May 21 news

WORTHINGTON – A Worthington man is in custody after allegedly robbing a victim at gunpoint in the early morning hours Sunday. According to the criminal complaint, Jose Manolo Arevalo Cortez, 32, faces charges of first- and second-degree aggravated robbery.

The complaint states Cortez asked the victim for a ride home from the Long Branch Saloon. The victim told police that he had talked to the man earlier in the evening, so he offered him the ride. When the man got in the van, the victim said the man put a gun in his side and told him to give him everything he had. The victim gave the man $500 in cash and his cell phone.

The person interpreting for the victim identified the man as Jose Arevelo. Authorities went to a known address, where they located Cortez and found the victim’s cell phone. Cortez is currently in custody at Nobles County Jail.

WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Commissioners were the next in line to approve the Nobles Home Initiative Guidelines on Tuesday, finalizing a five-year, 100 percent tax abatement program on new home construction. The action paved the way for the county to receive its first application for the housing program. The city of Worthington had already approved the guidelines and had their first applicant.

Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp. Manager Abraham Algadi said applications for six more units — one in Bigelow and two outside Worthington’s city limits — will come before the county board for tax abatement approval on June 3, with another application for a unit still early in the process.

WORTHINGTON - The Sports & Recreation Committee of the Worthington Area Convention & Visitors’ Bureau is sponsoring the Annual Worthington Regatta Bike Ride on Saturday, June 14 in conjunction with the Worthington Windsurfing Regatta & Unvarnished Music Festival. There will be 15, 30, and 50 mile routes. Early registration is $20 per rider through June 1. After June 1, the registration fee is $25 per rider. Registration will be from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Centennial Park. All rides will leave from Centennial Park at 9 a.m. All proceeds from the event will be used toward community programs. For more information please contact the Worthington Area Convention & Visitors’ Bureau at (507) 372-2919 or e-mail at wcofc@frontiernet.net.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa-- The State Fire Marshal has completed investigations into two house fires Spirit Lake firefighters battled Sunday. Fire Chief Pat Daly says the cause of the first blaze that heavily damaged a home at 2701 Adams Avenue has been ruled undetermined. Daly says the Fire Marshal determined the cause of the second blaze that heavily damaged a residence on Pasture Road on the east side of Big Spirit Lake was accidental in nature. No injuries were reported in either fire.

SHELDON, Iowa — A 10-month-long investigation into the illegal sales of controlled substances in northwest Iowa has resulted in numerous arrests. The Sheldon Police Department, acting as a member of the Iowa Great Lakes Drug Task Force, was a party in nine arrests on Monday, May 19. The charges were based on delivery of methamphetamine, Hydrocodone and Oxycodone. Officers and jailers from the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Department, the Hartley Police Department, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Department, and the Sac County Sheriff’s Department assisted the Sheldon Police with the arrests.

Arrested from Sheldon were:

45-year-old Shirleen Kay Earle
two counts of Delivery of Hydrocodone
Failure to have an Iowa Drug Tax Stamp.
She was transported to the O’Brien County Jail.

21-year-old Todd Robert Earle
Delivery of Hydrocodone,
Delivery of Oxycodone,
two counts of Failure to have an Iowa Drug Tax Stamp.
He was transported to the O’Brien County Jail.

57-year-old Dennis Lee Johnson
two counts of Delivery of Oxycodone
Failure to have an Iowa Drug Tax Stamp.
He was transported to the O’Brien County Jail.

46-year-old Kristi Ann Johnson
two counts of Delivery of Oxycodone
Failure to have an Iowa Drug Tax Stamp.
She was transported to the O’Brien County Jail.

28-year-old Sarah Ann King
three counts of Delivery of Hydrocodone
two counts of Failure to have an Iowa Drug Tax Stamp.
She is presently incarcerated in the Sioux County Jail on unrelated charges and will be transported to the O’Brien County Jail at a later date.

Also arrested were:
20-year-old Jeremy Ronald Sheriff of Matlock
Delivery of Hydrocodone,
Delivery of Oxycodone,
Failure to have an Iowa Drug Tax Stamp.
He was transported to the O’Brien County Jail.

21-year-old Natosha Marie Engelkes of Hartley
Delivery of Hydrocodone
Failure to have an Iowa Drug Tax Stamp.
She was arrested by the Hartley Police Department on arrest warrants for these charges and was transported to the O’Brien County Jail.

30-year-old Boimmy Senaphan of Nemaha, Iowa
two counts of Delivery of Methamphetamine,
Conspiracy to Deliver Methamphetamine,
Child Endangerment.
He turned himself in to the O’Brien County Jail after learning of the warrants for his arrest.

24-year-old Dolly Vega-Rosas, also of Nemaha, Iowa
Delivery of Methamphetamine
Conspiracy to Delivery Methamphetamine.
She was arrested by the Sac County Sheriff’s Department on arrest warrants for these charges and was later transported to the O’Brien County Jail.

The drug delivery charges are all Class C Felonies, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of between a thousand and ten thousand dollars.

The drug tax stamp charges are all Class D Felonies, punishable by up to five years in prison and and a fine of between $750 and $7500.

The Child Endangerment charge is an Aggravated Misdemeanor, punishable by up to two years in prison and a fine of between $625 and $6,250.

ORANGE CITY, Iowa — A Sioux City man has been sentenced to up to ten years in prison on drug and alcohol-related charges. Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle says that 27-year-old Ricardo Daniel Carranza, of Sioux City was sentenced on Monday, May 19th in Sioux County District Court on two counts of Delivery of MDMA (Ecstasy), a Class C Felony, and Operating While Intoxicated – Second Offense, an Aggravated Misdemeanor.

Court records indicate that on December 3, 2013, Carranza delivered ecstasy in two controlled buys. A third controlled buy was set up for March 23, 2014, for the purchase of marijuana from Carranza. After Carranza was arrested, he admitted during an interview that he had smoked marijuana earlier in the day and was found to be under the influence of cannabis. He was sentenced to an indeterminate ten-year prison term on each of the delivery charges, and to two years in prison on the OWI charge, with the sentences to run concurrently.

MINNESOTA - Former state lawmaker Jim Knoblach said he will appeal a ruling from the Minnesota Court of Appeals that requires him to post an $11 million bond to continue his lawsuit aimed at stopping construction of a new Senate Office Building, according to the Associated Press.

The three-judge appeals panel Tuesday ordered Knoblach to post the bond by May 27 or his lawsuit will be dismissed. The judges said the bond is required to protect state government from increased construction costs that it would likely incur if the project is delayed due to Knoblach’s lawsuit, MPR News reports.

Knoblach’s appeal of the bond requirement will go to the Minnesota Supreme Court.
The bond question is one aspect of the lawsuit filed last October by Knoblach, a Republican who used to represent the St. Cloud area in the Minnesota House. He claims in his suit that the Legislature violated the state constitution when it included financing for the $90 million office building in a tax bill, rather than in a public works bonding bill, which would have required a super-majority to pass.

A lower court dismissed the suit, but Knoblach is appealing. The appeals judges said they would schedule a hearing on the lawsuit on June 10 if Knoblach posts the $11 million as ordered.

The state hopes to break ground on the building in July.

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