Vehicle stolen from employee at store
An employee of a farm supply store on the 2000 block of West Lincoln Avenue contacted Fergus Falls police at approximately 11:22 a.m. on Tuesday reporting that their vehicle had been stolen from an employee parking area at the store. They reported it as being an emerald green Ford F150. Police also learned that the employee had left the vehicle unlocked with the keys located in the pickup, but not in the ignition. Police say the vehicle was later recovered in Pelican Rapids, and believe it may have been stolen by the same person, who was a client of a mental health facility, who had in an earlier call absconded from a dental appointment and was being sought by staff.
No injuries in fire near Dalton
Multiple fire departments along with the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office responded to a house fire at approximately 2:53 p.m. about 3 miles east of Dalton on the 13000 block of County Highway 117. The sheriff’s office said there were eight people located in the residence at the time of the fire, but no injuries were reported. The fire was put out, but the house was a total loss. The blaze is being investigated by the Minnesota Fire Marshal’s Office, along with other law enforcement agencies, but the cause is believed to be accidental.
In addition to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office, the Ashby, Dalton, and Battle Lake fire departments responded to the scene.
Burglary reported near Spitzer Lake
The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary that occurred near the south shore of Spitzer Lake, about 6 1/2 miles west of Urbank on the 41,000 block of County Highway 38, reported on Tuesday at approximately 11:37 a.m. The sheriff’s office said items were stolen from a cabin on the property, and an attached garage. The property owner is still compiling a list, but missing items so far include two jet skis, a trailer, riding lawn mower, horse trailer, golf cart and a safe. The sheriff’s office said the residence is currently unoccupied and in a state of disrepair. The doors were unlocked. It is estimated that the burglary may have occurred a month earlier.
Two crashes with extensive damage reported
Fergus Falls police responded to the scene of two crashes on Wednesday, the first near the intersection of South Union Avenue and West Alcott Avenue at approximately 3:25 p.m. that involved a motorist who was traveling east on Alcott and did not see another motorist who was sitting at the intersection on Union Avenue and pulled out striking the other vehicle on the passenger side. There were no injuries in that crash, but police say the damage estimate for both vehicles is over $1,000.
In the second crash, police responded to the intersection of North Union Avenue and West Fir Avenue adjacent to Kirkbride Park at approximately 4:19 p.m. According to a witness who observed the crash, a motorist traveling eastbound on West Fir did not stop at the stop sign, and struck another vehicle that was preparing to turn left onto North Union Avenue. No injuries were reported in the crash, but over $1,000 in damage was reported.
Catalytic Converter stolen
Fergus Falls police took a report regarding the theft of a catalytic converter stolen from a vehicle. Police did not release the location of the theft, but stated that it occurred between 10 p.m. on Tuesday and 6 a.m. on Wednesday. The investigation is ongoing.
Water main break
An officer with the Fergus Falls police located a water main break near the intersection of South Broadway and Stanton Avenue at approximately 2:15 a.m. City staff was notified immediately. A night crew started work to contain the break.
Neighbor flags down deputy over burning leaf pile
An Otter Tail County deputy was flagged down by a nearby neighbor of a residence where someone was burning leaves in New York Mills on Wednesday at approximately 10:14 a.m. When a deputy investigated, they learned that the person was burning the debris in a small legal fire ring, and stated they were almost done and were tending to the fire.
Contractor skips out on job
A resident on the north shore of West Leaf Lake contacted the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday at approximately 11:27 a.m. about a contractor who was paid to do work on their house, took the money, but never did the work. A deputy who spoke with the resident learned that the contractor was paid $15,000 and the incident occurred in May of 2019. The sheriff’s office said a report about the case would be forwarded to the Otter Tail County Attorney’s Office for a review.
Driver falls asleep on way to work; injured in crash
The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office responded to a one-vehicle rollover crash on the 48000 block of County Highway 53, east of Big Pine Lake on Wednesday at approximately 1:40 p.m. The sheriff’s office said the motorist was traveling northbound on County Highway 53 when they fell asleep on the way home from work and went into the ditch, hit an approach and then rolled with the vehicle landing on the driver’s side. The driver was transported to Perham Health to be treated for minor injuries.