Clay County man calls authorities, claims to be someone else confessing a crime, gets caught

Clay County man calls authorities, claims to be someone else confessing a crime, gets caught
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Charges were filed against a Clay County man last Friday for calling authorities the previous day and pretending to be another man confessing to hog theft.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office reported Clint Fetzer, 45, called the Clay County Communication Center on Oct. 4. Over the phone, Fetzer claimed to be John Newgard and said he wanted to turn himself in for stealing 20 hogs over the past four months.

However, at the time of the call, Newgard was at the sheriff’s office. He was being interviewed about a harassment complaint filed against Fetzer that the sheriff’s office was investigating.

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The sheriff’s office had received the harassment complaints Oct. 2-4.

The sheriff’s office identified Fetzer as the caller on Oct. 4, according to the report.

On Oct. 5, Fetzer was in custody at the Clay County Jail for a separate incident. He was then charged in this incident for harassment, malicious prosecution and false report – all serious misdemeanors.


At the time of the report, Fetzer was held on a $1,000 cash or surety bond.


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