Crime and fire report: Ogema woman loses about $175,000 in possible online scam

Over the last 18 months, a 65-year-old Ogema woman reported she had sent about $175,000 to an individual she met online, according to a Becker County emergency dispatch report.

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Thursday, Nov. 17

 8:15 a.m., near 555th Avenue, Menahga, attempted unauthorized bank account use. The transaction was blocked and no funds were lost.

8:20 a.m., near Pelican River Road, Detroit Lakes, a vehicle struck a mailbox. No injuries.

9:42 a.m., near Pow Wow Highway, Ponsford, a mandated reporter reported student threats against another student.

10:03 a.m., near Highway 71, Bemidji, a UPS truck reportedly kicked up a rock while driving on the highway and the rock struck a vehicle causing minor windshield damage.

1:49 p.m., near Lake Street, Frazee, two purses were stolen from an unlocked vehicle. The vehicle owner’s residence was also burglarized and a Playstation 5 was stolen.


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According to court records, on Sept. 29, 2021 he was arrested in the Holy Rosary Church parking lot in Detroit Lakes, after a KOPS (Keeping Our Police Safe) Alert was issued by Becker County dispatch a day earlier.

1:56 p.m., near 5th Street, Frazee, a set of wireless earbuds was stolen from an unlocked vehicle. The earbuds had a value of about $150.

4:25 p.m., near Maple Avenue, Frazee, a wallet was stolen from an unlocked vehicle.

5:45 p.m., near Highway 10 and 160th Avenue, Lake Park, a pontoon fell off a trailer. No damage to the vehicle. No injuries. The trailer and pontoon needed to be towed.

8:23 p.m., near east Thorpe Avenue, Ada, gas pump drive off. The suspect vehicle is believed to be registered to a Becker County address.

Friday, Nov. 18

7:40 a.m., near Detroit Lakes, drug-related.

8:00 a.m., near Minnesota Avenue and Frazee Street, Detroit Lakes, two-vehicle crash. No injuries.

10:14 a.m., near Lake Avenue, Detroit Lakes, theft by swindle reported.

10:31 a.m., at Walmart, two past-action instances of shoplifting reported.


3:43 p.m., at Detroit Lakes High School, two-vehicle crash. No injuries.

4:07 p.m., near Loring Avenue, Detroit Lakes, suicide-related. A 46-year-old Detroit Lakes woman was transported to Essentia Health St. Mary’s in Detroit Lakes for evaluation.

9:07 p.m., at Walmart, a catalytic converter was stolen from a pickup truck while parked in the store parking lot.

Saturday, Nov. 19

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1:37 a.m., near 5th Street, Audubon, assault. A 46-year-old Audubon man reportedly struck a 34-year-old man, of Houston, Tex., in the head causing bleeding and facial injuries. Emergency medical services were dispatched to the scene. The Audubon man was arrested at the scene.

8:25 a.m., near Highway 10, Detroit Lakes, gas pump drive-off.

10:51 a.m., near Main Street, Detroit Lakes, a vehicle struck a power pole. No injuries.

10:57 a.m., near Detroit Lakes, suicide-related. A 17-year-old female was transported to Essentia Health St. Mary’s in Detroit Lakes for treatment and evaluation.

12:10 p.m., near 353rd Circle, Ogema, a small shed was reported as on-fire. The shed is located about two feet away from a propane tank. The fire was extinguished after about 45 minutes.


3:34 p.m., near Detroit Lakes, a caller reported their daughter, a 21-year-old Callaway woman, was raped the previous night. A suspect is being sought in connection with the case and it remains under investigation.

6:21 p.m., near Beaver Trail, Ogema, license plates were reported stolen. The incident is under investigation.

9:47 p.m., near Beaver Trail, Ogema, domestic incident involving a mother and daughter. No medical transport needed.

10:50 p.m., near southwest Island Drive, Rochert, physical altercation involving brothers. A 43-year-old Detroit Lakes man was arrested for possible DWI and possession of drugs.

11:33 p.m., near Beaver Trail, Ogema, a man was bitten by a spider a few days ago and their foot was swollen. The man was transported to a nearby medical clinic for treatment.

Sunday, Nov. 20

5:23 a.m., near 8th Street, Detroit Lakes, drug-related.

9:01 a.m., near Willow Street and Lake Avenue, Detroit Lakes, two-vehicle crash. No injuries.

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10:12 a.m., near North Shore Drive, Detroit Lakes, parked vehicle damage reported.

12:39 p.m., near County Road 21, Detroit Lakes, a caller reported their girlfriend bit them in the arm. No transport was needed. Teeth marks were found on the caller’s arm. The incident is under investigation.

6:04 p.m., near County Road 43, Menahga, a caller reported a hunter on a neighboring property threatened to kill the caller’s dogs. The caller added the same person actually shot at their dogs a few years ago.

6:06 p.m., 353rd Circle, Ogema, a power pole was struck by a vehicle. The vehicle drove off. Law enforcement stopped the fleeing vehicle and an 18-year-old Ogema woman was arrested for possible DWI.

11:51 p.m., near County Road 29, Frazee, single-vehicle crash. Airbags deployed during the crash, an individual suffered unknown injuries and was transported to Essentia Health St. Mary’s in Detroit Lakes for treatment. A 28-year-old Frazee man was arrested for possible DWI.

Monday, Nov. 21

11:26 a.m., near Loon Drive, Ogema, a member of the White Earth Housing Authority reported possible squatters were at a residence.

2:53 p.m., near Highway 10 and County Road 54, Detroit Lakes, crossing arm malfunction reported. Normal operation resumed after about 20 minutes.

4:31 p.m., near 3rd Street, Lake Park, multiple bird feeders were damaged by a possible bear.

4:36 p.m., near Roosevelt Avenue, Detroit Lakes, past action assault reported. Assault occurred in October. The incident is under investigation.

5:32 p.m., near 400th Avenue, Waubun, a green, 2004 Ford Taurus was reported stolen.

Tuesday, Nov. 22

8:43 a.m., near County Road 6, Detroit Lakes, a woman got her hand caught in machinery. Her hand was pulled free, but bleeding. The woman suffered possible shock and was transported to Essentia Health St. Mary’s in Detroit Lakes for treatment.

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9:41 a.m., near County Road 18, Ogema, possible Facebook scam. Over the last 18 months, a 65-year-old Ogema woman reportedly sent about $175,000 to an individual she met online.

10:16 a.m., near 8th Street, Detroit Lakes, a work vehicle was vandalized while parked.

12:17 p.m., near 15th Avenue, Lake Park, a sauna fire was reported in Clay County. The call was transferred to Clay County Emergency Services.

1:16 p.m., near Mission Road, Ogema, a student was reportedly making threats toward a teacher. The student was suspended.

1:16 p.m., near south Washington Avenue, Detroit Lakes, a vehicle backed into another vehicle. No injuries.

2:29 p.m., near Main Avenue, Frazee, multiple metal mouse traps were stolen from the property of a business. The traps were valued at about $200, a suspect is being sought and the case remains under investigation.

2:31 p.m., near east Frazee Street, Detroit Lakes, two-vehicle crash. No injuries.

3:32 p.m., at Detroit Lakes High School, an unruly student reported. The student was disciplined internally.

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