The Daily Republic
HOWARD — A Garretson man was arrested Monday night after leading police on a 35-mile pursuit through two counties, reaching speeds of 100 mph. At 6:18 p.m., Miner County deputies served a protection order against 58-year-old Terrel Johnson, and when officers questioned the smell of alcohol coming from Johnson he fled in his vehicle, according to the Miner County Sheriff’s Office.
Police do not suspect foul play after a woman was found dead outside of a Mitchell residence. At 10:27 a.m. Friday, police responded to a report of an unresponsive woman outside of a residence on the 1000 block of North Langdon Street, according to the Mitchell Department of Public Safety. The 49-year-old woman, who authorities did not identify at this time, was dead upon officers’ arrival.
A threat against Mitchell High School on Monday turned out to be a false alarm, according to authorities. At approximately 9:40 a.m., the school district received a report of a “threat of violence” against Mitchell High School, according to Mitchell School District Superintendent Joe Graves. Mitchell police were called, and Graves ordered all doors leading to the outside to be locked at Mitchell schools. Officers were also stationed at Mitchell High School.
KIMBALL — Aberdeen-based South Dakota Wheat Growers announced Tuesday it has purchased the 40,000 ton dry fertilizer plant in Kimball. The fertilizer plant was previously owned by Gavilon Fertilizer, LLC, based in Omaha, Nebraska, which will continue to own and operate the adjacent 2.2 million bushel grain elevator.
Dawson Garcia scored 30 points and Prior Lake snapped Bridgewater-Emery's 29-game winning streak on Friday at the Mike Miller Classic. Garcia, a 6-foot-10 sophomore, added 11 rebounds and finished 11-for-14 at the free-throw line as the Lakers won 72-68 in overtime at the Corn Palace. Sam Nissen added 20 points and four 3-pointers for the Lakers. Jamin Arend led the Huskies with 26 points and Sawyer Schultz added 23 points.
YANKTON — An 18-year-old who was found dead on Sunday died due to blunt force injury to the head and chest after being struck by a vehicle, according to the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office. Justin Baron Arcoren was found dead at approximately 2:30 a.m. on U.S. Highway 81, approximately four miles north of Yankton. The Attorney General’s Office says the cause of death was “accidental.”
EMERY — Nobody was injured when a fire broke out Wednesday night in an Emery home. The Emery Fire Department responded to a fire at 8 p.m. at 341 N. Third St. in Emery, where a candle in the bathroom spread to a vent pipe, ceiling and attic, according to Emery Fire Chief Brian Leitheiser. Three people were home at the time of the fire but nobody was injured, Leitheiser said.
FREEMAN — One person was arrested for allegedly starting a fire on Monday that destroyed a house south of Freeman. Joslynn Rabb, 27, of Sioux Falls, was arrested for reckless burning and taken into custody at the Yankton County Jail, according to Hutchinson County Deputy Dan Schulte. “The house was total loss,” Schulte said.
LESTERVILLE — One person died in an early-morning crash Friday morning north of Lesterville. At 1:04 a.m., a 31-year-old male was driving a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica eastbound on 295th Street near the road’s intersection with 435th street when he lost control of the vehicle, according to the South Dakota Highway Patrol. The vehicle rolled and a 24-year-old passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt.
Several area school districts held programs this week honoring veterans in anticipation of Veterans Day, which is Saturday. Submitted photos from area schools are included in this gallery.