December 17 news

JACKSON – A Buick LaSabre collided with a road grader Monday morning on Highway 71 in Jackson County, causing non-life threatening injuries to the passenger in the vehicle. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Pamilyn Tracey, age 62, of Jackson was passing the road grader when it made a left-hand turn and the two collided. Gregory Ahrens, age 57, of Jackson, who was driving the road grader, was uninjured. Samuel Tracey, age 61, of Jackson, received non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Jackson Sanford.

WORTHINGTON – During a special closed session meeting Monday night, the Worthington City Council discussed the sale of a 17.68 acre parcel of city-owned land on Highway 59. The parcel has yet to be subdivided. City entities were given parameters to continue negotiations after the offer was discussed.

Also discussed during the closed meeting was the job performance of City Administrator Craig Clark.

WORTHINGTON – During a joint hearing Monday in Nobles County District Court, evidence against Michele Lopez and Julio Hernandez for their alleged connection with a November burglary in Marshall involving handguns was reviewed. The hearing was continued until transcripts from a message sent to the Worthington Police Department regarding officer safety related to the case can be reviewed, along with the criminal complaint from Lyon County District Court.

Lopez again asked the court to be released on her own recognizance, but that request was denied. Her bond was reduced from $15,000 to $7,500 with conditions that she does not intake drugs or alcohol, submits to random drug testing, has no contact with Hernandez and the juvenile, and remain in contact with her lawyer.

Both Hernandez and Lopez are in custody in Nobles County Jail.

ADRIAN — The Adrian Branch Library will have its annual Holiday Open House from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday. Holiday cookies and hot apple cider will be served.
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - Owners of snowmobiles, all-terrain and off-road-vehicles in Iowa are reminded that in order to operate the machines on public ice and designated public riding trails that they must be currently registered. Dickinson County Recorder Ann Ditsworth said all Iowa registrations and DNR User Permits need to be renewed annually, and current registrations expire this coming December 31st.

Registration renewals and trail permits are available at the Dickinson County Recorder's Office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

SIBLEY, Iowa - The Magistrate Court ruled that a dog belonging to the Chris Runge family bit a citizen without provocation and therefore fits the definition of Vicious Animal under the Sibley City Code.

Because of the testimony of the Runge Family regarding their effort to make the premises more safe from such attacks for the time being, and in consideration of the bond between the dog and her owners, the Court continued the completion of the judgment until February 3, 2014 to allow the family time to relocate the dog to a home outside the city limits, making the destruction of the dog unnecessary. The defendant will pay all court costs and witness fees in this matter.

SPENCER, Iowa-- A Spencer man has been arrested on a perjury charge for allegedly giving false testimony to authorities investigating the death of Edward Kitto of Spencer. Police say 24-year-old Jakie Harrington was arrested shortly after 5:00 p.m. last Wednesday on a warrant charging him with perjury.

Harrington was also wanted on a warrant charging him with criminal trespass stemming from a separate incident.

EMMETSBURG, Iowa - The execution of a search warrant on a residence in rural Palo Alto County has landed a couple in jail on various charges. The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office says the Kossuth County Sheriff's Office obtained the search warrant in connection with an investigation into some stolen property. The warrant was executed shortly after 11:30 p.m. Friday, resulting in deputies finding stolen items, including firearms, a mini motor bike, what's believed to be controlled substances and drug paraphernalia.

Jennie and Brooks Gengestad, both ages 32, were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and child endangerment. Brooks was also charged with possession of stolen property. The two were also wanted on warrants out of Hancock County.
SIOUX FALLS, SD - Four men have been indicted on charges of first-degree murder for a failed robbery attempt that left a 20-year-old Sioux Falls man dead. A fifth man is also in custody.

Austin Kenneth Hogan of Hartford turned himself into police at noon Monday. He was indicted on charges of first-degree burglary and attempted first-degree robbery.

Court documents reveal Brian David Anderson, 18, faces charges of first degree premeditated murder and attempted first-degree robbery in connection to Jordan LeBeau's death. LeBeau was killed during a failed robbery attempt in his northwest Sioux Falls home on December 2. His father, Jason LeBeau, was also shot during the incident, but survived. Anderson pleaded not guilty in court on Monday.

Trevor Kruthoff, 17, of Watertown, Kevin James Rice and Douglas Scholten, 20, of Dell Rapids are also charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault, first-degree burglary, attempted first-degree robbery and commission of a felony with a firearm. They're expected to make their court appearances this week.

SOUTH DAKOTA - The Sanborn County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's help in finding a missing Mitchell woman. Rachel Lucille Cyriacks, 30, was last seen in Mitchell on December 6 at Performance Pet, and her family has not heard from her since.
Cyriacks is 5-foot-5-inches, weighs approximately 140 pounds and has blond hair. She may be driving a silver 1995 Chevy pickup truck with South Dakota license plate 4CH 634.

Anyone with information regarding Cyriacks' whereabouts is asked to contact the Sanborn County Sheriff's Office at 605-796-4511.

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