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WAGNER -- It started with a bang. A shot rang out at 10 a.m. Monday in Wagner, signaling the start of the town's 112th Labor Day Parade. With the signal's echo still in the air, the sound of a whirring propeller whizzed by as a small plane left a thin trail of white smoke above the large crowd.
The number of arrests made by the Mitchell Police Division went up about 5 percent in 2011, according to statistics released last month by the state Attorney General's Office. The Mitchell Police Division reportedly made 1,402 arrests in 2011, up from the 1,330 arrests the department reported in 2010.
ALEXANDRIA -- South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley said Friday his appeal of a thrown-out confession in the 2009 murder of a Mitchell girl is important enough to warrant a significant delay in the case. "Based upon our review of the case law and review of the facts, we decided that this was a case that was important enough to warrant further review by the Supreme Court," he said Friday in an interview with The Daily Republic.
A 35-year-old Mexican man was arrested Thursday after leading a local sheriff's deputy on a brief pursuit west of Mitchell. The pursuit began around 3:30 p.m.
ALEXANDRIA -- Opponents of a proposed 7,000-head dairy in Hanson County argued Thursday that a hearing to rule on the dairy's water permit application should not be held before the state Water Management Board. During a telephone hearing before Hillary Brady, chief hearing examiner for the state Office of Hearing Examiners, the dairy opponent's attorney R.
ALEXANDRIA -- A judge has thrown out a confession from an alleged killer in the 2009 murder of a Mitchell girl. A ruling issued Tuesday by Judge Tim Bjorkman found investigators failed to properly inform Maricela Diaz, accused of killing 16-year-old Jasmine Guevara in November 2009, of her Miranda rights. Diaz was 15 at the time of her alleged involvement in the crime and is now 17. The order prevents prosecutors from using any statements Diaz made to police after her arrest on Nov. 11, 2009.
IF YOU GO The South Dakota State Fair opens today and continues through Monday at the fairgrounds in Huron. Daily gate admission is $3 for children ages 6-16 and $5 for adults; weekly passes are $10 for children and $20 for adults; a daily family pass (two adults, four children) is $15; and a weekly value pass (four adults) is $60. Gate admission is free each day after 8 p.m. and after 3 p.m. Monday.
HOWARD -- Declining revenue from training programs, high expenses and the economic recession are taking the blame for the imminent closure of the $6.5 million Maroney Commons in Howard. "If your expenses exceed your income, you just can't continue," said Kathy Callies, acting president of the Rural Learning Center in Howard. The Miner County Development Corp., a for-profit corporation created by the Rural Learning Center in 2003, recently voted to cease all operations at Maroney Commons on Sept. 3. Maroney Commons opened with a festive ceremony Aug.
A Davison County woman is suing another local woman for medical expenses and lost wages she claims are the result of a 2009 car crash in Mitchell. Tarisa Jacobs and her attorney Doug Dailey, of Mitchell, filed a lawsuit Aug. 15 against Loraine Fischer, whom court documents say is also a resident of Davison County. The suit stems from an Aug.
The woman who died Aug. 9 when her vehicle plunged into the pond at Cabela's in Mitchell suffered an "unknown medical event" before losing control of her car, investigators announced Tuesday. Jane Strong, 61, of rural Mitchell, was the driver and only occupant of the vehicle that plunged into 18 feet of murky water in the pond.