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WOONSOCKET—The Woonsocket Fire Department spent two hours extinguishing a small grass fire with an unknown cause Wednesday afternoon. According to Woonsocket Fire Chief Travis Coulthard, the department received a report of the grass fire around 2 p.m., near 23579 399th Ave., in Woonsocket and 10 firefighters responded. The blaze burned approximately three to five acres of grass and a shelter belt.
PLATTE — After reviewing the report, the Charles Mix County State's Attorney's Office says a fatal jet ski crash Sunday near Platte was an accident. Ryan Petersek, 32, of Platte, died in a jet ski crash near Snake Creek Recreation Area on the Missouri River's Lake Francis Case, which is about 15 miles west of Platte. At about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, a "jet ski on jet ski accident" resulted in the death of Petersek, according to South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks.
TABOR — A Tabor man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to five counts of first-degree rape of a minor and two counts of sexual contact with a child. Paul Brewer, 40, entered his seven not guilty pleas during an arraignment hearing Tuesday morning. The charges stem from a report from a 12-year-old girl, who told law enforcement on May 11 she has been raped by Brewer for the past five years. Brewer was arrested two days later and was originally charged with one count of rape and one count of sexual exploitation of a minor, a class 6 felony.
WAGNER — A Wagner man was charged with what was at least his sixth DUI after he was found in a vehicle sitting in the ditch. Alfred Dragg, 31, was charged with sixth-or-subsequent DUI on June 5 after law enforcement found him allegedly sleeping in the driver's seat of a running pickup that was sitting in the north ditch of Highway 46 about 5 miles west of Wagner, court documents state.
Two women were hospitalized and one woman was charged with careless driving following a rear-end crash Monday south of Mitchell. Jodell Scheetz, 63, of Parkston, was driving southbound on Highway 37 in a 1992 Chevrolet Caprice at about 60 mph when she struck the rear end of a 2005 Chevrolet Impala driven by William Brummett, 61, of Mitchell, which was stopped north of 259th Street — about 4 miles south of Mitchell — and preparing to make a left turn into a private driveway, authorities said.
A Bridgewater man was arrested Saturday and charged with DUI after crashing a vehicle into a tree in Mitchell. George McKelvey, 49, was found inside a 1997 Mercury Villager, which had struck a tree on the side of the road on the 700 block of North Minnesota Street, police said. At about 12:50 a.m., an officer on patrol heard the sound of a vehicle crash on Minnesota Street. The vehicle's airbags deployed, and the vehicle sustained heavy front-end damage, valued at about $3,000 or $4,000.
The actions of a Mitchell police officer who shot and killed an attacking dog were justified, Mitchell's chief of public safety said Tuesday. The officer, who was not named, killed the animal, believed to be at least part pit bull, after it "charged 26 feet straight at him at a dead run," according to Chief of Public Safety Lyndon Overweg after reviewing the footage from the officer's body-worn camera. "It looks like he was very well justified," Overweg said. "It's very fortunate he did not get actually bitten or injured by it."
PLATTE — The South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department is investigating a fatal jet ski crash that occurred Sunday afternoon near Snake Creek Recreation Area. At about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, a "jet ski on jet ski accident" resulted in fatal injuries of a man believed to be in his early 30s, according to Brandon Gust, boating law administrator with GF&P. Snake Creek Recreation Area is about 15 miles west of Platte on the Missouri River's Lake Francis Case.
Authorities have located a runaway teenager from Douglas County. According to an alert sent by the Mitchell Department of Public Safety on Sunday afternoon, 13-year-old Chance Trask ran away from...
Authorities are searching for a runaway teenager from Douglas County. According to an alert sent by the Mitchell Department of Public Safety on Sunday afternoon, 13-year-old Chance Trask ran away from his home, but he is believed to be in the Mitchell area. The alert says Trask is a white male described as being approximately 5 feet 6 inches and 110 pounds. Trask was wearing all black clothing, but he also may have a red-hooded sweatshirt. The teenager also has a backpack and skateboard.