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A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Freeman POLICE CHIEF RESIGNS: Richard "Casey" Cummings has resigned as police chief in Freeman. Cummings said he gave his two weeks' notice Monday. He is stepping down for "personal reasons." Cummings said that, until informed differently, Freeman police officer Jonathan Slevin will be the contact person. "He's going to be the face of the police department," Cummings said. — Freeman Courier Scotland
A Mitchell man was sentenced to pay a fine and received no jail time for stealing money from a Mitchell area casino. On Oct. 12, 48-year-old Brian Adams pleaded guilty to first-degree petty theft of more than $400. He was sentenced to pay a fine of $714 and received an imposition of sentence. On Aug. 16, Adams was originally charged with two counts of grand theft of more than $1,000 and less than or equal to $2,500.
WOOD — The victim of a fatal crash on Monday near Wood has been identified. Seventy-year-old Kenneth Krogman was traveling near the intersection of 281st Avenue and Strike Road, 11 miles north of Wood, at 2:50 p.m. when the 2001 Dodge Ram pickup he was driving went off the road and into a river basin, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. Krogman, from Wood, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Here are bankruptcy filings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of South Dakota, for Oct.19 through Oct. 26. 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. • Box Elder: Jamie Lynn Wickersham, Chapter 7.
Here are five things worth knowing heading into Friday: 1. South Dakota had football fever last night. Catch up on the area action here . 2. The Mitchell Kernels raced past the Sturgis Scoopers , advancing to a state semifinal game.
A Mitchell man faces charges for allegedly attempting to drive into another person. Troy Janssen, 54, was charged with aggravated assault on Sept. 13. On at approximately 1:26 p.m. on Sept. 13, 54-year-old Troy Janssen was driving his vehicle near the area of 1600 N. Kimball St. and 1600 N. Sanborn Blvd. in Mitchell. Janssen allegedly drove off the asphalt parking lot into an open field where he accelerated and nearly hit another person, court documents state.
FORESTBURG — South Dakota's pheasant opener didn't go as planned for one hunter. At approximately 3:52 p.m. Sunday, a 73-year-old Wisconsin man was shot in the nose by another hunter in his group, according to the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish & Parks (GF&P) The man's name is not being released at this time, according to GF&P. The incident occurred on private land near Forestburg. The man, standing at the end of a field, was shot in the left nostril by a second hunter when a rooster appeared.
COLOME — A Colome man faces charges for allegedly choking and raping a woman. Grant Berens, 31, was charged with second-degree rape and domestic abuse simple assault on Oct. 16. At approximately 11 p.m. on Oct. 11, Berens entered the residence of his alleged victim and told her she was worthless and grabbed her by the throat. Berens allegedly forced himself on the victim and performed sexual acts without her consent, according to court documents.
Here's what you need to know going into Thursday: 1. The Corn Palace murals theme for 2019 was announced Wednesday morning with the help from the USS South Dakota submarine crew. 2. Read more about Melody Schopp and her six-plus years as the secretary of education for South Dakota in a Q&A.
MARTY — A Marty man was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for sexual contact with a female juvenile. Gary Cournoyer, 55, was sentenced on Oct. 23 by a U.S. district judge to 135 months in prison and 10 years of supervised release for aggravated sexual abuse.