A bullet from what is believed to be a reckless shot struck a cabin south of Vergas, on Sunnybrook Drive. The incident was reported on May 16.
Damage to the exterior wall and kitchen cabinet was estimated at $1,000. Sheriff deputies later spoke to area residents and patrolled the area. They were unable to find a suspect or the exact location where the shot came from.
Authorities believe the incident took place within the previous two weeks.
2-year-old run over by grandmother
On May 16 a 2-year-old boy was injured when he was accidentally run over by a relative northeast of Henning, near Spaghetti Road.
The accident took place at 8:10 p.m. when a grandmother of the boy arrived home from work. The boy suffered leg and hand injuries, but none life-threatening.
Authorities said the boy was taken to Tri-County Hospital in Wadena and later was taken to Minneapolis for further treatment.
Alcohol or reckless driving were not factors in the accident, according to law enforcement personnel.
Tire slashing takes place at lake access
A fisherman east of Dalton called the sheriff’s office at 9:20 a.m. on May 17, saying his boat trailer tires were slashed near a Highway 12 boat access at Johnson Lake.
The owner, while out on the lake, saw a pickup in the distance at the boat access on shore. He suspects a driver from the pickup did the vandalism.
Damages are estimated between $200 and $250.
ID theft reported
Sheriff deputies reported on May 15 that a resident who lives near Highway 32, between Otter Tail Lake and Dead Lake, reported fraudulent transactions on a bank account.
A line of credit worth $1,500 was fraudulently taken from one account and placed into a savings account.
The bank contacted the county resident about the illegal activity. As of May 18 the matter was still under investigation.
Resident reports T-Mobile scam attempt
Sheriff deputies, on May 14, assisted a resident near Erhard who had reported credit card fraudulent charges related to T-Mobile.
Charges were only $53 but could escalate substantially. It appeared the resident would not be liable, and the matter is under review by T-Mobile and bank fraud departments, according to the sheriff office.
Residents are urged to avoid using T-Mobile numbers for non-T-Mobile contests, promotions or newsletters, according to the sheriff office. Never download applications from unauthorized app stores and do not swap applications with friends using memory cards.
Thieves oftentimes obtain a victim’s phone number, pretending to be the consumer, and transport that number to another phone number. This is, in a sense, hijacking the phone number.
Theft reported near Otter Tail Lake
A theft was reported May 14 on El Will Road, near the southeast side of Otter Tail Lake.
A sliding glass patio door was broken to gain access. Beige-colored curtains were taken. The thieves also took keys to a boat house and shed. Nothing from those two areas had been stolen, as noted on May 15.
The theft took place sometime between October 2019 and May 14 this year.
Mower stolen from late owner's property
Sheriff deputies reported on Tuesday, May 12, the theft of a mower from the vacant property of a person who died recently. The property is southwest of Jewett Lake and north of Fergus Falls.
Deputies said the mower had been in place under a blue tarp and blanket. The theft was believed to have taken place between May 7 and 12.
There were no immediate suspects.
Burn permits go through the DNR
Several controlled burns were reported Tuesday, May 12, in various areas of Otter Tail County.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources issues burning permits. The DNR may delegate authority for the issuing of burning permits to local fire wardens and to some local fire departments.