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ARMOUR — A Texas man admitted Thursday to setting fire to his former Delmont apartment building. Brian Good, 56, of Aubrey, Texas, formerly Delmont, pleaded guilty to first-degree arson, stemming from a Feb. 21 incident that destroyed a four-unit apartment building at 104 Wilson St. in Delmont, court documents state. Good lived in Unit 4 in the building. Authorities said the fire started inside Good's apartment, but no one was inside the structure when firefighters arrived.
BURKE — A man admitted Wednesday to the burglary of a bowling alley more than four years ago in Gregory. Jerry Roach, 57, of Yankton, pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary, stemming from a Sept. 17, 2012, incident in which he forcibly entered Gregory Lanes Bowling Alley after business hours and took money from the video lottery and ATM machines, according to the South Dakota Attorney General's Office.
A Mitchell man was arrested after allegedly breaking into two local businesses and possessing methamphetamine. Eric Conrad, 30, was charged with burglary and possession of methamphetamine in connection to two incidents on Main Street and Kay Avenue in Mitchell, where money, tools and other items were taken, according to the Mitchell Department of Public Safety.
The manager of a Mitchell video game store was arrested after he allegedly hid money and video surveillance in the store's lowered ceiling in what police say was an attempt to steal more than $1,600. Aaron Cooper, 34, of Mitchell, manager of GameStop in Mitchell, was charged with grand theft after allegedly hiding cash and bank deposits in the video game store's ceiling and calling police to report the incident as a robbery, the Mitchell Department of Public Safety said in a press release issued Thursday morning.
The following cases were among those heard Tuesday during a circuit court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell. Guilty pleas, admissions and sentencings
LAKE ANDES — Two male teenagers were arrested Tuesday after allegedly taking merchandise from two Lake Andes businesses. Two Lake Andes juveniles, whose names were not released, broke the windows of the businesses at about 4 a.m. Tuesday on Main Street and U.S. Highway 18 in Lake Andes and took candy, gum, cigarette lighters and cold medicine, according to Charles Mix County Sheriff Randy Thaler.
The Mitchell Department of Public Safety is looking for a suspect who allegedly robbed GameStop in Mitchell early Wednesday morning. According to a police alert, the suspect is a black male who may be armed. He left the scene around 8:30 a.m. with an undisclosed amount of cash. No other information is immediately available.
A Mitchell man pleaded guilty Tuesday to two felonies related to distributing ecstasy. Jordan Muntefering, 27, of Mitchell, pleaded guilty during a court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center to distributing MDMA — also known as ecstasy or Molly — and possessing MDMA with intent to distribute in a drug-free zone, stemming from two incidents in July and August.
PARKSTON — An electrical failure caused a car to start on fire inside of a Parkston garage Monday morning, but caused minimal damage to the structure. Around 7 a.m. Monday, a woman was attempting to start her vehicle, which was parked inside of her home's garage on the northwest corner of town, when she heard a "pop," according to Parkston Fire Chief Todd Lucas. The woman went inside of her home briefly, and when she returned the car was on fire, Lucas said. Everyone in the home was able to evacuate safely.
An Ethan man pleaded guilty Tuesday to manslaughter and hit-and-run and then admitted to driving recklessly leading up to a fatal crash. Tate Thompson, 19, of Ethan, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter and hit-and-run causing death or injury, stemming from a June 25 crash that killed 18-year-old Dylan Mentele, of Alexandria. "I knew that drinking and driving was not right," Thompson said. "I was overdriving the road conditions, and when I was consuming alcohol, it was the wrong thing to do."