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Safe taken from pull-tab machine

Sheriff deputies reported a break-in at Zorbaz on the west side of Otter Tail Lake. The call came in on Aug. 20. A thief or thieves stole a safe from a charitable organization's pull tab machine located at the business establishment. An undisclos...

Sheriff deputies reported a break-in at Zorbaz on the west side of Otter Tail Lake. The call came in on Aug. 20. A thief or thieves stole a safe from a charitable organization's pull tab machine located at the business establishment. An undisclosed amount of money was taken. Evidence was collected and a suspect or suspects were being sought during an active investigation.

Perham man injured in ATV/SUV accident

The driver of a ATV, 27-year-old David Powell of Perham, was injured Aug. 20 when his ATV and a SUV collided near Perham. Authorities said the accident took place at the intersection of Minnesota Street and 450th Avenue at 5:45 p.m. An investigation was continuing as of Aug. 21.

Illegal check case reported

Sheriff deputies said more than one illegal check was cashed on succeeding days at Big Chief truck stop and convenience store south of Fergus Falls. Deputies on Aug. 21 said money from the cashed checks was sent to Florida which turned out to be the location of a scam artist. The checks bounced and Big Chief was out more than $1,000.

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Drug Task Force makes arrest

The county sheriff office, on Aug. 24, reported the arrest of a man for drug sales in Otter Tail County.

The arrest of 29-year-old Bruce Alan Perron, address not given, was made by the West Central Minnesota Drug Task Force comprised of deputies from Otter Tail County and three adjacent counties.

The arrest took place near the northeastern border of Otter Tail County, at Menahga which is located in the northwestern section of Wadena County.

Perron was taken to the county jail in Fergus Falls and was scheduled to make an appearance in county court. Charges related to felony first degree sales of a controlled substance in Otter Tail County.

ATV stolen from Glendalough Park

Sheriff deputies reported the theft of a state-owned ATV from Glendalough State Park, northeast of Battle Lake.

The call was made to authorities on Aug. 23

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Also taken was a trailer that was state owned. The ATV unit is an Arctic Cat. An investigation was continuing as of Friday, Aug. 24.

More about the grandparent scam

Residents of Otter Tail County are reminded never to send wire money to an unknown person. This is oftentimes part of a scam attempt.

An example, according to sheriff deputies, is the common-place grandparent scam.

The grandparent gets a call from a scam artist saying a grandchild is in distress. The county resident is asked to have funds wired to a specified location.

Amounts of money vary, with some below $1,000 and some more than $1,000.

Some county residents have lost money. The nature of international wire transfers makes it difficult to catch the perpetrators.

"Scammers can be very persuasive," notes County Sheriff Administrative Lt. Keith Van Dyke. "There's emotional distress caused by being told that a loved one is in trouble.

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"This can make a person abandon his or her rational thought process."

If you receive a call and are asked to wire money, hang up and call the county sheriff office at (218) 998-8555

Batteries stolen from golf carts north of Pelican Rapids

Sheriff deputies, on Aug. 24, reported the theft of batteries from several golf carts at Pelican Hills RV Park, north of Pelican Rapids.

The location of the park is near the southwest side of Pelican Lake, at the intersection of Highway 9 and South Pelican Drive.

An investigation was continuing as of Aug. 27.

Minor injury in traffic accident north of Bluffton

A driver whose vehicle left the roadway and hit a tree near Bluffton, in eastern Otter Tail County, received a minor leg injury.

The accident took place at 8:59 p.m. on Aug. 25 at the intersection of Highway 56 and 580th Avenue.

Later, sheriff deputies arrested the driver for felony DWI.

Motorcycle driver injured northeast of Elizabeth

Sheriff deputies said the driver of a motorcycle was injured when the cycle left the road and went into a ditch northeast of Elizabeth at 9:21 p.m. on Aug. 26.

The location of the accident was along Highway 3.

Accident near Perham

Sheriff deputies, in coordination with the Minnesota State Highway Patrol, are investigating an accident with possible minor injuries that took place at 10:57 p.m. on Aug. 25 near Perham.

The accident took place at the intersection of Highways 78 and 10.

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