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CHAMBERLAIN — Two Brule County residents were indicted for separate thefts in December in Chamberlain. Eric Jones, 32, of Chamberlain, was indicted on Dec. 10 for allegedly taking between $1,000 and $2,500 from the Silver Dollar Bar in Chamberlain while employed there. Jones was charged with grand theft valued between $1,000 and $2,500, a class 6 felony, punishable upon conviction by up to two years in prison and a $4,000 fine.
LAKE ANDES — A woman was arrested after allegedly attempting to rob a Veterans of Foreign Wars building in Lake Andes. Heather Lowe, 28, of Sioux Falls, approached the register at a VFW on Dec. 4 in Lake Andes with her hand in purse and saying she had a gun and was robbing the place, court documents state. Lowe was allegedly intoxicated and unable to open the register and then left the building. Law enforcement located her and found a can in her purse and a knife in her pocket, court documents state.
Work continues for Mitchell Mayor Jerry Toomey as he attempts to round out his staff. With his recommendation for Corn Palace director was unanimously approved by the City Council on Monday, Toomey still needs to choose a full-time city attorney and replace a parks and recreation director.
TRIPP—A Tyndall woman suffered minor injuries in a rollover accident on Wednesday afternoon near Tripp.
HURON—Two people were seriously injured in a rollover on Wednesday afternoon near Huron. A 2003 Ford Explorer was traveling south on South Dakota Highway 37, near mile marker 124, one mile south of Huron at 2:57 p.m. when the driver, Hector Pineda Guzman, 30, of Waseca, Minnesota, lost control while in the passing lane. The vehicle went into the west ditch and rolled multiple times. Guzman and a backseat passenger, Maria Lopez, 25, of Huron, suffered serious, non-life-threatening injuries, while a 17-year-old front seat passenger, of Huron, suffered minor injuries.
Two more concerts are set for the spring at the Corn Palace, including the return of the hit '80s cover band, Hairball. The Corn Palace announced Wednesday that Hairball will be back in Mitchell on April 9, and country artists Mickey Gilley, Johnny Lee and Jeannie Sealy will perform on May 20 at the Corn Palace.
Authorities are looking for a purse snatcher, and asking for the public's help. According to a statement released Wednesday afternoon by the Mitchell Department of Public Safety and the Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers, police are asking for information regarding the theft of a purse from a Mitchell home. The statement says an unknown person or people entered a residence in the 100 block of North Foster Street between the hours of 10 p.m. on Jan.13 and 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 14 and stole a woman's purse containing cash, endorsed checks and credit cards.
The Mitchell Parks and Recreation Department and American Red Cross are sponsoring a lifeguard training course Feb. 19-21 at the Mitchell Recreation Center. The class will be from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Feb. 19, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Feb. 20 and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Feb. 21. Participants must attend all sessions and class size is limited. Fee for the course is $155 per person and participants must be at least 15 years old to take the class. For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 995-8450.
SALEM — A man charged with intentionally damaging a highway pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and now faces sentencing. Melvin Stahl, 65, of Bridgewater, pleaded no contest on Jan. 14 to intentional dumping on a highway's right of way, a class 1 misdemeanor, punishable upon conviction of up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine. Stahl was originally charged with causing intentional damage to a highway, a class 6 felony, which state's attorney Jim Davies said was an unusual charge that he had never seen before. The intentional damage charge was dismissed.
A man was released from the hospital Tuesday after driving into two parked cars Saturday in Mitchell. Wiley Steele, 21, of Mitchell, was transported by ambulance to Avera Queen of Peace hospital Saturday in Mitchell after his 2005 Pontiac G6 collided with two parked cars on the 300 block of East 11th Avenue, said Mitchell Patrol Sgt. Adam Frerichs. The crash was reported at about 5:20 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of 11th Avenue and Kimball Street.