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National FFA Week was held the week of February 17 through the 24. Area schools celebrated the event with a variety of activities.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Lake Andes LINNELL PLACES IN NATIONAL YIELD CONTEST: Lee Linnell, of Lake Andes, placed first in South Dakota for Dryland No-Till and second in South Dakota for Dryland Reduced Till in the annual yield contest put on by National Sorghum Producers, of Lubbock, Texas. Linnell was invited to attend and be recognized at the yield contest dinner on Feb. 28 in Anaheim, California. — Wagner Post Wessington Springs
KENNEBEC — A 21-year-old Lower Brule man faces up to five years in prison for allegedly breaking into a grocery store and stealing non-perishable food items. A Lyman County grand jury indicted Tristan Grassrope on charges of third-degree burglary and intentional property damage for allegedly breaking a window at BJ's Food Center on Feb. 9 in Kennebec, and stealing non-perishable food. If convicted, Grassrope faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
LYMAN COUNTY — A Lower Brule man has been indicted by a Lyman County grand jury for allegedly stealing a van from a residential home. According to court documents, Loren Fallis stole the van on Feb. 16 and was indicted recently by a grand jury for third-degree burglary, a Class 5 felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Here are bankruptcy filings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of South Dakota, for March 8 through March 14. Individuals can file Chapter 7 petitions (asking that debts be liquidated); Chapter 12 (a simplified reorganization method for farmers and ranchers whose gross debt does not exceed $1.5 million); and Chapter 13 (a plan to repay some debts in three to five years). Businesses can file Chapter 11 petitions to reorganize their debts under a court-approved plan for repayment. • Black Hawk: Cody James Hewitt, Chapter 7; Briana Charlene Hewitt, Chapter 7.
Winter weather's not finished with the Mitchell area yet. After several days of spring-like temperatures in the mid-40s, a system bringing snow, sleet, freezing rain and wind is expected to slam the area Friday. National Weather Service officials estimate between a tenth and a quarter of an inch of ice could accumulate on roadways, but the severity of the storm will depend on temperatures at the time of precipitation. One or two degrees could make a significant difference in its impact, officials said, with colder temperatures adding to the system's severity.
A Mitchell man was arrested for grand theft after allegedly getting a stolen vehicle stuck in snow. At approximately 4 a.m. March 6, police found a tan 1999 Chevrolet Malibu stuck in the snow at the intersection of Havens Avenue and Davison Street in Mitchell, according to court documents. When officers ran the registration of the vehicle, it came back as stolen out of Vermillion. The driver, 25-year-old Casey Steele, alleged he had recently purchased the vehicle, but Vermillion officers confirmed the vehicle had been reported as stolen.
LOWER BRULE — A 25-year-old Lower Brule woman was sentenced to six years in prison for assaulting a federal law enforcement officer and conspiring to distribute meth. Samantha Dolezal was sentenced on March 8 to 54 months in custody and a $1,000 fine for conspiring to distribute meth. She was sentenced to an additional 18 months for assaulting a federal officer, which will run concurrent with the prior sentence.
LOWER BRULE — A Lower Brule man pleaded guilty recently to federal charges of sexual abuse, strangulation and domestic assault by a habitual offender. Cody Crazy Bull, 27, was indicted on Feb. 14 and pleaded not guilty last week to the charges that stem from an October 2017 incident in which Crazy Bull allegedly forced his partner to engage in a sexual act by using force, according to the United States Attorney's Office. On the same day, Crazy Bull is accused of strangling and suffocating her.
A Mitchell man was arrested earlier this month when police say he eluded law enforcement in residential neighborhoods, abandoned his vehicle and then fled on foot. Drew Frey, 22, was arrested for eluding and reckless driving on March 3, according to recently filed Davison County court documents. Both are Class 1 misdemeanors. Frey's vehicle was on the 1100 block of North Kimball in Mitchell and "was clearly traveling faster than the posted 25 miles per hour speed limit," according to a police report. The officer estimated the vehicle was traveling 40 mph.