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A text message with a picture of a house on fire was used as evidence to charge two men with arson. In the early morning hours of Jan. 16, fire destroyed an unoccupied home owned by Ronnie and Deanna Wieczorek, four miles west of Mount Vernon.
GREGORY -- A Gregory man accused of shaking his infant son to death has pleaded not guilty to several charges, including murder. Adam Bruns, 20, appeared in court Friday in Winner and pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and alternate counts of first-degree manslaughter, aggravated assault, and abuse or cruelty to a minor less than 7 years old. Bruns had been taking care of his 3-month-old son Levi in February and the child had been vomiting periodically for several days. This frustrated Bruns, he told investigators. On Feb.
SALEM -- A man involved in a chase and crash Tuesday in McCook County has an extensive criminal record, including three drunken driving convictions and 17 overall misdemeanors. Michael Popkes, 32, of Canistota, was arrested for eluding Tuesday afternoon after he fled law enforcement and crashed his vehicle into a tree in McCook County. The Daily Republic misspelled Popkes' last name in an article that started on Page A1 of Wednesday's edition. Popkes was also convicted of eluding law enforcement two years ago in McCook County. Typically, a third DUI within 10 years is a felony.
FORT THOMPSON -- A Fort Thompson woman died in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday two miles east of Marion Road on Interstate 90 near Sioux Falls. Nicole Estella Metcalf, 21, was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu eastbound on Interstate 90 when she stopped the vehicle in the right driving lane of traffic and exited her vehicle. Brittany Mary Ann May, 19, of Oacoma, was driving a 1998 Pontiac Bonneville and also traveling eastbound in the driving lane. May saw the stopped Malibu in the lane ahead of her and swerved in an attempt to miss the Malibu, but collided with the back end of it.
Investigators are still trying to find the cause of a Mitchell house fire that started late Tuesday night. They are also looking for the residents, who were not at the home during the time of the fire. Mitchell Assistant Fire Chief Paul Morris said Wednesday firefighters were dispatched at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday to a home at 912 E. Fifth Ave. where a fire had started in the basement. "A neighbor called in the fire," Morris said.
SALEM -- A Canistota man who fled law enforcement Tuesday on Interstate 90 crashed his vehicle into a tree at the end of a low-speed chase. South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Casey Bassett said he attempted to pull over a vehicle on I-90 in the early afternoon for not having a front license plate. "I stopped the vehicle for an equipment violation," Bassett said. The vehicle, driven by Michael Popkes, 32, briefly stopped, but took off again and traveled through McCook County, Bassett said.
CHAMBERLAIN -- A national organization is supporting a group's effort to include an American Indian honor song at Chamberlain's high school graduations.
Eight states in the nation don't have statewide programs supporting downtown revitalization, including South Dakota. A group representing eight communities met Thursday in Mitchell for its second South Dakota Downtown Summit. The group discussed how to start a state downtown coordinating program, which would help those with current, city-based programs, like Mitchell Main Street & Beyond, and those that hope to start their own programs, said Molly Goldsmith, executive director of MMS&B. "We know we can only do so much at our level," Goldsmith said of the current independent organizations.
VERMILLION -- A Salem attorney argued Wednesday that a 2013 drunken driving conviction in McCook County should be overturned because the person wasn’t in “actual physical control” of the vehicle...