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A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Avon AVON’S CORNER BAR TO BE TORN DOWN: After the recent demolition of Avon newspaper’s former building, another local building will soon be demolished. The Avon Corner Bar sustained damage when the former newspaper building was torn down. As a result, the business owners decided to relocate, with the former location set for demolition sometime this year.
FREEMAN—Two men sustained serious, non-life threatening injuries in a motorcycle versus four-wheeler crash near Freeman on Friday. Mark Hinckley, a 53-year-old Freeman man, was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital after the 2014 Polaris Sportsman 570 four-wheeler he was driving collided with a motorcycle eight miles west of Freeman. Charges are pending against Hinckley, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. The 59-year-old driver of the 1995 Kawasaki Voyager X motorcycle does not face charges and his name was not released by authorities.
Just in time for the weekend, Lake Mitchell's water quality improved. The city of Mitchell lowered its voluntary Lake Mitchell alert from "warning" to "watch," asking people to use caution when entering the lake rather than discouraging contact. Despite a thick, green algae filling several bays at the 670-acre lake, there are no closures and all beaches and access areas are open. But the city still recommends using caution.
Here are five stories to know headed into Friday: 1. A 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is in Chamberlain through Sunday. More than 150 people attended a ceremony to honor the Vietnam vets. 2. A judge has ruled a blood draw following a two-vehicle December 2016 crash was legal and can be used as evidence.
A Mitchell man has pleaded not guilty to four felony charges relating to an incident in which he allegedly choked his girlfriend with a necklace. David Allen Walker, 41, of Mitchell, entered his plea Tuesday during a court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center.
Two semi truck drivers who brought drugs into Mitchell will pay court-ordered fines, and one was sentenced to serve 90 days in jail. Robert Laurie, 63, of Fenton, Missouri, and Gary Jones, 61, of Versailles, Missouri, were arrested in June and charged with transporting methamphetamine into Mitchell.
Here are five stories to know Wednesday: 1. One Lake Mitchell committee member on Tuesday said the lake is 'the worst I’ve ever seen it.' 2. A center for victims of human trafficking in central South Dakota has opened.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial will soon make its way to South Dakota. Not the exact Washington D.C. based memorial, but a half-size replica, called "The Wall That Heals." The chevron-shaped wall will be on display Wednesday through Sunday at the Interstate 90 Information Center and Rest Area in Chamberlain at exit 264. The 250-foot replica wall, which will be open to the public 24 hours a day starting Wednesday night, is hosted by South Dakota Public Broadcasting in conjunction with the upcoming documentary "The Vietnam War' by Ken Burns.
The newly appointed magistrate judge of the First Judicial Circuit has local ties to Mitchell. Attorney Donna Bucher, of Mitchell, was appointed by presiding Judge Steven Jensen to fill the vacant seat open after Judge Gordon Swanson was appointed as Circuit Judge for the Fourth Judicial Circuit. Bucher has worked at the law firm of Tinan, Smith and Bucher, located in Mitchell, since 1991. Previously she spent two years as an assistant public defender for Minnehaha County before relocating to Mitchell, where she was a part-time deputy state's attorney for two years.
A sex offender who was living where an in-home day care was being operated was fined but will not spend any immediate time in jail, and his wife was given the same sentence. According to recently filed court documents, Robert and Jamie Brewer were both sentenced on July 13 to 90 days in jail with 90 days suspended, meaning both will not spend time in jail unless either violates the terms of their sentence. Both were also ordered to each pay a $100 fine and have no like offenses and obey all laws for 360 days.