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PARKSTON — A Sioux Falls man is charged with nine felonies for allegedly using checks in Hutchinson and Davison counties that did not belong to him. A warrant of arrest for Ryan Aadland was issued Wednesday, alleging the 31-year-old wrote and cashed phony checks in August and September at various locations in Parkston, Mitchell and Sioux Falls.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Wessington Springs SHERIFF'S OFFICE ASSISTS WITH DRUG BUST: The Jerauld County Sheriff's Office assisted the Huron Police and U.S. Marshals with an FBI-coordinated drug bust on Thursday. An alleged international drug dealer and known gang member was arrested without incident at a Huron residence early Thursday morning.
ARMOUR — An Armour city building caught on fire early Friday morning, officials said, and the cause is still unknown. At approximately 4:15 a.m., the Armour Fire Department was called to a fire at the city maintenance shop on Main Street in Armour, according to Fire Chief Travis Sparks. The building sustained "a lot" of smoke and heat damage, Sparks said, but is not completely destroyed. The fire department was on scene for approximately two hours, and firefighters returned to the station by 6:30 a.m.
One person was arrested and charged with a felony after allegedly setting off explosives near a Mitchell apartment. On Jan. 19, Mitchell police responded to a report of a loud "explosion" outside of an apartment complex located on East First Avenue. The explosion shook the building and rattled windows, but did not cause any damage, according to court documents. Several neighbors identified Andrew Castle as the culprit and said he sets off similar explosions up to four times each week in the early morning hours.
FREEMAN — A Freeman woman pleaded guilty this week to setting her father's home on fire in November. During a hearing on Thursday, 27-year-old Joslynn Rabb pleaded guilty to reckless burning or exploding for the Nov. 20 fire that destroyed the residence at 28237 U.S. Highway 81, south of Freeman. On the morning of Nov. 20, Freeman firefighters responded to the fire and located Rabb walking away from the residence, on Highway 81.
HERRICK — After more than 18 months of court proceedings, a Herrick man has pleaded guilty to driving over a man in August 2016. The charges stem from a June 21, 2016, incident in which Young allegedly used a pickup to drive over a man outside an Eighth Street residence in Herrick following a verbal altercation. The man was transported to a hospital in Burke, where he received treatment for a broken ankle and road rash, court documents state.
Here are bankruptcy filings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of South Dakota, for Jan.18 through Jan. 24. 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. • Big Stone City: Tyler Alan Luvern Gertsema, Chapter 7; Takara Jean DeAnn Gertsema, Chapter 7.
Here's what you need to know going into Friday: 1. Chamberlain Elementary School implemented a program, called Walk to Read, to ensure its students are robust readers. 2. South Dakota legislators are looking to repeal Marsy's Law, and it could be the first state to do so.
Two California men were arrested for possessing approximately seven pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 90. On Jan. 21, a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper conducted a traffic stop on I-90, near mile marker 325, after observing a speeding vehicle, according to court documents. While writing the citation, the officer asked the driver, 22-year-old Brandon Yanez, of Tustin, California, if there were illegal drugs in the vehicle. Yanez allegedly said there was not, and that the vehicle's passenger Alejandro Cazarez did not have anything illegal, either.
A 47-year-old Mitchell man was arrested recently and charged with raping a 15-year-old girl. On Jan. 21, a 15-year-old female reported to police that she had non-consensual intercourse with Steven Nichols in her home. The juvenile claimed she was too afraid to say or do anything to stop the intercourse, according to court documents. Nichols allegedly admitted to having intercourse with the girl and that she did not verbally consent, but he thought she had consented by her non-verbal cues.