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CARTHAGE -- An Iroquois man died Wednesday in a one-vehicle crash two miles north of Carthage. Curtis R. Wendel, 59, was driving a 2000 Jeep Cherokee that left the roadway on a curve near the intersection with 220th Street, according to the Highway Patrol. The vehicle rolled into the west ditch. Wendel received fatal injuries in the crash. Clint Frankfurth, 27, of Huron, was a passenger in the vehicle. He was uninjured.
CARTHAGE -- An Iroquois man died Wednesday in a one-vehicle crash two miles north of Carthage. Curtis R. Wendel, 59, was driving a 2000 Jeep Cherokee that left the roadway on a curve near the intersection with 220th Street. The vehicle rolled into the west ditch. Wendel received fatal injuries in the crash. Clint Frankfurth, 27, of Huron, was a passenger in the vehicle. He was uninjured. Neither occupant was wearing a seatbelt but both remained in the vehicle. No further information is immediately available. The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating.
A Madison man suffered minor back and neck injuries when a semi crashed into the back of his minivan shortly after 10:30 a.m.
A Mitchell man convicted of using a forged prescription to obtain oxycodone will remain on probation after admitting to multiple violations. Shane Alan Heitman, 37, admitted earlier this month to missing multiple court-ordered drug testing appointments. Heitman was sentenced to four years of probation after he was convicted in June of misrepresentation to obtain a controlled substance, and will remain on probation for that time after the recent violations. Heitman also spent five days in jail following the violation. "This is strike one," said Judge Rodney Steele.
A Sioux Falls woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to passing more than $1,800 worth of bad checks at grocery stores in Mitchell and Huron. Carla Marie Benton, 35, agreed to enter the guilty plea after Davison County prosecutors agreed to recommend a suspended prison sentence and allow a judge to decide if she should receive any jail time. In addition, Beadle County prosecutors agreed to drop another misdemeanor charge against Benton. Sentencing is set for October.
A 25-year-old man convicted of illegal sexual contact in Mitchell admitted Tuesday to violating multiple terms of his probation while residing in Texas. Jeremy Pingeon could have a five-year prison sentence reinstated after admitting he tested positive for marijuana, was kicked out of a sex offender treatment program and missed multiple appointments with his probation officer while under supervision in Texas. Pingeon admitted in 2009 to having a sex with a 14-year-old girl in Mitchell after the two met on a social networking site. Pingeon received a 180-day prison sentence in Fe
A Fort Thompson woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday to possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Teanna Lynn Dion, 27, was arrested July 2 in Mitchell after police allegedly found two pipes with methamphetamine residue in her purse. She faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine for the meth charge, a felony, and another 30 days in jail and a $500 fine for the paraphernalia charge, a misdemeanor. A trial date is set for November.
ARMOUR -- A dropped cell phone led to a17-year-old Armour boy being treated for a minor head injury Tuesday afternoon after his car entered a rural ditch and hit a utility pole. Highway Patrol Trooper Dan Podzimek declined to identify the Armour youth, but said the accident occurred around 4:15 p.m.
Things to do THURSDAY National Association of Retired Federal Employees meeting, 11:30 a.m., Marlin's Family Restaurant, I-90 Truck Stop, Mitchell. Central Electric's Betts Road Service Center's grand opening, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 25487 403rd. Ave., Mitchell. Bariatric Surgery for Weight Loss support group meeting, 7 p.m. Conference Room 1, Avera Queen of Peace Hospital, Mitchell. Benefits specialists from Department of Social Services, 8 a.m.
A Mitchell man pleaded guilty Tuesday to failure to provide written notice of a change in his address as a sex offender. Stuart Dion, 28, faces a maximum of two years in prison and a $4,000 fine after admitting he did not notify the Mitchell Police Division when he moved in September 2010. Registered sex offenders are required by law to provide written notice to law enforcement within five days of changing their address. Dion is set to be sentenced in October.