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The Mitchell Department of Public Safety is looking for a suspect who allegedly robbed GameStop in Mitchell early Wednesday morning. According to a police alert, the suspect is a black male who may be armed. He left the scene around 8:30 a.m. with an undisclosed amount of cash. No other information is immediately available.
A Mitchell man pleaded guilty Tuesday to two felonies related to distributing ecstasy. Jordan Muntefering, 27, of Mitchell, pleaded guilty during a court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center to distributing MDMA — also known as ecstasy or Molly — and possessing MDMA with intent to distribute in a drug-free zone, stemming from two incidents in July and August.
PARKSTON — An electrical failure caused a car to start on fire inside of a Parkston garage Monday morning, but caused minimal damage to the structure. Around 7 a.m. Monday, a woman was attempting to start her vehicle, which was parked inside of her home's garage on the northwest corner of town, when she heard a "pop," according to Parkston Fire Chief Todd Lucas. The woman went inside of her home briefly, and when she returned the car was on fire, Lucas said. Everyone in the home was able to evacuate safely.
An Ethan man pleaded guilty Tuesday to manslaughter and hit-and-run and then admitted to driving recklessly leading up to a fatal crash. Tate Thompson, 19, of Ethan, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter and hit-and-run causing death or injury, stemming from a June 25 crash that killed 18-year-old Dylan Mentele, of Alexandria. "I knew that drinking and driving was not right," Thompson said. "I was overdriving the road conditions, and when I was consuming alcohol, it was the wrong thing to do."
CHAMBERLAIN — A former Highway Patrol trooper pleaded guilty Monday to grand theft of nearly $70,000 seized during his time in law enforcement. Brian Biehl, 48, of Platte, pleaded guilty to grand theft by law enforcement of seized property, according to the South Dakota Attorney General's Office, which Biehl said he confiscated during drug searches during his law enforcement career, according to court documents.
FREEMAN — A former Hutchinson County woman has been cited with social services fraud and grand theft after allegedly taking more than $9,000 in undeserved benefits. Ruth Isiaka, also known as Ruth Schoenherr, of St. Peter, Minnesota, formerly Freeman, was charged with fraudulently receiving money from two South Dakota welfare programs, committing theft by deception and perjury for failing to report household income and receiving benefits from September 2014 to September 2015, court documents state.
Five people were indicted in January for distributing methamphetamine over the course of about one month in Davison County. Mitchell residents David Degen, 25, Dustin Burroughs, 32, Jerad Olson, 27, West Mackey, 50, and Wetu Kiyukan, 21, were indicted on Jan. 27 for four separate incidents related to the distribution of methamphetamine in October and November, court documents state. According to court documents, Degen was charged with two counts of distribution and possession of methamphetamine on Oct. 3 and 5.
LAKE ANDES — A Lake Andes man was cited with robbery and drug charges after allegedly taking cash by selling salt as drugs, and the suspected victim was charged with ingesting PCP. Reginald Robinson, 24, was arrested on Dec. 30 after he was found in possession of more than $500, which was believed to be acquired from 51-year-old Duane Apple, of Mitchell, by selling fake drugs.
Can you spell crochet? Aubrey Rutledge, 13, can — and she did on Saturday during the 25th Annual Corn Palace Regional Spelling Bee, taking home first place. The 13-year-old from Huron won the regional competition after correctly spelling crochet, defeating Maddie Knox, of Highmore, in the final round. Knox, 13, took second place, while 12-year-old Josie McCord, of White Lake, placed third during the Saturday competition. The event, which was held at Dakota Wesleyan University, began at 9 a.m. Saturday morning and lasted until mid-afternoon.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Avon SOUTH DAKOTA GF&P TAG DEER IN AREA: Sunday morning, a group of about 20 officials from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks department were in Avon netting deer and testing them for pregnancies, survival rate and the growing and shrinking of deer population in the area. Five does and four yearlings were involved. Of the five does netted, four were pregnant with twins, while another had one fawn found during an ultrasound.