July 25 news

WORTHINGTON – Three men are being held in the Nobles County Jail after being arrested earlier this week on drug-related charges, all stemming from a mysterious 911 call.

The criminal complaints state charges are filed against 20-year-old Gerson Mejia-Campos of Sioux Falls, SD and 18-year-old Blue Thyboualoy of Worthington for fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of a child. 20-year-old Dao Keovilay of Worthington is also charged with possession of meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child, plus two counts of fifth-degree controlled substance possession and two counts of possession of a weapon after a conviction.

According to court documents, authorities were dispatched to a residence in the 1100 block of Seventh Avenue at approximately 12:32 a.m. July 21 for a 911 hang-up. The call registered from the phone of Keovilay.

At the residence, the law enforcement officers encountered several people, including Mejia-Campos and Thyboualoy, and were finally told Keovilay was sleeping on the couch in the living room. An office woke him, and he claimed he had not called 911. He pulled a phone from his pocket, said it was not his, and that one of his friends must have taken his sometime that day.

Another officer waited with the other individuals and saw a clear plastic baggie with a knot in the end in the center of the room. A third officer found another baggie with white residue in plain sight near the couch.

The residence was secured and a search warrant executed. During the search, numerous items associated with controlled substance use were allegedly located, as were a handgun and a rifle. The residence was found in an uninhabitable condition, covered in garbage, raw food, cockroaches and other bugs.

All three men are scheduled to make appearance in Nobles County District Court August 5.

WORTHINGTON - The Solid Rock Assembly youth group is hosting a rummage sale from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Max 493, 1303 Oxford St., with all proceeds going toward raising $15,000 for an organization that digs wells in Africa to provide clean water. The rummage sale has a wide variety of items that includes gaming consoles, jet skis, various household items, exercise equipment, guitars, games, toys, clothes and more.

WORTHINGTON - Worthington / Nobles County Law Enforcement and Worthington Fire Department / EMS will be competing to see who can recruit the most blood donors to boost the summer blood supply for the community in the 8th Annual “Heroes Behind the Badges” blood drive.

The friendly competition between the departments will take place at Sanford Worthington on Tuesday, August 5 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3 to 6:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to come donate and designate their donation to the department of their choice. All donors will receive a special t-shirt and a free Subway lunch. The department credited with the most blood donations will receive a trophy and bragging rights for a year.

Donors must be 17 years of age or older (16 years old with a signed parent consent form found at www.cbblifeblood.org), weigh 110 lbs. or more and be in good general health the day of the blood drive. Please bring an ID. For more information or to make an appointment please call 372-3319. Walk-ins are welcome.

ROUND LAKE - One person was injured Thursday morning when a car collided with the rear of a semi pulling a tanker-trailer just north of the Iowa/Minnesota border near Round Lake.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office says 26-year-old Rebecca Matthiesen of Lake Park, Iowa was northbound on Jackson County Road 5 at approximately 8:45 a.m. when she apparently became distracted and collided with a tanker-trailer attached to a 2009 Freightliner, which was parked and unoccupied on the east side of the road.

Matthiesen was taken by the Lake Park Ambulance to Lakes Regional Healthcare in Spirit Lake.

A 2011 Chevrolet Equinox she was driving was considered a total loss. Minor damage was reported to the rear of the semi tanker-trailer, owned by JASA Transit of Blair, Nebraska.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Lake Park Fire Department and ambulance and the Round Lake Fire Department.

SHELDON, Iowa — The Sheldon Fire Company was dispatched to a blaze at Rosenboom Machine & Tool on Sheldon’s southwest side shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday. The plant’s workers had been evacuated by the time firefighters arrived.

At one point, smoke could be seen billowing through the open overhead doors on the building’s south side. Sheldon firefighters requested mutual aid manpower from the Sanborn Fire Department, which also responded with trucks and personnel.

While no flames were visible from outside, firefighters were kept busy inside the facility, and were rotated out to be spelled by Sanborn firefighters.

Firefighters had closed down the southern portion of Western Avenue during the call, but reopened the street about 7 pm, and Sheldon firefighters were on scene until about 7:15 pm.

In addition to firefighters from Sheldon and Sanborn, the Sheldon Community Ambulance Team, Sheldon Police Department and Sheldon EMA assisted at the scene.

PRIMGHAR, Iowa - O'Brien county authorities are investigating a burglary that occurred early Tuesday in Calumet. The Sheriff's Office says entry was forcibly gained to Dau Construction and that some small tools had been taken.

The case is still under investigation. Anyone with information should contact the O'Brien County Sheriff's Office.

PRIMGHAR, Iowa - An investigation into illegal drugs in O'Brien County has resulted in the arrest of two Calumet people.

The O'Brien County Sheriff's Office says 40-year-old Joseph Jones and 38-year-old Jennifer Eckhart were arrested Tuesday. The two live at the same address in Calumet. Jones was charged with possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Eckhart was charged with possession of methamphetamine. Both were booked into the O'Brien county jail on bonds of $1,000. Jones has since been released on bond; Echkhart was still being held at last report.

ST. PAUL — Minnesota will issue 500 more wolf licenses and allow hunters and trappers to kill 30 more wolves this year than last year.

The Department of Natural Resources says its latest population estimate is that 470 wolf packs and more than 2,400 wolves lived in Minnesota's wolf range this past winter - 212 more wolves than estimated in the winter of 2013. Dan Stark, the DNR's large carnivore specialist, says the estimate shows a stable population with no significant change from last year.

The DNR will make 3,800 hunting and trapping licenses available. The statewide harvest target is 250 wolves. The DNR will start taking license applications Aug. 1, and the early season opens Nov. 8.

This will be Minnesota's third wolf hunting season since the animals came off the endangered list.


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