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Three men have been sentenced for federal counterfeiting convictions and two of the three have pleaded guilty to drug charges. Chaz Stewart, 21, of Yorba Linda, Calif., pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to possessing a counterfeit $50 bill, which he knew was falsely made, forged and counterfeited, with intent to defraud. Zane Goodbeau, 60, of Kimball, and John Laubach, 43, of Kimball, each pleaded guilty to and were sentenced for counterfeiting $100, $50 and $20 bills, with intent to defraud. The three men were arrested in August in Brule County after business owners in Chamberlain and
The Davison County Commission passed a resolution Tuesday for eight new speed limit signs and a "children at play" sign to be posted in a residential area west of the Highway 37 bypass in Mitchell. Planning & Zoning Administrator Jeff Bathke brought the issue to the commissioners at their regular meeting at the Davison County Courthouse in Mitchell. Bathke said a resident who lives on Fourth Avenue was concerned about people driving too fast near his home. "He has small children and would like to have a sign there," Bathke said.
GREGORY -- A Gregory woman was sentenced Monday to three years in prison for stealing from the Gregory Farmers Elevator. Judge Kathleen Trandahl sentenced Melissa Vosika, 30, to five years in the South Dakota Women's Prison, but suspended two years, for the conviction of altering corporate records, said Sandy Steffen, prosecuting attorney. Vosika, who was sentenced at Gregory County Courthouse, also received two, two-year prison sentences for a forgery conviction and an attempted embezzlement conviction.
CHAMBERLAIN -- Kent Davidson pleaded guilty to first-degree murder Wednesday afternoon at the Brule County Courthouse in Chamberlain and was sentenced to life in prison. Davidson, 37, was charged with killing 26-year-old Crystal Schulz in March 2013. The conviction carries no possibility of parole. Judge Bruce Anderson did not order a fine -- he could have ordered up to a $50,000 fine -- instead Davidson will pay restitution to the victims as compiled by the court services officer. Davidson's face often twitched as he answered Anderson's questions after Davdison pleaded guilty. As Schulz'
LAKE ANDES -- Blue tarps and yellow flags dotted the golf course at Randall Hills Golf Club in Pickstown the evening of July 8, 2013. Those tarps covered body parts from Rob Klumb and Maegan Spindler, employees of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Pierre. Klumb, 46, of Pierre, and Spindler, 25, of Cazenovia, N.Y., died that day when a Dodge Caravan collided with them at highway speed in the parking lot of the Dakota Inn at Pickstown. The van was driven by Ronald Fischer Jr., now 30, of Lake Andes. "Rob was great to work for.
Mitchell police are searching for the driver of a vehicle that led police on a high-speed pursuit late Saturday night. Officer Russ Stevenson attempted to pull over a vehicle at 12th Avenue on Main Street around 10:48 p.m. Saturday for speeding, according to Officer Pat Marler, the supervising officer for the Mitchell Police Division on Monday afternoon. From 12th Avenue, the pursuit increased to speeds above 100 mph near the Mitchell Campground. At one point, the pursuit doubled back and the vehicles headed south into Mitchell. Stevenson terminated the pursuit at 10:50 p.m.
Their romance began in an airplane. D.J. Fischer and Megan (Grove) Fischer, met at South Dakota State University and had a passion for the school. Their first date was spent in a plane, flying over campus. Megan admits she must have seemed nervous on the plane during that date, because just after takeoff, D.J. put his hand on her knee and "made everything seem so right," she explained. The couple eventually got engaged while flying in D.J.'s Piper Lance airplane, and they were married six weeks ago in Mexico. On Sunday evening, a single-engine plane piloted by D.J.
A man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after wielding a gun in downtown Mitchell in the early morning hours. Wesley Sudbeck, 26, of Mitchell, made suicidal comments to a friend in the early morning hours Wednesday, said Lyndon Overweg, Mitchell chief of public safety. "He was arrested for obstructing an officer," Overweg said. The offense is a misdemeanor. The friend called police around 1:30 a.m.
With few therapists available and no support groups in the state, a Mitchell woman overcoming anorexia took the advice of her California recovery therapist. Tiffany Fraser, 33, will begin leading an eating disorder support group in June, the first of its kind in South Dakota. She has organized Courage to Confront, which covers all eating disorders for people who have been diagnosed or who think they may have an eating disorder. Fraser returned in February from an eight-month treatment program for anorexia and alcoholism in California. "One of my biggest concerns was there are no support me
A Mount Vernon man is still waiting for the person who murdered his father to be executed 35 years after the incident happened. Kenny Helgeland, now of Mount Vernon, was supposed to be with his father, Maynard, the day he was killed in Omaha. "I remember that day very well," Kenny said in an interview with The Daily Republic. "We got up and had breakfast at a restaurant and usually we drove cab together." Instead, on Aug. 27, 1979, Kenny went to horse races in Lincoln, Neb., with a friend while Maynard went to work as usual.