May 13 News

WORTHINGTON – Worthington Police Chief Mike Cumiskey will retire at the end of May, he officially announced Monday. He began to let staff know Thursday and Friday of last week, and got all paperwork filed by the end of the week.

Cumiskey has been in law enforcement for 28 years, with almost 15 of those years in the city of Worthington.

His title isn’t actually police chief. Technically, he is Worthington’s Director of Public Safety. But in the hallways of the Prairie Justice Center, he is Chief Cumiskey, or more often, especially to the men and women of the Worthington Police Department, he is simply known as Chief.

All around the state, there have been a lot of retirement from law enforcement this year. A change in Minnesota law involving the Public Employees Retirement Association, known as PERA, froze the cost of living adjustment, then increased the penalty for retiring early. The penalties don’t take effect until July 1, but you have to be retired and drawing PERA for one month, so the last day you can retire is May 31.

Cumiskey has been tossing the idea around for quite some time, trying to decide what he wanted to do as a second career. Finally he decided the first order of business was just to take some time to decompress.

The city of Worthington and civil service commission will have to set the rules and determine what the process will be to replace Cumiskey. A provisional appointment for an interim chief will likely be made, Cumiskey said, and then the civil service commission will have to get to work advertising the position and deciding whether to hire from outside or within.

WORTHINGTON – According to a letter sent to all GuidePoint Pharmacy customers, Sterling Drug will purchased GuidePoint in early June, and as of June 9, all pharmacy customers will be transferred to Sterling.

GuidePoint owner/manager Jason Turner will continue to have an interest in the GuidePoint telepharmacy in Fulda, which he opened 15 months ago, and the GuidePoint Slayton pharmacy, which will celebrate its first anniversary in June.

All current employees of GuidePoint will be offered positions with Sterling Worthington, and Turner will join store manager/pharmacist Bryan Hagen, as well as Sterling’s other pharmacists as a full-time employee at Sterling.

WORTHINGTON — The Worthington City Council on Monday approved the first application under the Nobles Home Initiative, offering 100 percent tax abatement for a period of five years on new construction.

The council approved V & O Properties to build a triplex in its West Park Acres development, with each of the units will be approximately 1,340 square feet in size with a two-stall attached garage. The estimated taxable value is $182,000 per unit.

The council also approved AppBiz Mobile, LLC, an AT&T provider, to receive site preparation assistance for a proposed 4,350 square foot commercial facility on Ray Drive. According to Director of Community and Economic Development Brad Chapulis, between 1,200 and 1,500 square feet of the building will be space available to lease. The council approved its participation at no more than $56,171.

IOWA - An aide to U.S. Senator Tom Harkin will be making several stops in the region. Sandi O'Brien will be in Dickinson county May 19th to tour various projects at the Spirit Lake Community Schools that were made possible by more than a million dollars in grants the district has received since 2000 through the same program.

O'Brien will also make a stop in Osceola county that same day to view new equipment and programs at Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley that were possible through federal grants, along with playground equipment and improvements to a child care facility in the community.

ROCK VALLEY, Iowa — The Rock Valley Police Department is looking for the public’s help to try to solve a burglary case.

Rock Valley officers advise that on Monday, May 5th, a resident on Southern Hills Drive in Rock Valley reported that his garage had been burglarized sometime during the early morning hours. Police investigated and found no forced entry. Allegedly missing was a set of golf clubs, some hunting equipment, vests, and so forth.

Police also discovered that the victim’s next-door neighbor’s garage had also allegedly been burglarized. Police also found no forced entry in the second garage. Thirty dollars’ worth of miscellaneous items were found missing.

If you have any information that might prove to be useful to police, you are asked to call the Rock Valley Police Department. The police also suggest that you always lock your house and garage.

ORANGE CITY,, Iowa — An Orange City man is behind bars on felony burglary charges after an Orange City homeowner caught him in their house.

Orange City Police Chief Jim Pottebaum reports that they arrested 23-year-old Trevor John Starkweather of Orange City on Thursday, May 8th, at about 9:30 AM.

He says there had been several recent burglary reports in Orange City, when someone allegedly saw Starkweather in their house stealing prescription medication.

Pottebaum says he was only a few blocks away and they were able to arrest Starkweather. He was charged with Second Degree Burglary, a class C felony; Fifth Degree Theft, a simple misdemeanor, and Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs, a Serious Misdemeanor.

According to Sioux County Jail records, Starkweather is being held in jail in lieu of a $10,000 cash or surety bond.

Court records indicate no dates have been set in the case.

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