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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.
WOONSOCKET — A Woonsocket man was arrested Wednesday morning on one count of second-degree murder. Matthew Novak, 33, was arrested after local law enforcement responded to an incident at 9 a.m. at 206 S. Third Ave. in Woonsocket, according to the South Dakota Attorney General's Office. No other information is available at this time. "Several law enforcement agencies are currently working the scene and more information may be released once investigators have had the opportunity to complete their work," said Attorney General Marty Jackley in a news release.
PLATTE — Multiple jet skis, trucks, tools and building supplies will be up for sale as part of an auction on the estate of a Platte man who authorities say killed himself and five family members last year. The estate of Scott and Nicole Westerhuis will be auctioned off at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 16 after First Circuit Court Judge Bruce Anderson ruled the family's remaining property could be sold to pay off creditors.