August 27 news

WORTHINGTON – A heat advisory continues in southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa until 7 p.m. today. High temperatures in the 90s combined with dew points in the upper 60s to mid 70s will result in heat index values averaging in the upper 90s to around 105 degrees.

Students in several schools are being dismissed early because of sweltering heat and lack of adequate air conditioning. Worthington Christian School will dismiss at noon. Jackson County Central schools are closing at 12:30 p.m. Windom schools will also release early, with Winfair students being dismissed at 1 p.m. and middle/high school students at 1:15 p.m. In Iowa, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn students will be dismissed at 1:15 p.m., MOC/Floyd Valley at 12:30 p.m. and Spalding Catholic at 12:30 p.m. West Lyon will dismiss at 1 p.m.

WEST BEND, Iowa - A grain bin accident in Palo Alto County has claimed the life of a West Bend man. The Sheriff’s Office says 28-year-old Adam Wirtz was performing maintenance on the bin at 4273 580th Avenue in Palo Alto County when he fell. Wirtz was taken by ambulance to Palo Alto County Hospital where he later died of his injuries. Authorities were called to the scene shortly before 9 p.m. Thursday.

SIOUX FALLS, SD - A Sioux Falls man has been sentenced to more than 33 years in prison for coercing women into prostitution in Sioux Falls.

U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier sentenced Tajahn Clinton, 36, on Monday. He was sentenced to 33 ½ years, 5 years of supervised release, restitution to the victim in the amount of $1,100, and $100 assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Judge Schreier will also recommend to the Bureau of Prisons that Clinton participate in the drug and alcohol treatment program during his time in prison.

SIBLEY, Iowa — A Sibley man was arrested on an assault charge on Sunday. The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 25-year-old Joseph Allen Julius of Sibley after an assault of a female victim. He was charged with domestic abuse assault, a simple misdemeanor. Julius was transported to the Osceola County Jail and was being held on a $300 bond.

SIBLEY, Iowa — A George man is behind bars in Sibley on a felony drunk driving charge. On Saturday, an Osceola County Deputy arrested 53-year-old Mark Allen Kruse of George and charged him with operating while intoxicated, 4th offense, a class “D” felony. Kruse was also cited for driving without a valid driver’s license, not having proof of insurance and improper registration, all simple misdemeanors.
Kruse was transported to the Osceola County Jail and is being held on a $5,000 bond. The arrested stemmed from a traffic stop west of Sibley.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa - Two northwest Iowa residents have been sentenced on meth charges in U.S. District Court in Sioux City. 50-year-old Vicki Shannon of Spencer and 52-year-old David Robley of Early were sentenced Thursday of last week to terms of 14 months and eight months in federal prison, respectively.

At plea hearings, the two admitted their involvement from about 2010 through January 2013 in a conspiracy that manufactured and distributed at least 50 grams of pure methamphetamine. Court documents say the two and others obtained nearly 500 grams of pseudoephedrine for the purpose of manufacturing meth. A traffic stop in January of this year on a vehicle Robley was driving resulted in authorities obtaining a search warrant for an outbuilding in Clay County. Officers located and seized numerous items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

In addition to the prison terms, Shannon and Robley must also each serve a two-year term of supervised release. The two are being held in the custody of a U.S. Marshal pending transport to a federal prison.

DEER RIVER - A 16-year-old boy was the victim of an apparent wolf attack at a campground on Lake Winnibigoshish near Deer River, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced Monday. The teenager, from Solway, sustained non-life-threatening injuries, according to a DNR news release. According to Cheri Zeppelin, DNR Northeast Region information officer in Grand Rapids, he was bitten on the head. The incident occurred early Saturday morning, she said.

The wolf ran into the woods after the boy kicked it, a DNR news release stated. After receiving local first-aid, the boy was transported to a hospital in Bemidji. The wound required multiple staples to close.
A wolf that matched the description, an average-sized male weighing about 75 pounds, was later trapped and killed in the campground early Monday, the DNR said.

WASHINGTON DC - A former aide to U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann must perform 32 hours of community service in connection with a second-degree theft charge in Washington.

Javier Sanchez was arrested and charged in July in connection with alleged thefts that took place in a U.S. House office building on Capitol Hill. The charge was for theft of money or goods less than $1,000 in value.

Sanchez, of Virginia, was arrested in July. Court documents say that after two reports of thefts of cash from Bachman's office, police put $200 in envelopes marked "petty cash" and "birthday money" in a drawer. A hidden camera recorded Sanchez taking the money.

The 37-year-old entered an agreement with prosecutors on Monday. Sanchez's lawyer noted his client is not admitting guilt as part of the agreement.

According to an order Monday in D.C. Superior Court, he must perform the community service before a status hearing scheduled for December. If completed, the charge will be dropped.

Sanchez left Bachmann's office shortly after the arrest. Bachmann, a Republican, represents Minnesota's 6th Congressional District.


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