Residents on Highway 41 near Star Lake, on May 1, reported the theft of catalytic converters from vehicles.

Replacement at one location was estimated at $1,700, for a F350 diesel truck.

A catalytic converter is an exhaust emission control device that reduces toxic gases and pollutants.

PlayStation stolen in Ottertail

A resident in the town of Ottertail reported the theft of a play station and speaker. Entry was accessed through a window.

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The theft likely took place between 3 p.m. May 3 and 6 a.m. May 4.

Motorcyclist injured near Parkers Prairie

Sheriff deputies reported that the driver of motorcycle was seriously injured northeast of Parkers Prairie at 9:14 p.m. Thursday, April 30.

The cyclist was unable to avoid hitting a deer near the intersection of Highway 40 and Church Road. The victim was taken by ambulance to Tri-County Health Care in Wadena.

The Minnesota State Highway Patrol assisted sheriff deputies at the scene of the accident. Authorities said that alcohol was not a factor in the accident.

Amish buggy struck by vehicle; 1 person injured

One person was injured when a vehicle struck an Amish buggy in Deer Creek at 4:33 p.m. on April 30.

The accident took place near the intersection of Highways 29 and 106. No further details were available.

Fire destroys seasonal property near Dead Lake

A fire on Wednesday, April 29, destroyed an unoccupied seasonal house at Indian Lake, near the south side of Dead Lake.

The fire call came in at 7:45 p.m. A plumber had turned on the utilities earlier in the day. A couple who reside in Arizona in the winter months had planned to arrive at Indian Lake in a few days.

The Dent Fire Department extinguished the fire with the assistance of fire departments from Battle Lake, Ottertail and Perham. Perham EMS and Dent first responders also were at the scene of the fire.

Shotguns reported stolen

Sheriff deputies reported the theft of two shotguns and one air gun on the north side of Clitherall Lake, on Tucker Point Lane.

The call came into the sheriff’s office on April 29. An investigation was continuing the following day.

Fence damaged to 'make a point' in family feud

Otter Tail County sheriff deputies, on April 27, reported vandalism to a fence northwest of Pelican Rapids, on 440th Street.

There has been an ongoing issue between two families in regard to a 5-acre lake property parcel. A member of one of the families admitted running over the fence on purpose “to make a point.”

The vandal was advised to repair the fence in the next 24 hours or receive a citation for criminal damage to property.

Depth finder, other fishing gear stolen

A property owner on the south side of Big Pine Lake, on 480th Avenue east of Perham, reported April 27 the theft of a depth finder and various fishing equipment.

The owner had not seen the missing items since late October.

Small fire pit leads to loss of shed

A small shed was destroyed by fire and a nearby large garage sustained siding damage shortly after 5 p.m. April 27 at South Paul Lake Drive, west of Perham. The source of the blaze was a small fire pit.

Responding to the scene were members of the Perham, Vergas and Dent fire departments.

Snapchat scam attempt reported

On April 28, a county resident, address not listed, called the sheriff’s office regarding a scam attempt through the use of Snapchat, a popular messaging app that allows for friends and family members to share pictures and messages.

But scam attempts are taking place more and more as people use Snapchat.

The man told the sheriff's office that he received an explicit photo of a female saying she was 18. The man, in turn, sent the female a photo of himself.

The female later threatened to post the man's picture on the internet if he did not pay $150. Sheriff deputies advised the man that closing down his Snapchat account was one option.

He was advised never to distribute personal information or inappropriate photos via social media.

If you find old needles, contact law enforcement

Hypodermic needles, thrown away by drug users, are showing up in parks, along trails and in other areas of Otter Tail County, according to the sheriff department.

If you find needles, contact your local law enforcement agency or call the sheriff’s office at 218-998-8555.

On April 28 four hypodermic needles were found at a cemetery north of Fergus Falls, along with beer cans. The sheriff’s office was called and they found two additional needles.

Deputies urge county residents not to try and dispose of needles themselves. Doing so can put themselves and others at risk.