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PARKSTON—Three people died early Saturday morning in a two-vehicle crash south of Parkston on South Dakota State Highway 37, according to a press release from the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. The crash occurred just before 7 a.m. Saturday 4 miles south of Parkston, near the intersection of Highway 37 and 281st street. Names of the people involved in the crash have not been released pending family notification.
Two Mitchell residents were arrested for meth possession when officers responded to a report of "suspicious activity." The reporting party told police on March 1 that two people were sitting in a car "shooting up with drugs."
Feeding South Dakota will host a "pop-up" food distribution from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, at the fire hall in Avon. In a continued effort to reach the most underserved counties in the state, a truck filled with fresh produce, meats and assorted non-perishable goods will be at that location. Those who are in need of food assistance are invited to come and receive about 20-30 pounds of nutritious food to help in this time of need. There are no qualifications to receive food assistance. Guests are encouraged to bring bags or boxes to carry their food.
Here are bankruptcy filings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of South Dakota, for March 1 through March 7. Individuals can file Chapter 7 petitions (asking that debts be liquidated); Chapter 12 (a simplified reorganization method for farmers and ranchers whose gross debt does not exceed $1.5 million); and Chapter 13 (a plan to repay some debts in three to five years). Businesses can file Chapter 11 petitions to reorganize their debts under a court-approved plan for repayment. • Aberdeen: Kam Lee Schulz, Chapter 7; Amber Renae Schulz, Chapter 7; Jeffrey Christ Brockel, Chapter 7.
FEDORA — A Mitchell man was arrested for felony ingestion of a controlled substance in relation to a late 2017 incident involving a death in rural Miner County. According to court documents, Miner County deputies were investigating a possible drug overdose death on Nov. 19, 2017, in rural Fedora, when they were flagged down by an area farmer who said there was a man sitting in the ditch north of the residence.
CHAMBERLAIN — An undocumented immigrant was arrested in Brule County after being caught driving without a license. On March 6, a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper pulled over a vehicle driven by Francisco Hernandez after observing the vehicle traveling slowly with its hazard lights on, according to court documents. Hernandez gave false identification to police but it was later determined he was in the United States illegally and had been deported "multiple times" in the past.
A Mount Vernon man entered a no contest plea Wednesday to one count of grand theft for stealing more than $400,000 worth of grain between 2012 and 2016. Merle Northrup, 47, entered the plea during court at the Davison County Public Safety Center.
Good morning and welcome to The Daily Republic's need-to-know page. Here are the stories we think you should know headed into Wednesday, March 7: 1. The early March blizzard kept Mitchell's city snowplows working hard.
State officials have opened Interstate 90 from Mitchell to Sioux Falls. The South Dakota Department of Transportation and Department of Public Safety at 1 p.m. Tuesday said travel "is still very difficult and motorists should travel only if absolutely necessary." The interstate between Mitchell and Murdo is still closed due to blizzard conditions. Officials said there is no timeframe for when that segment of roadway will be opened. Emergency responders are reporting crashes Tuesday morning. And although snow has tapered off, travel is still difficult due to high winds.
The Mitchell School District and John Paul II Elementary will be closed on Tuesday. The announcement marks the second consecutive school closure following a snow storm that swept through the area Monday.