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A Woonsocket man who admitted to smoking marijuana while on probation was sentenced Tuesday to 180 days in jail and put on probation for two years. Benjamin Amadon, 19, pleaded guilty in April to possession with the intent to distribute 1 ounce or less of marijuana and was sentenced in June to two years on probation, 40 days in jail and fined $300. Judge Tim Bjorkman reimposed the two years of probation from the date of sentencing and gave Amadon credit for the 65 days he has served in jail.
A Mitchell man admitted Tuesday to violating multiple terms of his probation and was sentenced to two years in prison. Robert Barnes, 34, admitted he was convicted of false reporting last June, failed to notify his probation officer when he left his job and moved to Louisiana for another job, failed to appear for a 24/7 Sobriety program appointment and failed to complete treatment -- all violations of his probation from a 2011 third-offense drunken driving conviction. Barnes, who chose to represent himself in court, asked Judge Tim Bjorkman for another chance on probation.
A former Mitchell man was sentenced Tuesday to 180 days in jail and three years on probation for third-offense drunken driving. Jay Grabinski, 32, was arrested shortly after fleeing the scene of a traffic crash on July 12 on Interstate 90 near Mitchell.
A Mitchell woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to third-offense drunken driving. Yolanda Garza, 45, was arrested around 2 a.m. Dec. 7 after police found her passed out in her vehicle, which was running and parked in the 200 block of West Fifth Avenue. Her blood alcohol content was found to be 0.232 shortly after her arrest. The legal limit for driving in South Dakota is 0.08. Garza's prior DUIs are from 2005 and 2006. Prosecutors agreed to recommend she receive a suspended prison term and not to object if she asks for a suspended imposition of her sentence.
LOWER BRULE -- A Lower Brule man was sentenced Tuesday to one year in prison and five years of supervised release for abusive sexual contact. Wade Goodface, 20, pleaded guilty to the charge last November. In addition to the prison time, Goodface also will be required to register as a sex offender. The charge stems from an incident on Feb. 17 when Goodface went to the home of a female acquaintance and her brother, and asked her to go on a walk with him.
One of 14 businesses checked Feb. 9 in Mitchell failed an alcohol compliance check. Thirsty's was the only business to fail the check, which was conducted by the South Central Alcohol Task Force. It is Thirsty's first failure in a 24-month period.
PIERRE -- The state Senate adopted the resolution supporting the Keystone XL oil pipeline Thursday. Sen. Larry Lucas, D-Mission, spoke against it, saying the Canadian tar-sands product has environmental risks. Lucas said China is willing to buy it. Senators voted for the resolution 30-3. The House approved it 57-11 Tuesday. The resolution urges President Obama and the U.S. State Department to approve the pipeline's federal permits.
PIERRE -- A measure that would allow small school districts to avoid forced consolidation by accepting smaller amounts of state financial aid was approved 56-11 Thursday in the state House of Representatives. The proposal, sponsored by Rep. Charlie Hoffman, R-Eureka, would apply to districts with enrollments below 100 students. Hoffman wants to allow a two-year grace period and then start penalizing the districts financially.
A 19-year-old Mitchell man is charged with four counts of intentionally causing contact with bodily fluids for allegedly spitting blood on four people around 1:45 a.m. Sunday in Mitchell. Jeffrey Duane McGhee Jr. was arrested after an altercation with his neighbor in the 500 block of West First Avenue.
A 20-year-old St. Francis man is accused of beating his girlfriend and shoving her head through a window during an argument Feb. 8 at a Mitchell residence. Allan James Left Hand Bull is charged with domestic aggravated assault, a felony with a maximum punishment of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. According to court documents, police were called around 7:30 a.m. to 709 S. Sanborn Boulevard following an argument between Left Hand Bull and his girlfriend.