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NEWS FOR THE LAKES AREA
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office says a 40-year-old Sartell man was injured when the snowmobile he was riding crashed Saturday night.
The crash happened on the southwest side of Smith Lake, near Dyrud Lane Southeast.
It was reported that the driver, Daniel Schroers, had fallen off the machine without a helmet on. Schroers had been on the lake with his friends and family ice fishing when the accident occurred.
He was transported to the Douglas County Hospital and then airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital for further treatment.
OTC Rush Lake Crash
Two people were injured, one of them seriously, in a head-on collision on Highway 78 near Rush Lake.
The State Patrol says a pickup driven by 24-year-old Dillon Spanswick of Ottertail was northbound on Highway 78, while a car driven by 20-year-old Zackary Willprecht of Breckenridge, was southbound.
Willprecht’s car crossed the centerline and crashed head-on into Spanswick’s pickup.
Spanswick suffered non life-threatening injuries. Willprecht suffered serious injuries. The extent of injuries is not known.
That crash happened at 9:39 am Sunday.
Samantha Burk Arrested
A 22-year-old Ponsford woman is under arrest after an incident just outside the Deer Creek city limits Wednesday afternoon.
The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office says a rural Deer Creek resident told authorities he had given a ride to people with a flat tire, and that he thought they had stolen his wallet.
Authorities went to the caller’s residence, where they talked to a female identified as Samantha Shantel Burk. Burk provided a false name and age. She was found to have two active warrants.
Burk reportedly became hostile and combative when seated in a squad car. Henning ambulance was called to assist. Burk was taken to Lake Region Hospital where she was cleared to go to jail.
Burk was arrested for giving a false name and date of birth, theft, obstructing the legal process and the warrants. The car was impounded. A search warrant is being sought for the impounded car.
Dental Office Arrest
A Moorhead man was arrested in Fergus Falls Wednesday morning after he went into a dentist office and demanded pain medications.
Twenty-five-year-old Devin Joseph Bangs walked into Apple Tree Dental and was reportedly yelling, screaming and threatening staff in an attempt to get drugs.
Bangs was arrested for fifth-degree drug possession, disorderly conduct, possession of a hypodermic needle, possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He reportedly voluntarily turned over the drugs and paraphernalia to police. The controlled drug was reportedly morphine-based.
No staff were injured.
Eldon Flute First Appearance
A Pierre, South Dakota, man made his first appearance in Otter Tail County District Court on first and second degree criminal sexual conduct.
Twenty-eight-year-old Eldon Tyler Flute is accused of having sexual contact with a teenage girl in Fergus Falls on November 3rd last year.
Flute was charged by a complaint warrant in December last year because he had fled the state. He was arrested in Pierre and was held until Otter Tail County authorities could arrange transportation back to Minnesota.
A public defender has been granted for Flute. He is being held in the Otter Tail County Jail on $50,000 bond or $10,000 cash bail.
Now that he’s back in custody, Flute will face other Otter Tail County charges. He is charged in other cases with gross misdemeanor obstructing the legal process and misdemeanor Driving after License Revocation.
Disc Golf Course
An effort is underway to design and construct a 27-hole disc golf course at Delagoon Park south of Fergus Falls.
The project is being spearheaded by Daily Journal Publisher Tim Engstrom. He says early projections on cost indicate about $30,000 would have to be raised for baskets and landscaping. Engstrom says he’ll search for ways to bring that cost down, while still providing a first-class course, and be in search of grants and hole sponsorships but will also do other fundraising in 2016. It’s hoped construction of the course can happen in 2017, after the city signs off on the project.
Two Vehicle FF Crash
One person was injured in a two-vehicle crash in Fergus Falls Tuesday afternoon near the junction of South Tower Road and West Lincoln Avenue.
Police say a vehicle driven by 78-year-old Donald Young of Breckenridge was northbound on South Tower Road carrying a passenger, 31-year-old Eric Schlichting of Breckenridge.
Another vehicle, driven by 55-year-old Karen Hanson of Fergus Falls, was westbound on the frontage road.
Hanson reportedly failed to yield to Young’s vehicle and the two vehicles collided, causing extensive damage to both vehicles.
Schlichting sustained unknown injuries and was taken to Lake Region Healthcare for evaluation.
Both vehicles were towed from the scene.
Amberly Samuelson First Appearance
A Pelican Rapids woman made her first court appearance on two charges of fifth-degree drug possession.
Twenty-nine-year-old Amberly Lyn Samuelson was in a vehicle pulled over February 2nd in Fergus Falls by a state trooper for traffic violations.
A search of the vehicle uncovered methamphetamine and Lorazepam (lor-AZ-uh-pam) pills.
A public defender has been appointed.
Hitterdal Bank Robbery
Another area rural bank has been robbed. The State Bank of Lake Park Hitterdal branch was held up at gunpoint shortly before noon Tuesday.
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office says a man entered the bank and demanded money. The suspect made off with an undisclosed amount of money.
The suspect is described as a white male, about 6’2” tall and slender. He was wearing blue jeans and a dark-colored jacket. He was also wearing a dark-colored face mask.
The lone suspect left in an unknown direction of travel, possibly in a dark colored passenger car.
The sheriff’s office is encouraging anyone with information about the robbery to contact them.
Fergus Falls police received a report of vandalism to a security light on a building south of Service Food on Vine Street.
The complainant reported that at 3:16 am January 28th, a man with a beard broke a sensor light on the building, then went through a trailer on the property.
Damage to the sensor light is estimated at $60. There was no report of anything taken from the trailer.
City Administrator Finalists
The Fergus Falls City Council has narrowed its list of finalists for the city’s open City Administrator position.
From an original list of 29 candidates, the number was pared to 10 semifinalists.
Last night, the council chose four applicants for final interviews February 17 and 18.
The finalist furthest away from Fergus Falls is John Benson, the Development and Public Affairs Director in Raytown, Missouri.
There are two finalists who are currently city administrators in Minnesota. They are Michael Brethorst of Melrose and Michael Rietz of Barnesville.
The fourth candidate is a Fergus Falls native. Andrew Bremseth is currently the city administrator in Volga, South Dakota.
Human Resources Director Mike Hartwell says it’s hoped a new city administrator will be named by the end of March.
Former City Administrator Mark Sievert resigned September 22nd last year after several closed meetings with the city council over his performance. He is now the City Administrator in Lake City, MN.