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ALEXANDRIA — Before she received an 80-year prison sentence, Maricela Diaz got down on her knees in the courtroom and pleaded to the judge. “I ask you, your honor, please have mercy on me,” Diaz said. Diaz, 20, appeared in the Hanson County Courthouse on Friday morning shackled at the ankles and wrists for her role in murdering a 16-year-old Mitchell girl five years ago. She was convicted in January for the murder of Jasmine Guevara, who was stabbed and burned alive in November 2009. Hanson County State’s Attorney Jim Davies asked Judge Tim Bjorkman to sentence Diaz to 100 years in prison.
A man who caused a three-vehicle crash after a pursuit with police nearly hit an officer before the chase and tried to run from the crash scene, according to recently filed court documents. Charles Reed, 34, of Mitchell, has been charged with four felonies in connection with the crash, which occurred at 11th Avenue and Kimball Street in Mitchell. Reed is charged with third-offense drunken driving, aggravated eluding of law enforcement, vehicular battery and injury hit and run. According to documents obtained by The Daily Republic, a preliminary breath test at the hospital after the crash sh
A Mitchell man accused of starting a fire in a Main Street apartment building pleaded guilty Tuesday to reckless burning and two counts of simple assault. Stephen Seltz, 30, was arrested Nov. 7 after the fire caused extensive damage in the building, located at 304 N. Main St.
LAKE ANDES — A Lake Andes man convicted of killing two U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials in 2013 was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison. Ronald Fischer Jr., 30, was convicted in February of two counts of vehicular homicide for the deaths of Maegan Spindler, 25, of Cazenovia, N.Y., and Dr. Rob Klumb, 46, of Pierre. Fischer spoke briefly in court Tuesday before being sentenced. He told the families of Spindler and Klumb that he was sorry for what happened. "I can't know what it is to feel what you feel, but I understand what you feel," Fischer said, addressing the families.
ALEXANDRIA -- A Cloquet, Minn., woman was sentenced Friday to three years in prison in connection with an attempted robbery of an Alexandria gas station. Alissa Linnay Wakefield, 19, pleaded no contest in December to conspiracy to commit robbery, first degree, from an Oct. 26 incident at the former Shell Oil gas station.
SALEM -- A dog in Salem is left with a wound to its face after a loose dog became aggressive and bit the first dog. McCook County Chief Sheriff's Deputy Megan Jansma said a woman was walking her two dogs on leashes around 5 p.m. Friday in Salem. While on a sidewalk along Main Street, another unleashed dog came running up the block. "The loose dog engaged the other male dog this lady was walking," Jansma said. "It bit the dog on the face.
HOWARD -- Mike Cullen is humbled by the support from the Howard community as he fights kidney disease. "I don't go out and ask for anything for myself. It's kind of hard for me to deal with this," Cullen said of the support. Cullen, superintendent and secondary principal of Howard Public School, was diagnosed in 2012 with IgA nephropathy, or Berger's Disease. The autoimmune disease has caused Cullen to lose kidney function, which has progressed to a need for a transplant. To support their superintendent, the Howard school and community will hold a pep rally at 3 p.m.
MOUNT VERNON — Todd Schlund credits his success in life to those around him -- his family, his parents and the people of Mount Vernon and surrounding area, to name a few. "I'm here because I've had great people carry my dumb butt, and the good Lord has a great sense of humor," he said. Schlund, 51, grew up on a hog farm outside Mount Vernon. He now lives in Locust Grove, Va., and is a STAT MedEvac helicopter pilot for Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. His expansive experience as a decorated U.S.
Synthetic and designer drugs have filtered into South Dakota, and officials are working to keep them off retail shelves. Substances such as 25i, K2 and Spice have been deemed controlled substances -- meaning they're illegal -- under South Dakota law. The drugs, which are synthetic, cause similar effects to drugs like LSD, marijuana and methamphetamine. Some gas stations in South Dakota were selling synthetic drugs over the counter. With some prodding from the attorney general's office, many of those stations have discontinued offering those items. S.D.
Keeping juvenile offenders in community will be an act of reinvestment, according to officials. The state recently created a possible way to reduce costs within the juvenile justice system, while increasing public safety and holding youth responsible for their actions.