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Here is a roundup of felony charges recently filed in county courthouses within The Daily Republic's print circulation area.

Aurora County

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A Sioux Falls teenager is accused of raping a fellow resident at Aurora Plains Academy in Plankinton.

Trevor Hines, 18, is accused of fourth-degree rape, which carries a maximum penalty upon conviction of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.

According to court documents, Hines approached a fellow resident around 10 p.m. April 20 and performed sexual acts on the victim and then had the victim perform sexual acts on him. Hines corroborated the incident when he talked to law enforcement, according to court documents. The victim told law enforcement he was scared of Hines, because Hines is larger than the victim.

Brule County

Jared Swets, 24, of Hull, Iowa, and Tabatha Lancaster, 26, of Grand Pass, Ore., were arrested earlier this month on Interstate 90 near Pukwana for possession of 1 to 10 pounds of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute 1 pound or more of marijuana, and possession of a controlled substance.

Trooper Brian Biehl pulled over Lancaster for speeding and having a taillight out. He about gave her a courtesy warning but found she had a suspended driver's license and suspected criminal activity.

Biehl deployed drug dog, Zara, who indicated the odor of illegal drugs coming from the vehicle.

Biehl's search of the vehicle produced 4 to 5 pounds of marijuana, according to court documents, drug paraphernalia, and a small amount of methamphetamine.

Possession of 1 to 10 pounds of marijuana carries a maximum penalty upon conviction of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. The possession with intent to distribute more than 1 pound of marijuana carries a maximum penalty upon conviction of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. The possession of a controlled substance charge, for the meth, carries a maximum penalty upon conviction of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Charles Mix County

Chemical dependency treatment has been ordered in the case of Amanda Williams, 21, of Wagner. She is accused of aggravated assault for biting Rhea Ross' finger, causing bodily injury. Judge Bruce Anderson ordered Williams released from jail to complete inpatient treatment and aftercare at Lewis & Clark Behavioral Health Services, Inc., when a bed is available. Williams has also waived her right to a speedy trial, which is already scheduled for August.

Hanson County

A Spencer man is accused of three alternate counts of third-degree rape and sexual contact with a person incapable of consenting.

Colin Brown, 18, was indicted with the charges earlier this month. The third-degree rape charges carry a maximum penalty upon conviction of 25 years in prison and a $50,000 fine. The sexual contact charges carry a maximum penalty upon conviction of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

According to court documents, Brown had sex with a person incapable of giving consent, due to mental capacity and who was at least 16, between May and September of 2012, July and September of 2011 and April and November of 2012. He is also accused of touching the victim's genitals during the same time periods.

Brown was released on a personal recognizance bond earlier this month, on several conditions, including no contact with the victim.

Miner County

A Canova man is accused of pointing a gun at another man's head during a fight.

Michael David Jackson, 45, was wrestling with another man, Kent Mull, on April 18 when Jackson raised a firearm toward Mull's head and threatened him.

Jackson is charged with alternate counts of aggravated assault -- attempt to cause or knowingly cause bodily injury to another with a dangerous weapon or attempts by physical menace with a deadly weapon to put another in fear of imminent serious bodily injury.

Each charge carries a maximum penalty upon conviction of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.

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