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BURKE — A Gregory man charged with shooting and injuring his friend pleaded guilty to ingestion of opiates and reckless discharge of a firearm. Bryon Watts, 25, pleaded guilty on Nov. 15 to two felony charges, which were filed against Watts after authorities said he shot Zachary Dostal in the chest on July 6 at a residence on Church Street in Gregory. According to court documents, Watts discharged a Sig Sauer .22 pistol at approximately 11:20 p.m., which struck Dostal in the chest as Dostal walked into the room where Watts was holding the gun.
The following cases were among those heard Tuesday during a circuit court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell. Guilty pleas and sentences • Wanda Jennings, 45, of Letcher, admitted to violating probation by using alcohol and being discharged from a treatment program. The maximum penalty is three years in prison. Sentencing was scheduled in two weeks. Jennings was originally placed on probation for possession of methamphetamine and has violated probation once before.
PARKSTON — A family of seven was displaced following a Wednesday morning house fire in Parkston. An electrical fire sparked in the attic of a home in the southwest section of town at approximately 8:50 a.m., according to Parkston Fire Chief Todd Lucas, but he declined to disclose the specific address. There were people home at the time of the fire, but everyone present was able to exit the structure safely and there were no injuries reported, Lucas said.
The merger between Cabela's and Bass Pro Shops has hit a snag. According to The Associated Press, U.S. and Canadian antitrust regulators are seeking an additional month to examine Bass Pro's acquisition of competing outdoor goods retailer Cabela's. While the deal was expected to be finalized in the first half of 2017, the filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission could delay the $5.5 billion deal announced in October.
SALEM — Icy roadways led to a one-vehicle crash Tuesday night on Interstate 90 near Salem, leaving two people with minor injuries. A 2000 Ford Explorer, driven by a 29-year-old male, was traveling west on I-90 at 9:24 p.m., approximately four miles east of Salem, when it crossed an ice-covered bridge and the driver lost control. The vehicle entered the north ditch and rolled twice near mile marker 366 on I-90, South Dakota Department of Public Safety Public Information Officer Tony Mangan.
Shirley Carroll, Albuquerque, N.M., formerly of Mitchell, will celebrate her 75th birthday on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Her family requests a card shower. Greetings may be sent to 9270 Eagle Ranch Road NW, Apt. 216N, Albuquerque, N.M., 87114.
After a break-in at the Scoreboard Pub & Grille over the weekend, owner Steve Culhane is shocked by the incident, yet pleased with the turnout. Three people have been arrested in relation to the incident, Culhane said Tuesday morning. Around 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Culhane discovered the restaurant's east door had been broken, and he notified police immediately.
A Mitchell man originally charged with first-degree rape admitted Tuesday to touching an 8-year-old girl inappropriately on two occasions. Chad Voeltz, 43, pleaded guilty Tuesday at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell to making sexual contact with an 8-year-old girl between May 31, 2009, to Sept. 1, 2010, and pleaded no contest to a second sexual contact charge between the same dates.
A Mitchell man charged with distributing and intending to distribute multiple drugs, including ecstasy, cocaine and methamphetamine, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to all charges. Jordan Muntefering, 27, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 13 drug charges, including possession of cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana with intent to distribute and two charges of distributing methylenedioxymethamphetamine — also known as MDMA or ecstasy. He entered his plea at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell.
A Mitchell woman charged with kidnapping and robbing a 66-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to both charges. Vanessa Hakl, 36, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to first-degree kidnapping and first-degree robbery at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell. The charges stem from a Sept. 22 incident in which Hakl and three other people allegedly robbed a 66-year-old man in a Third Avenue apartment in Mitchell, stole his vehicle and left him naked in a Hanson County field. Hakl was arrested on Oct. 23 in Harvey, North Dakota.