December 19 news

WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Police Department is investigating a burglary that took place in the overnight hours Tuesday night and was reported Wednesday at BenLee’s Café. The theft was discovered at approximately 7:20 a.m. Wednesday morning. According to Director of Public Safety Mike Cumiskey, about $170 is missing. Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to contact the Worthington Police Department at 295-5400. The investigation continues.

WORTHINGTON – A former Worthington man with an extensive criminal history was sentenced Wednesday to 92 months in prison, stayed for 20 years. Christopher Gasca, 28, of Windom, will be on probation for the next 20 years after pleading guilty in November to second-degree controlled substance sale near a school.

Gasca was arrested September 5 after authorities made two controlled buys of methamphetamine from him.

He is ordered to undergo a chemical use evaluation and comply with recommendations. Gasca has previous convictions for controlled substance sale, burglary, property damage, assault and check forgery.

WORTHINGTON — The Don and Helen Brands home, 1240 Maplewood Drive, took first place in the annual Holiday Lighting Contest sponsored by the Community Improvement Committee of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, Worthington Public Utilities and the Daily Globe. Second place in the contest was the Dan and Sara Krueger home, 2625 Fox Farm Road, and third place went to the Bernard Strouth home at 1941 Cecilee St.

The Brands receive a $100 credit on their December utility bill and $100 in Chamber Checks. The Kruegers earn $75 in Chamber Checks and a $75 utility bill credit; and Strouth earns $50 in each. The homes were judged on best use of color, most original, best composition, most spectacular and best expression of Christmas.
Main Street Kids was named as the business holiday lighting winner and will receive $100 credit on its December utility bill.

PIPESTONE - The Pipestone County Historical Society has been awarded a $10,000 Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund grant to identify World War I veterans of Pipestone County. The project will enable the museum to develop an exhibit and educational programming in time for the 100th Anniversary of World War I (1914-1918).

A book published back in 1920 entitled “Pipestone County’s Honored Dead” identified Pipestone County residents who died in World War I. The names were submitted, however, with no comprehensive research ever done, according to Pipestone County Historical Museum Director Susan Hoskins.

Pipestone resident David Rambow, who will be the researcher for the project, said the scope of the project will be the men who went to the war from Pipestone County, a number that’s expected to exceed 600. In addition to basic facts about the Pipestone County veterans, Rambow intends to look into their units, where they served, if they were wounded and problems they may have had after the war.
The project has an August 2014 deadline for identifying the veterans. Though Rambow will spend a lot of time researching historic documents, he said he’s hoping family members of World War I veterans will get in touch with him with memories or stories. The public may call Hoskins at 507-825-2563 with this information or for more details about the project.

SPENCER, Iowa - A man wanted in connection with a domestic disturbance in Clay County that occurred on October 30th of this year was arrested Tuesday in Osceola County. The Clay County Sheriff's Office says 28-year-old James Radunz of Ocheyedan was arrested on the outstanding warrant charging him with domestic abuse assault, criminal trespass and criminal mischief. Radunz is accused of breaking property and forcing his way into a residence. He was booked into the Clay county jail pending an initial court appearance.

SPENCER, Iowa - A teenager faces charges in connection with a fight Tuesday at Clay Central-Everly High School. The Clay County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called after a fight broke out at the school. Upon investigating authorities determined 18-year-old Kevin Quinn of Everly and a male juvenile had been involved in the altercation.

Further investigation resulted in authorities arresting Quinn on charges of assault causing bodily injury and disorderly conduct. He was released after posting bond. Authorities say the incident remains under investigation and that additional charges are expected.

STORM LAKE, Iowa — A northwest Iowa woman was released from prison Monday, nearly 14 years after the death of her two-year-old daughter. Heidi Watkins, now 43, was sentenced in December 2000 to 50 years in prison after being convicted of child endangerment for the death of her daughter, Shelby Duis. The toddler’s body was found on January 4, 2000 in the Spirit Lake home that Watkins shared with her boyfriend, Jesse Wendlesdorf. He was acquitted of murder and sexual abuse charges in a separate trial.

Earlier this month, the Iowa Board of Parole granted parole to Watkins, who — based on earned-time credit — had not been scheduled to complete her prison sentence until November of 2022.

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