June 30 news

WORTHINGTON – According to Worthington Public Utilities Manager Scott Hain, the static water level out at Well 26 is looking better, but he’s not quite ready to lift the non-essential water ban yet.

The water level is measured each Friday out at Well 26, and a 2 foot gain was recorded this past week. Hain said that is good news, but not as much as hoped. While we’ve crept past the 16-year average level, he said, we’re not yet prepared to lift the ban. With the holiday on Friday, Hain will have his crew check the levels again on Thursday before making any decisions.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - An investigation into a report of a vehicle in the ditch near the intersection of Highway 86 and 180th Street in Dickinson County has resulted in a drug charge against a Milford man.

The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office says a deputy responded to that location around 12:06 a.m. Thursday and found the vehicle was unoccupied. Upon investigating the deputy determined the owner was 23-year-old Shane Hessenius of Milford. The deputy also noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The vehicle was towed and upon conducting an inventory, the deputy found what's alleged to be marijuana in the trunk and several plastic baggies.

Warrants for Hessenius were issued charging him with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and failure to maintain control. Hessenius was picked up on the warrant a short time later and was released after posting a $5,300 bond.

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa - On Saturday, June 28, 2014 the Lyon County Sheriff's Office observed James Schabacker, age 22, Rock Rapids, Iowa drive to Casey's General Store in Rock Rapids. A deputy discovered that Schabacker did not have a valid driver's license and also had a warrant in Sioux County for failure to appear. Deputies made contact with Schabacker and found him to be intoxicated. He was subsequently arrested on the Sioux County warrant and was also charged with driving without a license, a simple misdemeanor, and operating while intoxicated (2nd offense), an aggravated misdemeanor

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Emergency rescues were underway in Cedar Rapids, Iowa overnight after 6 inches of rain fell. According to the National Weather Service, vehicles were fully submerged and even some fire trucks were stranded. Fire and Rescue were conducting door-to-door rescues in some areas by boat.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Governor Terry Branstad ordered all flags in the state to be flown at half-staff over the weekend in honor of 25-year-old Marine Corps Corporal Adam F. Wolff of Ottumwa, Iowa.

Cpl. Wolff was killed following an attack with an improvised explosive device in the Nad Ali district of Afghanistan. Two other Marines and a military service dog were also killed in the attack.

NATION - According to Triple A, gas prices for this Independence Day are expected to reach the highest rate in six years. The agency reports that just a couple of days ago, the national average price of gas was $3.68, which is $.14 cents higher than last year at this time.

SWETT, SD - A businessman is selling his small, southeastern South Dakota town for $400,000. Lance Benson is the sole owner of Swett, an unincorporated hamlet in Bennett County about two hours southeast of Rapid City. Benson, who owns a traveling-concessions business, put the town on the market last week.

Benson tells the Rapid City Journal the town used to have a population of 40 people decades ago, as well as a post office, a few houses and a grocery store. Now, the town is just a bar, workshop, three trailers and a house. He and his wife still live there.
He says ownership of the town concentrated to a single person over the years. Benson bought it in 1998.

FEDERAL - The attorney for a man who worked for a Texas company that illegally sold the chemicals traced to the synthetic drug deaths of two North Dakota teenagers is asking for a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

Twenty-six-year-old John Polinksi, of Houston, is the last of 15 people to be convicted in a case that federal authorities dubbed "Operation Stolen Youth." He's scheduled for sentencing Monday afternoon.

The wide-ranging investigation started after 18-year-old Christian Bjerk, of Grand Forks, and 17-year-old Elijah Stai, of Park Rapids, Minn., died within a week of each in June 2012.

Authorities say Bjerk and Stai ingested hallucinogens that were cooked up by Andrew Spofford, who bought the chemicals from Houston-based Motion Resources LLC.

Polinski worked as an hourly employee for Motion Resources.

BLOOMINGTON - Bloomington police say a teen who fell from a Mall of America second-floor balcony while attempting a handstand has suffered only minor injuries.
Deputy police Chief Rick Hart says witnesses saw the 17-year-old attempting a handstand on the upper-level balcony Saturday afternoon when he lost his balance and fell. He was taken to a hospital, but mall spokesman Dan Jasper says he seems to have escaped serious injury.

Hart says the boy was at the mall with his father, who was elsewhere at the time. Hart doesn't think the teen will be cited although he suspects the boy learned a painful lesson. He says the boy's acrobatic attempt "probably wasn't his smartest move."

WISCONSIN - Police say a Wisconsin man has been vandalizing air conditioners in the Fox Valley, Wisconsin, area because he simply “doesn’t like air conditioning,” according to reports.

Police say a 52-year-old Appleton man admitted to taking control switches from the units, but he didn’t steal them for the metals inside to resell them, Appleton police said on Facebook.

Sgt. David Lund told the Associated Press that the suspect would ride his bicycle around and rip out the control switches in the air conditioners and just throw them away.
Appleton police have received at least 12 reports of broken air conditioners from residences, a dentist’s office and a gas station, the AP says.

Lund added that different things set people off, and in this case apparently it was air conditioners.

The man, who is on probation, hasn’t been arrested or charged, but his probation agent is keeping a close eye on him, WTAQ reports. Charges have been forwarded to the Outagamie County district attorney’s office.

Lund told WTAQ that they are requesting restitution as part of the charges.

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