August 28 news

WORTHINGTON – A Wilmont man has been charged in Nobles County District Court with fifth-degree controlled substance possession, along with possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to information from Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force Commander Troy Appel, a search warrant was executed August 22 at the residence of Dennis James Rutgers on Hesselroth Avenue in Wilmont.

Agents located numerous items associated with methamphetamine, including glass pipes, baggies, and tubing that contained residue and white powder that field tested positive for methamphetamine. Agents also located numerous items associated with marijuana, including a digital scale and plastic baggies containing a green leafy substance that field tested positive for marijuana.

Rutgers, who was in jail on an unrelated matter, later admitted to task force agents he has been using meth and marijuana.

ORANGE CITY, Iowa - A Worthington man faces serious charges in Iowa following an investigation by the Sioux County Sheriff's Office. 22-year-old Ruben Rodriguez is accused of using someone else's identity to get a job at Premium Iowa Pork in Hospers. Rodriguez was arrested and booked into the Sioux County Jail on charges of identity theft and forgery.

WORTHINGTON - Travelers are advised that the Worthington Travel Information Center on Highway 60 will be closing Sept. 2 until late November as crews make accessibility improvements to the facility.

The closure will allow the Minnesota Department of Transportation to bring the facility up to recent American Disabilities Act standards including work on the restrooms, sidewalks and picnic area. The project also includes a new playground, pet exercise area and landscaping.

MnDOT, in partnership with Explore Minnesota Tourism, operates six travel information centers on Interstate highways and four on non-Interstate highways. MnDOT presently and historically is involved with the development of Welcome Centers through partnerships with chambers of commerce, tourist and visitors bureaus, or other organizations that exist to promote tourism and economic development. MnDOT currently includes five Welcome Centers in the rest area system.

SHELDON, Iowa — Part of the fun of Sheldon Celebration Days is the Community Theater performance. This year they are presenting Hello Dolly! Performances start tonight at 7:30 p.m. Then there are two more performances, one on Saturday, at 7:30 p.m., and one on Sunday at 2 p.m., all at the Sheldon High School Auditorium.

Tickets are $10 for students and $15 dollars for adults and are available at HyVee, Fareway, and Contents in Sheldon. Tickets may also be sold at the door, subject to availability.

SPENCER, Iowa - An Okoboji woman faces multiple drug charges following a traffic stop Wednesday morning in Clay county.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says a deputy pulled over a vehicle shortly before 1:30 a.m. for an alleged traffic violation. Upon investigating the deputy noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Authorities say the driver, 22-year-old Asia Re Naye Visocsky of Okoboji was arrested after the deputy located what's alleged to be marijuana.

A subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in authorities finding 70 grams of marijuana, eight grams of psilocybin mushrooms, a half gram of cocaine, three dosage units of hydrocodone and drug paraphernalia.

Visocsky was booked into the Clay County Jail on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance...cocaine, possession of a controlled substance...psilocybin mushrooms, possession of a controlled substance...hydrocodone, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and two counts of a drug tax stamp violation.

Bond was set at $5,000 cash or surety.

ROCK VALLEY, Iowa — Sioux County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for clues in a burglary case.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that they were called to a report of a burglary at 2:15 PM on Monday, August 25th. The alleged burglary was reported to have occurred at a farm building on 330th Street, two and a half miles southwest of Rock Valley.

Upon further investigation, deputies believe that the perpetrator or perpetrators gained access into locked buildings on the property and stole an Emerson flat screen television and a stereo system.

The burglary is thought to have occurred sometime during the night of Sunday, August 24 or early morning hours of August 25.

If you have any information about this crime you are asked to contact the sheriff’s office. If you wish to remain anonymous, the Sheriff’s Office advises that you can use their Text‐a‐Tip Program. Directions can be found at siouxcountysheriff.com.

DES MOINES, Iowa — A former Iowa lawmaker has pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from his switch of support from one Republican candidate for president to another before the 2012 caucuses, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

Former state Sen. Kent Sorenson received "under the table payments" before switching loyalties from U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann's campaign, which he headed in Iowa, to then-U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, and then lying to federal investigators about it, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Prosecutors refused to say which campaign paid him.

Sorenson was seen as a key endorsement early in the 2012 Iowa campaign, as a popular figure in the emerging tea party movement. He was named Bachmann's state campaign chairman in June 2011, but by that fall, Bachmann's rise had stalled. Six days before the Iowa caucuses in January 2012, Sorenson announced his support for Paul.

In the plea agreement, Sorenson admitted receiving and lying about monthly payments of roughly $8,000 from October to December 2011, when he was still named Bachmann's state chairman. He pleaded guilty to causing a campaign to falsely report expenditures and obstruction. It wasn't immediately clear what sentence he could face.

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