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South Dakota's First Circuit Court has found its newest judge. Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced Monday that Judge Tami A. Bern will be appointed as circuit court judge in the First Circuit, replacing former Judge Glen A. Eng. "Judge Bern has a long record of public service, as a magistrate judge and a state's attorney," Daugaard said in a written statement. "I particularly appreciate her leadership in creating the Yankton County drug court, and I thank her for taking this new role.
The Mitchell Police Division is looking for a suspect connected with a recent crime. The suspect is described as a 5-foot, 10-inch man with a shaved head, according to a Nixle alert sent Sunday night. The man is wearing either a white or grey shirt, blue jeans and has a tattoo on the right side of his neck and right forearm. The man also has a black and silver necklace. The alert instructs anybody who sees this man not to approach, and call 911.
DOUGLAS COUNTY — A semi truck was deemed a total loss after becoming fully engulfed in flames last Thursday. Authorities responded to a truck fire on Highway 44 near mile marker 317 last Thursday after the driver noticed smoke. The semi truck was pulling an empty fuel tanker trailer, according to the South Dakota Department of Safety, when it caught on fire. The semi truck became fully engulfed in flames and was declared a total loss, while the trailer was fine, according to the South Dakota Department of Safety.
The Davison County Commission will continue its summer slog through the 2018 budget on Tuesday. During the board's 9 a.m. meeting at the Davison County North Offices, 90 minutes have been set aside for 2018 budget talks. So far, the board has met with representatives of various groups, including LifeQuest, Purr 'N Ruff Rescue and several county departments to discuss budget requests. Other business
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Wagner WIC OFFICE MOVES TO NEW LOCATION: The Charles Mix County Community Health and WIC office will be moving to the Wagner Early Childhood building at 401 Walnut Ave. SW, Suite 3. The new location will begin being utilized Aug. 2, but because of the move, staff will be unavailable from July 31 to Aug. 1. — The Lake Andes Wave Wessington Springs
The following cases were disposed in Davison County Magistrate Court between June 19 and July 3. • Terry Lee Reimnitz, 48, Mitchell; establishment of speed zones, $105 fine. • Shaun Roy Ryan, 39, Madison; speeding on a state highway; $19 fine; $66 costs. • Martin Hugh Lawrensen, 53, Volin, speeding on interstate highway; $39 fine; $66 costs. • Kristen Michelle Velez, 32, Mount Vernon; seat belt violation, $25 fine. • Karen Antonia Higgs, 60, Stickney, speeding on interstate highway; $19 fine; $66 costs.
CHAMBERLAIN — A Pukwana woman is accused of child abuse after police allegedly found her in possession of meth during a traffic stop. On the afternoon of June 30, police stopped a vehicle traveling on Main Street in Chamberlain after observing a young child unrestrained in the back seat. While conducting the traffic stop, the officer identified the driver as 25-year-old Brooke Shields, who the officer had stopped a week prior and found with marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to court documents.
Here's what you should know heading into Friday. 1. Mitchell Post 18 Legion baseball team clinched a spot in the Class A state tournament Thursday night after a wild comeback at the end of the game. 2. A squirrel is to blame for a power outage late Thursday morning in downtown Mitchell, leaving nearly 500 people without power.
WINNER — A Colorado woman faces child abuse charges after allegedly admitting to South Dakota law enforcement that she lets her two sons younger than 10 years old consume marijuana edibles. On July 7, there was a traffic checkpoint on U.S. Highway 18 in Tripp County, at which time a vehicle driven by Colorado Springs, Colorado, resident Andrea Geist was stopped, according to court documents. Police observed the male passenger was breathing heavily and appeared nervous, and officers smelled marijuana.
WINNER — A Winner man was arrested recently on multiple charges after assaulting his live-in girlfriend and fleeing from the scene. Brandon Brave, 37, is accused of assaulting his girlfriend at the home they share on July 12. Officers were dispatched to the scene at the Wagon Wheel Trailer Court and saw Brave running east into a pack of trees, according to court documents. While some officers continued to search for Brave, others went inside to interview the alleged victim, who had red marks and lacerations on her lip, face and neck.