Mojo the dog sniffs out drugs in county

Mojo, a Dutch Shepherd and part of the county k-9 unit under the direction of Sheriff Office Deputy Zach Eifert, sniffed out drug paraphernalia in a vehicle along Interstate 94 at 5:09 a.m. on June 21.

Mojo, a Dutch Shepherd and part of the county k-9 unit under the direction of Sheriff Office Deputy Zach Eifert, sniffed out drug paraphernalia in a vehicle along Interstate 94 at 5:09 a.m. on June 21.

This traffic stop took place in southwestern Otter Tail County.

Dutch Shepherds, German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois and Labrador retriever breeds have impressive senses of smell.

Mojo is used in Otter Tail County when deputies engage in narcotics and evidence detection. They also assist in pursuit of fugitives and search for missing people.

Officers such as Eifert attend classes with their dogs in order to develop unique relationships and become trusted partners. Mojo and Eifert work not only in Otter Tail County but also assist law enforcement in neighboring counties.


Plywood, pine boards stolen near NY Mills

Sheriff deputies, on June 19, reported that a resident of rural New York Mills called in concerning the theft of plywood and pine boards earlier this month.

The theft took place at West Diamond Road, northwest of New York Mills. Total value of the missing items is $150.

Taken were three sheets of treated plywood and 10 cut pine boards. There were no immediate suspects.

Fishing gear taken from store recovered

The Dalton Corner Store, on June 18, reported the theft of $60 worth of fishing tackle. A suspect later admitted to the theft and the items were recovered.

The theft is believed to have taken place on June 15.

Road washout complaint leads to township action


A county resident of Buse Township, south of Fergus Falls, complained to the sheriff office on June 18 about a road washout east of County Highway 1, near the intersection of 195th Avenue and 170th Street.

Authorities said that despite the washout, the roadway was not impassable.

Sheriff deputies reported that the township board is addressing the issue and will take action to see that road repairs are made.

Fishing gear worth $500 stolen NE of Pelican Rapids

Sheriff deputies reported the theft of $500 worth of fishing equipment near Lake Lizzie and Crystal Lake, northeast of Pelican Rapids.

A woman called the sheriff office on June 21 and said that while she was fishing at a nearby bridge, someone stole the fishing gear from her vehicle that was parked nearby.

Included were seven trays of tackle and a tackle bag. Suspects and possible get-away vehicles have been identified.

Storage units broken into


Thieves cut latches at five storage units June 21 near Leek Lake, northwest of Vergas. They stole several items.

Renters are submitting lists regarding what items were stolen. Sheriff deputies were continuing the investigation as of June 22.

Phone lines cut deliberately

A caller who lives on Highway 67 north of Henning called the sheriff office on June 21 and said phone lines were deliberately cut inside a junction box near the end of a driveway.

Sheriff deputies said there were no immediate suspects.

ATV passenger injured near Pelican Rapids

A juvenile passenger on a ATV was seriously injured at 2:20 a.m. on June 16 near Franklin Lake, northeast of Pelican Rapids, near Highway 31.

Sheriff deputies said a juvenile, while operating an Arctic Cat ATV on private property, made a sudden change in course, ejecting the rear juvenile passenger.

The passenger was transported to a hospital in Detroit Lakes and later transferred to a hospital in Fargo.

The juvenile driver, 17, and another passenger in the front area beside him escaped injury.

The driver was arrested for criminal vehicular operation resulting in great bodily injury, fourth degree DWI, and violation of Otter Tail County's social host ordinance.

Deputies said Minnesota has seen a significant increase in injury and fatality crashes involving Class 2 ATVs in recent years. Owners and operators are reminded to review Minnesota law as it pertains to ATV operation.

A person less than 18 years of age, under state law, cannot ride as a passenger or as an operator of an all-terrain vehicle unless wearing a safety helmet or seat belt when provided by the manufacturer.

Arrests made in arc welder theft

Authorities arrested two individuals in Elizabeth, on June 15, following theft of an arc welder east of town on Kort Road.

Value of the arc welder was estimated at $600. It was located at a garage in Elizabeth. Charges were pending for the two individuals who were arrested.

Two arrested for assault in eastern Otter Tail County

Sheriff deputies arrested two people for third degree assault following a theft at 2:48 a.m. on June 17 in eastern Otter Tail County near the Wadena County line.

Authorities said the charges, in addition to the assault, included first-degree burglary and terroristic threats.

The individuals were taken to the Otter Tail County jail in Fergus Falls where they awaited a court appearance.

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