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Here are bankruptcy filings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of South Dakota, for Feb. 19 through Feb. 25. Individuals can file Chapter 7 petitions (asking that debts be liquidated); Chapter 12 (a simplified reorganization method for farmers and ranchers whose gross debt does not exceed $1.5 million); and Chapter 13 (a plan to repay some debts in three to five years).
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Winner FANNING TO RETIRE FROM SDSU EXTENSION: Bob Fanning, who has worked for South Dakota State University Extension for the last 27 years in south central part of the state, will retire next week. Fanning is leaving to become a sales agronomist in March for Country Pride Co-Op in Winner. Originally from North Dakota and a graduate from North Dakota State University, Fanning moved to Lyman County in 1988 to be an extension agent, a job he held until 2011, when he took a job as a plant pathology spe
A Mitchell woman is accused of aggravated assault after allegedly using her vehicle in an attempt to run a pedestrian over. Ada Morales, 45, was recharged by indictment on Feb. 20 with aggravated assault, which carries a maximum penalty upon conviction of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. According to court documents, Morales and the man she allegedly tried to run over have a son together and had an argument around 5 a.m. on Jan. 1. After the man left Morales' home, Morales followed him in her vehicle.
With weather conditions still uncertain for the upcoming planting season, predictions remain stagnant for grain prices in 2015. The United State's Department of Agriculture's long-term projection for acreage planted predicts a 2 million acre reduction nationwide in corn.
A man and woman from Montana were stopped for speeding along Interstate 90 near Mitchell in late January, and later arrested for possessing a controlled substance. Jason Skala, 27, and Sarah Littlefield, 28, both of Bozeman, Mont., were traveling through Davison County going 80 mph in a 75. Trooper John Lord stopped the vehicle and noticed Skala to be fidgety and nervous, according to court documents. While Skala was in Lord's patrol car, Lord visited with Littlefield who was in the couple's vehicle -- she was also nervous. Littlefield told Lord there was marijuana in the car.
A Mitchell woman suffered a seizure around 11 a.m. Thursday while driving on Burr Street in Mitchell. She then struck two vehicles. Rayanna Schulz, 31, was driving north on Burr Street near the Interstate 90 exit when her vehicle struck another next to her, said Mitchell Police Officer Dan Kopfmann. The vehicle was driven by Dahjrick Clark, 21, of Mitchell. He and his passenger were not injured. Schulz's vehicle then veered across the intersection and struck another vehicle, driven by David Straight, 30, of Mitchell.
A North Carolina man was arrested in early February for allegedly possessing more than 10 pounds of marijuana and had an intent to distribute the drug. Jonathan Easterlin, 35, of Bloomington, N.C., was pulled over for speeding on Interstate 90 near Mitchell. Court documents state Highway Patrol Trooper John Lord was going to give Easterlin a warning for speeding, but noticed Easterlin was visibly shaking and increasingly nervous.
A Mitchell man was arrested earlier this month for allegedly possessing methamphetamine after he called authorities to report he was being chased by someone with a gun. Tyler Moore, 23, was fidgety and his pupils were dilated when law enforcement found him in the 2100 block of North Wisconsin Street, according to court documents. Moore said he had used meth and law enforcement found a clear plastic baggie with white powder in it inside Moore's wallet. The powder tested positive for methamphetamine, according to court documents. Possession of a controlled substance carries a maximum penalty
A Freeman man is accused of causing more than $25,000 damage to a rental home in Mitchell. Brandon Mehlbrech, 28, is charged with intentional property damage, costing less than $100,000 but more than $5,000. An arrest warrant has been issued for Mehlbrech. On Jan. 27, a law enforcement officer was sent to 715 N. Sanborn Blvd. for a report of breaking glass. Upon arrival, the officer allegedly found Mehlbrech and another person moving items from the house.
A Mitchell woman was arrested earlier this month for possessing methamphetamine. Kristin Fraser, 34, is on parole and law enforcement conducted a parole search at her residence around 2 p.m. on Feb. 13. Fraser admitted to using meth the day prior. Her roommate, Teddy Crawford, 35, of Mitchell, was in the room when officer conducted the search and was also arrested for allegedly possessing a controlled substance. Law enforcement found syringes, a spoon in a plastic bag and a plastic jewelry bag containing a white powdery substance, court documents state.