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A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Salem MCCOOK CENTRAL PTA TO HOST "SAFETY NIGHT": The McCook Central PTA will host a "Safety Night" on Sept. 15 at the Salem Softball Complex. Representatives from the fire department, ambulance, police department, and 911 operators will give safety talks, answer questions and give a quick tour of their vehicles. There will also be a search-and-rescue dog demonstration.
An employee of the U.S. Postal Service was bitten by a dog while on his normal delivery route at about 1:30 p.m. Friday. Maynard Puetz, 61, was on his regular postal route when he encountered a dog off its leash and away from its property on the 600 block of East First Ave. in Mitchell. The dog bit Puetz in the leg, according to Animal Control Officer Kevin Yeo. Puetz went to a medical care provider after the incident. The dog belonged to the owners at 621 E. First Ave., who have been notified.
OLIVET — A Wagner man in prison for burglary has pleaded not guilty in another burglary case, stemming from an incident in Parkston. Dean Honomichl, 33, pleaded not guilty on Monday to third-degree burglary and grand theft of tools and equipment valued at approximately $10,000 from Runnings in Parkston. On Sept. 19, 2015, Honomichl allegedly broke into the store and stole the items, some of which were returned by an unnamed party, authorities said, leading to Honomichl's arrest.
One day after the Mitchell Police Division warned locals about door-to-door salespeople in the area, Mitchell High School teacher Mel Olson offered his own reminder. Olson said Mitchell High School juniors will be selling magazines as part of an annual fundraiser to support the school's prom. Olson said the prom is funded without school district money, and the magazine sales are a major funding source of the event.
WOONSOCKET — An initial court appearance has been scheduled for the man arrested for murder in Woonsocket. Matthew Novak, 33, was arrested Wednesday morning on one count of second-degree murder for allegedly killing 25-year-old Jennifer Gibson. Novak, who is being held on a $350,000 bond, is scheduled to appear in Sanborn County Court on Sept. 13. Novak appeared in court Thursday morning with his court-appointed attorney, Jeffrey Burns.
The following cases were disposed in Davison County between May 23 and June 6. • Austin James Emmett, 22, Mitchell; speeding on other roadways, $39 fine; $66 costs.
The Daily Republic's building is for sale. Earlier this week, the office building on South Lawler Street was listed on the market. The Daily Republic, which is owned by Forum Communications, is looking to buy or construct a new building in Mitchell that will better suit its needs moving forward.
The Mitchell Police Division issued a warning Wednesday about door-to-door salespeople working in the area. According to the advisory, Mitchell police have received information that door-to-door salespeople have been in the area, but the alert reminds residents those making the sales must have the proper state and city tax license paperwork. If a resident asks to see the necessary paperwork, it must be produced by the salesperson. Those with questions can contact the Mitchell Department of Public Safety at 990-8400.
WESSINGTON SPRINGS — Two women were injured in a one-vehicle crash Tuesday northeast of Wessington Springs. Charlotte Samelson, 69, of Redfield, was driving a 2010 Chrysler 300 southbound on U.S. Highway 281 when the vehicle left the roadway about 15 miles northeast of Wessington Springs and drove through a barbed-wire fence, according to Tony Mangan, public information officer for the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.
LAKE ANDES — Three people were injured in a one-vehicle crash Tuesday southeast of Lake Andes. Michelle Kalkowski, 46, of Lake Andes, was driving a 2001 Ford Ranger about one mile southeast of Lake Andes when the vehicle left the roadway at about 2:30 p.m. near the intersection of 384th Avenue and 293rd Street, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.