Clear case of plow and run

A red Chevy truck was involved in a hit and run with a 2006 black Chevy Silverado in the parking lot of Jake's Supper Club on Jan. 27.

The owner of the Silverado, a local Colfax man, contacted the Dunn County Sheriff's Office to report damage to his vehicle which was parked in the 5000 block of County Highway D in Menomonie.

He told deputies that his vehicle had been struck and moved about four to six feet in the parking lot at Jake's Supper Club. The bumper and fender had been pushed in and dented.

A witness who was walking through the lot told deputies he heard a vehicle accelerating. He looked over and saw the red truck backing up into the black truck — not once, but twice. He said the incident appeared to be aggressive and intentional.

After talking with patrons inside Jake's Supper Club, he was informed of the suspect's identity and made contact with him at his home in the 5000 block of 803rd Avenue in Colfax.

The deputy observed a red Chevy truck parked in the driveway with a snow plow attached to the front. He investigated further and noticed the right side of the rear bumper had two marks, consistent with the damage reported to the black truck at Jake's.

The deputy met with the suspect who denied being part of any crash and claimed to have been at an ice fishing contest all day, but had been to Jake's to pick up food. The deputy also noticed an open container of Coors Light beer that was nearly full sitting in the cup holder closest to the driver's side seat.

Despite denying any damage to his vehicle, nor involvement in any crash, the suspect was cited for hit and run to an unattended vehicle, reckless driving and possession of an open container.

iTunes gift card scam strikes again

A local Menomonie woman fell victim to fraud after being instructed to purchase $400 in iTunes gift cards by someone she thought was her boss.

The woman contacted the Menomonie Police Department when she realized she had been duped by a scam. Around 2:15 p.m. on Jan. 27 in the 2000 block of Schneider Avenue, the woman received an e-mail from someone who claimed to be her boss. The e-mail asked for her personal phone number, which she provided in a response e-mail.

She then received a text message from the number 310-596-2507 requesting her to purchase the iTunes gift cards from her local Walmart. She then followed instruction to scratch off the numbers to the cards and send a photo of the codes.

The officer contacted the phone number, but only received a generic texting app voicemail. The e-mail address was also investigated, but no person came back tied to the address.

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Dunn County News reporter

Laura covers local/prep sports as well as school-related and general news in Dunn County. She joined The Dunn County News in October 2016. She can be contacted directly at laura.giammattei@lee.net or (715) 279-6721.

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