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ETHAN — A Christmas Eve fire destroyed a storage shed southwest of Ethan. At 2 a.m. Dec. 24, about a dozen Ethan firefighters responded to a report of a shed fire near the intersection of 266th Street and 405th Avenue, approximately six miles southwest of Ethan. When they arrived on scene, the shed, owned by Marty Neugebauer, was fully engulfed in flames, according to Assistant Fire Chief Ron Miiller. The firefighters battled the blaze for about an hour, focusing primarily on saving a house and bags of harvested corn nearby.
Authorities are searching for a Davison County Jail inmate who has failed to return to jail after a two-hour furlough. Wetu Kiyukan, 21, of Mitchell, was released from custody at 2 p.m. Tuesday on a two-hour, court-ordered furlough, but she failed to return at 4 p.m. as ordered, according to the Davison County Sheriff's Office.
The following cases were disposed in Davison County Magistrate Court between Sept. 26 and Oct. 10. • Ronald Jerome Lewis, 65, Rapid City, speeding on interstate highway; $59 fine; $66 costs. • Mary Lynn Alexander, 41, Mitchell; improper highway entry, $54 fine; $66 costs. • Taylor Christine Cimpl, 24, Mitchell; speeding on other roadways, $79 fine; $66 costs. • Levi Jay Guericke, 18, Mitchell, failure to make proper stop at stop intersection; $54 fine; $66 costs.
WAGNER — A Wagner man has been charged with rape for allegedly having sex with an unconscious, intoxicated woman. Jubal Grant, 18, was charged with third-degree rape on Dec. 8, stemming from a Nov. 12 incident in which he allegedly walked into a woman's room, took her clothes off and engaged in sexual acts until the woman woke up.
A Mitchell man pleaded not guilty to 19 criminal charges Tuesday during a circuit court session in Mitchell. Andrew Kiner, 18, of Mitchell, pleaded not guilty to multiple charges related to the theft of a vehicle, firearms, cash and other items in November. "We are diligently working on a plea agreement," said his attorney, Theresa Rossow, to the judge.
MENNO — A Scotland man sustained life-threatening injuries and two others were hurt in a head-on collision Monday night near Menno. Toby Devries, 27, was flown to a Sioux Falls hospital after crashing a 2013 Chevrolet Cruze into a 2000 Dodge Caravan at 10:10 p.m. on U.S. Highway 18, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.
McCOOK COUNTY — Four McCook County residents were charged with unlawfully hunting or possessing deer in November. Clayton Tillotson, 27, of Spencer, and 24-year-old Tyler Forman, of Montrose, were charged with three counts of unauthorized hunting of big game for killing deer and three counts of using artificial light while hunting on three dates in November. According to court documents, Tillotson and Forman allegedly pursued or shot deer on Nov. 12, 13 and 16 in McCook County, but the East River deer hunting season didn't open until Nov. 19.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard will share the 2017 State of the State in Mitchell at 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at the Highland Conference Center, Mitchell. The event is hosted by the Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee. The event is free and open to the public.
The Davison County Commission will determine how much they should get paid at Tuesday's regular meeting. Last December, the five-person board gave itself a 3 percent raise, bringing their annual salaries up to $16,472.50. The decision to set the annual commissioner salary will be made at a 9 a.m. meeting Tuesday at the Davison County North Offices at 1420 N. Main St. The commission will also consider setting the wages of elected officials and other county employees for 2017. Other business
MARTY — A historical building in Marty was destroyed following a Christmas Day fire. According to Yankton Sioux Tribal Police Chief Chris Saunsoci, a state fire marshal will investigate a fire at a former tribal hall located near the Marty Indian School. While the building had been vacated at the time of the fire, Saunsoci said the structure held some historical significance in the community and he believed the building was once owned by a missionary in the Marty area.