Sheriff news: New York Mills residents complain about aggressive salesman

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Sheriff's deputies, on Oct. 25, said that a few residents in New York Mills complained about high-pressure sales pitches from insurance representatives in previous days.

One resident said a sales rep who was about 25 years old, 5-feet 8-inches in height and with blonde hair, stopped at the New York Mills residence in an effort to sell supplemental cancer insurance through Platinum Insurance.

Earlier, the insurance company informed the sheriff office that they would be going door to door in New York Mills.

A problem developed when the insurance rep said he would return later in the evening. He implied he would make another sales pitch at the same residence, something the homeowner did not want to take place.

County sheriff deputies called Platinum Insurance and told them that when a county resident tells the sales people to leave, they must do so.


Residents in Otter Tail County are encouraged to call the sheriff office at 218-998-8555 whey they see something suspicious or feel pressured in any way.

School bus vandalized

Sheriff deputies reported on Oct. 22 that a school bus, at a storage location in northeastern Otter Tail County, was vandalized.

Windows in the bus were shot out near 470th Street in Paddock Township. Nearby, in northern Wadena County, is the town of Sebeka.

Alcohol-related road mishap injures driver

A male in his 40s was injured in an alcohol-related vehicle crash at 5:16 p.m. Oct. 22 near Tamarac Lake, north of Pelican Rapids.

The wreck took place at the intersection of Highway 9 and Alder Drive.

Sheriff deputies said the vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. The driver cut his forehead and was treated at the hospital in Detroit Lakes.

Two thefts reported

  • A Hay Net was stolen from a round bale at a horse barn northeast of Wall Lake and west of Underwood. These nets average about $260. It was estimated that the theft took place between Oct. 20 and 23. The location was close to 240th Avenue.
  • In another theft-related incident, a person from Dent called the sheriff office on Oct. 23 and said a thief who stole a checkbook drew on the account for an estimated $10,000. An investigation was ongoing.

Abandoned truck removed near Orwell Dam reservoir

Sheriff deputies, on Oct. 25, said that an abandoned vehicle, a truck, found near Orwell Dam, south of Fergus Falls, was removed from a ravine.

The deep and narrow gorge, where the vehicle was found, had a length of about 40 feet, according to sheriff deputies.


Scam averted by Erhard resident

Sheriff deputies said a Erhard resident reported a scam attempt on Oct. 25, related to a bogus Publisher’s Clearing House pitch.

The Erhard resident was not out any money and reported the incident to the sheriff office in Fergus Falls.

“This scam attempt usually starts with a phone call or letter saying a county resident has won a Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes. But to collect the prize, the scammers say you need to send money for fees and taxes,” said County Sheriff Administrative Lt. Keith Van Dyke.

Typically, county residents and other potential scam victims across the United States are asked to send money by Western Union or MoneyGram or by obtaining gift cards and giving out the gift card numbers over the phone.

“Scammers ask people to pay these ways because it’s nearly impossible to trace the money,” Van Dyke points out.

Drugs found at lodging place in Parkers Prairie

Sheriff deputies said drugs were found in a lodging facility in Parkers Prairie on Oct. 27.

First responders discovered a controlled substance. A field test later discovered the substance was methamphetamine.

An investigation was continuing as of Monday, Oct. 28.

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