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Two Rock Nobles corrections agents arrested

WORTHINGTON -- Two Rock Nobles Community Corrections agents were recently arrested within an approximately four-day period of the other. Rebecca Barraza, 25, and Cynthia Banegas, 37, were arrested March 18 and 21, respectively, and transported to...

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WORTHINGTON - Two Rock Nobles Community Corrections agents were recently arrested within an approximately four-day period of the other.

Rebecca Barraza, 25, and Cynthia Banegas, 37, were arrested March 18 and 21, respectively, and transported to the Cottonwood County Jail.  

Cottonwood County Jail Administrator Kristi Sell confirmed Thursday morning that the jail in Windom admitted both Barraza and Banegas for the purpose of holding for Nobles County. Nobles County Jail Administrator Monette Berkevich said Barraza and Banegas were transported to another facility due to a conflict of interest.

Per orders from the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office, Sell said, Barraza was being held for felony aiding an offender, fourth-degree driving while impaired and test refusal. She was released March 19 under directions from the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office.

According to Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening, the request for Barraza’s release was made due to the fact that no charges or a 48-hour detainer were filed.

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“Therefore she had to be released from jail,” Wilkening said Thursday.  

Banegas was being held for felony aiding an offender.

Sell said Banegas did not appear in Cottonwood County District Court while being held, and that she was released March 22 by the order of the Nobles County Attorney’s Office.

No charges had been filed for either Barraza or Banegas as of 9:30 a.m. Friday. It remains unclear if charges will be filed.

Nobles County Attorney Kathleen Kusz said she couldn’t comment on whether or not her office - which is responsible for prosecuting suspects - receives a referral from law enforcement agencies or on investigative data.

“When I get a referral - until our office makes a decision about charging - then that information is protected information,” she said of a typical scenario. “Once a charging decision is made one way or another, that information is accessible.”

As of Thursday afternoon, there were two Rock Nobles corrections agents currently on administrative leave, said Rock Nobles Community Corrections Director Jon Ramlo. He added that was the only information he was able to release at present time.

Barraza and Banegas (Cordova) were still listed as agents on the Rock Nobles Community Corrections website as of Friday afternoon.

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