August 15 news

WORTHINGTON – Water main reconstruction work continues along Omaha Avenue from Dover Street toward near Miller Street, according to the City of Worthington Engineering Department. Water service work, some pavement work and all turf restoration work remains.

Bituminous pavement restoration south of Clary Street was completed Wednesday, and the seal coat work throughout various locations in town was completed Thursday.

ADRIAN - Motorists are advised to expect delays on Highway 91 from the Iowa state line into Adrian beginning Monday, Aug. 18 through Thursday, Aug. 21, weather permitting, as maintenance crews apply a seal coat.

The seal coat is a preventative maintenance measure that provides a protective layer, reducing deterioration due to sun and moisture.

Highway 91 traffic should anticipate lane closures during operations. Traffic will be controlled with flaggers and a pilot car. Motorists should slow down, drive with caution and watch for workers, equipment and traffic control devices.

For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.

FOSTORIA, Iowa — A rural Clay County woman has been arrested and faces criminal charges for allegedly trying to set her ex-boyfriend on fire.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office says 38-year old Montana Marie Wells of rural Fostoria has been arrested on warrants charging her with 3rd Degree Arson, and Aggravated Assault in connection with the incident.

According to the report, Wells allegedly poured gasoline on her ex-boyfriend, as well as on the inside and outside of his residence, before attempting to ignite the ex-boyfriend and his home with a lit cigarette. Wells was arrested on those warrants Thursday evening in Spencer.

3rd Degree Arson and Aggravated Assault are both aggravated misdemeanors, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

ORANGE CITY, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help to find out what happened in two incidents over the last week.

In the first incident, they’re looking for a vehicle that crashed through a cornfield. They were alerted to the incident on Tuesday morning, August 12. The investigation shows that it occurred on Elmwood Avenue, two and a half miles south of Rock Valley.

They believe that a vehicle was northbound on Elmwood Avenue, left the roadway, entered the east ditch, struck a fence pole and entered a corn field. The vehicle then drove through 150 feet of standing corn before it exited the field, damaging a fence line in order to leave the area.The vehicle will likely have extensive damage to its front.

The Sheriff’s Office is also looking for information about multiple reports of burglaries and thefts from vehicles in Granville last week.

They say the thefts likely took place between Thursday, August 7, at 10:30 p.m. and Friday, August 8, at 6:30 p.m. Allegedly stolen were sunglasses, electronic equipment, and cash.

If you have any information you are asked to contact the sheriff’s office. If you wish to remain anonymous you can use their Text‐a‐Tip Program.

PRIMGHAR, Iowa — O’Brien County jurors will not be getting an attempted murder case from Kossuth County after all.

Court records indicate that 26-year-old Andrew Zeitler of Wesley, Iowa was initially charged with attempted murder. The Kossuth County Sheriff’s Department says the alleged crime happened on Sunday, July 21st, 2013. Zeitler is accused of allegedly shooting a man several times during a dispute. The Sheriff’s Department says Zeitler was also charged with going armed with intent. He was arrested after a three-hour manhunt that ended in a cornfield near Corwith.

He originally pleaded not guilty. This past November, a judge granted a change of venue to O’Brien County.

However, the case has been moved back to Kossuth County, as Zeitler has pled guilty to lesser charges. Court records indicate he pled guilty to willful injury and two weapons counts.

His sentencing hearing has been set for September 8, in Kossuth County.

WINONA - Winona Police have responded to 16 flag burning calls since July 29, the Rochester Post Bulletin reports.

Winona Police Chief Paul Bostrack said the flags that were burned all hung outside homes on the city’s west side. All of the incidents happened at night and caused no injuries.

Police have stepped up patrols and called in off-duty officers in an effort to identify the perpetrators.

Police officials say that while there have been no injuries, the flag burnings are dangerous. Many of the homes where flags were burned were occupied at the time of the incidents.

Under Minnesota law, it is a misdemeanor to publicly desecrate an American flag. The flag burnings in Winona could also be considered property crimes.

Police say the investigation into the vandalism continues.

Anyone with information about the flag burnings is asked to call 911, or Winona dispatch at 507-457-6492.

MINNESOTA - A judge has struck down - for now - an NFL policy preventing off-duty Minnesota police officers from carrying guns at Vikings games. Two police organizations challenged the rule, arguing that NFL policy cannot trump state law.

Judge Ivy Bernhardson ruled Thursday in favor of the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association and the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis. However, the NFL's policy will remain in place pending further court guidance. The judge hasn't set future court dates. The ruling applies only in Minnesota.

Police groups argued that even off-duty officers need to be armed at Vikings games, to protect themselves and the public. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello says the policy is designed to keep fans safe. He says the NFL will continue enforcing it until the matter is resolved.

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