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GANN VALLEY -- A Gann Valley woman has been arrested in connection with the death of a 4-year-old child. Donika Gonzales, 22, was arrested Friday and charged with one count of abuse or cruelty to a minor, a felony with a maximum punishment of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. According to a press release issued Friday by the state Attorney General's Office, the charge stems from an incident that happened Thursday at a residence in rural Gann Valley. The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation and Buffalo County Sheriff's Office were involved in the investigation.
OACOMA -- After 94 years with the same family, Al's Oasis is apparently getting a new owner. The renowned tourist attraction in Oacoma will now be operated by a partnership formed by U.S. Hotels, a subsidiary of the Sioux Falls-based Ramkota Companies, according to a statement released last week to media in the Chamberlain/Oacoma area and reported by several weekly newspapers. The Mueller family, which has owned Al's Oasis since it opened as a grocery store in 1919, will become one of the investors in the partnership.
A special meeting could take place next week to let two competing health-care providers make their pitch for a new athletic program at Mitchell's city-owned Recreation Center. Dusty Rodiek, the city's parks, recreation and forestry director, said nothing has been officially scheduled yet, but he plans to extend invitations to both Avera Health and Sanford Health and then hold a special meeting of the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Board on Monday or Tuesday. After the Mitchell City Council expressed concerns at its meeting Tuesday night at City Hall that the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Bo
The Mitchell City Council expressed some concern and confusion at its meeting Tuesday night at City Hall over a newly proposed athletic program that would bring Sanford Health to the city's Recreation Center. Mitchell Parks, Recreation and Forestry Director Dusty Rodiek informed the council of a motion passed by his department's board at its Jan.
Sometimes, all it takes is a blanket to make a difference. On Saturday, a group of nearly 20 volunteers gathered in the community room at Meadowlawn Plaza in Mitchell and made about 30 blankets for Project Linus' National Make a Blanket Day. "It's a big push to get a lot of blankets done," said Linda Pien, a coordinator for the Eastern South Dakota chapter of Project Linus.
TYNDALL -- A Scotland man has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his infant son. Chris Miller, 39, was given the mandatory sentence of life in prison for second-degree murder for the March 2011 death of his 4-month-old son, Jacob. He was sentenced Friday morning by Judge Glen Eng at the Bon Homme County Courthouse in Tyndall. Miller also was sentenced to 50 years in prison for aggravated assault and another 10 years in prison for violating his probation from a 2009 conviction for manufacturing methamphetamine.
PRESHO -- The defense lawyer for a Presho man accused of kidnapping and abusing his 10-year-old daughter has objected to a federal judge's recommendation not to suppress certain evidence in the case. Edward G. Albright, attorney for Clint Brown, filed a written objection Tuesday to U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Moreno's recommendation to deny Albright's motion to suppress evidence, including firearms, drugs and drug paraphernalia, seized by authorities who executed three search warrants between Aug. 17 and Aug.
ALEXANDRIA -- A rural Hanson County man has been sentenced to 90 days in jail and two years of probation for possessing a firearm with a prior violent crime conviction. Wade Forrest Peterson, 36, was arrested Oct. 15 after law enforcement found four guns and a small amount of marijuana during a search of his residence, which is located at 41659 Highway 42, about 10 miles southwest of Alexandria. Peterson pleaded guilty Dec. 21 to one count of firearm possession and one count of marijuana possession.
ALEXANDRIA -- A 25-year-old Illinois man who was caught with four pounds of marijuana in his car last summer near Alexandria has been sentenced to three years in prison. Patrick Maisenbacher, of Springfield, Ill., was arrested Aug.
A Mitchell woman pleaded no contest Tuesday to two charges that came after she stole two vehicles and crashed them in rural Davison County. Jade Abdo, 24, faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine for intentionally causing property damage of more than $1,000 but less than $100,000, and a maximum of one year in jail and a $2,000 fine for first-offense drunken driving. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss other charges in exchange for Abdo's plea. The charges stem from an incident that, according to court documents, began shortly after 2 a.m. Sept.