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Sheriff news: Vergas woman injured in crash northwest of Perham

County Sheriff deputies reported that a Vergas woman, 73-year-old Irma Jean Sonnenberg, was injured in a traffic accident northwest of Perham.

She was involved in a two-vehicle crash that took place at 7:56 a.m. on March 5. The location was near the intersection of Highways 60 and 10.

Sheriff deputies and members of the Minnesota State Highway Patrol said roads were icy at the time of the accident.

The driver of the other vehicle, 33-year-old Dustin Dean Clark of Fargo, was not injured in the accident.

Driver escapes injury after brakes failure

A driver escaped injury early in the morning of Feb. 4, an hour past midnight, when his brakes failed east of Pelican Rapids.

The vehicle struck a tree after leaving the roadway near the intersection of Highway 108 and Cross Point Road. There was severe front-end damage to the vehicle.

The location of the accident was near Lake Lida, just west of Maplewood State Park.

Perham man falls victim to scam

A Perham resident attempting to purchase a car via Craigslist became the victim of a scam.

On March 4 the scam victim called the sheriff office and said he paid $1,400 in eBay gift cards and sent information to a fraudulent email. There were no immediate suspects.

Fish house stolen from Rush Lake

Sheriff deputies reported that a fish house was stolen at Rush Lake, south of Perham. The owner called the sheriff office on March 3.

The value of the fish house was estimated at $13,500. The owner, as of March 4, was compiling a list of inventory items.

Clitherall resident falls victim to scam

A Clitherall resident became the victim of a scam, after receiving a letter from a person saying he was a representative of DotService.Com.

The letter writer informed the Clitherall resident that a payment was past due for refuse services. The Clitherall resident then authorized a credit card transaction.

Sheriff deputies were later informed after the Clitherall resident realized he had become the victim of a scam. The financial loss was not available.

Vehicles off roads in poor weather conditions

Several drivers in Otter Tail County found themselves in ditches after going off roadways the weekend of March 1-3.

For the most part, drivers escaped even minor injuries. Following are three examples.

One vehicle slid into the ditch at 5:40 p.m. on March 2, west of Urbank and near the intersection of Highway 38 and 110th Street. The vehicle was suspended in very deep snow.

East of Erhard, at 11:09 p.m. on March 2, a pickup pulling a trailer left the roadway.

This accident took place at the intersection of Highways 24 and 3, near the southwest section of Maplewood State Park.

South of Underwood, a vehicle entered the ditch at 1:11 p.m. on March 3. The location was the intersection of Highway 35 and 180th Street.

Not using seatbelt can cost you money

The county sheriff office reminds county residents that using seatbelts saves lives during traffic accidents.

Also be aware that not using a seatbelt can cost you money if you are pulled over for non-compliance by an officer of the law.

One county resident recently pled guilty in county court for not using a seatbelt, a state law.

Across the state of Minnesota a seatbelt ticket is $25 but can cost more than $100 with fees. The Otter Tail County resident had to pay the $25 ticket plus fees of $85 for a grand total of $110.

Smoke damage at home near Ottertail

A residence west of the town of Ottertail sustained heavy smoke damage as the result of a fire.

Firefighters were called at 3:17 a.m. on March 7 to a residence on Long Lake Road, near the north side of Otter Tail Lake. There were no injuries.

One killed in traffic accident near Fergus

Snow and ice contributed to a fatality just west of the Fergus Falls airport, on Highway 210, just before 6 a.m. on March 11.

The victim was 51-year-old Anthony Wayne Thacker of Portsmouth, Ohio.

The State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the county sheriff office, said that a Pontiac minivan, driven by Thacker, came to stop on the Highway 210 roadway in order for Thacker to remove frost from his windshield.

An Infinity, driven by Bryan Robinson, 30, of Golden Valley, North Dakota, was traveling westbound and collided with the Pontiac.

The Pontiac then spun around with the passenger side facing westbound traffic. A Buick Ranier, driven by Dustin Tomte, 30, of Fergus Falls, was traveling westbound and broadsided the Pontiac.

A passenger in Thacker's vehicle received a non-life-threatening injury. Robinson and Tomte were not injured.

On the scene of the fatal accident were members of the state patrol, county sheriff office, Fergus Falls Police Department, Fergus Falls Fire Department and Ringdahl Ambulance.

Weekend snowfall leads to accidents

Up to a foot of snowfall led to vehicles leaving roadways in Otter Tail County the weekend of March 8-10.

Mishaps took place along Interstate 94 in the southwestern section of the county.

Other accidents took place southwest of Underwood, at the intersection of Highway 33 and 190th Street; west of Elizabeth at the intersection of Highways 10 and 21; and northwest of Bluffton at the intersection of Highway 76 and 585th Avenue.

Gun stolen from unlocked vehicle

A resident who lives northeast of Parkers Prairie reported to sheriff deputies, on March 8, the theft of a handgun from his vehicle that had been left unlocked.

Taken close to Highway 139 was a .45 caliber Sig Sauer.