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WOONSOCKET — A Woonsocket man was arrested Wednesday morning on one count of second-degree murder. Matthew Novak, 33, was arrested after local law enforcement responded to an incident at 9 a.m. at 206 S. Third Ave. in Woonsocket, according to the South Dakota Attorney General's Office. No other information is available at this time. "Several law enforcement agencies are currently working the scene and more information may be released once investigators have had the opportunity to complete their work," said Attorney General Marty Jackley in a news release.
PLATTE — Multiple jet skis, trucks, tools and building supplies will be up for sale as part of an auction on the estate of a Platte man who authorities say killed himself and five family members last year. The estate of Scott and Nicole Westerhuis will be auctioned off at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 16 after First Circuit Court Judge Bruce Anderson ruled the family's remaining property could be sold to pay off creditors.
HARTFORD — A man acquitted of murder in Mitchell is scheduled to return to trial after allegedly stealing silver in Hartford and later assaulting two people. Donald McDougal, 51, of Mitchell, pleaded not guilty on July 11 to burglary, intentional damage to property and two counts each of grand theft and simple assault stemming from two incidents in Minnehaha County, court documents state.
JONES COUNTY — A Murdo man was arrested after allegedly throwing a half-gallon of chocolate milk on a semi truck. Jacob Arendt, 19, was arrested in early August after he and a group of friends bought one-half gallon of chocolate milk at Pilot Travel Center in Murdo, went to the top of the bridge passing over Interstate 90 at exit 192 and dropped the milk onto an eastbound semi truck, court documents state. The milk broke the windshield and landed in the passenger seat of the truck. The driver of the vehicle used the 192 exit to pull off the road and called 911.
Mitchell police are searching for an individual who drove a vehicle through a fence, causing more than $400 worth of damage. According to the Mitchell Department of Public Safety, somebody drove a vehicle sometime on Aug. 20 or 21 through PVC fencing, located on the 600 block of West Quince Avenue, knocking down to 8-feet wide by 6-feet tall fence sections.
Law enforcement officers are seeking the public's help in locating a man charged with assaulting a Tyndall police officer with a vehicle. Travis McPeek, 35, of Sioux City, is charged with aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer from an Aug. 6 incident in which he allegedly struck an officer with a Ram 1500 pickup outside Frank's Trading Post in Tyndall. According to a press release from the South Dakota Attorney General's Office, McPeek is 5 feet 6 inches and weighs 144 pounds. He has brown hair, blue eyes and numerous tattoos.
WINNER — A Winner man was arrested last month after allegedly trying to rape a 16-year-old girl. Ronald Antoine, 51, was charged with attempted rape on July 18 after lying naked on top of a sleeping 16-year-old girl and trying to take her pants off, court documents state. The girl told police the incident occurred at about 4:30 p.m. on July 17 while she was sleeping on a couch in a residence at a trailer park near Winner. According to court documents, Antoine told the girl to "go back to sleep," but she was able to escape and call for help.
CHAMBERLAIN — A Fort Thompson man was arrested for assault after allegedly cutting a woman multiple times with a piece of broken mirror. Louis Heminger, 27, was arrested on May 25 after throwing a woman into a mirror and using a piece of the broken mirror to make cuts on the woman's chest, shoulders, stomach, face and back the day before, court documents state. Heminger was charged with aggravated assault causing bodily injury with a dangerous weapon, a Class 3 felony, punishable upon conviction by up to 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.
WOONSOCKET — A Mitchell man was indicted for raping a minor in Sanborn County. Kyle Larson, 19, was indicted on Aug. 10 after having sex with a minor on July 30, court documents state. According to the indictment, Larson completed the act "through the use of force" or with a minor who was "incapable of giving consent because of an intoxicating agent."
The following cases were among those heard Tuesday during a circuit court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell. Not guilty pleas and denials • Brady Brink, 19, of Mitchell, was not present, but she was represented by her attorney who pleaded not guilty on her behalf. She is charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, which are both misdemeanors. A trial was scheduled for December.