SLAYTON -- An 18-year-old Slayton man was charged Monday with first- and second-degree criminal sexual conduct in Murray County District Court. Everett Charles Overweg, who was charged earlier this year with burglary and theft, is accused of engaging in sexual contact with a child under the age of 13. The complaint states authorities were looking for Overweg last week after an interview conducted at Child's Voice in Sioux Falls, S.D., resulted in probable cause for criminal sexual conduct. During the interview, the victim indicated Overweg had touched inappropriate areas.
LUVERNE -- A man and wife are each facing felony counts after allegedly engaging in criminal sexual conduct with a child under the age of 16, but older than 13. Brad Andrew Haugen, 23, and his wife Angela Ann Haugen, 21, each face counts of third- and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct in Rock County District Court. Both made a court appearance Monday and bond was set for each -- $20,000 for Brad, $15,000 for Angela. Public defenders were approved for both. The complaint states the victim knew the couple, and alleges the sexual contact with one or both of the Haugens began in April.
WORTHINGTON -- How do government entities address negative members of a community (those that have the opinions, but not the facts)? This was an item on the agenda for a joint meeting between Worthington City Council, Nobles County Commissioners and school board members from District 518 Monday morning. "Lots of folks have misinformation, but constantly weigh in on subjects," said District 518 superintendent John Landgaard. "It is even more unfortunate when it comes from within our own organizations," added Nobles County Commissioner Diane Thier.
SLAYTON -- At the Murray Coounty Fair, it's quite common to hear the sounds of children laughing, people chatting, the occasional moo or baa and even the shout of "Bingo!" On Thursday afternoon, those sounds were very apparent, along with strains of Chopin and Bach.
JACKSON -- A Jackson man who allegedly assaulted another man told authorities his girlfriend had told him to humiliate the victim and beat him up. Brian Wayne Westfall, 30, is charged in Jackson County District Court with first-degree burglary, terroristic threats and fifth-degree assault after allegedly going to the victim's home, hitting and body-slamming him and threatening to kill him. According to the criminal complaint filed Monday, authorities were contacted at 10:30 p.m. Sunday by a man who said he had been assaulted by Westfall.
JACKSON -- A 90-year-old Okabena man accused of allegedly assaulting an 11-year-old girl sexually was released on his own recognizance Tuesday with the condition he have no contact with his victim or anyone under the age of 18. Arnold Fred Hussong was charged Tuesday with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and terroristic threats. When asked by authorities if he "went too far," he replied, "Absolutely, absolutely." According to the criminal complaint, authorities in Jackson County were contacted Sunday about a possible sexual assault that had been reported in Okabena.
SLAYTON -- The 99th annual Murray County Fair kicks off today in Slayton with several new events and plenty of old favorites. Starting with the 8:30 a.m. Cloverbuds pet show at Olsen Arena, today is filled with a variety of judging. All 4-H conference judging will take place between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Open-class entries will be accepted from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the fair office. The 9:15 a.m. pet show is followed by a 10:30 a.m. cat show and 12:30 p.m. rabbit judging. In the afternoon, goat judging starts at 3 p.m. The 4-H fashion review starts at 4:30 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- A Worthington man who allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl used the threat of reporting her illegal family to the authorities to keep her quiet about the assault, a recently filed complaint indicates. A woman reported her daughter had been sexually assaulted by a man the family knew only as Melvin. He was later identified as Melvin Demetrio Cano-Romero, 24, of Worthington.
SLAYTON -- When a Fulda Police officer asked Troy Allen Wolf if he had been drinking, he allegedly admitted he had consumed a couple of beers and had been drinking while driving. The Intoxilyzer's result of .31 percent blood alcohol concentration made more sense when the officer later collected evidence from Wolf's car and discovered empty beer cans -- three 16-ounce Steel Reserves, a 24-ounce Milwaukee's Best and a 32-ounce Budweiser.
WORTHINGTON -- A Rock Rapids, Iowa, man is being charged with a Minnesota crime for the fifth time in 2009, leaving him with pending criminal counts in three different counties for a variety of separate incidents. Jonathan Carlos Wood, 31, is now facing charges of check forgery, offering a forged check, possession of stolen checks and theft by check in Nobles County District Court. In March, Wood was charged in Nobles County with theft by check, theft by swindle and offering a forged check.