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Sheriff's Report: Theft northeast of New York Mills

County sheriff's deputies reported the theft of several items northeast of New York Mills, in Paddock Township and near the intersection of Highways 8 and 19.

The call came in on March 30.

Taken near an outdoor wood burner were an Echo chainsaw, 30-pound propane tank, propane weed burner, DeWalt 20-volt cordless saw used in demolition and other items.

An investigation was continuing as of Monday, April 1.

Theft south of Vergas

Sybil Lake, south of Vergas, was the location of a theft reported to sheriff's deputies on March 31.

Taken were two televisions, a Dyson vacuum and other items.

Ottertail couple scammed

Sheriff deputies reported that a couple from the town of Ottertail lost $8,000 after becoming victims of a scam.

A call came in at a residence with the caller saying he represented a foundation and that the Ottertail couple had won a large financial prize.

The caller said that, in order to first pay taxes before the prize would be submitted, the couple needed to send money to three different locations. They did so and then tried to call the foundation representative, but the call would not go through.

The couple then called sheriff's deputies on April 3. In turn, the couple was advised to speak with representatives at their bank. It was not known as of April 5 if any of the $8,000 could be recovered.

County residents are again advised by sheriff deputies to beware of information provided by callers that seems too good to be true. Most often, only bad things happen, they warn.

Illegal dumping reported

Illegal dumping of materials was reported on April 4 at the intersection of Highways 15 and 112 in Western Township, in the extreme southwestern section of Otter Tail County.

There were no immediate suspects.

Many illegal dumpers don't get caught. But some do, and the offense in Minnesota is a misdemeanor with a fine of up to $1,000.

Two arrested on multiple charges

Sheriff deputies reported that a man and woman were arrested in Pelican Rapids with multiple charges on April 9.

The charges included DWI, drug possession, the illegal use of hypodermic needles, theft, driving after a license suspension and no proof of vehicle insurance.

They were scheduled to appear in county court, Fergus Falls, the following day. Fifth degree drug possession was expected to be one of the charges from prosecuting attorneys.

Granary destroyed, chickens lost in blaze

An old granary building east of Deer Creek was destroyed by fire the weekend of April 5-7. Several chickens inside the small facility did not survive.

The location was east of town along Highway 73. Also destroyed was an adjacent building.

Heat lamps for the chickens were cited as a potential source of the fire. Responding to the scene were fire departments from Deer Creek, Henning and Wadena.

Slush on roadways lead to accidents and injuries

Sheriff deputies reported that slush on roadways resulted in two accidents with injuries on Friday, April 12, one of them northeast of New York Mills and the second accident north of Henning.

The first accident took place at 3:10 p.m. in Paddock Township, northeast of New York Mills near the intersection of Highway 8 and 580th Avenue.

A semi driver was westbound, hit some slush and lost control of the vehicle. The semi entered the ditch and landed upside down, on its roof.

The semi driver suffered minor injuries.

The second accident, at 4:49 p.m., took place north of Henning near the intersection of Highways 52 and 108.

The driver, eastbound on Highway 52 and just east of Highway 108, hit slush. The vehicle rolled into the ditch. He also received minor injuries.

Driver falls asleep, injured near Perham

The driver of a vehicle on Highway 51 near Perham fell asleep at the wheel at 7:11 a.m. on Monday, April 15, and the vehicle struck a bridge.

The driver reportedly had a leg injury near Little Pine Lake, north of Perham.

County inspectors later came to the scene of the accident and found that there was no major damage to the bridge.

Theft reported near Henning

A person who resides southwest of Henning, near 485th Avenue, called sheriff's deputies on April 12 and reported the theft of items totaling about $3,000.

Taken were a three-phase electric generator, diesel fuel and other items. The investigation was continuing as of Monday morning, April 15.

Scam averted

A resident who resides south of Bluffton on 595th Avenue received a call on April 12 saying that the resident owed $199.99 to Directv.

The resident gave his credit card number over the phone and then thought it best to contact the Directv office. They informed the resident that they had not contacted him.

The Bluffton resident called the credit card office and canceled the card before the illegal transaction was completed. This stopped a potential scam.

Theft takes place west of Perham

Sheriff deputies, on April 16, reported the theft of a 8-by-12 trailer at Wood Duck Loop, west of Perham at Little McDonald Lake.

The owner said the theft of the trailer likely took place between April 11 and April 13. As of April 16 there were no immediate suspects and the investigation was ongoing.

Injured driver later charged with DWI

A driver who was injured at 10:53 p.m. on April 15 during a rollover east of Bluffton was later charged with third degree DWI.

The location of the accident was the intersection of Highway 75 and Leaf River Road in eastern Otter Tail County.

The driver was expected to later appear in county court, Fergus Falls.

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