November 15 news

WORTHINGTON – Charges have been filed against three Worthington residents who were found to be in possession of several handguns registered as stolen from Borch’s Sporting Goods in Marshall last week.

Michele Lopez, 38, and Julio Hernandez, 19, are charged with possessing a pistol after a felony conviction, possession of stolen property and possessing a pistol without a permit. A 17-year-old juvenile from Estherville was also arrested and charged.
The criminal complaint states a Worthington Police Officer pulled over a vehicle driven by Lopez for a traffic incident, and noticed all of the occupants seemed nervous.

Because of inconsistent statements and their general demeanor, the officer elected to conduct a pat down search. Hernandez allegedly had possession of a Taurus PT-809 handgun. The vehicle was searched, and officers found two more handguns and multiple car stereos. The serial numbers on the guns matched those stolen from Marshall.

A search of Lopez’s house turned up some of the contents that had been located in a car stolen from Worthington and used to drive through the Borch’s store. Also found was another gun and some flashlights stolen from the sporting goods store.

WORTHINGTON – Now is the time to purchase your 2014-2015 pet license at the Worthington Police Department or Veterinary Medical Center. The licenses are available for $20 for spayed or neutered animals, $30 for non-spayed or non-neutered. The new licenses are good for two years and need to be purchased by Feb. 1 to avoid a citation. Bring proof of current rabies vaccinations.

WORTHINGTON – Beginning today, the odd/even parking ordinance goes into effect in Worthington, remaining until March 31. If the day is an odd number, park on the odd side of the street, if an even number park on the even side of the street. The ordinance begins at midnight and stays in effect until 3 p.m. Violators are subject to a $25 fine and could potentially have their car towed.

WORTHINGTON – There will be a Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony at the Minnesota West Center for Career Education at 9 a.m. on Thursday Nov, 21 at the former fire hall on Third Avenue.

WORTHINGTON — The District 518 Board of Education will vote Tuesday on whether to approve membership in a new athletic conference scheduled for kickoff in 2014-15. After a research process led by activities directors of the Southwest and South Central conferences involving months of discussion on possible rules, schedules and new conference configurations, the “Big South” conference could be around the corner. The school boards of Windom, Fairmont and Blue Earth approved the move this week and several others are set to have a vote next week.

The deadline for approving or rejecting the proposal is Nov. 27.

WINDOM — The Cottonwood County Historical Society will open the doors of its museum Sunday afternoon for a special program on local veterans. The society, which has conducted cemetery strolls in other years, is putting a new twist on the event by having volunteers share the stories of military men and women on the museum’s stage.
“The Cemetery Stroll: A Tribute to Cottonwood County Veterans” will begin at 2 p.m. at the museum, 812 Fourth Ave., Windom. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m.

Linda Fransen, director of the historical society, said the past year has been dedicated to archiving military memorabilia and collecting stories from the county’s veterans to establish a database, thanks to a grant the society received from Minnesota’s legacy program. So far, more than 50 veterans have contributed information or stories for the effort, but Fransen said there are a lot more out there who haven’t.

SIOUX FALLS, SD - A four-hour armed standoff in western Sioux Falls ended with the suspect in custody on Thursday, police said.

Police were called to the home at 12th St. and Marion Road around 9:08 a.m. to serve a warrant to Michael Smith, 25. When police arrived, four people left the home, but none of them were Smith. After police questioned the four who left the residence, they were released. They also told officers Smith was inside and armed, which lead police to activate the emergency response team.

Around 1:30 p.m., negotiators talked Smith into leaving the house, with his girlfriend, who is 18. Smith was lodged at the Minnehaha County Jail on two $5,000 cash warrants for possession of a controlled substance.

The landlord of the residence says the rental was leased by a man, woman and child at the beginning of November, but that the suspect does not live there. The landlord said he considered evicting the family based on the number of cars in and out of the property and neighbor complaints.


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