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Casey Girard admitted during a psychosexual evaluation to several instances of inappropriate contact with children before he raped a child he babysat. The 23-year-old Mitchell man was sentenced to 35 years in prison during circuit court Tuesday at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell. Girard pleaded guilty in February to raping a 4-year-old child in November while babysitting that child. "In many ways, this is a very sad story," Judge Tim Bjorkman said during sentencing.
An arrest is pending after authorities say someone stole a propane truck either late Saturday night or early Sunday morning from Mitchell Technical Institute and crashed it in a corn field in Bon Homme County. Detective Lt. Don Everson said Monday the Mitchell Police Division is investigating the theft in conjunction with the Bon Homme County Sheriff's Office. "This type of thing doesn't happen every day," Everson said. He wouldn't release the suspect's name or whether the person is a student at MTI, stating the case is still under investigation.
A Sioux Falls man was sentenced Tuesday to 120 days in jail for a fourth-degree rape conviction. Jonathan Talbott, 23, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree rape in July. Fourth-degree rape means the victim was between 13 and 16 years old and the perpetrator is more than three years older than the victim.
A former Mitchell woman was given a second chance Tuesday during her sentencing for a fourth-degree rape conviction. Alicia Mosser, 19, now of Watertown, received a suspended imposition of sentence, which means if she does well during her five years of probation, she can wipe the felony conviction from her record. Mosser pleaded guilty in July to one count of fourth-degree rape, which means the victim was between 13 and 16 years old and the perpetrator is more than three years older than the victim. In return for her guilty plea, the state dropped a second charge of fourth-degree rape.
A man died from Ebola Wednesday morning in Dallas, but that doesn't concern medical officials in South Dakota as much as the flu and enterovirus. Avera Health Systems has protocol in place to handle anyone who comes in with Ebola, including at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. "All our hospitals have isolation negative air pressure rooms," said Jay Gravholt, public relations for Queen of Peace.
GANN VALLEY -- A Gann Valley couple who gained grandparental visitation rights of their granddaughter may lose them after the child's mother and therapist say the child isn't safe at the grandparents' house. John and Mary Naser received visitation rights through a court order in August 2011.
HOWARD -- A behemoth building on Howard's Main Street will spring to life this fall during hunting season. Formerly known as Maroney Commons, the Howard Hotel and Conference Center is already booked for the first two weeks of hunting season in South Dakota, said Judy Shaw, executive director of Judy Shaw Foundation. "We're looking to really add to the quality of service and living in the whole region," Shaw said. Shaw is also senior pastor at Center of Life Church in Sioux Falls, which purchased the hotel, conference center and restaurant complex in August. Maroney Commons and the Rural Le
It's been exactly one year since Rachel Cyriacks was last seen. The Woonsocket woman, who was 30 at the time of her abduction, was reported missing in early December. Searches of the area, surveillance footage and interviews have turned up nothing. Authorities fear the worst. "I'm not thinking we will find her alive," said Sanborn County Sheriff Tom Fridley in a Wednesday interview with The Daily Republic. "We've talked to the family and they have had the same feeling.
South Dakota Lottery will make an announcement in Pierre today regarding the $1 million Powerball ticket sold in Mitchell in October. The person or people who bought the winning ticket have not yet been identified because they haven't received their winnings, said Kelly Thompson, director of advertising and public relations for the South Dakota Lottery. The winner or winners could choose to remain anonymous, Thompson said, but she declined to comment on whether there was one winner or multiple winners, or where they are from. "That will all be in a press release tomorrow," Thompson said Mon
WAGNER — A Charles Mix County Sheriff's Deputy used his duty weapon to fire six rounds into a suspect's vehicle and was nearly run over, according to court documents recently obtained by The Daily Republic. Russell Duaine Turner Jr., 40, of Wagner, is accused of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, distribution of a controlled substance to a minor — methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance and ingestion of a controlled substance. Those accusations stem from an incident that occurred in the early morning hours of Oct.