December 13 news

BREWSTER – A one-vehicle rollover Thursday morning left a Brewster man with non-life threatening injuries, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Carlos Garcia Mendez, 32, of Brewster was westbound on Highway 60 near Nobles County Road 1 around 6:20 a.m. when he lost control on the frosty street and rolled his 2009 Suzuki Equator. Brewster Rescue and the Worthington Ambulance were called to the scene, while Mendez climbed from the vehicle and waited in the semi cab of a passerby. He was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash. Mendez was taken to Sanford Worthington for treatment. Damage to his vehicle was severe.

DOON, Iowa – The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office has reported the arrest of a Doon man on charges of burglary that also led to a charge of possession of ammunition. The report states on Dec. 4, Michael Eugene Kats, age 51, allegedly entered a locked garage and removed a vehicle his estranged wife had been using since their separation. Items in the vehicle did not belong to Kats or his wife. Several days later, a search warrant was executed at the Kats residence. Authorities were looking for firearms and ammunition, and found more than 1,200 rounds of ammunition, which was seized. He was arrested at that time for possession of a firearm and ammunition by a person with an active protection order, a Class D felony.

SIBLEY, Iowa – Earlier this week, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office filed charges against Thomas Charles Zylstra, 46, of Sibley, for operating without owner’s consent. It is alleged that on November 18, 2013, Zylstra operated a piece of farm machinery owned by someone else without the owner's permission. Operating Without the Owner's Consent is an Aggravated Misdemeanor.

WORTHINGTON - The Southwestern Mental Health Center at 1210 Fifth Avenue in Worthington will have an open house today from 3 to 5 p.m. The public is invited to attend and see their new office complex and participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony. Tours of the building will be conducted and refreshments will be served.

JACKSON - A CD-based Snowmobile Safety Class is being offered in Jackson on December 28th . Conservation Officer Mike Gruhlke said the course will be held in the meeting room in the cattle barn at the Jackson County Fairgrounds at 9 a.m.
Residents of Minnesota born after December 31st, 1976 are required to successfully complete a snowmobile safety course in order to operate a snowmobile in Minnesota. Residents 11 years old and older can take the course. Those wanting to take the course need to complete the CD portion prior to the class on December 28th.

Pre-registration is required by calling Robert and Heather Wood at 847-4698 on or before December 26th. A fee of up to $5 may be collected by the instructor for any fees they incur to conduct the class. Each student will also pay an on-line DNR fee of $5 upon completion of the course.

FULDA – After several years of being closed, the Fulda Pool will be opening shortly after the beginning of the year, according to Jessica Mitchell, coordinator for Fulda Community Education.

Extensive repairs to the pool have all been done, but the lack of sufficient gallons of water, due to rainfall amounts and Fulda water quality prevented the pool from filled. As soon as boilers are inspected, efforts to fill the pool will begin. About 10,000 gallons a day can be added, which means it will take more than two weeks to bring it to the 160,000 capacity.

Hiring and training of life guards is currently underway. If anyone is interested in being a life guard, please contact Jessica Mitchell at the Fulda Community Education Office at 507-425-2427.

STORM LAKE, Iowa - An investigation by Storm Lake police has landed a Royal woman in jail on more than 50 drug-related charges. Police allege the suspect, 28-year-old Kayleen Leedahl, fraudulently obtained 18 different prescription drugs while posing as a nurse from various medical practices and using doctors’ information. Leedahl is accused of obtaining the drugs at the pharmacy of the Storm Lake Walmart store with the intent of delivering or selling them on the street.

Warrants were issued Wednesday for Leedahl's arrest, charging her with one count of ongoing criminal intent, five counts of possession with intent to deliver a schedule three controlled substance; nine counts of possession with intent to deliver a schedule four controlled substance; 14 counts of failure to affix a drug tax stamp; 18 counts of prohibited acts; and four counts of unlawful possession of prescription drugs.

Leedahl was arrested by authorities in Carroll County where she was already in custody on a probation revocation for theft of lottery tickets. She's being held in the Carroll county jail pending extradition to Buena Vista County. Bond on the Buena Vista County charges was set at $50,000.

ESTHERVILLE, Iowa - An investigation into a report of a car burglary in Estherville has landed a man in jail on multiple charges. Estherville police responded to the call in the 1000 block of 3rd Avenue South around 5:45 a.m. Wednesday. The complainant said a vehicle had been broken into overnight and a wallet had been stolen.

A next door neighbor reported someone had been in his garage and that there were footprints in the snow. Officers tracked the suspect to a residence on South 9th Street in Estherville and located a large amount of property in the yard believed to have been taken in earlier burglaries the night before, and discovered the suspect had entered another garage nearby.

While officers were securing the suspect's residence and obtaining a search warrant, the suspect, 30-year-old Jeremy Van Trump of Estherville, arrived and was taken into custody. Upon investigating, police found Van Trump was in possession of items allegedly stolen from the Estherville Hy-Vee store.

Officers then executed a search warrant on Van Trump's residence and found what's alleged to be drug paraphernalia, items taken from car burglaries, property stolen from at least one garage, drug paraphernalia and about a half pound of marijuana.

Van Trump was charged with two counts of burglary in the 3rd degree, four counts of burglary of a motor vehicle, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, failure to affix a drug tax stamp, possession of an unlawful prescription, possession of drug paraphernalia and theft in the 5th degree.

Van Trump remains in the Emmet county jail on a $42,000 cash or surety bond.


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Good thing no fatalities on the accident. Be safe next time. - Sandra Dyche

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