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ALEXANDRIA -- A rural Hanson County man has pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm with a prior violent crime conviction. Wade Forrest Peterson, 36, was arrested Oct. 15 after law enforcement searched his residence, located at 41659 Highway 42, about 10 miles southwest of Alexandria. Officers found four guns inside Peterson's home: a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun, a Lorcin 9 mm semi-automatic handgun, .40-caliber Hi-Point handgun and a New England single shot rifle/shotgun with a .22-caliber rifle barrel and a .410-gauge shotgun barrel, court documents say.
PIERRE -- The South Dakota Supreme Court will hear an appeal of a judge's decision to toss out an accused murderer's confession. The confession is from Maricela Diaz, who is accused of killing 16-year-old Jasmine Guevara, of Mitchell, in November 2009. In an order filed Dec. 14, the Supreme Court grants state prosecutors' request to appeal a circuit court ruling. That ruling, by Judge Tim Bjorkman , bars the prosecutors from using any statements Diaz made to police after her arrest on Nov. 11, 2009.
With the opening of a new business in downtown Mitchell, Bill Mawhiney hopes to revolutionize mealtime for local families. Mawhiney is the man behind Time at the Table, a nonprofit organization that works to bring families together around a meal. Now Mawhiney is starting a new for-profit venture called Get Fresh!, which he describes as a "revolutionary" meal service offering customers the chance to order or make, and then take and freeze, meals for later consumption. Some of the proceeds from Get Fresh! will benefit Time at the Table.
PLANKINTON -- After three break-ins in a year and a half, John Neuheisel decided it was time to take action. Neuheisel, owner of the convenience store Roadside 66 in Plankinton, installed a new $10,000 surveillance system last spring. Before then, Roadside 66 had no surveillance equipment. "After the last one, I just went and did it," Neuheisel said. Then it happened again. In the early morning hours of Dec. 3, a white male dressed in dark clothing threw a concrete block through the front door of Roadside 66.
PHOENIX -- A former Davison County state's attorney sentenced to five years in prison for the stabbing death of a 22-year-old college student in Arizona has lost his appeal. Daniel Gukeisen, 41, a Plankinton native, was convicted of manslaughter last year for stabbing Garrett Hohn, an Arizona State University student, on Sept. 26, 2008, during an altercation outside Gukeisen's residence in Tempe, Ariz. He was sentenced to five years in prison. Hohn was walking past Gukeisen's condo with a friend in the early morning hours when Gukeisen confronted them.
Every Christmas, Annie Alexander remembers how lucky she is. When she was 18 months old, Alexander suffered severe burns to her head from scalding water in a bathtub. She required six surgeries, which took place over a span of more than a decade, and for a time she took monthly trips to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Cincinnati for treatment.
HOWARD -- The South Dakota Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that an insurance company does not have to pay a former co-owner of a restaurant and bowling alley in Howard after the other co-owner intentionally burned down the business. The ruling arose from a September 2008 fire that destroyed Whiskey Flow Dining and Minor Alley.
PLANKINTON -- A decade-long dispute over a zoning ordinance limiting dairy cow numbers has cost Aurora County more than $1 million in legal fees. Aurora County has paid $1,030,742.23 in expenses directly related to the lawsuit brought against it by Thompson Farms, according to Auditor Susan Urban.
KENNEBEC -- A Lyman County court hearing for a Presho man accused of kidnapping and abusing his 10-year-old daughter was postponed Thursday because of another charge against him in federal court. Clinton Brown, 35, was indicted by a Lyman County grand jury in September on 14 felony and three misdemeanor charges for allegedly kidnapping his 10-year-old daughter Aug. 17, then choking her, firing a gun near her head and striking her with the butt of a gun. He was also charged for an incident on Aug.
KENNEBEC -- A 19-year-old Lower Brule woman was sentenced Thursday to 35 years in prison for driving drunk and causing a crash that killed five people and injured others last year. Tessa J. Crane hung her head and occasionally wiped tears from her eyes as she listened to family members of the five people killed in the crash give emotionally charged statements during her sentencing Thursday afternoon at the Lyman County Courthouse in Kennebec.