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U.S. Sens. Tim Johnson and John Thune announced Thursday that legislation to allow construction of a visitor center at the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site in western South Dakota cleared a hurdle after it was reported out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Johnson and Thune's legislation would transfer approximately 29 acres of National Forest Service land to the National Park Service to construct a visitor facility and provide parking.
The death of a 36-year-old Mitchell man last week appears to be accidental and related to illegal drug use, a local police official said Tuesday. Mitchell Police Detective Lt. Don Everson also said there were no signs of foul play in the death of James Mayer, who died Thursday at his home.
WAGNER -- A blaze that took three fire departments at least two hours to extinguish destroyed a tractor and machine shed at a farm Monday west of Wagner, authorities said. According to Eric Anderson, assistant fire chief for the Wagner Fire Department, the fire was reported at approximately 7:15 p.m. Monday by the machine shed's owner, Chad Kreeger.
A Minnesota man who admitted to violating multiple terms of his probation has been sentenced to 180 days in jail and two years of probation. Ian Chapman, 21, admitted in court last month that he missed several appointments with his probation officer, failed to complete a chemical dependency evaluation, drank alcohol and tested positive for cocaine while on probation. Judge Tim Bjorkman sentenced Chapman on Tuesday in Mitchell to 180 days in jail and another two years on probation from the sentencing date.
A Rapid City woman who admitted to using methamphetamine while on probation will undergo treatment before being sentenced. Cassandra Wright, 23, was scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday in Mitchell for violating multiple terms of her probation for a possession of methamphetamine conviction, but Judge Tim Bjorkman postponed sentencing so Wright can enroll in an inpatient substance abuse treatment program in Rapid City. Prosecutors did not object to the sentencing being postponed.
A Mitchell man convicted last year of fourth-degree rape admitted Tuesday to using methamphetamine while on probation. Blair Margiotti, 27, could have part or all of a suspended five-year prison sentence re-imposed for the violation of his probation. Margiotti tested positive for methamphetamine last July, court documents say. Sentencing was set for April.
A Lake Andes man has pleaded not guilty to possessing methamphetamine. Brent Silk Jr., 22, entered a written arraignment and plea of not guilty to one count of possession of a controlled substance Tuesday during court at the Davison County Public Safety Center. Silk was indicted in August by a Davison County grand jury for allegedly possessing methamphetamine. He is in custody at the Davison County Jail with bond set at $2,500 cash. His trial is set for May.
AVON -- The Avon Volunteer Fire Department has set up an account for 3-year-old Ava Johnson, daughter of Mark and Samantha Johnson, Avon. Ava has been diagnosed with brain cancer and any donation to defray the mounting medical costs would be appreciated. Donations may be sent to Ava Johnson Fund, c/o Community Bank, P.O. Box 315, Avon, S.D., 57315.
A local man was arrested March 3 for allegedly hitting another man with a pickup at a rural residence west of Mitchell. Max Mohr, 20, of Mitchell, is charged with aggravated assault, a felony with a maximum punishment of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. The charge stems from an incident in which Mohr was attempting to get into his ex-girlfriend's home, located at 2205 W. Eighth Ave., without permission, court documents say.