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Ellsworth police: Phone call scam; Snowmobiler gets sassy

The following incidents were reported to Ellsworth Police Jan. 15-22.

Phone call scam

A caller reported a phone call scam at 11:49 a.m. Jan. 18 in which a person posing as Dish Network called and asked for money and personal account information.

Where'd that come from?

A caller reported their neighbor's car stuck in the rear of their yard at 5:43 p.m. Jan. 18 in the 200 block of West Main Street. The owners were contacted. They said they do not know how the vehicle ended up there and were given until Saturday to remove it. They said when they came home at 9 p.m. the night before, the car was down there.

Snowmobiler gets sassy

Police received two noise complaints late Jan. 19 for a snowmobile ripping around a yard waking up the neighbors in the 100 block of South Grant Street. After the first complaint, police parked in front of the alleged offending residence and heard nothing. After the second noise complaint, which also reported a truck being stuck near community mailboxes, officers made contact with the truck's driver, a man who said he was backing down the driveway and slid off to the side. He and three others were trying to get the truck out, which had not struck anything.

The man who was driving the snowmobile in the vicinity earlier told police to leave when they attempted to speak with him. He allegedly told officers that he is going to "rip around on his snowmobile until he felt was fine." When police told him he could be cited for a noise violation if people keep complaining, he said he works nights so running snowmobile at this time of night is "reasonable" for him; he said the ordinance goes off what is reasonable.

Illegal trash dumping

A man was caught dumping his trash illegally at 1:53 p.m. Jan. 21 at 372 W. Main St. He was observed carrying two large trash bags to the garbage can, which he put in the container. He admitted he was placing garbage from his home in the container, and said he thought it was OK due to it being a "public trash can." He was told to remove the trash, which he did. He said he would have PIG set up trash pick up at his home.


• Ellsworth police assisted county deputies at 2:58 a.m. Jan. 20 to look for a stolen vehicle, reported from W6454 Highway 35.

• Police were called to 440 W. Ray St. at 3:15 a.m. Jan. 21 for a suspicious activity complaint. Two people were trying to get a drunk friend into his brother's house. They succeeded.