June 22 news

WORTHINGTON - In Nobles County District Court on Tuesday, a jury of 13 people listened to a series of three interviews between law enforcement and murder suspect Chim LoVan, who is accused of stabbing Blue Thyboualoy in June 2015. LoVan, age 47, of Worthington, is charged with second-degree murder, second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, third-degree murder and two counts of first-degree manslaughter.

Thyboualoy, who was 19 at the time of his death on June 19, 2015, was stabbed at approximately 3 a.m. of that day, but no medical attention was sought until after 5 p.m. that evening. He was taken by ambulance to Sanford Worthington Medical Center, but died of peritonitis and renal failure, according to Noble County Attorney Kathy Kusz.

During the first interview with LoVan, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Agent Dave Schafer and Worthington Investigator Tyler Olson, LoVan said he was fishing at 1 a.m. with two children and Ethan Duffy when Thyboualoy called him and called him a racial slur. He dropped the kids off and went over to Thyboualoy's house to confront him.

He admitted that Thyboualoy had called asking him for marijuana. He said Ryan Chomnarith was at Thyboualoy's house, waiting outside. He said he was driving his red Mazda, that he was angry, yelling and pushing on the door, while the two men pushed from the other side to keep it closed.

During the second interview his story changed, as he insisted he wasn't angry, had not raised his voice and had barely touched the door. He told Olson and Worthington Det. Sgt. Dave Hoffman he had to stop and pick up Duffy after he dropped off the kids, and that Duffy was the one who went right up to the house. After the two on the inside shut the door they left immediately, LoVan said.

Then there was the addition of a struggle between Thyboualoy and Chomnarith on the stairs that LoVan claimed to see through a closed door.

When asked if Thyboualoy owed him drug money, LoVan stated that yes, he did, but only $200 from a long time ago, and he hadn't asked him for it for a long time, other than to joke around. He admitted in the video that he had gone to the house to get money from Thyboualoy, but says it was so he could go buy more marijuana for him.

In the final video, that story changes so Thyboualoy may have owned him $30 or so, but not for drugs. The third interview, with Worthington Police Captain Kevin Flynn and Olson, was done several days after Thyboualoy's death at LoVan's request. He asks Flynn why they would charge him with murder and if there is evidence against him.

When asked if he owns a crossbow, he states he doesn't own a bow, but later in the interview says he owned one but it was stolen several days before.

Chomnarith also took the stand Tuesday, mumbling, incoherent for the most part, and at one point stating he wouldn't answer anymore questions. when asked questions, his answer was often, "You know the answer to that," until he was reminded the jury did not know the answer.

Chomnarith did say that LoVan showed up in a white car, not a red Mazda as LoVan claimed. He said LoVan stabbed Thyboualoy, had gotten out of the car carrying a crossbow and a knife, and was acting crazy.

Much of his testimony was contradictory to things he had stated just moments before, and his credibility was questionable when he wouldn't even admit to his street name Chimp or answer questions honestly about why didn't call for medical attention for his friend.

Duffy, who is currently in custody in the Nobles County Jail, also testified, stating he called LoVan in the early morning hours June 19 for a ride to Hy-Vee to buy scratch-off tickets, but instead LoVan wanted to stop at Thyboualoy's to pick up money. Duffy also said they went in a white vehicle owned by LoVan's wife.

Duffy verified the altercation that involved pushing and shoving, stating he left and went back to the car while LoVan tried to push his way into the house. He said he never saw a knife, but that LoVan did have his arms inside the door at times. He also said he knew of a money issue between Thyboualoy and LoVan, but claims he did not know what it was about.

Testimony continues today.

MONTGOMERY, Iowa - Dickinson County Authorities say they've found a vehicle in a creek and recovered a body, also in the creek, a short distance away.

The Sheriff's Office says it received a report around 6:25 Tuesday of a vehicle partially submerged in water in the 1100 block of 190th Avenue north of Montgomery.

After determining the owner of the vehicle wasn't home, a search was conducted in the water around the vehicle where rescuers found the body of 65-year-old Dale Peters of Lake Park. Peters was found deceased near the vehicle.

Authorities believe Peters lost control of a 2004 Jeep Cherokee on the gravel road and went into the west ditch where it rolled once, coming to rest in the water. The vehicle was totaled.

The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Lake Park Fire and Rescue, the Arnolds Park/Okoboji Dive Team, Lakes Regional Healthcare ambulance and paramedics, the Iowa State Patrol, Dickinson County Emergency Management and the Dickinson County Communications Center.

Authorities say the crash remains under investigation.

ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders say special session negotiations have taken a step backward.

The talk of an overtime session started just as the Legislature adjourned late last month. Lawmakers didn't finish a public works package, and Dayton added to the pile of unfinished work by vetoing a $260 million tax relief bill.

But little has changed in the last month. The state's top politicians emerged from the latest private discussions Tuesday and expressed grim hopes of finding a compromise.

Dayton says Republicans have started pushing for measures he deems controversial like a private school tax credit. Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt accuses the governor of being unwilling to make any trade-offs for his own demands.

It's unclear when the two sides may meet again.

DES MOINES, Iowa - State officials have revoked a stop-work order on the Bakken oil pipeline where tribal officials object to disrupting sacred American Indian land in northwest Iowa that includes burial grounds. Iowa Department of Natural Resources spokesman Kevin Baskins said the state department granted Texas-based Dakota Access LLC an amendment to its sovereign lands construction permit.

Baskins says the pipeline will be located about 85 feet underground in the Big Sioux River Wildlife Management Area by using special equipment rather than digging a trench for a route.

State Archaeologist John Doershuk said in an email last week to department director Chuck Gipp that the proposed method is a satisfactory avoidance procedure. Indigenous Environmental Network organizer Dallas Goldtooth says his organization opposes the department's decision to allow the pipeline to be constructed in the area.

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