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LAKE ANDES -- A Lake Andes man pleaded not guilty to allegedly resisting a Rosebud Sioux Tribe law enforcement officer. Brent Silk, 21, was indicted Aug. 22 by a federal grand jury on one count of resisting and impeding a federal officer. He faces a maximum of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine if convicted. The indictment stems from an incident that occurred July 22 on the Rosebud Indian Reservation. Silk was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial. A trial date has not been set.
The corporate officers of a Mitchell cleaning business have each been charged with a felony for allegedly failing to pay state sales taxes for three months in 2007. Complaints were filed Thursday against Darren Sterk and Kelly Sterk, corporate officers for Servicemaster by Sterk Inc., by Davison County Deputy State's Attorney Bob O'Keefe. It alleges the Sterks failed to pay the required state sales taxes for their business in May 2007, July 2007 and September 2007. Each is charged with three misdemeanor counts of failure to pay sales tax -- one for each month they allegedly fail
A Sioux Falls man was arrested last week in Mitchell for allegedly driving with a blood-alcohol content nearly four times the legal limit. Gabriel Hofer, 31, was arrested shortly before 9 p.m. Sept. 19 after the Mitchell Police Division received a report of a car that nearly crashed into a semi on Interstate 90. The car turned off I-90 and was driving on Burr Street when Highway Patrol Trooper Jason Brandt got behind the vehicle and saw it swerve and nearly hit the curb, court documents say.
Rep. Kristi Noem missed more than two of three House Indian and Alaska Native Affairs subcommittee meetings, her opponent claimed Tuesday. "I sit on three committees and nine subcommittees. Sometimes these meetings overlap. I have to prioritize my meetings and put serving the interests of South Dakotans over attending some subcommittee hearings focused on topics that have no impact on our state," Noem said. Democratic candidate Matt Varilek issued a press release claiming Noem missed 17 of 22 meetings.
CORSICA -- The Douglas County Sheriff's Department will likely arrest individuals in the next few days for cooking methamphetamine in Corsica, according to Sheriff Jon Coler. After receiving a tip about suspicious activity at a residence in Corsica, Coler and his deputies acted on a search warrant Sept. 6. "Someone called in suspicions.
The Daily Republic has filed an appeal seeking a copy of a settlement agreement between the Huron School District and its former superintendent. The Daily Republic first sought a copy of the agreement last winter, when it learned the district was paying not only its current superintendent but also a former superintendent.
A Mitchell man was arrested Sept. 15 after allegedly kicking down a door at a local motel and attacking three men staying in the room. Robert Pomani, 31, is charged with first-degree burglary and simple assault for allegedly kicking down the door of a room at the Corn Palace Motel around 2 p.m., and then assaulting three men staying inside. He faces a maximum of 25 years in prison and a $50,000 fine for the burglary charge, a felony, and a maximum of one year in jail and a $2,000 fine for the assault charge, a misdemeanor. Pomani is scheduled to appear in court later this month.
A Mitchell man was arrested Sept. 15 and charged with third-offense drunken driving. Highway Patrol Trooper Micheal Peterson stopped Richard Berdette Sellers, 44, after he observed Sellers make an illegal right turn from Fifth Avenue onto Sanborn Boulevard and noticed Sellers wasn't wearing a seat belt, court documents say. After Sellers allegedly failed a series of field sobriety tests, Peterson arrested him for drunken driving.
South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant is reminding college students that September is National Voter Registration Month. Today, Gant will travel across southeastern South Dakota, reminding students to vote in the Nov. 6 election. Gant will promote voter registration and discuss the importance of practicing the right to vote. South Dakota politicians will be on hand to offer their thoughts on the importance of voting. Below is Gant's itinerary: 9-10 a.m. in the SDSU Student Union. 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
A Mitchell bus collided with another vehicle Friday afternoon, according to Mitchell School Superintendent Joe Graves. Though Graves said he was not yet aware of all the details, he did know that a bus collided with either a semi or a farm truck on a country road outside of Mitchell, and no students were on board at the time of the accident. Graves said the matter was still being investigated, and he had not yet heard who was at fault for the collision. He said the driver, who was not the same driver (Einar Petersen) who was in an accident Aug.