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WORTHINGTON — A Worthington woman was arrested early Sunday morning after allegedly driving her vehicle erratically, colliding it with a tree, striking a parked car and colliding with a streetlight while possessing an invalid driver’s license.
WORTHINGTON — A 22-year-old will spend nearly two years in prison for threatening individuals with a gun during a December 2017 armed burglary in Worthington over what a judge said was motivated by marijuana.
WORTHINGTON — A rural Round Lake woman will spend 90 days in jail for abusing her role as a local nonprofit’s secretary/treasurer to make personal purchases in excess of $50,000. Jenny M. Bosma, 47, was sentenced Monday in Nobles County District Court more than one year since 12 felony theft by check charges were filed against her in relation to misappropriating Frosty Riders Snowmobile Club funds.
WORTHINGTON — The area’s Text-to-911 service turned one in December. According to Worthington Police Department Dispatch Supervisor Nancy Veen, the dispatch center received 12 texts to its emergency line in 2018. The dispatch center at the Prairie Justice Center in Worthington serves as a hub to receive 911 texts from Nobles, Rock, Cottonwood, Pipestone, Murray and Jackson counties.
WORTHINGTON — For the past 19 years, no two days were the same for Virgil Veen as he went to work each morning prepared to respond to whatever animal needed his attention at any given moment. Sixty-five years old to the day, Veen retired Monday as Worthington’s longest serving animal control officer.
LUVERNE — Rock County Sheriff Evan Verbrugge will serve as the Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association president in 2019. As the head of the board, Verbrugge will conduct MSA board of directors meetings for the organization. He says the MSA works to stay current on training opportunities for its members and proposed legislation that could affect law enforcement.
WORTHINGTON — A Lismore man found guilty of second-degree criminal sexual conduct had satisfied his local jail time by his Thursday sentencing in Nobles County District Court. Allen J. Vandekieft, 21, had been incarcerated at the Nobles County Jail since his arrest in early July related to criminal sexual assault allegations involving both a minor and woman considered “mentally impaired.”
WORTHINGTON — A 22-year-old man is in custody in connection with an early Christmas morning burglary of a downtown Worthington business. Worthington police officers were dispatched just after midnight Dec. 25 to Sterling Drug in response to a burglary alarm. Upon arrival, an officer allegedly witnessed a man later identified as Virgilio Cerda of Worthington inside with a black ski mask over his face. Cerda allegedly gained entry by breaking the pharmacy drive-up window.
REGIONAL — The New Year begins Tuesday, which traditionally serves as a “fresh start” for individuals looking toward fulfilling a New Year's resolution. According to a recent survey of 1,000 American consumers by offers.com, perhaps unsurprisingly, exercising more and losing weight was survey respondents top resolution for 2019.
WORTHINGTON — Arson is what investigators are alleging following a recent West Dover Street house fire. Criminal charges were recently filed against Amy Erwin, 35, of Worthington, which allege she intentionally set fire to the home at 620 W. Dover St. in the early morning hours of Dec. 15. The Worthington Fire Department extinguished the home, which was unoccupied at the time. WFD Chief Rick von Holdt deemed the home a complete loss and turned over the investigation to the Minnesota Fire Marshal.