Sheriff news: House destroyed by fire west of Urbank

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Sheriff deputies reported that a house west of Urbank, on Nevada Drive, was destroyed by fire on June 13. The call came in at 8:49 a.m.

The fire was out of control when firefighters arrived at the scene. All occupants were able to escape safely and later were assisted by the American Red Cross.

On the scene Monday was the state fire marshal to help determine the cause of the fire.

Vandalism reported at abandoned property

There was damage to several buildings on abandoned property northwest of Parkers Prairie, near Lost School Road. The incident was called in to sheriff deputies on June 14.

Sheriff deputies said the damage likely took place over the weekend. There were no immediate suspects.


4 injured, 1 arrested in Friday crash

Four people were injured in a two-vehicle traffic accident northeast of Bluffton around 3 p.m. June 12.

Shad Romans, 33, of Spicer, was the driver of a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado pickup that was northbound on Highway 75. The driver of a southbound vehicle (2017 Ford Edge SUV), 63-year-old Doris Janicke of Sebeka, attempted to make a left turn in front of Romans' vehicle. The two vehicles collided.

Romans and three others -- Chelsey Romans and their children, ages 7 and 9 -- suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and were taken to a Wadena hospital.

Janicke was arrested for probable cause of DUI and a blood test was obtained. An investigation was continuing as on Monday morning, June 15.

Assisting Otter Tail County sheriff deputies were Sebeka fire and rescue teams, the state patrol and first responders from nearby Wadena County.

The accident took place 6 miles northeast of Bluffton in eastern Otter Tail County.

Juvenile accused of vandalism

Sheriff deputies, on June 10, arrested a juvenile on charges of vandalism of a vehicle at a river access near the southwest side of Otter Tail Lake.

The suspect was later taken to the regional juvenile center in Moorhead, where Otter Tail County and adjoining counties contract for services.


Guardians and County Human Services were notified of the transfer of the juvenile to Moorhead. The youth was expected to later appear in juvenile court, Fergus Falls.

Burglary reported near Urbank

Several items were stolen at a house and detached garage northwest of Urbank, near Inspiration Peak in southern Otter Tail County.

The incident likely took place between 5 p.m. June 10 and 2:15 p.m. June 11, according to sheriff deputies.

Stolen were approximately $200 in change, an assortment of ammunition and Red Wing crocks, the latter being stoneware from southeastern Minnesota.

Entry into the house, of a deceased person, was made through a bathroom window.

Toyota Tundra stolen near Pelican Rapids

A vehicle was reported stolen June 9 west of Pelican Rapids. The incident took place at the intersection of Highway 108 and 120th Avenue.

The driver told sheriff deputies that he had transmission problems about 2 p.m. June 8 and parked the vehicle near Highway 108. When he came back about 11 a.m. the following day the vehicle was missing.

The vehicle, a black Toyota Tundra with North Dakota license plates, had not been towed by area towing companies. The Minnesota State Patrol and adjoining sheriff offices had no knowledge of the incident.


A stolen vehicle report was then completed by the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office.

Two men arrested near Battle Lake

Sheriff deputies arrested two men south of Battle Lake on June 9.

The men reportedly stole a vehicle earlier in Clitherall. They were arrested for possession of hypodermic syringes, a dangerous weapon and possession of burglary tools.

The vehicle was returned to the rightful owner. The arrests were made at 5:26 p.m.

Man injured in traffic mishap on Highway 4

A driver suffered non-life-threatening injuries after a June 8 wreck on Highway 4, northeast of Pelican Rapids and southwest of Vergas.

Otter Tail County sheriff deputies said the drive lost control of his vehicle around 11:18 a.m. The driver was taken to Perham Health.

Catalytic converter stolen

The theft of a catalytic converter was reported from a business south of Pelican Rapids, on Highway 59, on June 8. The converter was taken from a diesel work truck.

Thieves oftentimes take the stolen converters to metal recyclers. Buyers pay for copper and other metals inside the converter.

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