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A 46-year-old man pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-offense drunken driving. James Alexander Jackson pleaded guilty after being arrested April 17 for driving under the influence in Mitchell. A test during the traffic stop showed Jackson's blood alcohol content was 0.14 percent around the time of his arrest, above the legal driving limit of 0.08. The offense is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine.
An 18-year-old Mitchell man could spend up to five years in prison after failing to notify law enforcement when he changed his residence as a registered sex offender. Dustin James Nordrum pleaded guilty Tuesday for failing to provide a written notice of a change in his address. State law requires registered sex offenders to give notice of any change of address within five days of moving. Nordrum lived with his mother before a dispute caused him to move in with a friend before he was arrested April 16.
A 51-year-old man owes more than $10,000 to Davison County. Terry M. Durst faces a bill of $10,307.15 for outstanding court and legal fees, which date back to a 1996 case. The Davison County clerk issued a warrant to have him appear in court Tuesday because of an unpaid balance that had reappeared in the county's system. Durst has a history of drug arrests dating to 2003 and again as part of a 26-person drug ring in 2004. According to his statement in court Tuesday, Durst currently faces separate felony charges in Minnehaha County.
A Mitchell man was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly sexually assaulted an adult female victim at a local motel Monday night. Wesley Harold Means, 30, is charged with second-degree rape and domestic simple assault after allegedly sexually assaulting and then physically attacking a woman at the Coachlight Motel. According to a Mitchell Police Division news release, Means was previously acquainted with the victim, who suffered minor injuries in the incident.
A Guatemalan man was arrested May 7 on Interstate 90 in Mitchell for allegedly attempting to hide his identity from law enforcement. Silvestre Lopez-Martin, 20, is charged with false personation with the intent to deceive law enforcement and driving without a license as a result of a traffic stop by state Highway Patrol trooper John Lord on I-90 near mile marker 331. According to court documents, Lopez-Martin allegedly told Lord his name was "Antonio Camilo" and claimed to possess a driver's license, but could not provide one. Court documents also list a Huron address for Lopez-
The Dakota Discovery Museum will host Brookings author Chuck Cecil for a signing and to speak on his book "Astride the White Mule" at 6:30 p.m. Friday. South Dakota was a dry state from 1917 to 1935, since a state law established before national prohibition went into effect in 1920 and continued on after it was repealed in most states in 1933.
A Mitchell man who suffered life-threatening injuries as a passenger in a car crash last year near Mitchell has filed a lawsuit against the driver. Kaleb M. Puetz alleges Christopher L. Nicolaisen's negligent driving caused a single-vehicle crash shortly after midnight on May 4, 2011, on Spruce Street east of Mitchell. According to court documents and a report published May 5, 2011, in The Daily Republic, the incident occurred when Nicolaisen, of Mount Vernon, lost control of his vehicle on a sharp curve, causing it to leave the road, roll over and eventually crash into a tree.
Jim Abdnor toured South Dakota relentlessly during and after his career in politics. So it's appropriate that his funeral services will be held at three locations in the state. There will be a visitation with the family present from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, with a prayer service at 6 p.m., at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. The funeral will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Pierre at the Lutheran Memorial Church, where Sen. John Thune will deliver the eulogy. Burial services will be at 4:30 p.m.
A 32-year-old man was sentenced Tuesday to 60 days in jail for having drugs in his system while driving on Interstate 90 in December. Jason Miller, of Washington state, was arrested by state Highway Patrol Trooper Mark Nelson on Dec. 18 and had a "leafy green substance" in his car. A urine test revealed he had ecstasy and marijuana in his system. He told troopers on the scene that he was tired. In court Tuesday, Miller said he wants to get into a treatment program.
Although a local 22-year-old may feel marijuana should be legal, he is still going to spend time in jail. Lee Jordan Hauge, of Mitchell, was sentenced Tuesday to 60 days in jail after pleading guilty to distributing or possession with the intent to distribute marijuana. Hauge and his attorney, Phil Carlson, tried to withdraw the guilty plea they entered earlier in the trial but the motion was denied by Judge Sean O'Brien. Hauge thought he was misrepresented by the presentence investigation presented in court.