Around the County

Last Friday afternoon, right before the blizzard hit, the Sanborn County Sheriff’s Office acted upon a search warrant at a drug household in Woonsocket’s city limits.

It proved to be productive as some things were found and confiscated, but the investigation is still ongoing and charges are pending.

The Sanborn County Sheriff’s Office received assistance from the Department of Criminal Investigation, Hanson County Sheriff’s Office and the Mitchell Police Department.

Sheriff Tom Fridley is warning county residents to be aware of telephone scammers, who are very active in the area. He shared the following information to alert citizens of the types of scams that he has investigated.

On April 5, a 57 year old was scammed out of $1,500 when

Agent Jeff Thomas, who had a foreign accent, called the victim to report they (IRS) had an arrest warrant for him and wanted various card numbers from Walgreens and Walmart for Google Play cards and Apple iTunes purchased there. Fridley emphasized that the IRS does not take cards, and they do not call you. If it is truly the IRS, you will see an agent. Hang up on these callers.

On March 7, a 46 year old was scammed out of $600 for a dog purchased online at Lovemypugs. The web site, paperwork and shipping information all looked very legitimate, and the money was paid through Walmart. The victim eventually questioned the process and realized it was not legitimate and was out the money.

On March 29, a 56 year old was notified that they had wages from a Florida company. The victim had never worked at or even been to Florida. All personal information the scammer gave was correct except the mailing address.

Sheriff Fridley advises that a Google check of the phone numbers of scammers will show if the number you called or the number that called you has been connected to Scam Reports. He also reminds everyone to be extremely careful about sharing any personal information.

The Sanborn County American Cancer Society met Feb. 28 at 4 p.m. at the courthouse for their quarterly meeting.  The meeting was called to order by President Julie Davis.  The prayer for the conquest of cancer and mission statement were read.

The minutes from the last meeting were read and approved.

The cancer tournament was held at Sanborn Central on Nov. 11. Deb Boschee reported that the profit from the tournament was $1,906.70.  She also read a thank you for the work the board does from Tonya Grassel Kreitlow.

Janet Maechen is going to try to line up some homes for the Tour of Homes in the Letcher area. The board has not had the tour for two years and would like to see it started again. The tour has been the first Sunday of December, so it would be Dec. 2 this year.

The group discussed publishing the minutes in the paper with the hope of getting new members on the board.  If anyone has some suggestions, would like to volunteer, or has any questions, please contact a board member. They would be happy to have you. Current board members are Julie Davis, Connie Farris, Karen Krueger, Deb Boschee, Marla Feistner, Myrna Knigge, Lynn Brueske, Janet Maeschen, Janice Northrup, Terry Moore, Diane Larson, Judy Hinker, Barb Senska, and Janice Grassel.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned. The next meeting will be June 27 at 4:30 p.m. at the courthouse.