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CHAMBERLAIN -- A Pennsylvania man was caught with 54 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop Tuesday on Interstate 90 near Chamberlain. Law enforcement found 54 pounds of marijuana in three duffel bags packed inside a rooftop carrier of the 2011 Dodge Caravan driven by Robert Howells, 31, of Scranton, Pa., after he was pulled over by Brule County Sheriff's Deputy Scott Powers for speeding and erratic lane driving. South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Brian Biehl, along with a canine unit, was called to assist during the stop.
LAKE ANDES -- The two men captured Monday after escaping from the Charles Mix County Jail five days earlier were found hiding in a house in Nebraska, authorities said. Edward "Eddie" Antelope, 34, and Donald Cournoyer, 28, escaped out the main door of the Charles Mix County Jail on March 7 after the two hid behind a shower curtain during lockdown. Supervisory Deputy Will Iverson, with the U.S. Marshals Service in Nebraska, said the two men were captured at about 2:20 p.m.
Many local businesses are utilizing surveillance equipment in an effort to deter potential criminals and capture footage of any incidents. Of 30 Mitchell shops, restaurants, gas stations, bars and organizations contacted by The Daily Republic recently, 21 of them reported having some type of surveillance system. Of those, 17 confirmed having multiple cameras monitoring different areas of their business.
SIOUX FALLS -- Former Douglas County sheriff's deputy Robert Hotchkiss was sentenced Tuesday at the Minnehaha County Courthouse to 75 days in jail and 30 months of probation for one count of grand theft by deception. Hotchkiss, 42, of Delmont, pleaded guilty to the felony grand theft charge Jan. 11.
A Mitchell man sentenced to 60 years in prison for raping a child has filed an appeal, claiming his constitutional rights were violated during his trial. Larry James Franklin, 58, was sentenced in 2009 to two consecutive 30-year prison terms for two counts of raping a victim younger than 13 in 2007. Franklin, an inmate at the South Dakota State Penitentiary, filed his petition for a writ of habeas corpus March 1 with the Davison County Clerk of Courts.
Spring, it seems, has sprung. The National Weather Service is forecasting high temperatures in the 60s to lower-70s and little, if any, precipitation through Friday.
ALEXANDRIA -- A Hanson County resident is appealing a $3,100 special assessment filed by the Edgerton Township Board for the removal of trees, brush and grass from the roadways near his property. Donald Nebelsick filed an appeal Jan.
A Mitchell man was sentenced to a prison term Tuesday for the aggravated assault of his wife at their residence in December. William John Corcoran, 38, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with eight years suspended, for as the result of an incident Dec. 10 in which he attacked his wife, Robyn Jewel, by punching, choking and head-butting her. He also broke his wife's phone when she attempted to call 911 during the attack, and he fled the scene before police arrived, only to return later by breaking in through a window.
A former Dakota Wesleyan University student was sentenced Tuesday to four years of probation and ordered to pay more than $1,200 in restitution for stealing from dorm rooms in November. Vincent Piercefield, 18, told the court Tuesday he is "truly sorry" for his actions. "I want to take my time to apologize to Dakota Wesleyan University," Piercefield said. "I'm not here to blame anyone but myself." Piercefield pleaded guilty in February to second-degree burglary and accessory to a felony.
Gaming revenue at American Indian casinos experienced a nationwide turnaround in 2010, while revenue at South Dakota tribal casinos grew at a slower rate than in the past, according to a new report. The statistics, released today, are included in "Casino City's Indian Gaming Industry Report" by Alan Meister, an economist with Nathan Associates Inc. The report gives in-depth information on national and state-by-state trends in the tribal gaming industry through 2010. "In the wake of the Great Recession, Indian gaming, like much of the U.S.