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A local man was charted with felonious assault following an incident with an out-of-town woman, who was unknown to him, on South High Street on Wednesday afternoon.

Scam calls threaten arrest

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An older local woman received a phone call today, Nov. 3, from an unidentified source stating that “you will be taken under custody by the local cops” because there were “four serious allegations” against her. She was advised to call a phone number in order to not be picked up by police.

Calls like this are always illegitimate, according to Police Chief Brian Carlson today. “They just want your credit card number.”

While Carlson has not heard from other villagers who received this call, which was especially threatening compared to other scam calls, such calls come and go in waves, he said. Scam calls from people who claim to be from the IRS were especially common during last year’s tax season, and could again rev up as the 2018 tax season gets closer.

If people receive the calls, they are advised to contact the local police at 767-7206. If they are frightened by the call, an officer will visit the home to assure the person that the call is fake, Carlson said.

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