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LOWER BRULE -- A Lower Brule man pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of abusive sexual contact. Merle Wilson, 56, now faces a maximum of three years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The charge stems from a July 31 incident in which Wilson had sexual contact with a female victim, who at the time was incapable of appraising the nature of the conduct and was physically incapable of rejecting the sexual contact. Wilson was released on bond pending sentencing, which has been set for February.
MOUNT VERNON -- Two Mount Vernon residents were arrested Nov. 27 after police allegedly found traces of methamphetamine on a pipe inside their apartment. Joshua Samuel Johnson, 25, and Sara Ann Claggett, 32, are charged with possession of methamphetamine, a felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. The charges stem from a police search of the couple's apartment, located in a basement at 104 South Earl St., during which two pipes and scale were found in a wooden box. One of the pipes field-tested positive for methamphetamine, a police affidavit says.
The state medical association on Wednesday called Gov. Dennis Daugaard's proposed 3 percent boost to Medicaid reimbursements "an important step in the right direction" but also expressed concerns about access to care. The South Dakota State Medical Association represents 2,000 members, including physicians, members and medical students.
WILLISTON, N.D. - North Dakota oil production has helped lift U.S. monthly oil production to the highest level since 1998. The Energy Information Administration said Tuesday that U.S. crude oil production averaged nearly 6.5 million barrels per day in September, the highest volume in nearly 15 years. The last time the United States produced 6.5 million barrels per day or more was in January of 1998, the EIA reported. Since September 2011, U.S.
A Mitchell woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of methamphetamine. Latricia Arcoren, 21, was arrested Sept. 26 after police found a light bulb with methamphetamine residue on it in a trash can in Arcoren's apartment. Prosecutors agreed to drop a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia in exchange for Arcoren's guilty plea to the meth charge. A presentence investigation was ordered. Sentencing is scheduled for next month.
A 46-year-old Mitchell man pleaded guilty Tuesday to third-offense drunken driving. Richard Sellers was arrested Sept. 15 after a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper observed him make an illegal right turn from Fifth Avenue onto Sanborn Boulevard in Mitchell, and noticed Sellers wasn't wearing a seat belt. During the traffic stop, Sellers failed a series of field sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI. Because Sellers has two prior convictions for DUI within the last 10 years, he faces a felony charge and a maximum of two years in prison and a $4,000 fine.
A Mitchell woman admitted Tuesday to being arrested twice for possession of marijuana and once for shoplifting while on probation for distributing marijuana to a minor. Crystal Otterstrom , 25, admitted she has been arrested multiple times since she pleaded guilty and was convicted last year of distributing 1 ounce or less of marijuana to a minor. A presentence investigation was ordered. Sentencing is scheduled for next month.
A Brookings man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to one felony drug charge and other related misdemeanors. Brian Egeberg , 29, was arrested Oct. 25 in Mitchell after police allegedly found him intoxicated and walking in a ditch in the rain and snow. He was taken to jail at the Davison County Public Safety Center for a detox hold, and a metal pipe with burnt marijuana residue and a small white pill were allegedly found in his pocket. Egeberg faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine for possession of a controlled substance, a felony.
A 21-year-old Mitchell man pleaded no contest Tuesday to a reduced charge for his role in a Sept. 9 car fire in Mitchell. Matthew Hart pleaded no contest to one count of accessory to felony for helping his 22-year-old brother, Jeremiah Hart, of Huron, and 18-year-old Patrick Red Legs allegedly start a stolen car on fire in the 900 block of West Second Avenue. Matthew Hart had been charged with more severe charges, but those were reduced by prosecutors in exchange for his plea. He now faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. A presentence investigation was ordered.
A 22-year-old man pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge related to his role in a series of vehicle thefts and acts of vandalism in July in Mitchell. Daniel Tingle, of Mitchell, pleaded guilty to intentional property damage with a value more than $1,000 but less than $100,000. The charge is a felony with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. In exchange for Tingle's guilty plea, prosecutors dismissed a grand theft charge.