May 6 news

WORTHINGTON – People planning to attend the first-ever event at the new Worthington Event Center need to purchase tickets by Tuesday, May 14. Community members are invited to attend the WEC’s grand opening gala May 18 and enjoy music by three local bands – Starfire, Sideline and Tommy Gunn.

A meal featuring teriyaki shrimp on a skewer and Monterrey chicken catered by BenLee’s of Worthington begins at 7 p.m. A wine tasting by Worthington Liquor Store goes from 5:30-7 p.m. Tickets are now on sale at Worthington City Hall, the Chamber of Commerce office, Schafer’s Health & Gifts and the Worthington Liquor Store. Tickets are $40 per person. For more information contact the Chamber of Commerce at 372-2919 or check out the Worthington Event Center’s Facebook page.

SHELDON, Iowa — An 83-year-old Sheldon woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash Sunday morning on Iowa 18 in Sheldon. Joyce Van Rooyen was driving a 2011 Suzuki SX4 when she was struck head-on by a 2003 Mercury Mountaineer driven by Justin Hassebroek, 24, of Sheldon. The crash was reported at 8:44 a.m.

According to the Iowa State Patrol, Hassebroek fell asleep and his vehicle crossed the center line, striking the Van Rooyen vehicle. Hassebroek suffered non-life threatening injuries. A passenger in his vehicle, Justin Mulder, 23, of Sheldon, suffered serious injuries.

Assisting the Iowa State Patrol at the scene were the Sheldon Fire and Rescue, Sheldon EMS, Sheldon Police and the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - A traffic stop early Friday morning in Spirit Lake landed an Estherville woman in jail on drug charges. Spirit Lake police say an officer pulled over a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee shortly before 2:30 a.m. Upon investigating it was determined that the driver, 20-year-old Chelsie Wycoff of Estherville, was allegedly in possession of alcohol under the legal age. A further investigation and subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in officers finding a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Wycoff was arrested and booked into the Dickinson county jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance; possession of drug paraphernalia; operating while intoxicated; and possession of alcohol under the legal age.

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa - On May 4, 2013 at 9:30 p.m., a Lyon County Deputy observed a suspicious vehicle at a hog confinement in the 1900 block of Dove Avenue. As the deputy approached the vehicle, the driver started the vehicle and fled the scene. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver did not stop. A pursuit ensued, southbound on Dove Avenue, ending in the 2300 block of Dove Ave., when the vehicle left the roadway, rolled, landing on its driver’s side. The driver, Kathryne M. Bauer, of Sioux Falls was transported to Sanford Rock Rapids, and then on to Sanford Sioux Falls to be evaluated for any possible injuries. The accident is still under investigation and charges may be filed. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol, Alvord Fire and Rescue, and Lyon County Ambulance.

WATERLOO, Iowa - Nearly 200 people have attended the funeral of one of two abducted Iowa cousins whose remains were later found. The service for Elizabeth Collins was held Saturday at Waterloo Memorial Park Cemetery. Elizabeth was laid to rest in a wooden casket inside a burial vault painted pink. Pink and purple balloons were later released into the air.

Elizabeth's mother, Heather Collins, says the service offers closure for her daughter's three siblings. But she says she doesn't think there will be closure for others until a person is found that may be involved in her daughter's death.

Elizabeth and her cousin, Lyric Cook, went missing in July. Hunters found their bodies in December. A private funeral service for Lyric was held last month.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa - Authorities say a man accused of shooting a Sioux City police officer has been captured in Texas. Police announced on Saturday that 21-year-old Jamal Dean was arrested without incident during a traffic stop in Rivera, Texas.

Several agencies learned on Friday that Dean may be in Texas. They believed he was heading to the United States and Mexican Border. He was stopped in a Dodge Durango going south on Highway 77.

The manhunt for Dean began Monday. He is accused of shooting several rounds from a rifle at Officer Kevin McCormick during a routine traffic stop. The hunt spread to Omaha, but he wasn't found during a 90-minute search.

McCormick, who was shot in the forehead, is expected to make a full recovery.

ST. PAUL - The latest Republican to announce a 2014 challenge to Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton is Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson. At a campaign kickoff event in Hamel, Minn., Johnson said his priorities include jobs, education, and an improved government. Johnson, a former state legislator, cast himself as a candidate who is conservative enough to gain GOP endorsement, but will also appeal to those outside the party. Johnson told supporters a statewide race could not be won with only Republican votes.

Johnson is the second candidate to announce, joining businessman Scott Honour in taking a run at the GOP nomination. Dayton has said repeatedly that he will seek re-election.

ST. PAUL - Another committee hearing for a bill to legalize same-sex marriage is scheduled in the Minnesota House of Representatives. The House Ways and Means Committee called a Monday hearing for the bill after a Minnesota Management and Budget fiscal analysis found legalizing same-sex marriage would cost the state about $678,000 a year to provide health insurance benefits to same-sex spouses of state employees. Those costs would be slightly offset by fees collected from gay couples getting marriage licenses.

House Speaker Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, said he will not bring up the proposal for a floor vote until he is sure it has the votes. The Senate is believed to have a larger majority of votes to pass the measure.

ST. CLOUD - A Crow Wing County bomb squad destroyed a suspicious object Saturday in St. Cloud. Police confirmed that the item did contain explosives. A section of 29th Avenue North was blocked off for hours as the object was removed.

St. Cloud resident Corey Gaulrapp, who discovered the item, said he picked it up before realizing what it was. Gaulrapp described the object as heavy and white with a fuse. Police are still investigating.


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