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NEWS FOR THE LAKES AREA
Mobile Food Truck Ordinance
An ordinance regulating Mobile Food Truck Parking in Fergus Falls never got its second reading at last night’s city council meeting.
Reportedly, some in the community have contacted their aldermen to express concerns about banning mobile food trucks on Lincoln Avenue downtown, saying the reason to do so should have nothing to do with avoiding competition with existing downtown restaurants.
Alderman Anthony Hicks says he’d like to see designated parking lots off Lincoln Avenue be used by the food trucks. He says if they are allowed on Lincoln Avenue, they take up space needed for customer parking, and the city would have to start enforcing parking.
The rest of the council concurred so the proposed ordinance will be sent to the Planning Commission where they’ll consider locations such as the Shopko parking lot and the parking lot northwest of city hall as alternatives to Lincoln Avenue.
Andrew Salsman Arrest
A Fargo man faces a slew of charges in Alexandria for what started out as a shoplifting incident Monday afternoon.
Alexandria police were called to Walmart for a theft and transaction card fraud. The suspect was stealing items and attempting to purchase expensive items with a transaction card that didn’t belong to him.
While officers were enroute, they were advised that the suspect, later identified as 22-year-old Andrew Salsman, was fleeing on foot. Salsman ran north and was hiding in various open vehicles and businesses while trying to elude officers. He was eventually found in the front entryway of China Buffet and a foot pursuit began with Salsman running through the restaurant and out a back door. He ran to another vehicle and attempted to lock himself inside. Officers made entry and arrested Salsman without further incident.
Narcotics and various items that he attempted to steal were found on Salsman. Probable cause charges include: theft, fleeing, obstructing the legal process, fifth-degree assault, financial transaction card fraud, tampering with a motor vehicle, fifth-degree drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Mary Stiles Arrest Warrant
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Wadena County woman who failed to appear in Otter Tail County District Court May 2nd.
Fifty-year-old Mary Alice Stiles, who lives southeast of Nimrod, is charged with second-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, theft and receiving stolen property. She and the other defendant in the case, 48-year-old Heidi Marie Willprecht of rural Perham, allegedly entered a Deer Creek home March 4th and stole several guns and other items. Some of the guns were pawned in Staples.
Authorities executed a search warrant at Willprecht’s residence southeast of Perham and allegedly found the stolen items that had not been pawned.
Willprecht faces the same charges as Stiles. Willprecht’s first appearance is scheduled for May 9th.
Target Shooting Incident
A Perham man, identified only as in his mid 30’s, was injured at the Perham gun range Sunday afternoon. The incident was reported early this morning.
The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office says the man was target shooting when a bullet ricocheted and struck his safety glasses, breaking the safety glasses and injuring his eye.
He was taken to the Perham hospital for treatment. The victim’s name is not being released due to HIPAA laws.
The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office received a report of the theft of 1475 feet of heavy gauge electrical cable from gravel equipment last weekend.
The gravel pit is located north of Parker’s Prairie. The stolen wire is valued at $10,000. There are no suspects.
Two people were arrested after one of them was seen entering a vehicle parked inside an apartment garage in the 700 block of East Cavour Avenue in Fergus Falls Sunday.
Thirty-one-year-old Violet Ann Curtis allegedly entered the vehicle and took a backpack while 32-year-old Adam Tyler Differding acted as a lookout.
The two are jailed on a probable cause charge of third-degree burglary.
Becker County Meth Arrests
Two area men were arrested and charged in separate cases for selling meth to police informants in Becker County. Court records allege that 33-year-old Scott Allan Sellers of Frazee sold 29 grams of meth to an informant with the West Central Drug Task Force on April 26th at a location in Becker County. Sellers is charged with 1st degree drug sale and bail is set at $100,000. Sellers has two convictions for 5th degree controlled substance from 2007 and 2013. In a separate arrest on April 26th, a Detroit Lakes man is charged with 1st degree sale for selling 29 grams of meth to a West Central Drug Task Force informant. 29 year old Jacob Allan Weisser also faces a 5th degree possession for meth allegedly found in his pants pocket at the time of arrest. Bail was set at $100,000. Both appear in Becker County District Court again on May 9th.
Heroin may not necessarily be the only hard drug of choice in the area. The Fargo Police Department is seeing the increased presence of furanyl- fentanyl and has issued a warning about this drug.
Police say the drug is so potent, if the powder form is stirred in the air and inhaled, it can be fatal. In either powder or solution form, the fentanyl can also be absorbed through the skin. It's also been diluted in the liquid in nasal sprays and water bottles.
WALK MS Event A Success
Hundreds turned out on in a sea of orange shirts Sunday at MSTATE in Fergus Falls to walk and contribute to further research and to continue the fight against MS or Multiple Sclerosis. The goal this year for Fergus Falls was $30,000. Nationally, Walk MS is the 7th largest fundraising walk event in the United States, raising nearly $50 million dollars every year to help create a world free of MS.
I-94 Rollover MM 100
Two Twin Cities area residents were injured when the car they were in rolled on Interstate 94 early Saturday morning.
The state patrol says 17-year-old Alexis Smith of Apple Valley was driving eastbound on I-94 and went off the right side of the roadway. The car went over the cable barrier, rolling in the south ditch.
The crash happened near an exit on the west side of Alexandria. A passenger is identified as 19-year-old Dominique Griffith of Burnesville. Both suffered non life-threatening injuries.