One person killed on I-94 near Elizabeth
Sheriff deputies reported the death of a Denville, Illinois, woman after an accident on Interstate 94, west of Elizabeth, at 11:41 a.m. on May 24.
The victim, 34-year-old Leslie Brook Cline, was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 41-year-old Shawn Patrick Ottum of Aurora, Colorado. Cline, who was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle, died later at a Fargo hospital.
The vehicle entered a south ditch and rolled. Ottum, the driver, received non-life threatening injuries.
ATV mishap leads to serious injury
A Henning resident, 31-year-old Andrew Gary Eckhoff, was seriously injured in an ATV accident northwest of town at 9:40 a.m. on May 27. The accident took place near Highway 108.
"The driver, who was pinned beneath the ATV, was transported to Tri-County Hospital in Wadena and later was airlifted to the St. Cloud hospital," said County Sheriff Administrative Lt. Keith Van Dyke.
Eckhoff was driving a 2019 Polaris Ranger ATV Type II. Sheriff deputies were assisted by the Henning Fire Department, Henning Rescue and Henning Ambulance Service.
House damaged by fire northeast of Vergas
A house sustained moderate damage during a fire at Wymer Lake, northeast of Vergas, close to 4 p.m. on May 26.
"The house appears to be repairable," said County Sheriff Administrative Lt. Keith Van Dyke. "There was moderate smoke and fire damage."
Responding to the scene were fire department personnel from Vergas, Frazee and Perham.
In another incident, several items were destroyed May 26 in a shed fire at Wendell, just south of the Otter Tail County line Grant County.
Burglary in progress
Dalton residents called authorities at 2:21 a.m. on May 25 when they witnessed a man and woman using forced entry into a garage and coming out with what were likely to be stolen items.
In another incident in Dalton, on May 24, a resident reported the theft of an Xbox gaming console.
Area resident scammed
A county resident who resides near Wrightstown in southeastern Otter Tail County, northeast of Parkers Prairie, became the victim of a scam on May 24.
A caller said the county resident was being charged with a drug traffic violation. The Wrightstown area resident denied this, but the caller said that in order to clear up the matter, a Social Security number was required.
The county resident gave the Social Security number, later realizing this was a mistake. The sheriff office was contacted and the resident was advised to contact the family bank right away and also to contact the credit reporting agencies.
Accident near Perham
One person was injured in a traffic accident two miles south of Perham at 2:56 a.m. on May 26. The accident reportedly took place on Highway 78.
County resident scammed
A resident of rural Ottertail is the latest county resident to fall victim to scam artists.
This resident, who lives near Long Lake northwest of Ottertail, is out $250. This was part of a loan scam when the victim sent gift cards to the scammer.
Realizing a big mistake had been made, the resident called and reported the incident to the county sheriff office on May 28.
Stolen items recovered
A shoplifter who stole clothing from a business in Ottertail was later apprehended. The stolen items totaling $89 were recovered by law enforcement personnel on May 28.
Gas drive-off reported, witnesses make an ID
Witnesses saw a gas station drive-off on May 28 at Fort Thunder Road south of Perham.
Sheriff deputies said, based on statements from witnesses, that the gas thief had possible ties to the Perham area.
One injured in traffic accident near Perham
County Sheriff deputies reported that the driver of a semi was injured in a traffic accident west of Perham at 7:39 a.m. on May 29. The location was near the intersection of Highway 34 and Harvest Avenue.
The driver of a tandem axle fertilizer truck was westbound on Highway 34. The driver lost control of the vehicle, which then went off the north side of the roadway.
Deputies said the truck rolled onto the passenger side. The injured driver was taken to the Perham hospital. The extent of the injuries was not immediately known.
A resident of rural Pelican Rapids, who lives near Highway 9 north of town, reported that a vandal shot at his car with a pellet gun.
The incident was under investigation as of May 30.
Mojo sniffs out drugs near West Battle Lake
Mojo, the Dutch Shepherd dog as part of the county sheriff K9 unit under the direction of Deputy Zach Eifert, sniffed out drugs on May 31 in a vehicle on the east side of West Battle Lake, northeast of Clitherall.
A vehicle had been stopped for an expired registration on Highway 5. After Mojo detected drugs on the side door and center console, an arrest was made. The driver was later charged with fifth degree drug possession.
The vehicle was later towed to Henning, as being a traffic hazard.
"Our dogs help when we pursue fugitives, search for missing people and when we engage in narcotics and evidence detection," Deputy Eifert said. "Mojo and other dogs used in law enforcement are chosen for their intelligence, working drive and strong sense of smell."
Eifert and Mojo have national certifications for narcotics detection and patrol functions. K9 officers usually maintain 24-hour control over their canines.
They work in not only Otter Tail County but also assist law enforcement in neighboring counties.
Stalker Lake theft being investigated
A theft at the Stalker Lake Golf Course on May 30, east of Dalton, is under investigation.
Stolen was a money box that contained about $200. The location was on Golf Course Road south of Stalker Lake.