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FORT THOMPSON -- A Fort Thompson woman pleaded guilty Thursday to involuntary manslaughter. Leigha R. Koster, 20, was driving drunk July 28 when she fled from police during a traffic stop, drove in excess of 100 mph, lost control of her vehicle and crashed. A passenger, Koster's boyfriend, was killed in the crash. She faces a maximum of eight years in prison and a $250,000 fine. A presentence investigation was ordered and sentencing was set for Jan. 7. Koster was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.
A Mitchell woman was arrested Sept. 26 after police allegedly found methamphetamine in her apartment. Latricia Larose Arcoren, 21, faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine for possession of meth, and 30 days in jail and a $500 fine for possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges stem from a search conducted by Mitchell police at Arcoren's apartment, located at 901 W. Eighth Ave. Police allegedly found a marijuana pipe in a drawer of a coffee table and a light bulb with meth residue on it in a trash can. Arcoren is scheduled to appear in court later this month.
A Letcher man is charged with drunken driving after crashing into a ditch on a rural road a few miles west of Lake Mitchell. At about 11:30 p.m. Sept.
Two awards were handed out at the Cal Schultz Memorial Event Tuesday night in Mitchell. Joanne Hofwolt was honored as the Outstanding Employee with a Disability. The award is given to an employee with a disability in recognition of outstanding achievements in competitive employment by overcoming a disability, as well as providing inspiration for other individuals with disabilities. "Others deserve this more than I do," she said as she accepted the honor. Her disability is a vision impairment. Hofwolt works at Home Instead as a caregiver.
CHAMBERLAIN -- The board of directors for the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart in South Dakota have pledged to donate $250,000 to a proposed Chamberlain events and fine arts center if voters in that city approve bonds to build the project. The board oversees St. Joseph Indian School, which has students through eighth grade in Chamberlain. Currently, 42 St. Joseph's students attend Chamberlain High School. "This is our high school and we are very much a part of the community," St. Joseph's director, the Rev. Stephen Huffstetter, said in a news release.
Two of 15 Mitchell businesses checked Oct. 2 by the South Central Alcohol Task Force failed alcohol compliance checks. Dakota Sunset and Kwik Phil each failed checks.
SIOUX FALLS -- The Mitchell High School Marching Band was awarded its highest score ever and finished 10th overall in the field competition Saturday at the Festival of Bands in Sioux Falls. The marching band scored 80.4 out of 100 in the finals competition, the highest total the band has ever received, according to Director Ryan Stahle. "That was pretty cool," Stahle said Sunday in an interview with The Daily Republic. The Sioux Falls competition drew about 40 area bands, and Stahle said he was very pleased his group was able to finish in the top 10.
Today, the Mitchell Board of Education will mark the opening of the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy, 821 N. Capital St., with a 4:30 p.m. ribbon cutting ceremony prior to the board's regularly scheduled 5 p.m. meeting in the commons area at Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary School. Personnel items The board will consider a consent agenda with the following personnel items: Resignations: Brittani Dyce, Child Development Center instructor, effective Sept.
The Davison County Commission will again consider setting liquor license fees when it meets Tuesday at the courthouse in Mitchell. This action was postponed from the Oct. 2 commission meeting. There are no current applicants for the available licenses, Auditor Susan Kiepke said. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. Following is the complete agenda as published by the Auditor's Office. 9 a.m. Call to Order Pledge of Allegiance Approve minutes Citizen's input Informational only 9:30 a.m.
DEADWOOD -- In response to deer die-offs in eastern South Dakota, the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission took emergency action Thursday that provided GF&P Secretary Jeff Vonk the authority to immediately reduce the number of licenses available prior to the second drawing of the East River deer hunting season. All unsold licenses have been removed from deer hunting units in Bon Homme, Hutchinson, Yankton, Clay, Union and Charles Mix counties. In addition, the commission and Vonk authorized the elimination of all unsold licenses in southern Perkins County.