Area Police

Police investigate fire at Westfield VFW on April 11

WESTFIELD – A fire at the Westfield VFW has caused damaged to exterior picnic tables. Westfield Police responded to the VFW on April 11 just before 10 p.m.

According to police, the department responded to 34 Pearl St., for the report of a pile of leaves had caught fire underneath the pavilion. The fire had been allegedly set by a juvenile throwing a cigarette down.

The investigation is still continuing into this matter.

Another scam in area

A local resident recently received a letter claiming he had won $225,000.

The letter, from Suntrust Financial Services of Astoria, NY, claims the recipient needs to pay for processing fees of $3,425. Included was a check drawn on the General Fund Village of Pilger, NE, for $4,510 to help pay the processing fee. The bank was listed as Midwest Bank of Pierce NE.

A call to the Midwest Bank in Pierce was referred to the bank’s Pilger location, which is leading the investigation from the bank’s end.

“We’ve received numerous calls on this. We’ve contacted our local authorities on this and they in turn have contacted the attorney general, the Post Office, FedEx, UPS, … to make them all aware of it,” a Pilger bank spokesperson said, adding the bank has received letters, checks and envelopes from some of the intended victims.