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A man who police said “was practicing his quick draw” with a .45 caliber revolver shot himself in the leg over the weekend. Authorities said Tuesday that criminal charges are possible against the 19-year-old man. Police did not identify the victim. He sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell.
Good morning and welcome to The Daily Republic's need-to-know. Here are five stories we think you should know headed into Tuesday, Jan. 16: 1. The Mitchell City Council tonight will discuss demolishing a building, along with ownership of the Mitchell Area Community Theatre building.
Mitchell High School students again fared well at a speech and debate tournament held over the weekend. The MHS Speech and Debate team competed at the Sioux Falls Lincoln Silver Bowl with Thea Patrick taking first in varsity informative speaking. In novice informative speaking, Grace Lentz took second, and Caleb Jarding placed fifth in varsity domestic extemp. Patrick and Jarding had a 3-2 record in varsity public forum, while Caleigh Sanchez and Jaclyn McMillen had a 3-2 record in novice public forum.
GREGORY — Nobody was injured but a home was destroyed in a Friday night fire in Gregory. Gregory and Burke firefighters responded to the call of a fire at approximately 12:54 p.m. at 414 Rosebud Ave. in Gregory, where a blaze broke out in the basement of the house and spread throughout the structure, according to Gregory Fire Chief Jason Bartling. There were at least two people home at the time of the fire, but everyone was able to get out safely, Bartling said. Two pet cats were unaccounted for as of Friday night.
A Fort Thompson man was arrested after allegedly stealing a vehicle and crashing it into a tree. On Jan. 5, Mitchell police received a report of a stolen vehicle, and shortly after were dispatched to a vehicle that had crashed into a tree in a residential yard, according to court documents. The reporting party said a male had walked away from the crash, and police located the man, identified as 36-year-old Conrad Fleury, approximately four blocks from the crash site.
A jackknifed semi that crashed due to icy conditions closed Interstate 90 Sunday near Mitchell for about an hour and 45 minutes. Authorities said no one was injured when the semi lost traction on a slight incline prior to reaching an overhead bridge. The passenger side of the vehicle made contact with a guardrail and the trailer crashed into another guard rail. Traffic was diverted off I-90 and around the crash scene.
LYMAN COUNTY — A Huron woman was arrested after crashing her vehicle, lying to police about her identity and having drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. On Jan. 5, Emily Huether drove her vehicle into the ditch on South Dakota Highway 47, near mile marker 47 in Lyman County, according to court documents. When South Dakota Highway Patrol officers arrived, she allegedly said her name was Emily Thames, but it was later determined her last name is Huether.
LAKE ANDES — An arrest warrant has been issued for a Lake Andes man for assaulting a pregnant woman during an argument about $30. On Dec. 28, 19-year-old Rashawn Pease and a woman got into an argument about money, during which Pease began slapping the woman. He then pulled her to the ground by her hair and kicked her "all over her body," according to court documents. The woman claims Pease intentionally kicked her in the stomach to harm her unborn child.
WINNER — A Colome woman was arrested for eluding and driving under the influence after leading police on a brief chase near Colome. At approximately 12:30 a.m. Jan. 1, a Tripp County deputy attempted to pull over a vehicle going 79 mph in a 65 mph zone. The vehicle continued without stopping, even after the officer activated his emergency lights. The vehicle, driven by 40-year-old Lisa Slotsky, of Colome, drove approximately two miles before turning south onto U.S. Highway 183 and continued for a short distance before entering the road's ditch.
GROTON — A 34-year-old man died in a one-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon near Groton. At 1:35 p.m., a 2011 Nissan Rogue was southbound on South Dakota Highway 37 when the vehicle veered off the road and eventually hit a metal shipping container, located in the ditch at a construction site, authorities said.