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Ellsworth Police: Possible Craigslist Scam, Lost Dog

The following incidents were investigated by the Ellsworth Police Department June 30-July 9.

Possible Craigslist scam

An Ellsworth resident reported to police they had been receiving numerous messages and emails about renting a home in River Falls. The resident said they responded to a Craigslist advertisement from Robert Burkin and Mary Elliot. The resident said he or she hadn't exchanged any money and was worried it was a scam. The number given for the two individuals was 234-200-6997.

Don't trust strangers

An Ellsworth resident reported his or her son was approached while walking home from Ellsworth Middle School by two individuals in a dark blue, full size van at 12:05 p.m. June 30. The son said when he was walking home, the van stopped and opened a sliding door. The individuals inside asked the son if he wanted some candy and a ride to the middle school. The son began running home and the van drove away.

Fender bender

A minor two-car crash occurred on West Main Street at 2:48 p.m. June 30 after a vehicle collided with another in front of it after stopping for a pedestrian crossing the street. There were no injuries and the damage was under $1,000.

Stay between the lines

Lindsey Carlberg, 23, River Falls, was given a citation for operating left of the center line after an officer observed her vehicle cross the white line of the roadway in the 200 block of Maple Street at 6:45 p.m. July 1. Officers received calls about Carlberg allegedly operating over the center line multiple times. Carlberg said she was reaching for her cigarettes at the time she was pulled over.

Where's Zeus?

A cocker spaniel was reported as missing on July 3 from a residence in the 100 block of Ida Street. The dog is black and white with some gray fur. The dog also has one blue and one brown eye. The dog responds to the name Zeus and does have identifying tags with the owners' phone numbers on it.

Hitchhiker possibly injured

Police were called to a hitchhiker trying to get to Ellsworth after his car reportedly broke down near the David Motel at 2:51 a.m. July 4. The individual said someone in a pickup had stopped and hit him with their car door then drove off. Ellsworth EMS was called to assist after blood spots were seen on the individual's pants. EMS said the blood came from a picked scab and this individual has made up stories in an attempt to get prescription pills. The individual was transported to the hospital.

Mail scam

A resident reported a possible scam from Publishers Clearing House after being told he or she had won $1 million at 11:21 a.m. July 5. The resident refused to send money and said the person threatened the complainant from the phone number 876-413-7093. The individual threatened to send someone over to the individual's home.


• Timothy Huppert, 44, was arrested for a failure to appear warrant at 1:17 p.m. July 5.

• Dala Richert, 54, Ellsworth was arrested for failing to pay fines after she was stopped by an officer on at highways 10 and 63 at 8:19 p.m. July 8. Richert was transported to jail without incident.

Broken mirror is bad luck

Sometime between 10 p.m. July 6 and 1 p.m. July 7, Tyler Mitchell, 21, Ellsworth, reported his vehicle's left driver's side mirror was damaged while parked in the 400 block of Elm Street. The vehicle's mirror was swung forward and the mirror glass was broken.