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LAKE ANDES — A former GEAR UP administrator charged with backdating two contracts to a Native American educational organization was granted approval to leave the state to apply for a job with a tribe in North Dakota. Stacy Phelps, of Kyle, was given judicial approval to leave the state to attend a job interview in North Dakota from Jan. 9 to 11, court documents state, in which Phelps intended to seek employment with the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation on the Fort Berthold Reservation in western North Dakota.
WAGNER — A Wagner man has recently been charged with raping a 12-year-old girl after two alleged incidents between two and four years ago. Sunrise Waetermans, 38, was charged with two counts of first-degree rape, stemming from two incidents between 2013 and 2015 in which he sexually touched a young girl in Wagner and threatened to hurt and kill her if she told anyone, court documents state.
PLANKINTON — A house on the west side of Plankinton caught fire Saturday when the owner tried to melt ice with an industrial heater. Ten firefighters responded to the house fire at about 2:45 p.m. on West First Street in Plankinton, where they found smoke coming from the south side of the structure, according to Plankinton Fire Chief Jeff Briggs. The fire was contained to a small section on the outside of the one-story home and was extinguished in about 10 minutes. Firefighters remained on the scene for about an hour.
The following is a partial listing of cases that were disposed in Davison County Magistrate Court between Oct. 24 and Nov. 7. Jessica Noelle Pepperman, 18, Volga, possession of alcohol by minor; $54 fine; $66 costs; conditions: pay fines, costs and fees; work/school/treatment permit is authorized upon showing proof of financial responsibility and employment and turning in a valid driver’s license.
MISSION — A Mission man was indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly assaulting a law enforcement officer from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Quentin Provancial II, was indicted Dec. 13 following an Oct. 15 incident in which Provancial is accused of "assaulting, resisting, opposing, impeding and interfering" with the officer while he was engaged in his official duties, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. On the same day, Provancial allegedly assaulted a domestic partner and, at the time of the assault, already had two convictions of domestic abuse.
LOWER BRULE — A Lower Brule man was sentenced to 10 months in jail after a March altercation with a law enforcement officer. On March 19, 2016, an officer with the Bureau of Indian Affairs received a call reporting an assault took place at a Lower Brule residence. While in route to the call, the officer was informed the suspect, 32-year-old Johnny Walking Bull, had left the residence wearing a light blue jacket and blue jeans in a blue Dodge Durango, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
PLATTE — Gary and Lisa Konechne, Platte, and Clayton and Julie Morgan, Lemmon, announce the engagement of their children Rebekah Ann Konechne and Timothy Clay Morgan. Rebekah is attending Lake Area Technical Institute, Watertown, for cosmetology and will graduate in spring 2017. Tim is also attending Lake Area Technical Institute to become a Butler Machinery Technician. He will graduate in May 2017.
Maynard Friederich, Mitchell, will celebrate his 85th birthday on Monday, Jan. 16. A card shower is requested. Greetings may be sent to 192 S. Harmon Drive, Mitchell, S.D. 57301.
Thelma Tastad, Mitchell, will celebrate her 90th birthday at an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, at Wesley Acres, Mitchell. Her birthday in Jan. 20. Greetings may be sent to Wesley Acres, 1115 W. Havens Ave., Mitchell, S.D. 57301.
STICKNEY — Bill and Debbie Ernst, Stickney, will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary on Sunday, Jan. 15. Their family requests a card shower. Greetings may be sent to 408 S. First Ave., Stickney, S.D. 57375.