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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.
Despite rumors of a drug-related arrest, Cody Hanson, drummer for the band Hinder, said Monday the band canceled its show Thursday at the Corn Palace Festival for no other reason than the strained vocal cords of lead singer Austin Winkler. Hinder was slated to kick off a string of four concerts in four nights for the festival, but the band canceled its show moments before it was supposed to take the stage. Winkler reportedly strained his vocal cords in a performance the night before when the band performed in Washington, Hanson said Monday in an interview with The Daily Republic.
A Mitchell man was arrested shortly after midnight Sunday for allegedly attacking a 17-year-old girl in Mount Vernon. George Jerry Bamsey, 26, is charged with drunken driving and aggravated assault after allegedly chasing, shoving and choking the 17-year-old victim. When Davison County Sheriff's deputies arrived at the victim's home, the girl's mother had taken Bamsey's car keys.
A 14-year-old boy was arrested Aug. 5 for allegedly driving with a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit with his allegedly intoxicated father in the passenger seat. Jay Robert Parker Jr.
ALEXANDRIA -- Justice, it seems, comes at a price. After more than two and a half years in court, Hanson County has incurred more than $400,000 in expenses related to the 2009 murder of 16-year-old Jasmine Guevara, of Mitchell. And with one suspect in the case still awaiting trial, the expenses continue to pile up. As of Aug. 3, when The Daily Republic acquired a detailed expense report from Hanson County Auditor Lesa Trabing, the total cost of the case was $402,550.35.
ALEXANDRIA -- A judge has ruled that Hanson County officials must cancel permits issued to a proposed 7,000-head dairy. Judge Tim Bjorkman ruled this week that Hanson County Zoning Administrator Mary Wilcox should have canceled a conditional use permit and variances issued to the dairy in 2007 after two years had passed without substantial completion of the project. The dairy is planned for a stretch of land about 6.5 miles north of Alexandria. "It's vindication for the people of Hanson County," said state Rep.