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WORTHINGTON -- It took six years of litigation, including five years of appeals, but Scott Allen Amundson is finally in prison for his attempted methamphetamine manufacture and possession back in 2003. In what Nobles County Attorney Gordon Moore has referred to as "the oldest pending case in Nobles County," Amundson was sentenced recently to 36 months, with credit for 279 days served. A motion for a downward departure on the basis that Amundson was amenable to probation was denied by Judge Jeffrey Flynn. "Defendant's motion states that (he) is amenable to probation," Flynn's order states.
JACKSON -- A 23-year-old Windom man has been charged with assault for at least the sixth time in three years and faces up to five years incarceration for the felony fifth-degree assault count. Robert Kenneth Moore, who previously resided in the St. Cloud area, has been convicted of a multitude of charges since 2007 in Stearns County and in the St. Louis-Duluth courts. The charges for which he has pleaded guilty in the past include domestic assault, fifth-degree assault, felony domestic assault by strangulation, theft, disorderly conduct, harassment and violating an order for protection.
WINDOM -- A man and woman from Windom have been charged in an alleged consensual sex case involving a 14-year-old girl, according to a criminal complaint filed through Cottonwood County District Court. Nathan Orion Haberman-Burch, 19, and Bronica Marie Gray, 18, each face a felony charge. Haberman-Burch faces a third-degree criminal sexual conduct charge, and Gray faces a charge for aiding and abetting third-degree criminal sexual conduct. The complaint states authorities spoke with the 14-year-old victim, who said she was at Gray's house in the early morning hours of Nov.
WORTHINGTON -- A rural Worthington man whose residence was burglarized in August is offering a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest. The victim, who lives on an acreage in the 31000 block of 310th Street, said the door of his home was kicked open between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Aug. 10. Neighbors who were questioned reported nothing but hearing the victim's dog bark. Stolen from the home were shotguns, rifles, pistols, a 250-pound safe, a jewelry box and more. "There was antique jewelry, a gold pocket watch, old coins -- family heirlooms," the victim said.
Editors note: In November, which is Diabetes Awareness Month, the Daily Globe will run a story each Friday featuring a "face" of diabetes -- everyday people who live their lives while coping with the complications of a disease that affects millions of Americans. SIBLEY, Iowa -- Tiffany Ling is a typical 11-year-old kid. She likes to swim, read and draw, enjoys English and Social Studies classes in school, doesn't like spelling and got straight As on her last report card.
SLAYTON -- Most students receive a high school diploma at age 18, but Leander Oertli of Adrian waited considerably longer than that. More than 60 years after dropping out of school at age 14, and to his total surprise, Oertli was handed a diploma from Murray County Central Wednesday during the Veterans Day program at the high school. When his older brother left to serve in the military during World War II, Oertli left school to take his place on the family farm on the edge of Slayton.
WORTHINGTON -- A Worthington man who allegedly claimed he is in awe of the human naked body is facing a felony charge of possession of pictorial representation of minors after authorities found hundreds of child pornography photos on his computer flash drive. David James Halstead, 28, told authorities he is interested in martial arts and wanted to study young human bodies.
SLAYTON -- Murray County Central (MCC) senior Dan Beech is having fun these days being, well, not fun. "I'm pretty much the fun-sucker of the whole thing," he said of his recent alter-ego. Beech plays the role of Beast in the MCC production of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," which will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Slayton.
WORTHINGTON -- What do you get when you combine Venezuelan and Italian beauty and health recipes, handed down from generation to generation, and combine them with American products purchased locally? Mayra Lowry has been doing just that, and named her new business A Candlelight for Mariana. All natural ingredients are used to make handcrafted, homemade remedies such as lotions, moisturizers, exfoliates, cleansers and soaps. Lowry said she has been making health and beauty products all her life, but never dreamed it would build into a business. "I was making soap for my son to treat acne,
JACKSON -- An altercation involving a shepherd's hook and decorative pumpkins led to a man getting charged Thursday with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon in Jackson County District Court. Travis Bradly Gentry, 27, of Jackson, is charged with assault, terroristic threats, fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct. According to the criminal complaint, Gentry, who has two previous convictions for violating an order for protection, was at the home of Tracy Dee Christoffer, 30, of Heron Lake on Tuesday.