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County residents warned about pop-up computer scam

On July 20 a county resident, using his computer north of Henning, received a pop-up page with a replica of a Microsoft screen. An audio told the resident to provide a money card for $100 in order to clear up computer infections.

Unfortunately, the Henning area resident took the bait from scam artists and is out the $100.

One recent scam is the scary pop-up window on a computer that shows warnings such as "Firewall Alert: Your computer may have Adware or Spyware virus."

Sheriff deputies remind residents, that when computer screens are locked up with pop-ups and the like, you should use control-alt-delete or press the shutdown button until the screen goes blank.

If you have been scammed call the sheriff office at (218) 998-8555 and also call your bank and credit card issuer.

Drug stop leads to arrest

A drug stop north of Fergus Falls at 3:19 a.m. on July 21 led to an arrest near the intersection of 180th Avenue and River North Woods Circle.

Assisting sheriff deputies was Zach Eifert of the k-9 unit with Mojo the dog.

An arrest was made after deputies found drugs, a glass pipe, drug residue, syringes and marijuana containers.

Thefts reported

A mailbox theft was reported on July 24 from a resident on Highway 34 north of Pelican Rapids. Taken was a Vejibag and carburetor worth a combined $39 as well as mail.

Guns were taken from a residence near Big Pine Lake, rural Perham, and reported on July 22.

Gunshot through screen door

Vandals reportedly made gunshots through a screen door and into a storm door

southeast of Deer Creek. The incident was reported on July 24.

Sheriff deputies said a bullet was recovered from the door and will be entered into evidence. There were no immediate suspects.

Juvenile takes car, found in Twin Cities

A juvenile female from Dalton took off in the family car at 2:40 a.m. on July 25, with her father's wallet still in the vehicle.

Later in the morning the girl was found with the vehicle in the Twin Cities. The state patrol and law enforcement in the Twin Cities assisted Otter Tail County deputies.

Area business thefts reported

A business in the town of Ottertail reported the theft of two batteries on July 26. Value of the stolen items was listed at $200.

A business at Richville, south of Perham, reported the theft of clothing and sunglasses on July 26.

A woman who stole a bottle of Vodka from a business at Deer Creek in eastern Otter Tail County, on July 26, was later apprehended. She received an electronic ticketing citation.

Stalker Lake vandalism

Someone ran over a mailbox and broke a post at Stalker Lake Road, east of Dalton. The mailbox and post were found lying in a ditch on July 26.