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A 37-year-old Mitchell man is accused of assaulting his girlfriend and not allowing her to call police after she refused to have intercourse with him. On Jan. 13, tenants of an apartment heard a disturbance in a neighboring apartment and called Mitchell police, who discovered Matthew Lopez had allegedly kicked and punched his girlfriend of three years repeatedly, according to court documents. The argument began when the woman refused to have intercourse and Lopez became upset, court documents state.
A Mitchell woman faces nine felony charges after allegedly using checks that did not belong to her to make purchases at two local businesses. Between Oct. 17 and Oct. 22, 26-year-old Jazzmin Jennings allegedly wrote nine checks, totaling $306.91 to make purchases at two Mitchell businesses, according to court documents. The checks did not belong to her and the owner did not consent to Jennings using the checks, court documents state.
Here are bankruptcy filings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of South Dakota, for Jan. 11 through Jan.17. 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. • Aberdeen: Cristy Lea Bengston, Chapter 7.
For another year, 1980s cover band Hairball will rock the Palace. The rock cover band’s stop in Mitchell has become a common occurrence, and this year’s April 7 show will mark several straight years Hairball has played the Corn Palace.
BON HOMME COUNTY — A Yankton man was arrested after being found with a firearm and drugs in Bon Homme County. On Jan. 13, a Bon Homme County sheriff's deputy was patrolling on South Dakota Highway 46 when he witnessed a vehicle with a missing headlight. He pulled the vehicle over and the driver, William Schaefer, exited the car and began running toward the officer's vehicle. Schaefer re-entered his vehicle when told to do so, according to court documents. Schaefer was jumpy and nervous when talking with the officer, and failed sobriety tests.
KIMBALL — A Kimball man was arrested after falling asleep behind the wheel of a vehicle parked in the middle of a street. On Jan. 10, officers responded to a report of a vehicle parked in the middle of Second Street in Kimball. Upon arrival, they found 27-year-old Kyle Koepke in the driver's seat and an open beer in a cup holder, according to court documents.
OACOMA — Nobody was injured but Interstate 90 was closed for more than an hour on Wednesday after two semis collided. At approximately 7:16 a.m., a 2013 Kenworth T800 semi was traveling west on I-90, approximately 3 miles west of Oacoma, at a slow rate of speed and was rear-ended by a 2007 Freightliner semi. The Freightliner ended up in the passing lane and started on fire, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.
Good morning and welcome to The Daily Republic's need-to-know page. Here are the stories we think you should know heading into Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018: 1. Maria Krall is a leader on the highly successful Mitchell gymnastics team. Video included!
CHAMBERLAIN — Three people are accused of distributing and manufacturing drugs after allegedly being found with more than 2 pounds of meth in Chamberlain. On Jan. 12, Chamberlain police officers received information from Minnesota police of a vehicle containing a large amount of methamphetamine possibly traveling through the area. Police located the vehicle at a gas station in Chamberlain. The suspected driver, Cody Johnson, had a revoked license, so Chamberlain police pulled it over after it left the gas station, according to court documents.
Two people face animal cruelty charges for allegedly abandoning two dogs in Mitchell. On Jan. 12, the owner of a rental house found a German shepherd and chocolate lab in a residence he had evicted the tenants from the week prior. The owner gave the dogs food and water because there was none, according to court documents. When officers arrived, the ribs of both dogs were visible and the German shepherd had "significant mange" on its back legs, stomach and face, while the lab was bleeding from one paw. The dogs each had several bald patches.