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PLATTE -- One person died and another was injured in a crash Monday near Platte. At about 11:10 a.m., an 87-year-old woman driving a 2007 Chevrolet Impala was traveling eastbound on South Dakota Highway 44, about two miles east of Platte, when she lost control of her vehicle. She crossed the center line and collided with an oncoming 2008 Saturn Aura XR, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.
Mitchell will soon be seeing some “heavy and intense” snow. A winter storm, which is expected to begin Tuesday morning, is expected to drop between 6 and 10 inches of snow in the Mitchell area, according to Matthew Dux, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls. The first snow will begin shortly after daybreak on Tuesday, Dux said, with heavier amounts of snow hitting the area around mid-day and continuing throughout the night.
The Region IV One-Act Play contest initially scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 24 at the Pepsi-Cola Theatre in Mitchell has been rescheduled for Thursday, Jan. 26 due to impending weather. The Region IV is made up of Armour, Colome, Corsica-Stickney, Ethan, Freeman Academy, Mount Vernon and Tripp-Delmont school districts. The event opens to the public at 8:30 a.m. No other details were immediately available.
WINNER — A Winner man was charged with aggravated eluding and other charges this month for a vehicle chase in December. Dione Peneaux, 31, was charged with aggravated eluding and nine misdemeanor charges on Jan. 3, stemming from a Dec. 29 vehicle chase in which he allegedly fled police in a white Pontiac at speeds up to 75 mph, court documents state.
South Dakota Rep. Mathew Wollmann submitted his letter of resignation Monday morning following his admission of having sexual relationships with interns during the past two legislative sessions. The 26-year-old Wollmann, of Madison, last week admitted that he had consensual sexual contact with an intern in 2015 and 2016. He said it occurred with two different interns, both over 21.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Chamberlain SMITH TAKES OFFICE AS LYMAN CO STATE'S ATTORNEY: Attorney Steve Smith, of Chamberlain, was sworn into office of Lyman County State's Attorney on Jan. 3. Smith ran unchallenged for the position, following the announcement that former state's attorney Anita Fuoss would not seek re-election. This is Smith's first time serving a county as state's attorney.
PIERRE — On the day of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, a group of 24 state legislators invited the 45th president to visit “the great State of South Dakota.” The legislators — including local State Sen. Stace Nelson, R-Fulton — filed Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 1 on Friday, inviting the new president to visit Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Monument while serving the nation’s highest executive post.
LAKE ANDES — A former GEAR UP administrator charged with backdating two contracts to a Native American educational organization was granted approval to leave the state to apply for a job with a tribe in North Dakota. Stacy Phelps, of Kyle, was given judicial approval to leave the state to attend a job interview in North Dakota from Jan. 9 to 11, court documents state, in which Phelps intended to seek employment with the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation on the Fort Berthold Reservation in western North Dakota.
WAGNER — A Wagner man has recently been charged with raping a 12-year-old girl after two alleged incidents between two and four years ago. Sunrise Waetermans, 38, was charged with two counts of first-degree rape, stemming from two incidents between 2013 and 2015 in which he sexually touched a young girl in Wagner and threatened to hurt and kill her if she told anyone, court documents state.
PLANKINTON — A house on the west side of Plankinton caught fire Saturday when the owner tried to melt ice with an industrial heater. Ten firefighters responded to the house fire at about 2:45 p.m. on West First Street in Plankinton, where they found smoke coming from the south side of the structure, according to Plankinton Fire Chief Jeff Briggs. The fire was contained to a small section on the outside of the one-story home and was extinguished in about 10 minutes. Firefighters remained on the scene for about an hour.