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WOONSOCKET — The Woonsocket woman who was allegedly murdered in August died from a stab wound to the neck, according to the South Dakota Attorney General's Office. On Aug. 31, 33-year-old Matthew Novak was arrested for the murder of 26-year-old Jennifer Gibson in their Woonsocket home. According to the autopsy report, Gibson died of the stab wound to the neck and the manner of death was ruled a homicide.
A girl, Kinsley Kay Cundy-Burkel, was born on Sept. 10, 2016, to Tiffany Cundy and Alex Burkel, at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. Grandparents are Renee Cundy, Mitchell; Keith Cundy, Huron; and Tracy and Erica Burkel, Woonsocket.
An 18-year-old Bridgewater woman sustained serious non-life threatening injuries after she was ejected from a vehicle in a Hanson County crash on Tuesday. Hailey Thompson was driving eastbound on Interstate 90, six miles east of Mitchell, when she came over a crest and approached another vehicle. At approximately 6:49 p.m., Thompson attempted to slow down and lost control of the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt she was driving.
LAKE ANDES — A Platte man sustained minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash near Lake Andes on Tuesday. Kevin Severson, 38, was driving westbound on South Dakota Highway 50 at approximately 3:27 p.m. when his 2013 Ford F-250 was struck by a vehicle pulling out from a private driveway. Severson, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken to the Wagner Community Hospital with minor injuries.
TYNDALL — Two 18-year-old men were indicted earlier this month and charged with raping a young woman. Brendan Anderson, 18, of Avon, and Johnathan Kopp, 18, of Tyndall, are charged with third-degree rape and having sexual contact with a person incapable of consent, stemming from an incident on July 23, court documents state. According to court documents, Anderson and Kopp performed sexual acts with an 18-year-old woman when she was "incapable of giving consent because of any intoxicating, narcotic or anesthetic agent or hypnosis."
SIOUX FALLS — Four debates have been scheduled between the two opponents for South Dakota's at-large seat on the U.S. House of Representatives, but the Democratic challenger is seeking one more. During a press conference on Monday, Democratic State Rep. Paula Hawks, of Hartford, called for Republican U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem to participate in a debate centered solely around tribal issues.
Two construction workers were injured when scaffolding tipped 10 to 12 feet Monday while working on the Mitchell School District's Fine Arts Center building. According to Mitchell Fire Captain Mark Eliason, two subcontractors suffered injuries, mostly to their lower extremities, and were taken to Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. One worker suffered fractures from the fall, which was called in at about 1:44 p.m. Mitchell Fire/EMS responded with two ambulances and the fire division also assisted. The names of the workers were not available.
A third person accused of being involved in last week's alleged kidnapping and robbery was arrested on Monday, authorities say. Danica Bliss Loseke, 35, was arrested for first-degree robbery, a class 2 felony, and kidnapping in the first degree, a class C felony, in connection with the kidnapping and robbery that occurred last Thursday, Sept. 22. Loseke is one of four people accused of involvement the incident. Alex McKezo Rock, 28, and 21-year-old Marco Antonio Sherman, both of Mitchell, were arrested Friday by Mitchell police.
CHAMBERLAIN — Charges are pending against a Mitchell woman who allegedly failed to pull over during a traffic stop on Saturday. Rondelle Busack, 34, was arrested Saturday after failing to pull over for speeding while driving westbound on Interstate 90 approximately three miles east of Plankinton.
The National Pedal Pull was held Saturday morning at the Corn Palace, drawing in hundreds of kids ranging in age from 4 to 12 years old, all vying to be the nation's top pullers. Following is a list of the top three finishers in each age category, as well as other South Dakota finishers who finished in the top five. 4-year old girls: 1. Kyleigh Funk, Russell, Kansas; 2. Kelcy Jakobi, Granton, Wisconsin; 3. AbreAnna Shubert, Sacred Heart, Minnesota.