Sherburne County Jail. Also issued summons for No Driver’s License and No Insurance. •Revoked Driver (Lee St): Driver stopped for a traffic violation, found to have a revoked driver’s license, issued summons for Driving While Revoked. 10-29: •DWI (Lake St): Officer stopped driver for a traffic violation, found to be under the influence of alcohol. Driver arrested and booked into the Sherburne County Jail for Driving While Impaired. •Mental Health: Dispatched to a mental health concern, subject transported to hospital on a mental health hold. •Domestic Disturbance (Mitchell Rd): Report of a domestic disturbance in progress, found to be verbal argument only, mediated. •Fight (Lake St. S): Report of a fight and assault having taken place, neither party wished to pursue charges, dispersed. 10-28: •Stalking (Station St): Report of an individual who repeatedly stalks 2 individuals by following them in his vehicle, investigation ongoing with a suspect. •Harassment (Prairie Dr): Report of a harassment and threats issue involving a domestic relationship, investigation ongoing. •Vehicle Crash (County 81/Hwy 10): 2 vehicle crash with no injuries, assisted State Patrol. •Revoked Driver (Sherburne Ave): Driver stopped for a traffic violation, found to have a revoked driver’s license, issued summons for Driving While Revoked. 10-27: •Threats (Minnesota Ave): Report of threats being made via Facebook, suspect warned to end contact. •Domestic Disturbance (Earl Rd): Report of a domestic disturbance in progress, found to be verbal only amongst several intoxicated persons, mediated. •Property Damage (McDonalds): Report of a sign being driven over with a suspect, investigation ongoing. •Vehicle Crash (Fern St/Martin Ave): 2 vehicle crash with no injuries, State Report completed due to damage level. 10-26: •Vehicle Crash (Jefferson Blvd): Report of a two-vehicle crash, report taken with no injuries. •Mental Health: Dispatched to a mental health concern, subject transported to hospital on a mental health hold. •Mental Health: Dispatched to a mental health concern, subject transported to hospital on a mental health hold. •Social Services Intake (2): Intake reports of suspected abuse and neglect of a child, assigned to Investigator. •Harassment (Minnesota Ave): Report of threats and disorderly conduct towards a staff member by a parent, investigation ongoing. •Vehicle Crash (County Road 43/Highway 10): Report of a two-vehicle crash, report taken with no injuries. •Disturbance (Lake St): Report of a suspect ingesting fumes from “air duster.” Suspect is on probation, referred as a probation violation. 10-25: •Harassment (Minnesota Ave): Report of a harassment issue involving a domestic relationship, suspect following victim, investigation ongoing.

The Big Lake Police Department is taking applications for an eligibility list, and our first candidate arrived recently!! This young man will warm the hearts of anyone who meets him! Thank you so much Keegan for visiting us, letting us show you around the department, and for the awesome treats you brought us. Please come back soon, as you bring a huge smile to the faces of everyone here who gets to see you!!!!! We look forward to having you join our ranks one day! Chief Scharf

Trick or Treat! Usually Halloween is full of tricks for our officers, but tonight was a true treat! Doreen Tiffany and her friends assembled 6 backpacks full of everything a child could need when displaced from their family. Our officers will give these bags to children we place into foster care, one of the hardest parts of our jobs. Thank you Doreen for paying it forward in Big Lake! This will make a very difficult time for 6 children more comforting. #biglakeproud

Halloween Safety Tips Walk Safely Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them. Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars. Trick or Treat With an Adult Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups. Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers. When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls. Drive Extra Safely on Halloween Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways. Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs. Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully. Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings. Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.

Want to join an exceptional team of volunteers? The Big Lake Police Department is currently accepting applications for Reserve Police Officers. Our Reserve Officers are comprised of both citizens interested in giving back to their community, and individuals desiring a career in law enforcement. Check out the link below for more information about our Reserve Police Officer Program, and for an application. http://www.biglakemn.org/index.asp?SEC=11CA1C52-15C2-4B5C-BE29-0B5B93A787A4&Type=B_BASIC

Distracted driving continues to be one of our most challenging traffic safety problems. This video puts in perspective why, handheld electronic devices belong out of your hands while driving! Have a safe weekend, our weather is changing and with it driving conditions. Many will be out partaking in Halloween themed gatherings tonight. Please drive safe, put down your phones, and arrange for a sober ride! Chief Scharf

Just a reminder, with snow on the ground it’s a great time to be inside going through your cabinets looking for unused prescriptions. Our lobby will be open tomorrow from 1000 am to 200 pm for your convenience.

Please see below, the Big Lake Police Department will be open from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Saturday for you to dispose of your prescription drugs. Thank you!

Big Lake Police Department Weekly Calls for Service October 18th thru 24th Call for Service Summary: • Total Calls for Service for Week: 212 • 2017 Calls for Service to Date: 10,319 • Traffic Stops/Enforcement: 87 • Arrests and Citations: 19 • Medical Emergency Calls: 4 Calls of Interest: 10-24: • False Name (Highway 10): Driver was stopped for a traffic violation, officer could smell burning marijuana in the vehicle, a search located marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The passenger who was in possession provided a false name, arrested and booked into the Sherburne County Jail for False Name, Possession of Marijuana, and Drug Paraphernalia. • Fraud (Fern St): Report of several accounts opened fraudulently with a suspect, investigation ongoing. • Narcotics Arrest (County 43): Driver stopped for speeding, officer could smell burning marijuana. On a search of the vehicle and driver, marijuana, marijuana wax, and methamphetamine located. Driver arrested and booked into the Sherburne County Jail for 5th Degree Controlled Substance Crime. • Mental Health: Committal undertaken on a mental health hold, transported by ambulance to the hospital. 10-23: • DWI (204 Ave): Driver stopped by officer for speed. Driver found to be impaired, arrested for and transported to the Sherburne County Jail. Charges include; Driving Under the Influence and Minor Consuming Alcohol. • Theft (Minnesota Ave): Reported theft of a cell phone, suspect located and phone retrieved. • Child Neglect (Jefferson Blvd): 6-year-old child left at a local service station, parents located 2 hours later. 3 total children placed in foster care, referred for charges of Parental Neglect, referred to Social Services. 10-22: • DWI (Eagle Lake Rd S): Report of an individual recklessly operating an ATV. Driver located and found to be impaired, arrested for driving while impaired and transported to the Sherburne County Jail. Charges include; Enhanced Driving Under the Influence, Driving While Cancelled, and Test Refusal. ATV administratively forfeited. • Garage Fire (Crescent St): Report of a fire in a garage, extinguished by Big Lake Fire Department. • Domestic Disturbance (198 Ave): Report of a domestic disturbance in progress, found to be verbal argument only, mediated. • Marijuana Summons (Highway 10): Driver stopped for a traffic violation, officer could see drug paraphernalia, search revealed marijuana in the vehicle. Driver issued summons for Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia. 10-21: • Loud Noise (Prestwick Pl): Report of loud music and base, officer gave warning to those practicing for American Idol tryouts. • Domestic Disturbance (Crescent St): Report of a domestic disturbance in progress, found to be an assault, one arrested for Domestic Assault. • Vehicle Crash (County 81/Hwy 10): 2 vehicle crash with no injuries, assisted State Patrol. • Property Damage (Minnesota Ave): Report of damage to a gate, suspect paid for the damage, mediated. • Marijuana Summons (Highway 10): Driver stopped for a traffic violation, officer could smell burning marijuana, search revealed marijuana in the vehicle. Driver issued summons for Possession of Marijuana. 10-20: • Disturbance (Earl Rd): Verbal argument over neighbor issues, mediated by officers on their arrival. • Social Services Intake: Intake report of suspected abuse and neglect of a child, assigned to Investigator. • Vehicle Crash (Eagle Lake Rd/Hwy 10): 2 vehicle crash with no injuries, assisted State Patrol. • Theft (Powell St): Theft of a bicycle from the front of a residence, report taken. 10-19: • Assault (Wall St): Report of an assault, investigation ongoing. • Social Services Intake: Intake report regarding alleged abuse or neglect of a child, assigned to Investigator. 10-18: • Domestic Disturbance (Wall St): Report of a domestic disturbance in progress, found to be verbal only amongst several intoxicated persons, mediated. • Warrant Arrest (Monroe St): Suspect located who had an outstanding arrest warrant, arrested and booked into the Sherburne County Jail. • Theft (Engle Wood Dr): Theft of copper from homes under construction, investigation ongoing.

The beauty of fall feels as though it’s quickly slipping away........we are even hearing the S word later this week!!!

Judge Todd Siebert - If Only for a Short Time Officer Todd Siebert was given the honor of judging the pumpkin carving contest at Pumpkinfest! Thank you so much for allowing BLPD to be a part of your festivities! What a great day!

UAV - A New Tool in our Toolchest! THANK YOU SPUDFEST!! What is a UAV? A UAV is an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. Increasing numbers of public safety entities are implementing UAV Programs to enhance their response capabilities in a variety of emergency situations. Over the past couple of years, the cost UAV's has dramatically decreased, while at the same time their abilities and technology have dramatically increased. The Big Lake Police Department will be utilizing our UAV for: *Search and Rescue of Vulnerable and Missing Person(s) *Critical Incident Management *Officer Safety *Crime Scene Management and Documentation *Suspect Search *Damage Assessment - Emergency Management Recent examples of successful usages of UAV's are; Anoka utilized a UAV to locate a missing hunter having a medical condition, Beltrami County utilized a UAV to locate a fleeing felon who ran into a corn field. What we will not be using if for, is to gather any evidence in an area that would be considered to have an expectation of privacy to our citizens, such as their residences, without a search warrant. We have a department policy in place outlining appropriate uses and procedures for our UAV. On October 18th, 8 members of our department attended a 10 hour course instructed by James Aarestad of UAV Pubilic Safety Inc. During this course, Officers learned flight regulations, flying procedures, and general information on UAV Operations. As a portion of this course, Officers spent 4 hours with hands on flying of UAV's. The department, and our Officers now meet Federal Aviation Administration Guidelines for public safety operations of a UAV. We are excited to bring this very progressive tool to our community, and incredibly grateful to Spudfest for their generous donation of $4,800 from their charitable gaming funds to get it off the ground, so to speak! We are also paying a huge thank you to the Minnesota Workforce Center for a $2,250 grant to pay for the training we attended. Tomorrow watch for a very cool video of Big Lake from above! Chief J. Scharf

Incident Number: 17-10080 17-10082 Date/Time: 10/19/2017 Stolen Auto’s - Media Release On October 17 at 12:40 am, Sergeant Guy Chaffee was on routine patrol in Lakeside Park when he observed a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder parked, unattended. As Sergeant Chaffee looked closer, he observed what appeared to be the contents of the vehicle scattered on the ground. In running the registration on the vehicle, it was determined the vehicle had been stolen in Minneapolis three hours prior. The information provided by Minneapolis Police, was that the suspect(s) had stolen the vehicle from its owner at gunpoint “carjacked.” There was a description provided of 3 Somali males, with one in all dark clothing brandishing a shotgun. The suspects were seen placing firearms into the rear seat of the Pathfinder and leaving the area. Officers reviewed video recordings from Lakeside Park. The Pathfinder was seen entering the park, along with what was identified as a Chevrolet HHR at 11:17 pm (10-16). The males driving the Pathfinder were seen entering the HHR, and leaving the area. The 2011 HHR was reported stolen from Lake Street North in Big Lake at 6:00 am, and was recovered in the City of Minneapolis later the same day heavily damaged. Big Lake and Minneapolis Police are working these cases jointly. Anyone who may have seen suspicious activity related to these incidents or vehicles are asked to contact Investigator Rich Berg at 763-251-2987.

Big Lake Police Department Weekly Calls for Service October 11h thru 17th Call for Service Summary: • Total Calls for Service for Week: 230 • 2017 Calls for Service to Date: 10,107 • Traffic Stops/Enforcement: 76 • Arrests and Citations: 13 • Medical Emergency Calls: 12 Calls of Interest: 10-17: • Recovered Stolen Auto (Lakeside Park): An officer on patrol located a stolen Nissan Pathfinder, the vehicle was found to have been stolen in Minneapolis an hour prior at gunpoint "car jacked." • Stolen Auto (Lake St. N): A Chev HHR was stolen from a driveway by the same suspects who left the stolen auto in Lakeside Park prior, on video they are seen using this vehicle to pick up the occupants of the Minneapolis stolen. • Fraud (Teal St): Report of an I phone locked by hackers, who demanded Bitcoin payment to unlock it. Phone unlocked by Apple. • Social Services Intake(s): Four intake reports of suspected abuse and neglect of a child, assigned to Investigator. • Death (Big Lake Township): Officers responded and assisted with an accidental death of child. • Assist (Edinburgh Way): Assisted the Wright County Sheriff’s Office with a search warrant for a crime committed in their jurisdiction. 10-16: • DWI (Sherburne Ave): Driver stopped by officer after observing expired registration. Driver found to be impaired, arrested and transported to the Sherburne County Jail with an alcohol content of .15. • Hit and Run (Lake St. S): Vehicle was struck at a business, suspect left the scene, report taken. • Counterfeit Currency (Jefferson Blvd): 2 separate reports of counterfeit $100 bills being passed, investigation ongoing. • Mental Health: Committal undertaken on a mental health hold, transported by ambulance to the hospital. • Social Services Intake: Intake report of suspected abuse and neglect of a child, assigned to Investigator. • Drug Paraphernalia (Industrial Dr): Vehicle stopped for traffic violation, officer could smell burning marijuana, drug paraphernalia found on search, summons issued for possession of drug paraphernalia. 10-15: • Mental Health: Committal undertaken on a mental health hold, transported by ambulance to the hospital. • Disturbance (Lake St. S): Report of an intoxicated patrol causing a disturbance, removed and issued 1 year trespass warning. • Domestic Disturbance (Fair Meadow Dr): Report of a domestic disturbance in progress, found to be verbal argument only, mediated. • Disturbance (Martin): Report of verbal disturbance, mediated. • Property Damage (Lakeside Park): Sink broke off the wall in the men’s bathroom, suspect located on video system, assigned to Investigations. • Domestic Disturbance (Lena Tr): Report of a domestic disturbance in progress, found to be verbal argument only, mediated. 10-14: • Mental Health: Committal undertaken on a mental health hold, transported by ambulance to the hospital. • DWI (Tarrytown Rd): Driver stopped by officer for erratic driving. Driver found to be impaired, arrested and transported to the Sherburne County Jail for Driving Under the Influence. • DWI (Eagle Lake Rd): Driver stopped by officer for erratic driving. Driver found to be impaired by controlled substance. During the arrest a physical altercation ensued, driver arrested and transported to the Sherburne County Jail for Driving Under the Influence, Obstructing Legal Process. • Domestic Disturbance (Rose Dr): Report of a domestic disturbance in progress, found to be verbal argument only, mediated. • Revoked Driver (Martin Ave): Driver stopped for a traffic violation, found to have a revoked driver’s license, issued summons for Driving While Revoked. 10-13: • Injury Crash (Highway 10/Overpass): Assisted MN State Patrol with a semi versus auto crash, one airlifted for medical care. • Social Services Intake: Intake report of suspected abuse and neglect of a child, assigned to Investigator. 10-12: • Theft of Plates (Leighton Dr): Report of theft of license plates from a vehicle. • Warrant Arrest (Fern St): Officer observed suspect known to have an active arrest warrant, arrested and booked into the Sherburne County Jail. • Disturbance (Eagle Lake Rd): Report of suspect panhandling aggressively, dispersed and warned. • Fraud (Jefferson Blvd): Report of unauthorized transactions to a credit card, investigation ongoing. 10-11: • Dog Bite (Lakeshore Dr): Person our for a walk bitten by a dog that came from a yard, rabies verified, report taken. • Vehicle Crash (Minnesota Ave): Minor 2 vehicle crash with no injuries, report taken.

Do you see your bike here? If so please contact our records staff at 263-251-2996 during business hours. These would be our current abandoned bikes! Thanks!

Big Lake Schools Early Childhood Family Education Fair is in full swing at Liberty Elementary! It's only been 20 minutes, and we have met a lot of families at the Big Lake Police Department Booth! Thank you to those who have come by to visit, for everyone else we look forward to meeting you! #BIGLAKESCHOOLSROCK