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CHAMBERLAIN -- The man arrested earlier this month after a standoff near Kimball pleaded not guilty to murder and assault charges Tuesday by reason of insanity. Donald London, 42, of Kimball, entered his plea during court at the Brule County Courthouse in Chamberlain. He was arrested Jan. 7 after he holed up in a house outside Kimball and threatened law enforcement. When officers attempted to make contact, shots were fired at law enforcement officers and included one officer getting hit by a round.
SCOTLAND -- Katie Winckler had her leg chopped off for fun last year, just to scare some enthusiastic haunted-house goers. "I like to keep a lot of humor in my life," she said with a smile. Winckler, a Scotland High School student, was born with a left leg deficiency. The leg was shorter than her right, but doctors are still unsure what caused the issue. One possible cause is a condition in which the femur bone does not develop properly, she said. As she began growing, her foot grew, but her leg did not.
Enthusiastic comments about Lake Mitchell’s fishing opportunity has attracted a large fishing competition to the city.
A Mitchell man convicted of attempting to possess methamphetamine will serve 90 days in county jail and four years on probation. David Muth, 42, was sentenced Tuesday during court at the Davison County Public Safety Center. Muth was arrested in June after attempting to purchase methamphetamine. He pleaded guilty to the charge in November. One of Muth's attorneys, Andrew Birrell, told the judge Muth knows he has an addiction problem, particularly with alcohol and drugs.
A Mitchell man involved in a meth lab bust in July was sentenced Tuesday to 180 days in jail. Lindath Kendall Stone, 38, was sentenced during court at the Davison County Public Safety Center. Stone was arrested in July after Mitchell law enforcement found a meth lab in an apartment on North Winsor Street. He pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine in November. Authorities discovered the lab after the landlord called in theft of electricity.
Greg Von Wald has no set plans for his retirement years. Aside from spending more time with his family, backpacking, motorcycle riding, rock climbing and SCUBA diving are high on his priority list. Von Wald on Monday announced his retirement as president of Mitchell Technical Institute effective June 30, the end of the school year. He began his job at the two-year technical college in 2008 after Chris Paustian retired as president.
SIOUX FALLS — Alexander Salgado's involvement with Maricela Diaz proved to be the main focus of closing arguments Thursday. While the defense argued that Diaz was a victim of Salgado's abuse, the jury still found Diaz guilty for the November 2009 death of Jasmine Guevara. The prosecution, in its closing arguments, maintained Diaz was the mastermind behind Guevara's death and was never afraid of Alexander Salgado, Diaz's boyfriend. Salgado in 2010 pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in connection with the murder. "This young lady put together a sophisticated plan.
SIOUX FALLS -- The jury in the Maricela Diaz trial found Diaz guilty on all counts -- first-degree murder; first-degree felony murder — arson; first-degree felony murder -- aggravated kidnapping; aggravated kidnapping in the second degree and first-degree arson. Her sentencing will be at a later date. After the verdict was read, Diaz hung her head and grabbed her hair. The Guevara family hugged law enforcement officials and attorneys in celebration. The family of Diaz stood in shock. Diaz, at one point, spoke tearfully with one of her attorneys, Doug Dailey.
Mitchell Mayor Ken Tracy expects the ongoing construction at the Corn Palace to be complete by the week of April 20, and that includes the installation of the new LED light-up domes. "Initially, it was thought the domes would probably be one of the last things that would be done in the whole renovation project," Tracy told The Daily Republic on Wednesday. But, Tracy said some afterthought brought the idea that having the new domes installed prior to finishing the inside of the building would show progress on the project. "It would be something people could see, a visible change, an improvem
SIOUX FALLS -- The defense for Maricela Diaz focused on testimony Tuesday that Diaz has shown symptoms of being abused and battered, but prosecution countered by showing those things did not affect her decision-making skills. Diaz, now 20, is accused of murdering 16-year-old Jasmine Guevara in 2009. Her attorneys put on record Tuesday afternoon that Diaz chose not to testify during the trial, and rested their case. The defense focused on testimony from expert witnesses. Dr.