August 4 news

WORTHINGTON – A Worthington man with an extensive criminal history is scheduled to make a court appearance Tuesday on a new set of charges that include felony-level robbery and assault. Sonny Syhavong, age 24, is charges with simple robbery, aiding and abetting first- and second-degree aggravated robbery, aiding and abetting second and third degree assault and theft.

The complaint states law enforcement officers received a report of an assault on July 4 and met the victim at the hospital. He could not remember much other than being hit from behind. When he came to, he said, his cell phone was gone.

The following day, the victim’s sister called to say she had located the phone using the “find my phone” app. The juvenile who had it said a friend gave it to him, but refused to say who the friend was.

Several days later, the victim regained more of his memory and was able to recall more details from the assault, including the identity of his attackers. He said Syhavong and two juveniles had assaulted him, one while holding a gun on him.

The assault had resulted in an intracranial hemorrhage and concussion.

Syhavong was picked up on an unrelated matter for the Department of Corrections and is currently being held at the Nobles County Jail. He has previous convictions for assault, burglary and harassment.

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa – The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two people for allegedly kidnapping a man from South Dakota and holding him against his will in Lyon County until he was able to escape.

According to information released from the sheriff’s office, Craig Allen Olson, age 55, of Canton, South Dakota, and Oriana Ti Groppetti, age 32, of Visalia, California, are charged with third-degree kidnapping. Olson was arrested quickly, and as the investigation progressed, a warrant was issued for Gropetti. She was apprehended in California with the help of the Sioux Falls area fugitive task force.

The victim says he was taken from Lincoln County, SD on July 21 and taken to an abandoned acreage in Lyon County, where he waqs locked in a grain bin. He was able to escape from the grain bin, but was once again captured by the suspects and taken to a second grain bin somewhere in western Lyon County. The victim again escaped and ran to another acreage where he was able to call 911.

This is an ongoing investigation and charges are pending against others involved.

STORM LAKE, Iowa - Authorities in northwest Iowa are searching for a man who absconded from a sex offender transition release program.

The Iowa Department of Human Services says 42-year-old Cory West did not return from his place of employment and was last seen in the Storm Lake area. Authorities say he absconded early Sunday.

West was ordered into a civil commitment program at the Cherokee Mental Health Institute in 2011, and became eligible for the transition release program in fall of 2013.
The program provides long-term inpatient treatment for violent sexual predators that have served their prison terms but are considered likely to commit further offenses.

SLAYTON — Just a reminder, residents of Slayton are asked to boil water before using it from Tuesday through Aug. 11 due to low water pressure
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The city of Slayton will be performing work on Juniper Avenue, which includes installing multiple new water main valves. The installation of the valves will require a city-wide shutdown of the water system from 6:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday through Friday, due to the water pressure dropping to a point that harmful bacteria could enter the water system.

The result is a boil water order that will take effect each day when the water system is reactivated. Water should be boiled for one minute before used for drinking, making ice, washing dishes or food preparation.

For more information or questions, contact Slayton City Hall at (507) 836-8534.

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 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. Please bring an ID. For more information or to make an appointment please call 372-3319. Walk-ins are welcome.

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