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Here are bankruptcy filings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of South Dakota, for Dec. 7 through Dec. 12. Individuals can file Chapter 7 petitions (asking that debts be liquidated); Chapter 12 (a simplified reorganization method for farmers and ranchers whose gross debt does not exceed $1.5 million); and Chapter 13 (a plan to repay some debts in three to five years). Businesses can file Chapter 11 petitions to reorganize their debts under a court-approved plan for repayment. • Aberdeen: Jason Thomas Brick, Chapter 7. • Mitchell: Kyla Shaun Jarabek, Chapter 7.
WAGNER — A Lake Andes man has been identified as the victim of a fatal crash on Tuesday near Wagner. Melvin Hopkins, Sr., 54, was traveling east on 295th Street and failed to stop at a stop sign located at the road's intersection with 401st Avenue, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. The 2008 Chevy Impala he was driving collided with a 2015 Dodge Ram 2500 traveling south on 401st Avenue, driven by 57-year-old Terry Koupal.
MAXWELL COLONY — A juvenile was shot Wednesday night when authorities said he was playing with a gun he thought was unloaded. The bullet went through his left arm and grazed his size, according to the Hutchinson County Sheriff's Office. The juvenile was taken to a Scotland hospital via ambulance and later transported to a Yankton hospital. Authorities said the injuries were not considered serious. The incident occurred at about 9:56 p.m. at the Maxwell Colony, which is about six miles northeast of Scotland or 30 miles southeast of Parkston.
A Mitchell woman pleaded guilty to threatening multiple people with a large kitchen knife. On Tuesday at the Davison County Public Safety Center, 22-year-old Gjoa Moen pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Moen stated in front of Judge Chris Giles she had no recollection of the incident because she was under the influence of controlled substances. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Feb. 2.
The following cases were among those heard Tuesday during a circuit court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell. Guilty pleas and admissions • Micah Webster, 19, of Mitchell, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled schedule I or II substance. He was sentenced to 11 days in jail. • Jolynn Thalman, 31, of Mitchell, pleaded guilty to unauthorized ingestion of a controlled schedule I or II substance. She was sentenced to five years in prison, with five years suspended, and four years of probation.
Former Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway, a Mount Vernon native, is one of 16 to be inducted into the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame. The list, which also includes Mark Ellis, of Rapid City, and Mandy Koupal, of Wagner, was announced Wednesday. The banquet, where 16 people are to be enshrined, will be held April 14 in Sioux Falls.
The storefront of one local TV and appliance business will soon look a bit different. On Tuesday, officials announced that Rew's TV and Appliance in Mitchell has merged with Karl's TV, Appliance & Furniture. "It is important to us to continue to provide great products at great prices with the service to match. That is why we have decided to expand our abilities by merging with South Dakota's largest appliance dealer," officials said in a press release.
A Mitchell man charged with first- and second-degree murder and manslaughter of his wife denied violating a protection order. On Tuesday at the Davison County Public Safety Center, 39-year-old James Brinker, represented by his defense attorney Chris Nipe, denied violating his protection order against his wife Marie Brinker and violating his probation. According to court documents, Brinker was arrested on Oct. 17 for first-degree manslaughter and allegedly violated his protection order against his wife constituting an assault and simple assault.
WAGNER — A 54-year-old man died in a two-vehicle crash early Tuesday morning near Wagner. At approximately 6 a.m., a man driving a 2008 Chevy Impala eastbound on 295th Street failed to stop at the intersection of 401st Avenue where there is a stop sign, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. The vehicle collided with a 2015 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup, driven by a 57-year-old man, that was southbound on 401st Avenue.
HURON — The South Dakota State Fair has announced its 2018 State Fair theme, Experience the Magic. Each year the South Dakota State Fair boasts a variety of events including livestock shows, 4-H exhibits, carnival rides, free entertainment, beer gardens, Championship Bull Riding and grandstand concerts.