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WORTHINGTON — Four out-of-state individuals were arrested and charged last week following the alleged discovery of marijuana products in their vehicle, including 11 pounds of packaged raw marijuana. According to the criminal complaint, a Nobles County deputy conducted a traffic stop March 26 on Interstate 90 near mile marker 38.
WORTHINGTON -- A Worthington man faces criminal charges related to allegedly making financial transactions with a stolen credit card. Julio Lopez-Lopez, 19, has been charged with felony financial transaction card fraud after more than $600 worth of fraudulent purchases were discovered following a credit card theft from a customer at a local bar.
A Worthington man will spend at least five years in prison for sexually assaulting a juvenile in May 2018. Lazaro T. Lopez Martin, 20, was sentenced to 90 months in prison after being convicted of second-degree criminal sexual conduct of a victim younger than 13. He’s required to serve a minimum of 60 months of that sentence in prison, while the remaining 30 months may be served on supervised release. He’ll then be required to serve 10 years on conditional release.
SIBLEY, Iowa — The Sibley-Ocheyedan Community School District is suing three other Iowa school districts for allegedly failing to properly report a former teacher’s inappropriate behavior with children during his tenure in those districts. The S-O school district, which is a defendant in an active lawsuit filed in April 2017 related to former teacher Kyle Ewinger’s sexual assault of a student, filed a cross-petition in March. The district requests a jury trial.
WORTHINGTON — A Prairie Elementary assistant principal was charged last week in Nobles County District Court, accusing him of two domestic assault incidents earlier this year. Cory Van Briesen, 45, faces two misdemeanor domestic assault charges related to an audio-recorded argument that allegedly resulted in him shoving an adult female family member into a door, causing bruises.
WORTHINGTON — A finger pointed at an upward angle and his head cranked toward the sky isn’t an uncommon way to spot Paul Seifert. The Minnesota West Community and Technical College professor enjoys experiencing the magnitude and amazement of the solar system and the night sky as much as he does teaching students about it in the classroom. “I just love teaching astronomy,” he said. “I love talking about astronomy.”
WORTHINGTON — Matt Gaudian loves history. While he considers himself a bit of a history buff, it wasn’t always that way, he said. His interest deepened thanks to the development of two hobbies inspired by the world around him. Whether picking up his paintbrush or his metal detector, the tools allow the Worthington man’s mind to wander to life of a different era.
SIBLEY, Iowa — A Sibley-Ocheyedan speech coach has been recognized on a national level. B.J. Schuller is one of 12 recipients of the National Federation State Speech, Debate, and Theatre Award, presented by the National Federation of State High School Associations. “It’s a great honor,” Schuller said of the award, which he accepted Monday at the All-State Speech Festival at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. “I’m very humbled by the experience.”
WORTHINGTON — The U.S., Canada, Central America and Europe represent just a handful of global locations Worthington Christian School students have been able to explore with no passport required. Using radio frequency technology, WCS students have made contact with hundreds of people across the world by way of radio waves. “You get to know people you wouldn’t otherwise know,” said WCS fifth-grader Cali Visser of her experience transmitting shortwave radio signals.
WORTHINGTON — A Worthington man was arrested and charged last week after being accused of sexually assaulting a juvenile. Mauricio Morales-Morales, 21, faces felony first-degree criminal sexual contact with a person under 13. The charge and accusations include penetration.