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 a 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 air lifted 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 a Xbox which is a home video game console developed by Mocrosoft.
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.