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Three people were transported to Rapid City Regional Hospital Sunday after a C-130 Hercules Air Force plane crashed while fighting the White Draw fire, according to the Rapid City Journal. A helicopter landed near the crash site and airlifted the victims from the scene to Custer. They were transported by ambulance to Rapid City. Pat Cross, incident management spokesman, said Sunday search and rescue crews were on their way, but didn't know any further details.
If it's July, it's budget time. The Davison County commissioners will have a preliminary discussion of the 2013 budget when they meet in regular session at 9 a.m. at the courthouse, 200 E. Fourth Ave., Mitchell. The commissioners also will discuss pending insurance payouts from hail damage to county vehicles during the May 5 hailstorm. The agenda includes: 9 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, approval of past meeting minutes, citizen input. 9:30 a.m. Welfare Director Dawn Grissom with a welfare report. 9:45 a.m.
Benefits specialists from the Department of Social Services' Division of Economic Assistance will be available on these days and times at the itinerant offices: Tuesday: Wagner: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Howard: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wessington Springs: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fort Thompson: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday: Armour: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Plankinton: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For information, contact Kristin Kellar at 773-3165.
SALEM -- A power surge in the control system of Salem's water treatment plant may be to blame for the recent water shortage, a city official said. A failed component in the plant's computer-run control system was blamed for shutting down normal water service in the city from Wednesday morning until late Thursday afternoon. Bill Selland, the city's water and sewer superintendent, said in an interview Friday that a power surge likely caused the part to fail. Whatever the cause, Selland said service is now back to normal, and the water tower was completely refilled by about 11 p.m.
A 27-year-old man was arrested June 22 for allegedly breaking into at least two vehicles parked near the intersection of East 10th Avenue and North Langdon Street in Mitchell. Samuel Courtney Farrell faces two counts of criminal entry of a motor vehicle after police received a report from a resident of Farrell allegedly taking items from inside her car.
ALEXANDRIA -- A 61-year-old Alexandria man was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison for possession of 1 to 10 pounds of marijuana. Kenneth Craig Hauge was convicted of the felony drug charge on May 18 after a jury trial in Alexandria. Judge Sean O'Brien sentenced Hauge to 10 years in prison, with six years suspended and fined him $1,000. Hauge was given credit for 41 days served. Sentencing was initially postponed following the trial due to Hauge being charged as a habitual offender, which would have required another trial. That charge was dropped last month.
TRIPP -- The names of two people injured in a motorcycle accident Saturday have been released. Gaylord Olson, 55, of Yankton, and his passenger, Janice Woods, 58, also of Yankton, each suffered minor injuries in a crash that was reported at 1:53 p.m. Saturday. They were traveling west on Charles Mix County Road 2, 1 mile west of 395th Avenue, on Olson's 2002 Kawasaki VN800B motorcycle. According to a South Dakota Highway Patrol report, he traveled too close to the shoulder of the road on a curve and lost control of the motorcycle. Both the driver and passenger fell from the vehicle.
A Yankton man was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison after he was arrested for sixth-offense drunken driving. William Hegstrom, 34, was arrested shortly after 10 p.m. on May 9 in Mitchell after he was found driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.164. The legal limit for driving in South Dakota is 0.08. It is Hegstrom's sixth DUI since 2003. "It's an unfortunate case," said Judge Sean O'Brien before sentencing Hegstrom.
A Mitchell man was sentenced Tuesday to 100 days in jail and put on probation for four years for first-degree escape after fleeing from the back seat of a locked Mitchell police car on May 16. Roderick Rouse, 22, has been in Davison County Jail since the escape occurred. He was given credit for 41 days served and will be allowed to leave jail for treatment. Rouse was also fined $300 and will be required to enroll in the state 24/7 Sobriety program for at least six months after his release from jail.
A 22-year-old Rapid City woman was ordered to spend at least two years in an inpatient drug treatment program after violating two conditions of her probation. Cassandra Wright had a five-year prison sentence reinstated and immediately re-suspended by Judge Sean O'Brien on Tuesday after admitting May 29 to violating her probation by missing a mandatory sobriety test in October for the state 24/7 Sobriety program and failing to get her GED by Sep. 30. Wright was put on probation for a possession of a controlled substance conviction.