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CHAMBERLAIN—A former Crow Creek District Business Committee treasurer appeared in federal court and pleaded guilty to embezzlement Thursday. If convicted of the federal misdemeanor, Lana Steele, 52, of Chamberlain, could face up to a year in federal prison, a $100,000 fine, a year of supervised release and a special assessment of $25 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Steele has agreed to pay restitution, according to a press release from United States District Attorney Ron Parsons.
Here are bankruptcy filings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of South Dakota, for Sept. 20 through Sept. 26. 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. • Brandon: Spencer Dean Wrightsman, Chapter 7. • Brookings: Thomas Elver Hanson, Chapter 7.
The following marriage licenses were issued in Davison County for marriages between the dates of June 23 through Sept. 9. • Aaron Pemrick, 30, Mitchell; Kayla Battes, 28, Mitchell. • Silas Waldner, 23, Raymond; Margaret Waldner, 27, Kimball. • James Hohn, 48, Mitchell; Diana Gerlach, 48, Corsica. • Madecadel Juarez, 36, Mitchell; Timmi Grablander, 29, Mitchell. • Robert Styles, 46, Goose Creek, South Carolina; Tara Hartman, 42, Goose Creek, South Carolina. • Jonathon Hart, 29, Mitchell; Danielle Schuch, 26, Mitchell.
MURDO—A man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly choking a woman. The Jones County Sheriff's Office received a call that night from the woman, who said that she and Daniel Patterson, 30, of Murdo, were fighting. The woman reportedly said she had picked up Patterson from a bar earlier and they had both fallen asleep, but that she woke up to Patterson yelling at her. The woman said Patterson proceeded to push on her chest and then choked her, and at one point she bit his hand in self-defense.
Former Mid-Central Educational Cooperative Director Dan Guericke has a change of plea hearing scheduled, the South Dakota Attorney General's Office announced Thursday afternoon. Guericke, who was charged with altering and backdating Mid-Central contracts, will have a hearing at 10 a.m. Friday at the Douglas County Courthouse in Armour. He originally pleaded not guilty in April 2016.
South Dakota Democratic candidate for governor Billie Sutton released a poll Thursday showing he's leading opponent Kristi Noem, a Republican, by 3 percentage points. The polling firm ALG Research conducted the poll, which showed 45-42 in favor of Sutton.
Dakota Wesleyan University has announced the royalty candidates for this year's homecoming king and queen. Blue & White Days is Monday through Sunday, Oct. 8-14. Coronation will be at 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 8, in the Sherman Center, and the pep rally will follow the DWU vs. College of Saint Mary volleyball game Friday, Oct. 12, just outside of the Christen Athletic Center. The following are candidates for homecoming queen:
A "high-risk inmate" serving prison time is set to be released Sunday, according to the South Dakota Department of Corrections. Moses Waggoner, 24, is serving a three-year sentence for aggravated assault in Yankton County. He will not be under supervision, such as parole. "Based on his criminal history, institutional disciplinary record and institutional assessments that indicate a high risk for committing future acts of violence, I am alerting law enforcement and the public of this offender's pending release from prison," said Corrections Secretary Denny Kaemingk.
LYMAN COUNTY — A 2-year-old boy from Howard died Monday in a farming accident, authorities said. Jed Haak got trapped in a grain auger-conveyor in rural Lyman County before he was transported via ambulance to a Chamberlain hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. Authorities said the child’s family has a farm in Lyman County, between Kennebec and Presho.
LAKE ANDES—A man in Charles Mix County is accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of cattle and feed checks earlier this year. Aaron Podzimek, of Wagner, allegedly stole cattle worth $301,871.30 and feed checks worth approximately $47,000 at some point between Feb. 1 and July 31. On Thursday, Podzimek was indicted on charges of grand theft of more than $100,000 and less than $500,000.01, a Class 3 felony, and grand theft of more than $5,000 and less than $100,000.01, a Class 4 felony.