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A Mitchell man pleaded not guilty to raping an 8-year-old girl Tuesday during a circuit court session in Mitchell. Chad Voeltz, 43, pleaded not guilty to first-degree rape of a minor under the age of 13 and attempted sexual contact with a child under the age of 16 during a court session Tuesday at the Davison County Public Safety Center. Voeltz was arrested on June 7, about six years after four alleged incidents in which he allegedly raped an 8-year-old girl in the summer of 2010.
A portion of North Rowley Street in Mitchell will close on Aug. 15 from Second Avenue to Fifth Avenue for reconstruction, according to a news release from the city of Mitchell. Second, Third and Fourth avenues will remain open throughout most of the construction, but Fifth Avenue will be closed at various times during the project. The construction project is expected to last more than one month.
KIMBALL -- The South Dakota Highway Patrol detained a suspect involved in an Amber Alert late Monday night near Kimball. Update: Three tips from public led to arrest of Amber...
Three people face felony charges stemming from an alleged meth-related robbery and assault in July in Mitchell. Ryan Bruguier and Dustin Mauhl, both 26, of Mitchell, were arrested after assaulting a man for about 15 minutes and robbing him at gunpoint on July 10 inside an apartment at 127 E. Second Ave. in Mitchell, court documents state.
MURDO — A Lead man sustained serious, non-life threatening injuries in a one-vehicle crash near Murdo Sunday, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. Rickie Weerheim, 67, was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu westbound on Interstate 90 approximately four miles east of Murdo when he lost control of the vehicle and drove into the ditch, where the vehicle rolled several times. Weerheim, who was wearing a seat belt at the time of the 11:25 a.m. crash, was transported to a hospital in Pierre.
REE HEIGHTS — A 16-year-old Wessington Springs male was killed Friday in a one-vehicle crash south of Ree Heights. Tucker Easton was traveling northbound on 349th Avenue around 4:09 p.m. Friday in a 1994 Mazda B400 pickup when he failed to negotiate a curve after coming over a hill, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. The vehicle went into the west ditch and rolled, ejecting Easton, who was not wearing a seat belt. Easton was pronounced dead at the scene.
MURDO — An Illinois man suffered minor injuries in a motorcycle crash near Murdo on Saturday, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. Michael Hernandez, 35, was driving a westbound on Interstate 90 when he lost control and was thrown from the motorcycle. Hernandez, of Dekalb, Illinois, was not wearing a helmet and was transported to a Pierre hospital following the 1:35 p.m. crash nine miles west of Murdo.
The following cases were disposed in Davison County Magistrate Court between April 25 and May 9. • Casey Medicine Horn, 19, Mitchell; possession of alcohol by minor; $200 fine; $66 costs; 20 days in jail; 20 days suspended on these conditions: pay fines, costs and fees; obtain an alcohol/drug evaluation by certified counselor atg own expense; provide that evaluation to court and state's attorney; follow evaluator's recommendations and sent written verification of compliance to state's attorney.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Winner CITY CONSIDERING RAISE IN WATER RATES: The Winner City Council is considering a raise in city water and sewer utilities in the amount of $4 per person each month. City engineers have conducted extensive studies on the water, storm sewer and sanitary sewer systems, and found Winner's infrastructure is in need of approximately $25 million worth of improvements. The improvements can't be accomplished in one project and will be scheduled over many years.
PARKSTON — A man convicted in May of burglarizing a Wagner auto shop last year is charged with burglarizing a store in Parkston Dean Honomichl, 33, of Wagner, was charged on July 15 with grand theft and third-degree burglary, stemming from a Sept. 19, 2015, incident in which he took tools, checks and cash from Runnings in Parkston, court documents state.