Threat made toward Worthington High School considered non-credible

WORTHINGTON - A threat made via social media toward Worthington High School has been deemed non-credible by the Worthington Police Department.

According to ISD 518, the administration was made aware of the threat Monday shortly before classes began, and law enforcement started investigating. While the incident is still under investigation, the threat is not considered credible. All District 518 schools will continue class with heightened security.

US Supreme Court will not hear Nobles County case

WORTHINGTON - An attempt by a Worthington man to bring the Confrontation Clause in front of the country's highest court has failed. The US Supreme Court will not hear the case of Minnesota versus Lopez-Ramos, a Worthington man convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Cesar Lopez-Ramos was convicted in 2016 of first-degree criminal sexual conduct against a 12-year-old victim. He was sentenced in 2017 to 12 years in prison.

Worthington man convicted of unlawful gun possession

WORTHINGTON - A Worthington man on Friday was found guilty of unlawfully possessing a pistol and ammunition, according to Nobles County Attorney Joe Sanow. Somboun Kounlabout, age 39, of Worthington, was convicted of being an ineligible person in possession of a firearm.

According to the criminal complaint and trial testimony, on September 27, 2019 Worthington Police officers were conducting a probation check at a residence in Worthington and found Kounlabout in a bedroom. After being given permission to search his backpack, authorities found a 9mm pistol and magazine loaded with 9mm rounds. Officers found identical 9mm rounds in a plastic pill bottle not far from where the pistol and magazine was found.

MnDOT warns of road conditions ahead of impending storm

MINNESOTA - With significant snow and strong winds forecast for Friday and Saturday, the Minnesota Department of Transportation advises motorists to plan for difficult driving conditions or make alternate plans.

Heavy snowfall combined with moderate winds can dramatically reduce visibility during the storm and continued wind gusts after the storm may prolong MnDOT snowplow drivers’ ability to recover the roads.

Nobles County plows are out

WORTHINGTON - Nobles County plows are out working, according to Cliff Altman of the Nobles County Highway Department.

Altman said visibility got better around 4:30 p.m., so his veteran plow drivers hit the road to clear out as much as they could.