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PIERRE -- Legislation allowing video lottery establishments to have more than 10 machines was killed Thursday at the request of its sponsor, Sen. Dan Lederman, R-Dakota Dunes. SB 242 would have allowed establishments to have four more terminals if they used the new slot machine-style software. Lederman said he'll bring it back next year.
PIERRE -- On a 12-1 vote, the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee recommended Thursday that HB 1135 pass. The bill is an attempt to close public access to public water above private land. Rep. Charlie Hoffman, R-Eureka, is chairman and sponsor of the bill. The House of Representatives could take up the bill Tuesday. A key point would allow the landowner to conspicuously post signs closing water access over the private land.
Here is a summary of the four pieces of teen-driving legislation considered Wednesday by the state Senate. SB 105: Adds a minimum of three months and as much as six months to the time that a firsttime driver holds an instruction permit. Passed 21-14. Voting against 105 were Begalka, Bradford, Brown, Frerichs, Holien, Jensen, Maher, Monroe, Olson, Peters, Rave, Rhoden, Sutton and Van Gerpen. SB 106: Prohibits use of wireless communications devices for conversations or texting by drivers younger than age 16. Passed 26-9.
Teacher Erin Olson said students of the Interact student service club at Second Chance High School are collecting non-perishable food items this week as part of the Salvation Army Food Drive. "The students will be helping Salvation Army to re-stock its food pantry, which was depleted by heavy demand over the holidays," Olson said. Drop box collection points will be available this week at local First Dakota, CorTrust and Home Federal bank locations; at Dice Financial; at the McGovern Library on the Dakota Wesleyan University campus; and at KORN and Q107 radio stations. Needed can
LOWER BRULE -- A Lower Brule man was sentenced Monday to one year in prison for assaulting, resisting and impeding a federal officer. James Ewing Jr., 30, was indicted Sept. 19 by a federal grand jury after an incident April 3 in Lower Brule in which Ewing assaulted and resisted a Bureau of Indian Affairs officer. He pleaded guilty Nov. 29. Ewing was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.
LOWER BRULE -- A Lower Brule man pleaded guilty Tuesday to assault for punching another man in the face and knocking him unconscious. Leonard Edwards, 22, faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release for one count of assault resulting in serious bodily injury. The charge stems from an incident Aug. 25 in which Edwards, the victim and others were at a house party in Lower Brule. Edwards followed the victim outside and struck him in the face with a closed fist, knocking the victim unconscious.
FORT THOMPSON -- A Fort Thompson man pleaded not guilty Jan. 25 to drug- and firearm-related charges. Samuel Redwater, 22, was indicted by a federal grand jury Jan. 16 on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, and a firearm offense for allegedly carrying and using a firearm while committing the drug offense. If convicted, he would face a maximum of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and five years of supervised release. Redwater could face an additional three years of supervised release upon revocation.
WINNER -- A Winner man pleaded not guilty Jan. 31 to two firearm-related charges. Joshua Felix, 38, was indicted by a federal grand jury Jan. 16 on one count of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm and one count of possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number. If convicted, he would face a maximum of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. The investigation is being conducted by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Maher is prosecuting the case. Felix was released on bond pending trial.
A Minnesota man pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of a controlled substance. Hunter Gulden, 20, was arrested Oct. 29 during a traffic stop on Interstate 90 about 10 miles west of Mitchell in which law enforcement found Adderall, a controlled prescription drug, in his vehicle. In court Tuesday, Gulden told Judge Tim Bjorkman a friend gave him the pills for his ride home to Minnesota, but he didn't ingest any. Prosecutors dismissed two lesser charges and agreed to recommend Gulden receive a suspended three-year prison sentence and no more than 90 days in jail.
An Ethan man pleaded guilty Tuesday to distributing marijuana. Levi Young, 30, admitted he sold 1 gram of marijuana Aug. 15 in Mitchell after entering the plea. Prosecutors dismissed a lesser charge and agreed to recommend Young receive a suspended two-year prison sentence and no more than 60 days in jail in exchange for his guilty plea. State law requires a mandatory minimum of 30 days in prison or county jail for anyone convicted for the first time of distributing marijuana. A presentence investigation was ordered and sentencing was set for March.