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WORTHINGTON – A police chase Saturday in Worthington led the arrest of a Texas man. Following a series of events that began with a complaint of disorderly conduct, Thomas Warborg was arrested for first-degree assault, driving while impaired, fleeing a peace officer and test refusal.
Shortly after 11 a.m. Saturday, authorities were called to the Super 8 Motel, where Warborg allegedly caused damage to his room and threatened to run his pickup truck through the lobby.
He fled the scene and was intercepted at the intersection of Oxford and Omaha Streets. He was ordered out of the vehicle, but again fled. Warborg drove through the Burger King parking lot and over a median before he was surrounded by law enforcement squad cars and forced to stop. When he refused to let go of the steering wheel, officers used a baton to knock out a window and force him from the vehicle.
Warborg, who is currently a guest of the Nobles County Jail, has a previous conviction for fleeing from peace officers in Minneapolis from 2011.
WORTHINGTON – Effective in January, Worthington Public Utilities customers will see a small rate hike in their electric bill. The base customer charge will go up 50 cents for residents, $1 for commercial customers and $5 for industrial customers. There will also be an increase in the kilowatt per hour charge. An increase of approximately 7.5 percent will be spread over two years.
According to WPU Manager Scott Hain, purchased power from Missouri River Energy Services increased by 5.5 percent, and transmission costs are also going up. Combined, those two increases add up to about $1.5 million, about half of which will be passed on the customers in 2014.
WINDOM — A Worldwide Candle Lighting event will be Sunday at the Cottonwood County Historical Society, 812 Fourth Ave. The event is hosted by The Compassionate Friends, an organization that supports families after the death of a child. Candles will be lit at 7 p.m. around the globe.
For the Windom event, doors will open at 6 p.m. Participants are encouraged to make or bring a special tree ornament for their child. Materials will be provided. The ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will follow.
JACKSON - Details have been released regarding the arrests last week of 35-year-old Jamie Harvey of Windom and 48-year-old Thomas Benson of Jackson for the alleged possession of controlled substances. On November 23rd, the Jackson and Nobles County Sheriff’s Officer were involved in a high speed pursuit which began in Ewington Township and progressed into Round Lake Township in Nobles County. The pursuit was terminated when visual contact with the vehicle was lost. Authorities were told the driver was Harvey, who allegedly threw drugs and a gun out of the window during the pursuit.
On November 25th, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting two suspicious men walking the ditch wearing ski masks on County Road 34 in Ewington Township. The two men were identified and Harvey was arrested for an outstanding felony warrant out of Brown County. During a search of Harvey, syringes and a small amount of methamphetamine were found.
Benson was also arrested for misdemeanor warrants out of Watonwan County. A vehicle belong to Benson was towed from County Road 34 to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. In a search of the vehicle, a silver handgun was found.
Authorities and a K-9 unit walked the ditches where the pursuit occurred the following day and located approximately 4 ounces of methamphetamine that was believed to have been allegedly thrown out of the vehicle by Harvey. He was charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a felon. Harvey is being held at the Jackson County Jail on a $250,000 bond.
On November 27th, the Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 234 River Street in Jackson. As a result of the search warrant, Benson was arrested and formally charged with one felony count of Fifth Degree controlled substance crime. He is currently being held on $20,000 bail.
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - A man originally charged with murder in the death of 59-year-old Edward Kitto of Spencer has been sentenced to lesser charges in Dickinson County District Court. 21-year-old Cody Millard pleaded guilty to felony drug charges and being an accessory after the fact. Millard was sentenced to seven years on the charges, to be served consecutively.
Millard’s charges were reduced after a key witness in the case gave prosecutors conflicting information into the death of Kitto, who was found unresponsive in the back yard of a Spencer residence the night of August 27th, 2012. Kitto died of his injuries 12 days later in a Sioux Falls hospital. Another suspect in the case, 21-year-old Christopher Fitzpatrick of Spencer, is serving prison time on a murder charge.
PLYMOUTH COUNTY, Iowa – A bomb threat received Monday morning caused the Remsen-Union Community School to be evacuated for several hours Monday. The Plymouth County Sheriff's Office used bomb-sniffing dogs to search the school for any signs of explosives following the threat. Students were taken to a local church and then dismissed. Students and staff were allowed to return Monday after noon to retrieve belongings after authorities determined it was safe. About 380 students in preschool through 12th grade attend the school.
MOORHEAD - A truck driver from Utah is accused of holding a 19-year-old relative against her will while the two traveled across country. The 53-year-old man from Salt Lake City was arrested last week at a truck scale outside of Moorhead. A Minnesota state trooper discovered a Florida warrant for the man's arrest. The man was charged in Clay County court with kidnapping, false imprisonment and domestic abuse.
Prosecutor Brian Melton says the woman was held captive for seven months while she traveled with the man. The woman, who was in the truck, asked to be taken to a Moorhead homeless shelter. Unconditional bail for the man was set at $1 million. He remained in jail Monday.
The Associated Press is not naming the man to avoid identifying the woman.