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Although pre-registration for the South Dakota Birding Festival has ended, anyone is welcome to register at the festival for any or all three days. FRIDAY At the Rainbow Room in Pickstown: 6 p.m. - Registration and social hour. 7 p.m. - Welcome, overview of weekend, door prizes. 8 p.m. - Listening to Birds: Basics of Bird Identification by Ear, with Dr. Dave Swanson, biology professor at USD. At the Karl Mundt National Wildlife Refuge: 9:15 p.m. - Owl Prowl with Nancy Drilling, South Dakota projects coordinator with the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.
A Ravinia man who went missing in March has been found dead near Corsica. The body of Harold Cavier, 83, was located Wednesday in a field approximately two miles east of Corsica. The investigation is continuing by the Charles Mix County Sheriff's Office, Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the Division of Criminal Investigation.
LOWER BRULE -- A Lower Brule man has admitted to beating his girlfriend with his fists and a metal pole. Irvin Scott Yazzie, 24, pleaded guilty Tuesday to assault with a dangerous weapon, a charge with a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The charge stems from an incident in which Yazzie and his girlfriend, who were staying at a residence in Lower Brule, were arguing about their relationship. During the argument, Yazzie attacked the victim by striking her with his fists and a black metal pole.
LOWER BRULE -- A Lower Brule man was sentenced Monday to 27 months in prison for striking another person in the face and causing multiple jaw fractures. Leonard Edwards, 23, was indicted in November on one count of assault resulting in serious bodily injury. He pleaded guilty in February. The charges stems from an incident that occurred on Aug. 25 when Edwards was at a party in Lower Brule. When the victim of the attack decided to leave the party and took a bottle of alcohol, Edwards followed him outside and struck the victim in the face with a closed fist.
A Lower Brule man pleaded not guilty Thursday to possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. Jason Long, 42, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Feb. 13. The indictment alleges Long knowingly possessed and intended to distribute a mixture or substance containing AM-2201, a synthetic drug that mimics the effects of marijuana. Long faces a maximum of 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine and at least three years of supervised release upon conviction. The investigation is being conducted by the Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force. Assistant U.S.
A Mitchell man was arrested April 23 for allegedly threatening several of his family members and friends with a steel pipe. Jeffrey Wade McGhee Sr., 40, is charged with aggravated assault, a felony with a maximum punishment of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. The charge stems from an incident in which McGhee allegedly brandished a steel pipe as a weapon during an altercation with several friends and family members, including his 19-year-old son, at a residence located at 518 W. First Ave.
A Mitchell man was arrested for drunken driving shortly after 9:30 p.m. April 20 after a law enforcement officer allegedly saw him driving on the wrong side of Burr Street in Mitchell. According to court documents, Davison County Sheriff Steve Brink saw Sostenes M. Alvarez, 54, driving north in the southbound lane of Burr Street. Alvarez then turned around in the middle of the roadway and began driving south toward Norway Avenue, where he turned west, court documents say.
Visibility is something many motorists take for granted, especially during the day, when sunlight tends to make drivers less cautious than they might be at night. But as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notes, more traffic accidents occur during daylight hours than at night, when headlights make vehicles more visible to other motorists and more pedestrians are walking around. Though many drivers feel more comfortable during daylight hours, pedestrians and oncoming traffic are not always easy to see, especially when weather and road conditions are unfavorable.
FORT THOMPSON -- A Fort Thompson man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to sexually abusing a minor. Aaron Grass Rope, 20, was indicted by a federal grand jury April 12. The charge stems from an incident Dec. 8 in which Grass Rope allegedly engaged in a sexual act with a victim who was between the ages of 12 and 16. Grass Rope faces a maximum of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Grass Rope has been remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. A trial date has not been set.
FREEMAN -- Two people were injured Sunday in a utility vehicle accident in Hutchinson County near Freeman, according to the South Dakota Highway Patrol. Marie Hofer, 16, was driving a Polaris utility vehicle on 420th Avenue near 277th Street approximately eight miles west of Freeman when the vehicle entered the north ditch as she drove onto a curve. The utility vehicle entered a pasture, tipped and rolled over. Hofer and her passenger, Brenda Decker, 21, were taken to Freeman Regional Medical Center with injuries. Decker was later transferred to a hospital in Sioux Falls.