Sheriff's report: Negligent fire arrest near Dent

Sheriff deputies reported the arrest of Joshua Fearing, north of Dent, on a charge of negligent fire damage of more than $2,500. On May 8 Fearing was in a verbal argument with a female acquaintance at her residence in rural Dent. He became upset ...

Sheriff deputies reported the arrest of Joshua Fearing, north of Dent, on a charge of negligent fire damage of more than $2,500.

On May 8 Fearing was in a verbal argument with a female acquaintance at her residence in rural Dent. He became upset in a garage and kicked a plastic gas can out of anger. He was holding a cigarette at 5:25 a.m.

The spout broke from the gas can, causing gas to spray out the spout. The gas immediately lit on fire.

"The floor and walls of the garage then started on fire," said County Sheriff Administrative Lt. Keith Van Dyke. "Fearing was unable to extinguish the flames himself and the female acquaintance called 911."

Fearing, in addition to negligent fire damage, also was charged with negligent fire, negligent smoking.


Facebook posting leads to warning near Dent

A Facebook posting led to a complaint from a resident in rural Dent on May 7. The complainant made a charge of threats.

The person who did the posting told sheriff's deputies that he "did not mean it literally." Sheriff deputies said a review would be conducted by the Otter Tail County Attorney's Office.

One injured in road mishap near Fergus

One person was injured in a roadway accident May 7 in rural Fergus Falls.

The mishap took place at 7:41 p.m. at the intersection of Aurdal River Road and Sophus Anderson Road northeast of town.

Cycle mishap injures two near Pelican Rapids

Sheriff deputies reported that the driver of a motorcycle and a passenger were injured Sunday evening, May 5, when the cycle struck a deer south of Pelican Rapids.


The accident took place at 9:16 p.m. south of town near the intersection of Highway 59 and 400th Street.

Receiving non-life-threatening injuries were the driver of the cycle, 55-year-old Jeffrey Scott Mclemore of Fergus Falls, and his passenger, 53-year-old Susan Kay Mclemore, also of Fergus Falls.

Sheriff deputies, working in conjunction with the State Highway Patrol, said the cycle was southbound on Highway 59 when it struck a deer that had run out into the roadway. Both the driver and passenger were taken to the hospital in Fergus Falls.

Vandalism reported

Two cases of vandalism were reported in the Pelican Rapids area on May 3.

Mailbox damage was reported near Highway 9, north of town, and a house was spray painted in the city limits of Pelican Rapids.

Both cases were still under investigation as of May 6.

Fire damages house near Parkers Prairie


A house was damaged by fire northeast of Parkers Prairie on May 5. The location was near Highway 42.

Firefighters from Parkers Prairie and Miltona, across the county line in Douglas County, were called to the scene of the fire. The time of the fire was 3:15 p.m.

The extent of the damage was still being determined as of May 6.

Business burglarized

Sheriff deputies reported that a business south of Fergus Falls, near Highway 82, was burglarized.

The call came in on May 5. The case involves third degree burglary and felony theft.

Juvenile arrested near Underwood

Sheriff deputies arrested a juvenile near Underwood in the early morning hours of May 5.

The juvenile was cited for multiple charges after the arrest at 1:16 a.m. near the intersection of Highways 210 and 35.

Deputies cited the juvenile with careless driving, Fourth Degree DWI, failure to yield right of way to an emergency vehicle, having no driver's license in his possession and having an uncased firearm in the vehicle.

The minor was later scheduled to appear in juvenile court, Fergus Falls. His vehicle was towed to an impound lot.

Driver seriously injured in crash near Wadena

The driver of a Chevrolet Silverado was seriously injured in a traffic accident on Highway 10 close to the Otter Tail County and Wadena County line. The accident took place at 1:33 a.m. on Monday morning, May 13.

The injured driver was 30-year-old Timothy Allen Hahn of Wadena. He was airlifted to a hospital in St. Cloud.

Deputies in Otter Tail and Wadena counties said the driver was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. Authorities also said that alcohol was a factor in the accident.

Minor injuries to cement truck driver

The driver of a cement truck, partially loaded with cement, was injured in an accident on Highway 5 near Clitherall at 2:09 p.m on May 9.

Receiving a minor injury was Paul Furr, 54, of rural Erhard.

The driver applied the brakes in order to avoid hitting a deer. The vehicle went into the ditch and landed on its side. Authorities said the accident took place just north of Clitherall.

Aquatic invasives citation issued

One person was issued a citation related to the illegal transfer of aquatic invasive species, on Highway 78 near the town of Ottertail. The citation was issued at 11:31 a.m. on May 11, during the opening weekend of walleye fishing in Minnesota.

Boaters and fishermen throughout the county, residents and visitors alike, have the responsibility to inspect boats, trailers and equipment and remove visible aquatic plants.

Vandalism reported

City officials in the town of Ottertail reported, on May 8, vandalism to bathrooms at the city park and also at the town baseball diamond.

It appeared that the vandalism at both locations took place earlier this spring.

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