April 3 news

WORTHINGTON – Flames outside of a house in the 400 block of Eighth Avenue were reported by a newspaper carrier shortly after 6 a.m. Thursday morning, and the Worthington Fire Department called out. A Worthington Police Officer responding at the scene reported the fire was in an exterior doghouse, caused by a heating lamp. One truck was dispatched to the scene and was there for only a short time.

WORTHINGTON – Eleven felony and nine misdemeanor animal neglect charges have been filed in Nobles County District Court against Joan Mary Moore of rural Reading in the malnutrition death of at least 11 horses.

The criminal complaint states the animals were discovered by law enforcement after an anonymous tip was received by the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy found dead horses at Moore’s property in various stages of decay.

When an investigator spoke to Moore, she said her hours had been cut and she didn’t have enough money to feed all of her horses. She didn’t sell them she stated, because she didn’t want to see them put down. She also said she did not have running water at the house because a pressure switch was out.

The investigator spoke with a veterinarian, who said the nine remaining horses ranged in health from moderate to thin. The condition of the corpses showed malnutrition, he said, and it was apparent the animals had not received the daily care they needed.

Moore is scheduled for a first appearance in court April 22.

LAKE PARK, Iowa -- Three teens face charges in connection with a fight Monday in Lake Park. Police Chief Joe Hoover says 19-year-old James Brockshus, 18-year-old Devin Mitchell and a 16-year-old juvenile were charged with disorderly conduct. Hoover says the incident took place in a park area near the Elementary School

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - Two Republicans will square off for the District Four seat on the Dickinson county board of supervisors in the June Primary. Incumbent Paul Johnson is being challenged by Mike Wittrock.

Incumbents Bill Leopold and Marti Allen were the only ones to file for the Districts one and two seats, respectively.

Kris Rowley will be running unopposed in the November General Election for Treasurer, while Anita Sorensen has filed as a Democrat for County Recorder, challenging Ann Ditsworth.

Incumbent John Martin is unopposed for County Attorney and Lori Pedersen was the only candidate to file for County Auditor.

The filing deadline was March 26th.

SIBLEY, Iowa — What began as an investigation into the theft of some hay bales in northeastern O’Brien County has resulted in the recovery of a treasure trove of items reported stolen from around northwest Iowa over the past several months.

According to search warrants released Wednesday by the Osceola County Court Clerk’s Office, the investigation began when an Osceola County Deputy went to an acreage east of Sibley March 21st to talk with the resident in reference to some stolen hay bales. The acreage’s owner, Mike Block, wasn’t home at the time, but the deputy spotted a John Deere rider mower fitting the description of one that had been reported stolen from Sibley Equipment back in July of 2013. The deputy reportedly photographed the mower from his patrol vehicle, and took the photo to Sibley Equipment, where it was tentatively identified as matching the description of the stolen unit.

On Monday, March 24th, deputies executed a warrant to search the building on Block’s property where the mower was spotted, and reportedly discovered other items matching the description of items from other theft incidents.

In all, five separate search warrants were issued, covering the original storage building, as well as the house located on the acreage, Block’s home in Sibley, a location in Ashton, and several of Block’s vehicles.

According to the documents released by the Clerk’s Office, items seized during the execution of the warrants includes; a White Tractor, North American Cargo Trailer, a 1987 Chevrolet truck with a white utility box, a baler, John Deere Riding Mower, construction equipment, four hay racks, a car trailer, a stalk chopper, and numerous other items.

Osceola County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Seth Hoffman says the investigation recovered items that had been reported stolen in nine different cases, including three each in Osceola and O’Brien counties, two in Lyon County and one in Sioux County.

At last report, charges are still pending in connection with this case.

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Bad set of news

Its a bad set of news that is posted here. Many crimes and charges. I hope for the better in Worthington. - Mission Maids

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