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A Mitchell man was arrested and charged with trying to smuggle tobacco into the Davison County Jail. Jacob Stulken, 27, of Mitchell, was arrested recently after returning from a court-ordered furlough. According to court documents, a corrections officer searched Stulken and located a bag of chewing tobacco, which was attached to Stulken's body and "he was trying to conceal." Stulken was charged with possession of unauthorized items in jail, a Class 6 felony, punishable upon conviction by up to two years in prison and a $4,000 fine.
STURGIS (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he's open to the idea of creating a state-managed recreation area out of four small reservoirs tucked into a steep and forested canyon a few miles south of Sturgis. The reservoirs have been a topic in Sturgis for several years, including last year when the City Council and mayor adopted a resolution saying the best use of the reservoirs would be as a state park.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A warrant has been issued for a man accused of assaulting a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper during a traffic stop. The Pennington County Sheriff's Office says 39-year-old Joshua Two Bulls is charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, grand theft and escape.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A man accused of instigating the deadly beating of another man on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 2015 has been convicted on two charges. A jury on Friday afternoon found 25-year-old Calmer Cottier guilty of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit assault.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha's police chief is recommending the firing of two police officers involved in the death of a mentally ill man who had been beaten and shocked a dozen times by a stun gun in an altercation with officers. Chief Todd Schmaderer said at a news conference Friday that he plans to fire two of four Omaha officers involved in the early Monday morning incident in which officers confronted Zachary Bearheels, 29, of Murdo, South Dakota.
PRESHO — A large grass fire required assistance from eight fire departments Friday, and one firefighter was sent to the hospital. Around 1 p.m. Friday, the Presho Fire Department was dispatched to a fire approximately 14 miles north of Presho, according to Fire Chief Donny Manger.
CANOVA — A Mitchell man is facing serious non-life threatening injuries after hitting a deer with a motorcycle Saturday night. Dustin Altstadt, 42, was driving northbound at 9:36 p.m. Saturday on 435th Avenue near 244th Street intersection, south of Canova, when a deer entered the roadway. Altstadt, who was driving a 2002 Yamaha YZF600R, struck the deer, which caused him to lay down the motorcycle, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.
WATERTOWN (AP) — Authorities say a Watertown teenager was shot and killed in an apparent neighborhood dispute. Police say a 30-year-old man shot 17-year-old Jayden Harley in the midsection with a handgun during an argument Saturday night. Harley died at a local hospital. Authorities say he was unarmed. The suspect was arrested and booked into the Codington County Detention Center. Bond has been set at $50,000 cash. Watertown police have scheduled a news conference Sunday afternoon to talk about the case.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Oacoma FORMER OASIS INN REOPENS WITH NEW NAME, OWNER: The Baymont Inn and Suites is now open at the former site of the Oasis Inn, which was destroyed by a fire in the early morning hours of Memorial Day 2016. Previously a Kelly Inn property, the facility was purchased by Warren Hickey of AWB Hospitality last fall. The new Baymont has 53 rooms, four suites, a conference room, an indoor pool and an exercise area.
Here's five stories we think you need to know heading into the weekend. 1. Women are becoming more interested in becoming firefighters in South Dakota. Meet Tiffany Boehmer, who is Mitchell Fire Department's lone woman firefighter.