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Q: The Daily Republic published a photo of accused murderer Donald McDougal being led out of the courtroom at the Davison County Public Safety Center recently with two county deputies at his side. But McDougal was not restrained at the hands or feet. Is it common procedure to let a prisoner accused of murder walk through the halls unrestrained, albeit with two deputies at his side? A: Davison County Sheriff Steve Brink said the presiding judge typically decides how inmates are escorted in the Davison County Public Safety Center.
An Iowa man was injured Monday during a motorcycle accident, authorities said. Around 3:15 p.m. Monday, Brad Eller, 62, of West Des Moines, Iowa, was eastbound on Highway 44 near mile post 364 in Hutchinson County when the arm of his jacket got caught in the rear wheel of his 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle, according to Highway Patrol Trooper Mark Nelson. Nelson said the tire of Eller's motorcycle locked up, and Eller lost control and went into the ditch, where he was ejected from the motorcycle.
Mitchell police responded to a call Wednesday that a woman died at a local business. Lorene Anne Heindel, 67, of Mitchell, was a client of Pathway Program, which "aims at helping people with severe mental illnesses to live successfully in the community," according to its website. She went to the business Wednesday and personnel there found she had died in a chair inside the building sitting upright, said Detective Lt. Don Everson, of the Mitchell Police Division. "It is a non-suspicious death," Everson said, adding there was no foul play.
The Woman's Christian Temperance Union of South Dakota will have its annual fall meeting on Saturday at the Neu Hutterthaler Mennonite Church south of Bridgewater. The meeting will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The WCTU is the oldest women's activist organization in America. The WCTU stands for total abstinence from alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs. Speakers will include Judge Tim Bjorkman, who will share about what it means to be a judge.
A Lake Andes man is accused of assaulting a pregnant woman and forcefully keeping her in his vehicle. Keeler Hopkins, 32, is charged with aggravated assault for slapping the victim's face, punching her mouth, biting her arm and elbowing her in the head seven or eight times. He is also charged with second-degree kidnapping for continually pushing her back into his vehicle and driving around without her consent. The victim tried to get out numerous times, according to court documents, and screamed for help.
A Plankinton man and sex offender is accused of failing to register his new address and accused of living too close to a public park. Tayler Greene, 28, is charged with failure to register new address by a sex offender and residing within a community safety zone, both felonies. Greene is a registered sex offender, but according to court documents moved from his previous rural residence and did not register his new address with the Aurora County Sheriff's Office within the required three days. His new address on Congress Street in Plankinton is within 500 feet of Westside Park, which is a vi
A Sioux Falls man was arrested in September for fourth-offense drunken driving while driving on Interstate 90 near Mitchell. According to court documents, Brian Waldner, 25, drove over the solid white line on the interstate, over the rumble strips and then swerved back on the road and over the center lines. Law enforcement pulled him over and noticed a strong odor of alcohol in Waldner's vehicle, his speech was slurred and his eyes were watery. He also had an open can of beer in the cup holder. Waldner presented a state ID card, and said he doesn't have a driver's license.
A Corsica man who was involved in a rollover crash in Douglas County is accused of driving drunk. Zachary Conner, 21, is charged with third-offense drunken driving, which carries a maximum penalty upon conviction of two years in prison and a $4,000 fine. According to court documents, Conner was driving a vehicle that rolled over around 4 p.m. Sept. 7 just west of the intersection of 274th Street and 396th Avenue in Douglas County. Conner was taken to the Armour hospital by ambulance, where law enforcement noticed Conner's eyes were bloodshot.
A Lake Andes man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting another man outside a bar. Quentino Neal, 24, is charged with aggravated assault, which carries a maximum penalty upon conviction of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. According to court documents, Neal caused a wound on an adult male's head around 1 a.m. Sept. 21 at the Sunset Bar and Casino in Lake Andes. When law enforcement responded to the call, the victim "was bleeding profusely from the head area," court documents state. The victim wouldn't name his assailant, but said the attacker was his nephew.
A new judge has been appointed to the case of a Tripp man accused of possessing child pornography. On Sept. 19, Judge Glen Eng was appointed to handle the case after Judge Patrick Smith recused himself. David Derrico, 44, was indicted in September on 12 charges of possession of child pornography. Each charge carries a maximum penalty upon conviction of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. According to court documents, the counts are dated between February 2013 and September 2013 and one count is in August 2014. He is scheduled for a court appearance this month.