Sheriff deputies said a rural Fergus Falls resident became a scam victim and lost $872. The incident took place on Oct. 17.
A caller said the county resident needed to send in taxes before the lottery winnings could be forwarded.
This scam pitch is among several used by thieves. Other scam victims receive calls saying that before getting their lottery prize they need to forward money pertaining to processing fees or transfer charges.
Scammers may request bank account information, urge a person to send money via a wire transfer or suggest a person purchases gift cards and gives lottery officials (who are really scammers) the card numbers.
One injured in accident northeast of Pelican Rapids
At least one injury was reported when a semi and pickup collided near Lizzie Lake, northeast of Pelican Rapids at 6:08 p.m. Oct. 18. The accident took place at the intersection of Highway 34 and 215th Avenue.
Sheriff deputies said the semi tipped onto its side. Assisting at the scene of the accident were members of the State Highway Patrol.
Pelican Rapids area debit card fraud reported
Sheriff deputies said a call came in from rural Pelican Rapids on Oct. 17, with a person stating that a purchase was illegally made on a company debit card. The transactions on clothing purchases and other items totaled $270. An investigation was ongoing as of Oct. 18.
Several thefts reported in county
Bundles of firewood were taken from a convenience store near Clitherall. The call came into the sheriff's office on Oct. 18. The total value of the firewood was estimated at $36.
In another incident, antique items were taken from a storage locker southeast of Underwood near Highway 119.
The report came into the sheriff office on Oct. 19. An active investigation was continuing as of Oct. 21.
This was the second break-in at the same storage unit within the past few weeks.
Sheriff deputies received a phone call on Oct. 15 reporting a theft at two storage units southeast of Underwood and north of Stalker Lake, close to Highway 119, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office.
Taken were a black tool box, assorted tools, a propane tank and some personal documents. The estimated value of the items taken was close to $400.
Driver falls asleep, injured on I-94
Sheriff deputies reported that an 18-year-old driver was injured when she fell asleep at the wheel while traveling westward on Interstate 94 at 1:58 a.m. Oct. 21, near Dalton. She veered into the cable barrier but fortunately was not seriously injured.
Sheriff deputies said that Precious Faythe Caldwell, of Champlin, northwest of Minneapolis, was driving a Nissan Altima at the time of the accident, two hours past midnight. She was treated at the hospital in Fergus Falls.
Two injured in car-deer accident
Two people were injured in a car-deer accident at 6:21 p.m. Oct. 15, on Highway 135, south of New York Mills.
The driver suffered an eye injury after hitting the steering wheel. The passenger’s shoulder struck a door and she suffered arm pain.
There was side damage to the vehicle, large dents and possible rear axle damage.