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Mitchell Board of Education members Lacey Musick and Neil Putnam are running for re-election. Musick and Putnam picked up nominating petitions Thursday, the first day petitions can be picked up for the two openings on the Mitchell school board. Musick was appointed to the board in September 2014 and then won a three-year seat the next year. Putnam has served 18 years on the Mitchell school board. Two seats on the five-person board are up for grabs in the June 5 election.
The Mitchell Fire Department is on scene of a house fire on South Harmon Drive. The department urges people to avoid the area while they work to put out the blaze at the home near Lake Mitchell. Check back with mitchellrepublic.com later for more information.
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A semi-truck and trailer hauling corn caught fire Wednesday morning on Interstate 90, which closed the eastbound exit to Mitchell at mile marker 330 for a half-hour. Ronald Riggs, 54, of Ethan, was cited for not having an annual inspection on the trailer, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. Officials with Mitchell Fire Department were on scene for nearly an hour. Battalion Chief Steve Nedved said the fire originated from the breaks on the trailer.
WINNER — Nobody was injured when a fire broke out Tuesday morning at a Winner home. The Winner Fire Department responded to a fire at 7:50 a.m. at 517 Polk St., where a lighting fixture in the attic short circuited and started a blaze, according to Winner Fire Chief Darin Nelson. Multiple occupants of the home were present at the time of the fire, but all were able to escape without injury. The fire was contained to the room it started in, and firefighters were on scene for approximately one hour, Nelson said.
LOWER BRULE — A Lower Brule man could face up to life in prison for allegedly forcing a female to engage in sexual acts. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, 43-year-old Darrell Touche "knowingly caused and attempted to cause a female victim to engage in a sexual act by the use of force" in October 2016. Touche was indicted by a federal grand jury for aggravated sexual abuse on Feb. 14 and he pleaded not guilty this week.
LOWER BRULE — A 52-year-old Lower Brule man was indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly engaging in a sexual act with a female incapable of giving consent. Gary Laroche, Sr., was indicted Feb. 18 and pled not guilty this week to the crime. The charges stem from a Nov. 14 incident in which he "knowingly engaged in, and attempted to engage in, a sexual act with a female victim, who at the time was ... physically incapable of declining participation in ... the sexual act, and Laroche knew she was incapacitated," according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
WINNER — A Winner man pleaded not guilty this week in federal court for failing to register as a sex offender. Michael Lovejoy Jr., 35, is accused of knowingly failing to register and update his sex offender registration between May and September 2017, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. If convicted, Lovejoy could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. A trial date has not yet been set for Lovejoy.
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MINER COUNTY — A 30-year-old Rapid City man was found dead in a Miner County field over the weekend, but officials do not suspect foul play. Dirk Boardman left a rural farm near Fedora, where he was staying with a friend, to go walking late Friday morning. He was found unresponsive at 4:42 p.m. Saturday in a field about one mile from where he left, according to the Miner County Sheriff's Office. Officials determined Boardman was dead when they arrived on scene. An autopsy on Tuesday morning concluded he died of hypothermia. Toxicology tests are pending.