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On Friday, Davison County State's Attorney Pat Smith got the call he was waiting for. "It's not every day that your staff tells you the governor is holding for you," Smith said Monday in an interview with The Daily Republic. When Smith picked up the phone, Gov. Dennis Daugaard told him he will be appointed as the newest judge in South Dakota's First Judicial Circuit. "It's an exciting opportunity," Smith said. "It's news I've looked forward to." Smith will replace First Circuit Judge Sean O'Brien, who retired in July.
The family of a former Kimball man who died in 2010 at Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell is accusing the nursing home of neglect. The five children of Edwin R. Kroupa -- Marvin Kroupa, of Kimball; Robert Kroupa, of Pukwana; Greg Kroupa, of White Lake; Diane Kroupa, of Plymouth, Minn.; and Cheryl Younkin, of Arlington, Texas -- are plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Mitchell Healthcare LLC, also known as Mission Health Care LLC, doing business as Firesteel Healthcare Center. The suit was filed earlier this month in Davison County. Edwin R.
Five people were arrested for drunken driving within an hour and a half after midnight Oct. 13 at a sobriety checkpoint in Mitchell. The South Dakota Highway Patrol and the Davison County Sheriff's Office ran the checkpoint, located at the intersection of South Sanborn Boulevard and West Birch Avenue. At approximately 12:18 a.m., Kyle Kunz, 46, of Mitchell, drove into the checkpoint. Law enforcement detected the smell of alcohol in his vehicle and noticed his speech was slurred and his eyes were bloodshot, court documents say.
A former Mitchell woman who served four years in prison for drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana and driving under the influence while on probation for a second-degree burglary conviction is applying for a pardon. Seanne Carol King, of Sioux Falls, recently started the process of completing an application for a pardon with the South Dakota Board of Pardons and Paroles. In order to complete her application for a pardon, King must have a notice published once a week for three consecutive weeks in the official newspaper of the county where her offense took place.
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The attorney for the former Crow Creek Sioux tribal chairman sentenced to three years in prison for bribery and accepting kickbacks argued Friday that by admitting certain evidence, a judge denied his client a fair trial. A federal jury convicted Duane Big Eagle in August 2011 of two counts of conspiracy to bribe a tribal official and one count of aiding and abetting the bribery of a tribal official. He filed an appeal of the conviction Dec. 13.
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.