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A documentary about hunger in America will be shown Thursday in Mitchell. The organization Time at the Table is presenting "A Place at the Table" at 6:30 p.m. at the Congregational United Church of Christ, 301 E. Fourth Ave. Admission to the movie, which runs about 90 minutes, is free. A discussion panel will follow, including representatives from Bread for the World, the Mitchell Food Pantry, the Mitchell Snack Pack Program and Partners Against Hunger.
A Mitchell man was arrested Thursday for allegedly entering an occupied residence Feb. 25 in the 400 block of East Seventh Avenue and stealing numerous items. Joshua Keith Wellnitz, 28, is charged with first-degree burglary and first-degree petty theft for allegedly entering the home during the night and stealing less than $100 in cash, a wristwatch, work boots, toothpaste, mouthwash, food, spices and cleaning products.
LOWER BRULE -- A Lower Brule man has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for sex abuse. Martin Charger, 37, was sentenced Wednesday to 151 months in prison and five years of supervised release. Charger was indicted for aggravated sexual abuse of a child by a federal grand jury on July 10, and pleaded guilty to sexual abuse on Dec. 18. The charge stems from an incident in 2007, when Charger was in an intimate relationship with the victim's mother. Charger intimidated the victim, who was younger than 12, to engage in sexual acts.
LOWER BRULE -- A Lower Brule man pleaded guilty Wednesday to assaulting a Bureau of Indian Affairs officer. Elmer LaRoche, 26, faces a maximum of eight years in prison, a $250,000 fine, plus three years of supervised release with two more years of supervision possible upon revocation. The charge stems from an incident Nov. 1 when LaRoche assaulted a BIA officer. An intoxicated LaRoche was at a home in Lower Brule, and refused to leave the house where a tribal court order prohibited intoxicated people from entering.
CORSICA -- A Corsica man has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for receiving and distributing child pornography. Shawn E. Stevens, 26, was sentenced Monday to 188 months in custody plus five years of supervised release. Stevens will also be required to register as a sex offender. Stevens was indicted by a federal grand jury Dec. 6, 2011, and pleaded guilty Nov. 15. The conviction stems from Stevens' use of two different computers and external hard drives.
Newly obtained surveillance footage exonerated a Mitchell man arrested Sunday for reportedly threatening two men with a knife at a downtown bar, a Thursday news release from the Mitchell Police Division says. An aggravated assault charge against Todd Owen King, 42, will be dismissed because police found the surveillance footage "to contradict both alleged victim and witness accounts of the incident," the release says.
PIERRE -- The state Game, Fish and Parks Department finally got authority for its bond issue. After eight days of waiting, the Senate gave its OK 29-3 Tuesday to HB 1030. Angostura Recreation Area would get $1.5 million for a sanitary sewer system. Cedar Shore Resort and marina at Oacoma would get $3 million for bank stabilization. The House previously approved it 66-3. The bill now goes to the governor. The bonds would be repaid through rental and visitor fees at Angostura and through the lease fee by the convention center operator at Oacoma.
PLANKINTON -- Three Mount Vernon men were injured early Tuesday morning after a 2006 Chevrolet Impala rolled multiple times and came to rest in a field just east of Plankinton. According to Aurora County Sheriff Dave Fink, the call came in around 2:20 a.m. Tuesday morning regarding a vehicle that had rolled multiple times in a field near the intersection of 253rd Street and U.S. Highway 281. A news release from the South Dakota Department of Public Safety said Chris Kazi, 21, was driving the Impala eastbound on 253rd Street and did not stop at the intersection's stop sign.
LOWER BRULE -- A Lower Brule man was sentenced Feb. 25 to 15 months in prison for abusive sexual contact. Merle Wilson, 56, was indicted Aug. 14 by a federal grand jury and pleaded guilty Nov. 30. Once released from prison, Wilson will spend five years on supervised release. The charge stems from an incident occurring on July 30 in which Wilson and the victim were consuming alcohol. The victim realized she was intoxicated and after arriving home, passed out on the couch in the living room area, fully dressed.
A 42-year-old man was arrested Sunday after allegedly threatening two men with a knife at a bar in downtown Mitchell. Todd Owen King, of Mitchell, was escorted out of Big Dummy's, located in the 100 block of North Main Street, for causing a disturbance, but then reentered the bar and started a verbal altercation with two men, according to a Mitchell Police Division news release. King placed his hands on one of the men and was then hit by one of the men, the release says. At that point, the two men walked away from King.