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SIOUX FALLS -- The South Dakota Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied a convicted murderer's request to have his life sentence reduced. Larry Gene Faller, 59, was sentenced to life in prison in 1973 for the murder of Woonsocket resident Pearl Warner. He was also given a concurrent 10-year sentence for committing assault with intent to kill on Volney T.
WAGNER -- A 21-year-old Wagner man arrested in July after the body of a 2-year-old girl was found in a closet in his home has pleaded guilty to two drug charges that arose from the incident. Taylor Cournoyer pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of possession of methamphetamine and one count of keeping a place for the use or sale of controlled substances. Cournoyer had pleaded not guilty in August to an indictment charging him with those and seven additional charges, including five counts of abuse or cruelty to a minor and one count of failure to notify law enforcement of the death of a chil
The man serving time in prison for an assault last September outside a bar in downtown Mitchell now says he would not have accepted his plea agreement had he known he could still be sued for his role in the attack. William Watkins, 35, was sentenced in February to 13 years in prison with five years suspended on one count of aggravated assault and was ordered to pay more than $650,000 in restitution for medical bills and other expenses.
WAGNER -- A 21-year-old Wagner man arrested in July after the body of a 2-year-old girl was found in a closet in his home has pleaded guilty to two drug charges that arose from the incident. Taylor Cournoyer pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of possession of methamphetamine and one count of keeping a place for the use or sale of controlled substances.
An Ethan man was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in prison for leading Mitchell police on a high-speed chase in February. Justin Jonathon Hofer, 30, was arrested Feb. 8, three days after he was involved in a high-speed chase with two Mitchell police officers.
A man who says he suffered head injuries when he was assaulted last year in Mitchell is now suing the man who allegedly attacked him. Richard Magdaleno and his attorney Randy Stiles, of Mitchell, filed a lawsuit Friday against Nicholas Allen Krohmer. According to Magdaleno's complaint, Krohmer assaulted Magdaleno on July 10, 2011, in Mitchell.
LAKE ANDES -- Authorities allege the driver involved in a high-speed chase Sept. 27 in Douglas and Charles Mix counties was drunk and attempted to ram a sheriff's deputy off the road at speeds approaching 100 mph. The driver, Jacob Abdo, 18, and his passenger, Michael Clark, 27, both of Mitchell, are being held on numerous charges in Charles Mix County after leading law enforcement on an hour-and-15-minute pursuit through the two counties.
For four generations, members of the Bainbridge family have farmed in the fields west of Ethan. Lewis Bainbridge, a member of the third generation, remembers stories from a time when the future of his family's farm was far from certain. His grandparents, Zach and Lydia Bainbridge, farmed during the Dust Bowl. Lewis Bainbridge recalls tales of dust clouds sweeping through his grandparents' home and dirtying the dishes in their cabinets. Those times, he has been told, were tough.
PLANKINTON -- After a decade of fighting in court, Aurora County officials and the owners of Thompson Farms are both relieved. On Friday, Aurora County officials announced the county has agreed to pay Thompsons Farms and its owners, Keith and Paul Thompson, $1.281 million to settle a lawsuit over a 1998 county zoning ordinance restricting dairy cow numbers. The settlement ends what has been a long and expensive legal battle for both sides. "It was a gratified relief," said Keith Thompson in an email response sent Monday to The Daily Republic.
A Huron man who was paralyzed when sheets of plywood blew off a loading cart and struck him in the head at Menards in Mitchell has filed a lawsuit against the home-improvement retailer. Ronald Jensen and his wife Bonita, filed a lawsuit against Menards late last month. According to their complaint, Ronald Jensen was injured Aug. 1 when Menards employees were moving sheets of plywood from their stock to his vehicle and lost control of the material in a gust of wind.