Sheriff news: Woman injured in car vs. deer accident near Perham

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A woman was injured after her vehicle struck a deer southeast of Perham at 7:06 p.m. Nov. 7.

The woman suffered a head injury even though airbags deployed. Otter Tail County sheriff deputies said the accident took place near the intersection of Highway 10 and Wavy Drive, south of Big Pine Lake.

The injury was not believed to be life-threatening.

Authorities remind drivers that when they approach a deer, brake and don’t swerve. They say that swerving to avoid a deer can put a driver at risk of hitting another vehicle or losing control of one’s vehicle.

K-9 Mojo the dog finds drugs at Pelican Rapids school

Mojo, a Dutch Shepherd dog, assists the Otter Tail County Sheriff Office K-9 unit with detection of drugs and evidence throughout the county.


This was the case on Nov. 7 when Mojo sniffed and found indications of marijuana at four school lockers in Pelican Rapids.

One locker contained a marijuana blunt. The blunt is created by dumping out the tobacco of a store-bought cigar and then re-rolling the cigar with marijuana.

Marijuana residue was sniffed out by Mojo at the other three school lockers.

Mojo the dog is under the direction of County Sheriff Office Deputy Zach Eifert as part of the K-9 unit.

Trailer stolen near Vergas

Sheriff deputies reported the theft of an aluminum featherlight trailer Nov. 6 near Highway 4 and north of Loon Lake, southwest of Vergas. There were no immediate suspects.

Another theft was reported Nov. 7 north of Ottertail and southeast of Perham, from a garage north of Rush Lake. Taken was liquor from the location on 460th Avenue.

Scam averted in rural Dent

A resident of rural Dent, at Marion Lake, did not fall for a scam attempt on Nov. 6.

The resident received a phone call from a person saying he was an IT assistant and that her computer had problems that he could fix.


The scammer asked for remote access but the Marion Lake resident refused, instead calling the county sheriff office.

“This scam relies on the illusion that someone elsewhere is able to see what your computer is doing,” said a law enforcement representative. “Always rely on a trusted person in your community to work on your personal computer.”

Fire destroys house south of Battle Lake

Sheriff deputies, on Nov. 11, reported that fire destroyed a house south of Battle Lake, on the west side of Spitzer Lake.

“The cause of the fire was undetermined,” said County Sheriff Administrative Lt. Keith Van Dyke, “although the home owner believed it may have related to the wood stove.”

Van Dyke said that no injuries were reported and that the house was a total loss. The fire was under investigation as of Nov. 11.

Responding to the scene of the fire were fire department personnel from Parkers Prairie, Vining and Millerville.

Vehicle totaled, DUI arrest made

One man was arrested for Second Degree DUI following an accident at 9:12 p.m. Nov. 9 east of Deer Creek.

The vehicle, near the intersection of Highway 73 and 285 th Street, spun around on the ice, slid sideways, hit the gravel road shoulder and rolled into a corn field.


The male driver and a juvenile male were checked out for possible injuries by members of Tri County Ambulance. The vehicle was totaled.

Cited for DUI was 48-year-old Brent Patrick Plautz of Deer Creek. He was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado pickup.

New York Mills student taken into custody

A New York Mills student was taken into custody Nov. 5 following an altercation on a school bus and making threats concerning a firearm, according to Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office deputies.

The juvenile male, 13, was taken into custody and transported to an appropriate detention center. There was no danger to the public or school district.

The incident was further investigated by Otter Tail County deputies with close cooperation with school officials in New York Mills.

Dog ownership dispute resolved

A couple going through a separation received a neutral site for discussing who gets what concerning four dogs.

The couple met at the county sheriff operations center in Ottertail on Nov. 5, with approval from a judge. There, it was agreed by the male that he take one dog and the woman agreed to take the other three.

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