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Perham man arrested for terroristic threats

On Jan. 8, an Otter Tail County sheriff’s deputy arrested 71-year-old Paul Mart of Perham who was later charged in court with terroristic threats in the second degree and DWI test refusal.

At 1:30 a.m. on the day of the arrest the sheriff’s office and Perham police responded to a report of a man threatening his wife with a firearm in rural Perham.

“Later, a sheriff deputy located the suspect (Mart) in a vehicle near the residence where the incident allegedly took place,” said County Sheriff Lt. Barry Fitzgibbons. “Located was a .22 caliber handgun that was believed to be used during the incident.”

Fitzgibbons said the victim was transported to the Perham hospital to be checked for possible injuries.


Scam averted

A Vergas resident called the sheriff’s office after repeated phone calls were made to her residence on Jan. 8

The caller told the Vergas resident he was a spokesman for Readers Digest and told the Vergas woman she had won $2 million. However, he said the woman would need to send an undisclosed amount of money before receiving her prize.

Knowing this was a scam, she hung up the phone. But after receiving subsequent phone calls, she contacted the country sheriff’s office.


Fish house theft reported

The sheriff’s office reported the theft of a fish house at Lizzie Lake, northeast of Pelican Rapids, on Jan. 6. The value of the fish house, taken from a storage shed, was valued at $1,500.

The location was along Old Highway 59, near Dunvilla.


Man arrested after fleeing

from Otter Tail County

A Fergus Falls man who had been charged with criminal sexual conduct, a felony, fled the county to avoid a court appearance and later was apprehended in Pierre, S.D.

Eldon Tyler Flute, 28, was later scheduled to return to Fergus Falls. An additional charge of obstructing the legal process was expected to be added to charges in county court.

The criminal sexual conduct allegedly took place with a minor.