April 17 news

WORTHINGTON – Charges were filed earlier this week against a woman accused of selling drugs to confidential informants on two occasions last year. Desirae Ann Hotovec, age 26, is charged with three counts of third-degree controlled substance sale in Nobles County District Court.

According to the criminal complaint, Hotovec allegedly sold Oxycodone and a small amount of methamphetamine to a CI, making the exchange at a residence in Worthington on February of 2013. In July of 2013, she allegedly met another CI at Bibles For Missions and completed the sale of 2 grams of meth.

Hotovec has been charged in two prior drug-related cases. She is scheduled to make her first appearance in court May 6.

WORTHINGTON – Kelli Jo Torres, 31, of Worthington, is facing a first-degree controlled substance charge after charges were filed last week in Nobles County District Court.

According to the criminal complaint, Torres allegedly completed drug sales to confidential informants on three separate occasions in 2013. On March 20 and 21, Torres met with a CI at Video Lupita, allegedly selling more than 11 grams in two days. Less than a week later, she was scheduled to meet a CI at her residence in Rushmore, but changed the setting at the last moment to meet behind the laundromat in Worthington with another 2 grams.

When she met with agents from the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force in early February of this year, she said she is not a drug dealer, but admitted selling for others several times and buying drugs for herself many times.

Bond was set for $25,000. Torres has previous arrests for assault, child endangerment and wrongfully obtaining assistance. She is scheduled to make an appearance in court next week.

WORTHINGTON – A Legislative Breakfast listening session will take place at 7 a.m. Friday at the Hickory Lodge, with Sen. Bill Weber and Reps. Joe Schomacker and Rod Hamilton in attendance.

The breakfast session normally takes place on a Saturday, but according to Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Darlene Macklin, scheduling became an issue. They decided to move the breakfast to a weekday for convenience.

Questions for the legislators can be submitted to the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce via email at wcofc@frontiernet.net. Reservations can be made the same way, or by calling the chamber office at 372-2919. Reservations must be made by Thursday afternoon – cost of the event is $7.50.

JACKSON — Minnesota’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, including Federated Rural Electric in Jackson, have joined together to help spruce up our State Parks.

A spring clean up day is set for Saturday, May 3, when electric cooperative employees, customers and the general public will set aside a work day in various parks throughout the state. Volunteers will clean picnic shelters, fix existing structures, brush trails and pick up litter.

Locally, Federated Rural Electric employees, customers and the general public are invited to Kilen Woods State Park, northeast of Lakefield from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A free lunch will be served by Federated.

Volunteers need to RSVP by noon May 2. Call Federated at 847-3520, or info@federatedrea.coop. This ensures that lunch is ordered for all volunteers. GreenTouch volunteers receive free access to the park on this day.

DOVRAY – A one-vehicle crash caused non-life threatening injuries Wednesday evening near Dovray. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Gretchen Scharmer, 56, of Storden, was eastbound on Minnesota 30 at 6:18 p.m. when she lost control of her 2001 Saturn and rolled. She was taken to Westbrook hospital for treatment. Damage to her vehicle was severe.

BINGHAM LAKE – Two vehicles collided on Minnesota 60 Wednesday evening near Bingham Lake, causing non-life threatening injuries to both drivers. At approximately 5:53 p.m., Melinda Dewall, age 40, of Bingham Lake, made a left turn onto Minnesota 60 in a 1999 Dodge Ram and collided with a Toyota Camry, driven by Mustfa Hayato, 45 of Champlin, who was eastbound on the highway. Both were transported by ambulance to the Windom Hospital. Damage to both vehicles was severe.

SIBLEY, Iowa - Jose Luis Garcia Corona, 30, of Worthington, was found guilty of Domestic Abuse Assault, a simple misdemeanor, in Osceola County District Court. Because he had no prior criminal history, pronouncement of a sentence was deferred on the condition Corona complete an approved Domestic Abuse Program at his expense, and stay on formal probation for one year. He must pay all court costs, attorney fees and the Sheriff's room and board fees.

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa – The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday arrested 55-year-old Kevin Dean Miller of Brandon, SD for first-degree felony theft of a Caterpillar Telescopic Handler, bucket and pallet forks.

The machine and its attachments were stolen from Security Savings Bank in Larchwood, IA on October 18, 2013. Miller had the stolen items in his possession at the time of his arrest. Value of reported stolen items was approximately $35,000.

SIOUX FALLS, SD - Police say a woman was murdered Wednesday afternoon at a home in western Sioux Falls. The 53-year-old victim was found at 5605 W. Misty Glen Place around 3:30 p.m.. Police were initially called to the home for a woman who sustained fatal injuries, Officer Sam Clemens said.

Witnesses saw a man leave the home and were able to get the license plate number and a description of the car. Just before 4 p.m., the car and suspect were found at a home in the 2800 block of South Theodore Avenue.

Clemens say the suspect is in custody, and charges are expected.

The victim and suspect do know each other, Clemens said. Through the initial investigation, it appears as though this is a drug related incident. The victim's name will not be released pending notification of family.

MADISON - A 19-year-old western Minnesota man has admitted that he and his father hosted an underage drinking party attended by a high school athlete who was later found dead of hypothermia.

Erik Hastad of rural Madison, pleaded guilty Tuesday in La qui Parle County Court to violating the county’s social host ordinance, a misdemeanor, and contributing to the delinquency of a child, a gross misdemeanor.

Hastad and his father, Gary, 59, were both charged with hosting the drinking party on a farm on March 8. When law enforcement authorities showed up at the party, many of the attendees fled, including Michael Anyasike, 18, of Dawson, who was found dead the next day. The county medical examiner determined that Anyasike died from hypothermia, with alcohol consumption as a contributing factor.

Gary Hastad was in court for a hearing Wednesday, but has not yet entered a plea, according to his attorney.

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