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PIPESTONE -- Luis Antonio Torres and Ronald Alexander Hernandez are currently guests of the Pipestone County Jail after being arrested Tuesday for an armed robbery at Cid's Latin Grocery Store in Pipestone. The men reportedly robbed the store on Southeast Eighth Avenue around 3:30 p.m. According to Pipestone County Sheriff Dan Delaney, the store clerk identified the assailants as two Hispanic men, and a customer described their white vehicle.
WORTHINGTON -- Crouched on the flat roof of a building, out of sight of the police officer searching below. The suspect may have thought he was safe, but he hadn't counted on the officer's partner. "She was going absolutely crazy," said Worthington Police Officer Randy Liepold.
WORTHINGTON -- Eight months after a warrant was issued, a Slayton man was taken into custody in Arkansas, brought back by local authorities and is behind bars for allegedly having criminal sexual conduct with a 5-year-old child. William Louis Sorby, 41, was picked up in Arkansas by the Murray County Sheriff's Office and processed into the Nobles County Jail late last week. He made an initial court appearance Monday after being assigned a public defender last week. Bail was set for $25,000.
WILMONT -- Two people died Monday morning after a head-on collision between two vehicles east of Wilmont on Nobles County 25. Earl Graf, 67, of Wilmont, who was driving a 2000 Ford Ranger pickup, was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, Margaret Cooper, 93, of Worthington, was transported to Sanford Regional Hospital Worthington (SRHW), where she died a short time later. The second vehicle, a 2005 Ford Freestyle, was driven by Robert Carstensen, 33, of Wilmont.
WORTHINGTON -- A 22-year-old Rushmore man is facing two felony charges after allegedly boosting a pile of old radiators from a shop in Leota. Tony William Fluit is charged with theft over $1,000 and receiving stolen property, which carry a maximum combined penalty of 10 years incarceration and/or $20,000 in fines. Scrap metal prices have been high enough in the past year or so to spur a rash of thefts from a variety of venues around the nation, from building sites to junk yards.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- A 39-year-old Sibley man has been charged with three counts of production, receipt and possession of child pornography. The charges were filed federally last month in the Northern District of Iowa against Michael Mayer, but an order sealing the indictment until Mayer's arrest was filed Sept. 16.
WORTHINGTON -- A jury in Nobles County District Court deliberated for half an hour Thursday before rendering a not guilty verdict in a trial against Sonny Syhavong on charges of robbery, fifth-degree assault and theft. In a case with no evidence other than the victim's claim of identifying the person who mugged him, it came down to his word against the defendant's.
SLAYTON -- An alleged drug dealer from Hanley Falls learned the hard way to turn off his cell phone when being pulled over by law enforcement. During a traffic stop, a state trooper confiscated a cell phone that received several text messages inquiring about marijuana purchases during and after the bust. Another passenger's phone contained drug-related photos.
WORTHINGTON -- From 2006 to 2008, 49 percent of the people killed in car crashes in Minnesota were not wearing a seat belt, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). Of the 3,665 vehicle occupants seriously injured, more than a thousand of them were not belted. More than 60 percent of motorists killed during nighttime hours were known to be unbelted. On Friday, the Safe & Sober Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement begins. Between Oct. 9 and Oct.
WORTHINGTON -- She is on probation until 2015, and has been charged with at least 30 moving violations and crimes since 2002 -- most of them in Nobles County.