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FREEMAN — A former Hutchinson County woman has been cited with social services fraud and grand theft after allegedly taking more than $9,000 in undeserved benefits. Ruth Isiaka, also known as Ruth Schoenherr, of St. Peter, Minnesota, formerly Freeman, was charged with fraudulently receiving money from two South Dakota welfare programs, committing theft by deception and perjury for failing to report household income and receiving benefits from September 2014 to September 2015, court documents state.
Five people were indicted in January for distributing methamphetamine over the course of about one month in Davison County. Mitchell residents David Degen, 25, Dustin Burroughs, 32, Jerad Olson, 27, West Mackey, 50, and Wetu Kiyukan, 21, were indicted on Jan. 27 for four separate incidents related to the distribution of methamphetamine in October and November, court documents state. According to court documents, Degen was charged with two counts of distribution and possession of methamphetamine on Oct. 3 and 5.
LAKE ANDES — A Lake Andes man was cited with robbery and drug charges after allegedly taking cash by selling salt as drugs, and the suspected victim was charged with ingesting PCP. Reginald Robinson, 24, was arrested on Dec. 30 after he was found in possession of more than $500, which was believed to be acquired from 51-year-old Duane Apple, of Mitchell, by selling fake drugs.
Can you spell crochet? Aubrey Rutledge, 13, can — and she did on Saturday during the 25th Annual Corn Palace Regional Spelling Bee, taking home first place. The 13-year-old from Huron won the regional competition after correctly spelling crochet, defeating Maddie Knox, of Highmore, in the final round. Knox, 13, took second place, while 12-year-old Josie McCord, of White Lake, placed third during the Saturday competition. The event, which was held at Dakota Wesleyan University, began at 9 a.m. Saturday morning and lasted until mid-afternoon.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Avon SOUTH DAKOTA GF&P TAG DEER IN AREA: Sunday morning, a group of about 20 officials from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks department were in Avon netting deer and testing them for pregnancies, survival rate and the growing and shrinking of deer population in the area. Five does and four yearlings were involved. Of the five does netted, four were pregnant with twins, while another had one fawn found during an ultrasound.
A Canistota man has been accused of taking more than $100,000 worth of cattle from a Mitchell livestock seller. Tyler McGregor, 35, was arrested on Jan. 26 and charged with livestock fraud for allegedly purchasing 64 head of cattle with an invalid check. According to court documents, McGregor purchased the cattle from Mitchell Livestock on April 6 with a $106,488.74 check from a First National Bank account. The check was deposited at American State Bank on April 11, but was allegedly returned four days later and not honored.
WINNER — A Winner woman faces a child abuse charge after law enforcement discovered bruises, bite marks and sores on a 1-year-old boy earlier this month. According to court documents, 41-year-old Cathy Joseph was charged with child abuse for allegedly striking and biting an 18-month-old child multiple times and failing to seek medical assistance after the boy drank from a dirty toilet.
The following cases were among those heard Monday during a circuit court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell. Guilty pleas and admissions
TYNDALL — A man who allegedly injured a Tyndall police officer with a vehicle pleaded not guilty to all charges Tuesday. Travis McPeek, 36, of Sioux City, Iowa, pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer, according to court documents. The charges stem from an Aug. 6 incident in which McPeek allegedly injured Tyndall Police Officer Kelly Young by striking him with a Dodge Ram 1500 pickup and driving away.
WOONSOCKET — Two Huron residents, including an 8-year-old boy, sustained injuries in a Friday rollover crash near Woonsocket, authorities said Tuesday. At 11:30 a.m. Friday, a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado driven by 46-year-old Huron resident Curtis Crandall was traveling west on South Dakota Highway 34, about five miles east of Woonsocket, when it hit an icy spot in the roadway, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. Crandall lost control, causing the vehicle to enter the north ditch and roll.