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Jurors heard the 36-year-old Plankinton man charged with multiple counts of child sex abuse deny the accusations against him, as well as additional testimony from the alleged victim of his crimes during the second day of the trial Thursday in Mitchell. Ernest Albert Fisher Jr., 36, is charged with eight counts of child sex abuse, including one charge of first-degree rape.
Jurors heard testimony from the alleged victim of a 36-year-old Plankinton man accused of multiple counts of child sex abuse as his retrial began Wednesday at the Davison County Courthouse in Mitchell. Ernest Albert Fisher Jr. faces eight charges of child sex abuse, including one count of first-degree rape, three counts of third-degree rape, two counts of fourth-degree rape and two counts of sexual contact with a child younger than 16. Fisher was convicted of similar charges relating to the same incidents in September 2008.
Initial investigations have not provided any insight into what caused a fire to start Friday in one of the Mitchell Trail King plant's dust collecting units outside the main building. According to Bruce Yakley, Trail King Industries president and chief executive officer, an investigative technician from the manufacturer of the dust collecting unit will be in Mitchell to investigate the incident today. "I can't say enough how proud I am of the Trail King employees," Yakley said in an e-mail to The Daily Republic.
The man who pleaded guilty to aggravated assault for his involvement in a Mitchell beating in September is set to be sentenced next week. William Watkins, 34, of Mitchell, pleaded guilty to the felony assault charge in December for the allegedly unprovoked attack of a North Dakota resident, Clint Dreyer, 36, at Thirsty's Bar in Mitchell. Police reports allege Watkins struck Dreyer in the head with a closed fist, knocking him to the ground, and proceeded to kick him in the head area. The incident resulted in Dreyer being admitted to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls in Septe
A Woonsocket man sentenced to life in prison for murder in 1973 is seeking a commutation of his sentence with hopes of being made eligible for parole. Larry Gene Faller, 59, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 1973 for the murder of Pearl Warner and was sentenced to an additional 10 years for committing assault with intent to kill upon Volney T. Warner, Pearl Warner's husband. Both convictions were the result of a single incident on Jan. 15, 1972. Faller has been recommended by two members of the South Dakota Board of Pardons and Paroles to appear in front of the full board.
The Mitchell Police Division has arrested a man believed to be involved in a high-speed pursuit with two Mitchell police officers Sunday night. Justin Jonathon Hofer, 30, of Ethan, was arrested Wednesday on charges including aggravated eluding, reckless driving and driving with a revoked driver's license. Hofer allegedly fled from Mitchell Police Officer Dan Kopfmann at approximately 6:50 p.m.
The Mitchell Police Division relied on a confidential informant in the investigation that led to the arrest of three Mitchell residents in January and the confiscation of more than 2 pounds of marijuana, new court documents reveal. Patrick Clark, 37, and Mikki Jo Keeble, 26, were arrested Jan.
MONTROSE -- Two 18-year-old Montrose residents were injured when their vehicle collided with the rear of a truck hauling a propane tank Wednesday morning on state Highway 38 near Montrose. The collision occurred at approximately 8:17 a.m., when the 2000 Chevrolet Impala driven by Kelly Jo Binder, 18, with passenger Katherine Binder, 18, both of Montrose, hit the rear of a Freightliner truck hauling a propane tank and driven by Wayne Lofswold, 59,of Salem. Both vehicles were heading eastbound.
A Mitchell man was sentenced to 10 years in a state penitentiary Tuesday for having sexual contact with a minor younger than 16. Donald Loren Anderson, 63, was convicted by a Davison County jury in December of having sexual contact with a 12-year-old boy at Anderson's home in Mitchell. Davison County State's Attorney Pat Smith requested Judge Sean O'Brien give Anderson the maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, calling Anderson an "unremorseful child molester." Anderson's mother was called to testify before the sentence was given. She spoke of her son's military service in
Indicators suggest Mitchell's economy made significant strides in 2011 toward recovering from any lingering symptoms of the recession. New statistics gathered from state and local sources show unemployment remaining low, the labor force beginning to grow and taxable sales and building permits growing. Taxable sales -- the amount of sales subject to state tax -- were up 6.4 percent in Mitchell in 2011 compared to 2010.