July 17 news

WORTHINGTON – A Worthington man is facing two felony burglary charges and a gross misdemeanor for contributing to the delinquency of a minor after an incident that occurred over the weekend.

Anthony Promvongsa, age 19, is charged with first-degree attempted burglary and aiding and abetting first-degree burglary, according to documents filed in Nobles County District Court.

The criminal complaint states authorities were alerted to an attempted burglary at approximately 4:27 a.m. Sunday morning by a woman on Minnesota Drive, who said she knew the suspects Promvongsa and a 13-year-old juvenile. She said the juvenile broke into her basement window, then came through the house and let Promvongsa in through the door.

The noise woke one of her four children, who got up and saw the people in the house. He recognized the juvenile as his cousin. When the intruders saw the boy, they ran off.
The investigating officer located Promvongsa around 9:30 that morning and arrested him. Promvongsa denied the accusation, stating he was at a party until 2 or 3 a.m., then he rode his bike to a house on Sixth Avenue and stayed there all night until he was awakened at 8 a.m. by the complainant. He said he stayed at the same house as the juvenile, but never saw him.

The officer spoke with the juvenile, who said he had met up with Promvongsa at 2 a.m., who had borrowed a car. Promvongsa had allegedly told him he wanted to visit his ex-girlfriend, so they had gone to the complainant’s home, where the juvenile had broken the window, climbed through and unlocked the door for Promvongsa.

An order granting a public defender was filed Tuesday. Promvongsa’s next court appearance is scheduled for July 29.

WINDOM - Bridgework on Interstate 90 has made detours necessary in Jackson County. The westbound entrance ramp from Highway 71 to I-90 in Jackson is currently closed. Motorists wanting to head west on Interstate 90 from Highway 71 will be routed west on County Road 34 south of Jackson to County Road 9, then north to I-90.

Construction will begin soon on the Highway 86 bridge over I-90. Traffic both ways south of Lakefield will be routed east to 490th Street to cross I-90.

Once the westbound lane bridge is completed, work will begin on the east bound bridge, creating another detour. Traffic exiting at Jackson will take the Highway 86 exit and routed to Jackson via County Road 34.

Initial estimates showed each side of the bridge would take around 6 weeks to complete. Motorists are encouraged to watch for signs notifying when detours will change. MnDOT urges everyone to drive safely and pay attention to road crews.

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa — A Luverne woman is behind bars in Lyon County, charged with two felony counts. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 22-year-old Wendy Kooiker of Luverne on Monday, July 14th. She was charged with two counts of Identity Theft, which is a Class D Felony.

Kooiker’s charges stem from a house burglary that happened in Rock Rapids on July 2, 2014. She is being held in the Lyon County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - The man who coordinates emergency services in Dickinson county says he's confident the necessary preparations have been made for two major events that will be going on almost simultaneously this weekend in the Iowa Great Lakes.

Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Ehret said they've had several months to get ready and he feels confident the necessary resources are in place. He says the biggest challenge with University of Okoboji Homecoming activities and RAGBRAI coming through the area is going to be getting around.

Traffic will be heavy Saturday, plus the marathon will be going on, he said. Sunday, the RAGBRAI bikes will come in, along with the support vehicles. Ehret warns everyone against calling 911 to complain about traffic. He says by doing that you could interfere with officials' ability to respond to an emergency.

Short of leaving the area for a few days, Ehret says the best advice for Lakes Area residents looking to avoid huge amounts of traffic this weekend is to just stay home. Otherwise he says if you do need to get somewhere your best bet is going to be to use one of the shuttle services.

Ehret says they're bringing in some outside resources just in case. They’ve got the Clay County Emergency Management command trailer and will be set up at Arnold’s Park for the duration of RAGBRAI. Extra radios have been brought in from other counties, and now they are just waiting for the events to start.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa - Three men who conspired to distribute methamphetamine in northwest Iowa and southwest Minnesota have been sentenced in U.S. District Court in Sioux City.

25-year-old Jose Lopez, Jr., 25-year-old Francisco Orozco-Padilla and 27-year-old Ricardo Camberos-Valle pleaded guilty earlier to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine. All three admitted involvement in a conspiracy from 2009 through May 2013 that distributed more than 1.5 grams of meth. Court documents say the three traveled to Wisconsin and Minnesota to obtain meth for distribution in Iowa, and that the three aided and abetted each other in distributing the drug to undercover officers.

Lopez Jr. was sentenced to 59 months imprisonment; Orozco-Padilla was sentenced to 78 months' imprisonment and Camberos Valle was sentenced to 60 months' imprisonment. Lopez Jr. must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term; Orozco-Padilla and Camberos-Valle must each also serve a two-year term of supervised release after the prison term.

All three are being held in the custody of a U.S. Marshal pending transport to a federal prison.

The case was investigated by the Clay County Sheriff's Office, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Iowa Great Lakes Drug Task Force, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement and the Spirit Lake Police.

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