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A Mitchell man accused of choking a 17-year-old girl Aug. 12 pleaded no contest Tuesday to aggravated assault. George Jerry Bamsey, 27, faces a maximum of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine for the felony assault charge.
A national survey lists South Dakota as the nation's 27th healthiest state, a ranking that puts the Rushmore State below its nearest neighbors and eight spots below last year's ranking. The survey, called America's Health Rankings, is conducted annually by the United Health Foundation and the American Public Health Association.
SIOUX FALLS -- A 23-year-old man accused of fatally shooting his uncle has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder. Dancing Bull Fischer made an appearance Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Sioux Falls after being indicted for allegedly killing 47-year-old Tony Fischer Sr. with an assault rifle on Nov. 27 at a trailer home near Marty on Yankton Sioux tribal land. The indictment replaces a criminal complaint filed against Dancing Bull Fischer the day of the alleged killing. U.S. Magistrate Judge John E.
An Ethan man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to two marijuana-related charges. Levi Young, 29, is charged with possession with intent to distribute less than 1 ounce of marijuana and possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana. Young faces a maximum of two years in prison and a $4,000 fine for the distribution charge, a felony, and one year in jail and a $2,000 fine for the possession charge, a misdemeanor. His trial was set for February.
An 18-year-old Mitchell man convicted of distributing marijuana denied Tuesday that he violated his probation. Benjamin Roger Amadon will stay in jail until a hearing on the alleged violations, which is scheduled for next month. Amadon pleaded guilty April 17 to possession with the intent to distribute 1 ounce or less of marijuana. He was sentenced June 12 to two years on probation, 40 days in jail and fined $300.
A Mitchell woman denied Tuesday that she violated her probation for a possession of a controlled substance conviction. Tina Whitmore, 34, will remain in jail until a hearing on the alleged violations, which is scheduled for next month. Whitmore was originally arrested Dec. 9, 2011, and later convicted of possession of a controlled substance after she was taken to the emergency room at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital with an apparent drug overdose and oxycodone was found in her possession.
A Mitchell woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to assaulting two police officers. Danica Miller, 19, faces a maximum of two years in prison and a $4,000 fine on one count of simple assault against a law enforcement officer. Prosecutors dismissed two misdemeanor charges and agreed to recommend Miller receive a suspended prison sentence in exchange for her plea. Miller was arrested Oct. 13 after she fled from a vehicle, in which she was a passenger, that stopped for a sobriety checkpoint on Sanborn Boulevard. Miller kicked Mitchell Police Sgt.
A Mitchell man was sentenced Tuesday to 30 months on probation for being an accessory to first-degree robbery. Charles Hart, 29, was arrested in September for allegedly driving his 22-year-old brother, Jeremiah Hart of Huron, to and from the area near a parking lot east of Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell, where Jeremiah Hart allegedly stole a woman's purse. Judge Rodney Steele sentenced Hart to a suspended 18-month prison sentence and put him on probation for 30 months.
A Fort Thompson woman who claims she was too drunk to remember using methamphetamine was sentenced Tuesday to 60 days in jail and three years on probation for possessing the drug. Teanna Lynn Dion, 27, was arrested July 2 in Mitchell after police found two pipes with meth residue in her purse.
SPRINGFIELD -- A Springfield woman and her passenger suffered a vehicle rollover Saturday but were not seriously injured. The South Dakota Highway Patrol said Linda Deming, 39, was traveling south on 390th Avenue, about five miles southeast of Marty, when she and a passenger spotted a deer. The Highway Patrol said by the time Deming brought her attention back to the road, it was too late to stop at an intersection. She then tried to turn, entering the south ditch, and the vehicle rolled.