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MARTY -- New charges have been filed against the man accused of fatally shooting his uncle and wounding another relative Nov. 27 at a trailer home near Marty on Yankton Sioux tribal land. A superseding indictment filed Tuesday charges 23-year-old Dancing Bull Fischer with one count of second-degree murder, one count of assault with intent to commit murder and two counts of discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. Fischer is accused of killing 47-year-old Tony Fischer Sr.
A third person has been arrested in connection with an early morning fight on New Year's Day in an alleyway behind a bar in downtown Mitchell. A news release issued Wednesday by the Mitchell Police Division says 21-year-old Alisha Belle Munroe, of Mitchell, was arrested Tuesday and charged for her role in the incident, which authorities say occurred in the 400 block of North Main Street in the west alleyway behind the Moonlight Bar and Lounge and involved as many as 14 people.
A column of smoke rose above a Mitchell neighborhood Monday afternoon as firefighters spent several hours battling a house fire at 219 E. Seventh Ave. Shortly after 2 p.m., the Mitchell Fire Division responded to reports of smoke coming from the home, Mitchell Public Safety Chief Lyndon Overweg said in an interview with The Daily Republic at the scene. One adult and two children were inside the home when the fire started, but all three escaped without injury.
The parents of a 3-month-old infant who died after she was allegedly beaten by another child at an in-home day care in rural Mitchell have settled out of court with the day care's owner. Donald Howard and Amy Ruml, parents of the late Brooklyn Howard, have reached a confidential out-of-court settlement with Lacey Marie Tebay, according to the parents' attorney, Scott Heidepriem, of the Sioux Falls-based law firm Johnson, Heidepriem and Abdallah. The settlement was reached in late December, Heidepriem said in an email reply Monday to The Daily Republic.
A soon to be five-term state senator from Mitchell says he still gets excited by the new people and fresh ideas at the outset of each new legislative session. "You're always wondering how a new Legislature is going to work," said Sen. Mike Vehle , R-Mitchell. "It's a steep learning curve, and shucks, I'm still learning." The 2013 legislative session begins Tuesday in Pierre, when Vehle and his fellow District 20 legislators, Rep. Tona Rozum , R-Mitchell, and Rep Lance Carson, R-Mitchell, each return to the Capitol. Their district includes Davison, Aurora and Jerauld counties.
As long as the wind is blowing and the turbines are spinning, South Dakota's wind industry seems poised to stay on course -- for at least another year, anyway. A one-year extension of the wind industry's federal production tax credit was passed last week by the House of Representatives as part of the deal meant to prevent the country from falling off the "fiscal cliff." "This will help us get by one more year," said Rob Rebenitsch , executive director of the South Dakota Wind Energy Association.
Two women have been arrested in connection with an early morning fight on New Year's Day in an alleyway behind a bar in downtown Mitchell. A news release issued Friday afternoon by the Mitchell Police Division says two Mitchell residents, 24-year-old Melissa Kay Larvie and 25-year-old Amber Nicole Thalman, were arrested Friday and charged in connection with the brawl, which authorities say occurred in the 400 block of North Main Street in the west alleyway behind the Moonlight Bar and Lounge and involved as many as 14 people. Larvie is charged with one count of aggravated assault and one cou
A local legislator knows he can't change the past, but he still hopes to change South Dakota's future. Sen. Mike Vehle, R-Mitchell, has cosponsored proposed statewide texting-while-driving bans in each of the last three legislative sessions. In 2010, a proposed ban was defeated by a House vote. In 2011 and 2012, similar proposals were shot down by House committees. And yet, Vehle plans to again introduce legislation for a ban on texting while driving when he returns Tuesday to Pierre for the start of the 2013 legislative session.
Authorities say two people were hospitalized with severe but non-life-threatening injuries following an early morning brawl on New Year's Day outside the Moonlight Bar and Lounge in Mitchell. At least 14 people were involved in the fight, which Davison County Chief Deputy Steve Brink said started inside the Moonlight Bar and escalated outside in an alley behind the building, located at 413 N. Main St. The Davison County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to the scene at 1:42 a.m. Tuesday, according to a police log. Mitchell police were busy with other calls.
Two companies accused of mislabeling gasoline are still facing lawsuits despite recently settling criminal allegations with the state. After months of investigation by the South Dakota Attorney General's Office, Harms Oil, based in Brookings, and M.G.