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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.
Two ongoing lawsuits involving the 2010 collapse of the Mitchell Aquatic Club's indoor above-ground pool should be combined, says an attorney involved in one of the cases. Jim Davies, attorney for James and Kimberly Miiller, owners of Scrappin' Ladies 2, filed a motion last week to combine the Miillers' ongoing lawsuit with another filed by Nautilus Insurance Co., the MAC's insurance provider. Since both cases involve common allegations relating to the pool's collapse, they should be combined to avoid unnecessary delay, save on costs and "avoid the potential conflict of inconsistent results,
Puetz Corp. calls it innovation. Critics call it a conflict of interest. At issue is "construction management," in which a company provides oversight of a project and a single point of accountability to the client, but does none of the physical construction work. A suddenly public dispute over the previously common practice has local construction and design firms scrambling for a shot at big-money government contracts.
LOWER BRULE -- An association of Lower Brule Sioux tribal members is seeking an investigation into corruption among the tribe's leaders for the alleged misuse of millions of federal dollars. In documents and letters emailed Jan. 28 to The Daily Republic, the Lower Brule Tribal Members/Landowners Association accuses the tribe's long-time chairman, Michael Jandreau, and tribal council of embezzling millions of federal dollars in grants and loans received by the tribe.
The sound of sirens and the smell of smoke became all too familiar for Mitchell residents in 2012. There were 82 fires last year in Mitchell, 25 more than last year, according to monthly reports prepared by the Mitchell Fire Division. Those fires caused more than $1.52 million in property damage last year in Mitchell, the reports say, which is nearly six times the total for 2011 when 57 fires caused $254,365 in damage. In 2010, 57 fires caused $398,605 in property damage. The trend, though alarming, can't be pinned on any particular cause, said Assistant Fire Chief Paul Morris said.
A 22-year-old Mitchell man pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated assault for stabbing another man in the arm last May. After entering the guilty plea during court at the Davison County Public Safety Center, Jacob Stulken told Judge Tim Bjorkman that on the day before the stabbing Stulken had "ripped off" the 19-year-old victim for drugs. The day of the incident, the victim confronted Stulken outside a local residence and then hit Stulken in the eye with the handle of a knife without the blade exposed, Stulken said. "He took the blade out," Stulken said, "and I hit him with my lef
A Mitchell man has been sentenced to more than one year in prison for attacking a 17-year-old girl last August in Mount Vernon. George Bamsey, 27, was sentenced Monday to five years in prison with three-and-a-half years suspended for aggravated assault. He pleaded no contest to the charge on Dec. 11. Standing a few feet in front of Judge Tim Bjorkman at the Davison County Public Safety Center, Bamsey looked down and shook his head as his sentence was given.
KIMBALL -- Even during the driest months of last year's drought, water fell on Rod Larsen's crops. Larsen, 63, farms corn, beans, wheat, hay and sunflowers, and feeds about 4,000 cattle with his three sons on land north of Kimball. They installed their first pivot irrigation system two years ago and installed three more last year. "It takes a lot of question marks out of the deal," he said. Even when temperatures soared and rain refused to fall last summer, Larsen's crops were getting moisture.
KENNEBEC -- A Presho man accused of kidnapping and abusing his daughter will stay in federal custody even with other charges pending at the state level. On Tuesday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Moreno denied a federal prosecutor's request to temporarily transfer Clint Brown into state custody so he could attend a motions hearing that was scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday in Kennebec for his pending case in Lyman County. Brown, 36, was indicted in August by a Lyman County grand jury for allegedly kidnapping his 10-year-old daughter Aug.
PARKER -- A jury has convicted a Scotland man of killing his infant son. After deliberating Wednesday afternoon and apparently into the evening, a Turner County jury found Chris Miller, 39, guilty of second-degree murder and aggravated assault in connection with the March 2011 death of his four-month-old son Jacob. Second-degree murder carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison. Aggravated assault is punishable with a maximum of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. The jury was given the case around 12:30 p.m.