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SIOUX FALLS -- Sanborn County authorities spoke out Thursday against a convicted murderer's request for a reduced sentence. Larry Gene Faller, 59, was sentenced to life in prison in 1973 for the murder of Woonsocket resident Pearl Warner and an additional 10 years for committing assault with intent to kill against Volney T.
WAGNER -- Two people have been arrested on multiple charges related to the death of a 2-year-old girl at a home in rural Wagner. Taylor Cournoyer, 21, and Laurie Cournoyer, 28, both of Wagner, have been charged with one count each of abuse or cruelty to a minor and failure to notify law enforcement of the death of a child, a news release issued Thursday by the state Attorney General's office said.
WAGNER -- Prosecutors hope to begin determining later this week what criminal charges could be filed in connection with the July 4 killing of a 2-year-old girl at a home in rural Wagner. Charles Mix County State's Attorney Pam Hein said in an interview Wednesday with The Daily Republic that reports from state and local investigators need to be completed and reviewed before prosecutors can decide what criminal charges to file in connection with the death of 2-year-old ReiLee Lovell.
An area man and his attorney attempted to build their case as testimony continued Wednesday in a jury trial to settle a dispute involving a Mount Vernon cattle operation. Travis Hostler, part-owner of the Mount Vernon-based Dry Run Cattle Co., and his attorney Carl J. Koch, of Mitchell, are seeking more than $287,000 in damages for losses they say were the result of a shipment of cattle from North Dakota that included animals with an immune system infection that led to pneumonia. Dry Run Cattle Co.
With hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake, parties on either side of a more than four-year-old dispute involving a Mount Vernon cattle operation finally met before a jury Tuesday at the Mitchell courthouse. In a lawsuit filed in 2008, Dry Run Cattle Co.
Mitchell Senior Services Executive Director Brenda Paradis will be fired effective July 16, Mayor Ken Tracy confirmed Friday morning. Tracy said Paradis and City Attorney Randy Stiles were told Thursday morning they will not be re-appointed at the July 16 Mitchell City Council meeting. Both were given the option to resign or retire rather than have their termination announced at the meeting, Tracy said. Paradis chose not to resign, Tracy said, and her dismissal will become official at the meeting.
ALEXANDRIA -- A judge has moved the trial for a 17-year-old girl accused of murder from Hanson County to Minnehaha County. Attorneys for Maricela Nicolasa Diaz, of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Guanajuato, Mexico, motioned for a change of venue because they believe it will be difficult to find impartial jurors in Hanson County, where the alleged crime occurred. Judge Tim Bjorkman signed an order June 29 granting the change of venue. All pretrial proceedings will continue to take place in Hanson County, the order says.
More than two weeks have passed since the death of 3-month-old Brooklyn Kennedy Howard, but other than initial reports, no details have been released. Howard died June 19, and authorities have deemed the circumstances surrounding the death to be "suspicious" but so far have provided little further insight into the incident. Sara Rabern, spokeswoman for the state Attorney General's Office, said Thursday she doesn't expect any more details to be released this week. More information will be released once the investigation is complete, Rabern said. According to a search warrant
City Attorney Randy Stiles and another city department head are losing their jobs as the result of a decision by new Mitchell Mayor Ken Tracy. Thursday afternoon, The Daily Republic received a tip that two city department heads were dismissed earlier in the day. The newspaper contacted Tracy, who confirmed that two of the nine department heads will not be reappointed to their positions at the next Mitchell City Council meeting July 16.
Two top city employees will not be reappointed to their positions at the next Mitchell City Council meeting July 16, Mayor Ken Tracy confirmed Thursday. Tracy said in response to Daily Republic questions that he spoke with two of the city's nine department heads Thursday morning and told both they will not be retained past the upcoming council meeting.