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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, Feb. 8, 2018: 1. 'For a while, we were timid to even pick them up' — Todd Lee, of Howard, on MacHale and Maxine, his premature twins who are now happy and healthy.
A Mitchell man was arrested for drug possession after admitting to having marijuana and narcotics while reporting a separate crime. On Jan. 25, 24-year-old William Goettsch went to the Mitchell Police Department to report a crime, and while speaking to police, he told officers he had pills at his apartment that he did not have a prescription for, according to court documents. When police searched his home, they allegedly found a marijuana pipe, portable scale, marijuana and narcotics. Goettsch allegedly told police he received the narcotics in payment for marijuana.
A Montana woman was arrested for transporting cocaine and marijuana on Interstate 90 near Mitchell. On Jan. 24, a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper conducted a traffic stop on I-90. While the driver, Joy Vance, was looking for the vehicle's registration, he noticed a box containing a marijuana pipe. While searching the vehicle, the officer found other drug paraphernalia, a plastic bag of cocaine and a "small amount" of marijuana, according to court documents.
BRULE COUNTY — A Brule County man has been indicted by a grand jury for possessing a controlled substance with intent to distribute it to a minor. Isaiah Harrison, 26, was indicted by a Brule County grand jury on Feb. 1 for possessing tramadol on Jan. 25 with intent to distribute it to a minor, a Class 4 felony, according to court documents. Class 4 felonies are punishable upon conviction by up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
FORT THOMPSON — Police arrested a Fort Thompson man after he led tribal officers on both vehicle and foot pursuits. On Jan. 30, Bureau of Indian Affairs officers attempted to stop a vehicle, driven by Rodney Swinton, traveling 72 mph in a 35 mph zone. Swinton did not pull over and a pursuit ensued before it "ended on a farm," according to court documents.
WAGNER — A man who accused Wagner police officers of excessive force will not face jail time for failing to stop his vehicle at their command, according to officials. On Tuesday, Raymond Cournoyer pleaded guilty to failure to stop at the signal of a law enforcement officer, stemming from a September 2017 incident in which he did not stop a vehicle he was driving in Wagner "when given a visual or audible signal to bring the vehicle to a stop," according to court documents.
The following cases were among those heard Tuesday during a felony court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell: • Marjorie Heidinger, 54, of Mitchell, pleaded not guilty to possession of a controlled substance, meth, which carries a maximum penalty upon conviction of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. A jury trial is set for April. • William Lowe, 25, of Mitchell, failed to appear on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, meth. The court issued a $25,000 cash-only bench warrant.
Good morning and welcome to The Daily Republic's need-to-know page. Here are the stories we think you should know headed into Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018: 1. Announced this morning: Mitchell Tech's power line program earned a prestigious award and has been named among the best in the nation.
A Davison County grand jury has indicted a Dell Rapids man for stealing or damaging more than $5,300 worth of money and equipment from five Davison County businesses. The recently filed indictment alleges between Sept. 8 and Nov. 27 Rodney Holzer broke into and/or stole from three Mitchell businesses and two Ethan businesses.
CHAMBERLAIN — A Chamberlain woman was charged with four felonies after allegedly being caught with methamphetamine during a traffic stop. On Jan. 29, Chamberlain police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle, and the driver, Jessilynn Drapeau-Eagle, acted "erratic" while talking to police, leading officers to believe she was under the influence of drugs, according to court documents.