An ambulance struck and killed a deer north of Pelican Rapids Jan. 12.

Otter Tail County sheriff's deputies said the incident occurred at 3:52 a.m. The ambulance sustained only minor damage and was able to continue on to its intended point of destination.

The collision took place at the intersection of Highway 9 and 440th Street, 2 miles north of Pelican Rapids.

There was minor damage to the front driver’s side tire rim and a dent to the rear driver’s side panel.

Fish finders stolen at Big McDonald Lake

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Two fish finders were reported stolen from a location at Seclusion Point Road, Big McDonald Lake. The theft was called into the county sheriff's office on Jan. 10.

Sheriff deputies said the total value of the two fish finders was estimated at close to $500. Big McDonald Lake is northwest of Dent and southwest of Perham.

Fraudulent charge on business account reported

A resident of Augustana Drive on the southwest side of Otter Tail Lake reported fraudulent charges of $413 on a Home Depot account.

The good news is that the complainant was not out any money. The investigation was continuing as of Jan. 13.

County resident scammed out of $200

Sheriff deputies reported on Jan. 8 that a county resident, north of Fergus Falls near Highway 27, fell victim to a bogus Publishers Clearing House phone call.

The county resident was scammed out of $200 and later contacted the sheriff office after the scammers asked for an additional $1,000.

Sheriff deputies said the phone calls originated in Jamaica.

This scam usually starts with a phone call saying a person has won the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes. But to collect the prize, the scammers say a person needs to send money to pay for fees and taxes.

Typically, the person is asked to send money by Western Union or MoneyGram, or by giving out the numbers of a gift card.

Sheriff deputies say that scammers ask victims to pay these ways because it’s nearly impossible to trace the money.

Social Security numbers stolen, used illegally

A resident of rural Fergus Falls, on Jan. 8, called sheriff deputies and said numbers from a Social Security card were used illegally. Four cellphones were reportedly obtained illegally from Sprint in Mobile, Ala.

Fraud victims can call the Social Security Administration Fraud Hotline at 800-269-0271.

Deputies also urged the victim to contact the Federal Trade Commission, credit agencies and collections bureaus.

Underwood firefighters battle chimney blaze

A chimney fire was reported Jan. 8 at Wall Lake Point Circle, east of Fergus Falls and west of Underwood. Firefighters from Underwood were dispatched to the scene and extinguished the fire.

A chimney fire is the combustion of residue deposits such as soot and creosote on the inner surfaces of chimney tiles, flue liners and stove pipes. The main issue with creosote is that it is extremely flammable. As the amount of creosote inside the chimney flue increases, so does one’s risk of a chimney fire.

There are ways to break down creosote into ash. Liquid, powder and/or sprays can be applied directly to a fire or to wood in a fireplace. After creosote is broken down into ash, the residue can be swept out with the use of a chimney sweep brush.

Items reported stolen from construction site

Sheriff deputies, on Jan. 9, reported the theft of several items from a construction site south of Fergus Falls, near Horseshoe Lake.

Taken at a location near Copper Landing Drive were several tools and fishing equipment. The total value is being established, somewhere between $5,000 and $8,000.

Included were the thefts of Milwaukee tools and a Vexilar fish finder.