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OACOMA — Westbound traffic of Interstate 90 was closed for hours Monday after a lumber truck rolled into the median due to icy road conditions. Shawn Martin, 39, of Chandler, Minnesota, was driving a flatbed truck loaded with lumber eastbound on I-90 near Oacoma when he hit an icy patch of road and lost control of the vehicle at approximately 8:24 p.m. According to Tony Mangan, public information officer for the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, lumber was scattered over the westbound lanes and median after the crash. The westbound lanes were closed for hours.
A Mitchell woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday to burning down her home, stemming from an incident in October. Dawn Long, 37, pleaded not guilty at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell to reckless burning or exploding. At 8 a.m. on Oct. 8, Long's home at 800 E. Seventh Ave. in Mitchell caught fire. The house was unoccupied at the time of the fire and no one was injured, but Long was hospitalized in Rapid City following an alleged car chase with law enforcement through Badlands National Park in western South Dakota.
OACOMA — A 14-year-old girl sustained minor injuries in a one-vehicle crash Saturday in Oacoma. A 14-year-old Chamberlain girl was driving on the Interstate 90 Business Loop in Oacoma when her vehicle left the roadway, Chamberlain Police Chief Joe Hutmacher said. Police believe the girl experienced a medical issue that caused the crash. Hutmacher said the girl was conscious when police arrived but was pinned inside the vehicle and had to be extricated. She sustained minor injuries and was wearing a seat belt, Hutmacher said.
A man convicted on two counts of cocaine possession was charged recently with possession of the same drug. Jeffrey Jarman, 47, of Mitchell, was charged with possession of cocaine on Jan. 12 in Hanson County, court documents state. Hanson County State's Attorney Jim Davies filed a complaint against Jarman on Jan. 19. Davies said Jarman is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 5, but Davies declined to comment further. Possession of cocaine is a class 5 felony, punishable upon conviction by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
WAGNER — A man who has been convicted of 15 DUIs was arrested for driving a lawnmower while drunk. Rudolph Ehrisman, 63, of Wagner, was arrested on Nov. 27 in Wagner after a law enforcement officer allegedly saw him driving a red lawn mower northbound in the southbound lane on Front Avenue in Wagner. Ehrisman failed multiple field-sobriety tests, and a preliminary breath test revealed his blood-alcohol content to be 0.082 percent, court documents state. The legal limit to drive in South Dakota is 0.08 percent.
Davison County may get into the passport photograph business. The Davison County Commission will hear a passport photograph research report from Treasurer Christie Gunkel at Tuesday's meeting at the county's north offices at 1420 N. Main Street. The meeting will officially start at the Highland Conference Center at 8:30 a.m. to hear a discussion from Gov. Dennis Daugaard about his 2016 State of the State Address before returning to the Davison County North Offices.
CHAMBERLAIN — Two Brule County residents were indicted for separate thefts in December in Chamberlain. Eric Jones, 32, of Chamberlain, was indicted on Dec. 10 for allegedly taking between $1,000 and $2,500 from the Silver Dollar Bar in Chamberlain while employed there. Jones was charged with grand theft valued between $1,000 and $2,500, a class 6 felony, punishable upon conviction by up to two years in prison and a $4,000 fine.
LAKE ANDES — A woman was arrested after allegedly attempting to rob a Veterans of Foreign Wars building in Lake Andes. Heather Lowe, 28, of Sioux Falls, approached the register at a VFW on Dec. 4 in Lake Andes with her hand in purse and saying she had a gun and was robbing the place, court documents state. Lowe was allegedly intoxicated and unable to open the register and then left the building. Law enforcement located her and found a can in her purse and a knife in her pocket, court documents state.
Work continues for Mitchell Mayor Jerry Toomey as he attempts to round out his staff. With his recommendation for Corn Palace director was unanimously approved by the City Council on Monday, Toomey still needs to choose a full-time city attorney and replace a parks and recreation director.
TRIPP—A Tyndall woman suffered minor injuries in a rollover accident on Wednesday afternoon near Tripp.