WORTHINGTON – A rural Reading woman charged with 11 felony counts of animal neglect and nine misdemeanor charges of depriving animals of food and water entered into a plea agreement Tuesday in Nobles County District Court that will make it a probation violation for her to possess any pets or companion animals for a year.
Joan Moore was investigated in March of 2014 after authorities were alerted to the possibility of dead horses on her property. Nobles County deputies investigated and during two searches, a total of 15 dead horses were found in various states of decay. More horses were found alive in several stages of malnutrition.
Moore allegedly admitted to the deputies she did not have the financial means to feed the animals.
She pleaded guilty to five of the misdemeanor charges. The plea agreement is for a 90 day sentence per violation, stayed on the condition Moore pay the costs of the investigation, donate $200 to the Minnesota Horse and Welfare Coalition and serve one year of supervised probation, during which she is not allowed to possess any pets.
LUVERNE – The water system at Blue Mounds State Park was chlorinated Tuesday and will be flushed today in hopes of clearing out the E. coli bacteria discovered in the system during a routine water sample earlier this month. The water will be tested again Thursday and hopefully results on Friday will be good news for the park, which has seen its share of misfortune in the past year.
E. coli was discovered last year in the park’s water system, and a month later, heavy rain flooded a dam, forcing the park to close for part of the summer. A new well was dug in the fall and tested bacteria-free throughout the winter. This spring, the main campground was also free of any bacteria, and as of yet, a source has not been found.
Despite having to use bottled water, campers still enjoyed the park over the Memorial Day weekend.
JACKSON - The Jackson Area Children’s Theater will be presenting “Fractured Fairy Tales” in June. Youth ages 8-15 are encouraged to participate.
The camp will be in the JCC High School Performing Arts Center and will run Monday, June 1st through Friday June 5th, then again Monday, June 8th through Thursday, June 11th, with a public performance on June 11th.
Students will learn about the theater and theater skills. There will be auditions and rehearsals for the public performance.
Registration is $50 and must be received by Thursday, May 28th. Registration forms can be found online at jccschools.com, click on community then Community Education. For more information, call 847-6627.
SPENCER, Iowa - The Iowa Department of Transportation says traffic on Highway 71 will be detoured between Clay County Road B-53 and 15th Street in Spencer beginning this Thursday, weather permitting. The detour will follow Clay county roads B-53 and M-50 and will be in place until September.
A portland cement overlay project is what prompted the detour. Cedar Valley Corporation of Waterloo is the general contractor on the $4.02 million project.
PRIMGHAR, Iowa — The sentencing of Adam Sickles of Sheldon, which had originally been scheduled for Tuesday morning in O’Brien County District Court in Primghar, has been postponed until Monday July 6th.
Sickles entered into a plea agreement in April in which he admitted to his role in setting the blaze that destroyed Buddz’s and the Rec Bowl in Sheldon in May of 2013. He had originally pleaded not guilty to charges of 1st Degree Arson, but eventually changed his plea to the lesser charge of 2nd Degree Arson.
Sickles also testified for the prosecution in the 1st Degree Arson and Insurance Fraud trial of his former girlfriend, Kristina Manasil of Sheldon, who was convicted on both those charges by an O’Brien County jury last month. At the time of the fire that destroyed the bowling alley and sports bar, Manasil was the owner of the establishment, and was convicted of setting fire to the business for the insurance proceeds. She is scheduled to be sentenced for her crimes on Monday, June 22nd in O’Brien County District Court. Manasil faces up to 25 years in prison.