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South Dakota Democrats and labor partners are seeking an initiated measure to raise the state's minimum wage to $8.50 per hour, with annual cost of living increases. "South Dakotans know our economy is stronger when we reward honest work with honest wages," said state Democratic Party interim Executive Director Zach Crago in a Wednesday news release. The state's current minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, the same as the federal minimum wage. State Democrats filed language this week with the state Attorney General's Office that will place the proposal as an initiated measure on the
A Mitchell man was sentenced Tuesday to probation and jail time for a drug-related probation violation and a separate burglary charge. In April, Trevor Kohlrus, 20, pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary for entering a woman's home on Feb. 5 and taking a video game system and a 42-inch television.
A Mitchell man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges related to an incident in which he allegedly threatened a 50-year-old woman and her 18-year-old son with a knife at their residence. Joel Richard Ward, 55, was arrested in May and charged with two counts of aggravated assault, a felony with a maximum punishment of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. Ward is set to stand trial in October.
The South Dakota Health Care Association's Century Club has announced Dorothy Antritter, of Watertown, as the 2013 Centenarian of the Year. Antritter is anticipating celebrating her 109th birthday in November, making her the oldest resident in the club. She is the reigning Century Club's Centenarian of the Year from last year's recognition. She was born Nov.
A Mitchell man suffered minor injuries as the result of an accident Tuesday night at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Minnesota Street. Around 7:47 p.m., Mitchell police officer Jackson Brown said Steve Morgan, 41, of Mitchell, was driving a moped southbound on Minnesota Street, approaching the intersection with Fifth Avenue. At the same time, Brown said a 17-year-old driver was in a 1993 Lincoln Mark VII southbound on Minnesota to the same intersection.
A Wyoming man pleaded guilty Tuesday in Mitchell to cocaine possession. Ric Lee Schuyler, 54, of Gillette, Wyo., was arrested March 11 after more than 2 ounces of cocaine was found in his vehicle during a traffic stop on Interstate 90 near Mount Vernon. Schuyler faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine as a result of the guilty plea. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss another charge and recommend Schuyler be put on probation and serve no more than 90 to 100 days in jail. Sentencing is scheduled for September.
A Mitchell man was sentenced Tuesday to 120 days in jail and three years of probation for third-offense drunken driving. Johnnie Tassler, 32, was arrested Feb. 2 after he was pulled over by police for running through the southbound stop sign on North Kimball Street and then stopping in the westbound lane of First Avenue, according to court documents. His blood alcohol content was found to be 0.236 around the time of his arrest. The legal limit for driving in South Dakota is 0.08. Tassler was ordered to remain on the state 24/7 Sobriety program until at least July 2014.
A Sioux Falls woman pleaded guilty Tuesday in Mitchell to grand theft. Allison York, 37, admitted she used another person's credit card without permission and made more than $1,000 in purchases. In exchange for her guilty plea, and because she agreed to pay restitution, prosecutors agreed to dismiss other charges. Sentencing is scheduled for August.
A Yankton man pleaded guilty Tuesday in Mitchell to possession of methamphetamine. Carlos Claudio, 26, was arrested in April when a small baggie containing meth fell out of his pocket during a traffic stop on state Highway 37 south of Mitchell. In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to dismiss other charges and recommend Claudio receive a suspended three-year prison sentence and no more than 90 days in jail. Sentencing is scheduled for August.
MOUNT VERNON -- A softball, auction and root beer float fundraiser for Charlie Mahaffey will be at 7 p.m. on July 28 at the ball park in Mount Vernon. Mahaffey, who will be a high school junior at Mount Vernon High School this fall, is dealing with a serious cardiac condition. The fundraiser will help the Mahaffey family with medical expenses. The fundraiser is being sponsored by Davison County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Modern Woodman of America and friends of Charlie Mahaffey.