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September 25 news

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WORTHINGTON – It took less than 10 minutes for the defense team in the Josue Fraga trial to state their case Tuesday, which is about 20 minutes less than the argument they posed back in 2009. Closing statements will begin this morning in Nobles County District Court, and the case should be handed over to the jury for deliberation by mid-day.

Fraga, accused of killing his 2-year-old niece Samantha in 2008, opted not to testify on his own behalf, leaving his entire defense to rest on the brief recall testimony of Worthington Police Detective Dave Hoffman.

Fraga’s retrial began...


September 24 news

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WORTHINGTON – Testimony proceeded slowly Monday during the Josue Fraga trial in Nobles County District Court, to the point that Judge David Christensen reminded the attorneys to keep things moving along. Fraga is facing first-degree murder in the death of his niece, 2-year-old Samantha. He was convicted of her murder in 2009, but that conviction was later vacated when new evidence was discovered.

Before the jury was brought in Monday, Christensen denied a request from the defense to keep Samantha’s father Samuel off the stand. Samuel is expected today and will likely tell the jury...


September 23 news

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WORTHINGTON – Testimony for the state should conclude early this week in the retrial of Josue Fraga, who is accused of murdering his 2-year-old niece Samantha in 2008. Fraga was convicted of Samantha’s death in 2009, but evidence that came to light afterward allowed him to apply for a relief of that conviction.

Fraga said after his first conviction that he was innocent, and would never have hurt a child. Since that conviction, his only daughter has testified that her father had been raping her for years and killed Samantha the night she first fought back. Fraga’s defense this time...


September 20 news

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WORTHINGTON – Today is Friday, which means we have a construction update from the City of Worthington Engineering Department. Bituminous overlay on East Ninth Avenue from 11 Street to Clary Street and 13th Street from East Ninth to Eighth Avenue was completed on Thursday. Minor topsoil and turf work remains at the ADA ramps.

WORTHINGTON – Over at Nobles County District Court in Worthington, testimony continues in the retrial of Josua Fraga, accused of murdering his 2-year-old niece Samantha in 2008. It was an emotional day in court on Thursday, as the jury heard from Fraga’s two...


September 19 news

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WORTHINGTON – Josue Fraga’s two oldest children are expected to testify today during the retrial for his alleged murder of 2-year-old Samantha in 2008 in Worthington. Testimony Wednesday included that of Fraga’s ex-wife and two youngest sons – a busy day that also included testimony from 10 people.

This is the second time Fraga has gone on trial for Samantha’s murder. His first conviction was vacated when new evidence involving his son Josue David came to light. Since then, new evidence was also introduced when his daughter alleged he had been raping her since she was a small child...


September 18 news

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WORTHINGTON - We have a notice from the City of Worthington Engineering Department: Bituminous overlay work is scheduled to begin today on East Ninth Avenue from Eleventh Street to Clary Street and 13th Street from west of E. Ninth Avenue to Eighth Avenue. Both streets will be closed during construction activities. Paved areas will be reopened as soon as the new bituminous surface has adequately cooled.

Please reduce your speed, watch for construction workers and equipment, and drive carefully near the construction zone. Weather permitting and construction proceeding as planned,...


September 17 news

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WORTHINGTON – President Barack Obama directed Monday that flags be lowered to half-staff to pay tribute to the victims of "the senseless acts of violence" perpetrated at the Washington Navy Yard. Obama ordered that flags stay at half-staff until Friday at sunset.

A former Navy man launched an attack Monday morning inside a building at the Washington Navy Yard, spraying gunfire on office workers in the cafeteria and in the hallway at the heavily secured installation, authorities said. Thirteen people were killed, including the gunman. He was identified as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis of...


September 16 news

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WORTHINGTON – It took four and a half days, but a jury has been selected for the trial of Josue Fraga, 40, who is accused of murdering his 2-year-old niece Samantha in March of 2008 in Worthington. Opening statements are set to begin today. Keep an eye on the kwoa.com website for trial updates and action.

This will be Fraga’s second time facing murder charges in Samantha’s death – the case originally went to trial in May of 2009, just 14 months after the little girl was brought into the emergency room by her aunt and uncle. She was cold and unresponsive, slightly damp and lifeless...


Ruby runs while Paycheck lollygags; heat one goes to Cuero in the Great Gobbler Gallop

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WORTHINGTON – Well. That didn’t quite go as planned. Once again, the first leg of the Great Gobbler Gallop ended up with a win for Ruby Begonia, the well-focused, straight-running, get-to-the-finish-line turkey from Cuero, Texas.

As for Worthington’s Paycheck… well, the focus was not quite so much. As Ruby crossed the finish line, Paycheck’s team was once again trying to pluck him out of the crowd. Apparently a very social bird, Paycheck has shown a disturbing tendency to leave 10th Street and head into the crowd of Great Gobbler Gallop attendees. More than one person was startled...


Open House to honor Bob Emary's 50 years of service to ISD #518

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WORTHINGTON – There will be an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the West Learning Center Community Education Office to honor Bob Emary’s 50 years of service to Independent School District 518. Emary started working for the district on Sept. 1, 1963 in the Science/Biology Departments at the Senior and Junior High. Bob was very involved with the Worthington Education Association in many different roles. After retiring from the classroom, Bob joined the staff at Community Education as an instructor, presenter, and assistant. Please stop by Monday to join us in honoring his 50 years of...