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A Mitchell woman is charged with assaulting a police officer while allegedly resisting arrest for drunken driving on Jan. 8. Stacy Marie Steltz, 25, is charged with one felony for simple assault on a police officer, and four misdemeanors for resisting arrest, obstructing an officer, careless driving and first-offense drunken driving. According to a police affidavit, Steltz was driving in the 1800 block of North Main Street in Mitchell when she swerved to the right, nearly jumping the curb, then back to the left, crossing the center line.
Two Mitchell residents were cited following a local traffic accident Monday night. Mitchell Police Officer Kelly Knippling said 15-year-old Andrew Shaw, of Mitchell, was traveling westbound on East 11th Street at about 6:30 p.m. and collided with a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix traveling north on Capital Street, driven by Jenna Rave, 24, of Mitchell. Knippling said Smith was cited for a stop sign violation, and Rave was cited for no proof of insurance. She said no injuries were reported, but both vehicles had to be towed from the scene.
LOWER BRULE -- A Lower Brule man was sentenced Monday for assault and failure to register as a sex offender. Glen Eagle Thunder, 38, was sentenced to 17 months in prison and five months of supervised release for failure to register, and one month for assault. The sentences will be served concurrently. Eagle Thunder was on supervised release when he committed the crimes, and was sentenced to an additional 11 months in custody to be served concurrently. He was also ordered to pay $110 to the Victim Assistance Fund.
The Mitchell Board of Education will hear plans today for a "Mass Customized Learning" pilot program that could be implemented as early next fall in Mitchell schools. The board meeting will be at 5 p.m. in Room 116 at the Mitchell Technical Institute north campus, 821 N. Capital St. District Superintendent Joe Graves has requested staff to develop MCL pilot programs at all grade levels. Mitchell Middle School Principal Brad Berens said his school's MCL committee will present its ideas to the board for implementing the new educational approach next fall.
LOWER BRULE -- A Lower Brule man pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of abusive sexual contact. Douglas LaRoche, 44, faces a maximum of three years in prison and a $250,000 fine after admitting to the charge, which stems from an incident when LaRoche knowingly engaged in sexual contact with someone who was incapable of appraising the nature of the conduct and was physically incapable of rejecting the sexual contact. LaRoche was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending sentencing. A sentencing date has been set for April.
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem , R-S.D., announced Thursday that she will co-sponsor the Stop the Coin Act which she said would prevent the U.S. Treasury from minting a platinum coin that could be used to pay the federal government's bills. "To think that some in Washington believe that minting a trillion dollar coin can solve our nation's out-of-control spending is embarrassing," Noem said in a written statement. The Stop the Coin Act will be introduced by Rep.
FORESTBURG -- Authorities say 70-year-old Ronald J. Glaser, of Huron, was the man killed in a two-vehicle crash shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday on Highway 34 near Forestburg. Glaser was westbound in a 1991 Ford Escort when he collided with the back of a westbound Ford farm tractor driven by Tracy Gene Burkel, 39, of Woonsocket, according to a Department of Public Safety news release. Glaser was pronounced dead at the scene. Burkel was not injured in the crash. The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating.
A benefit fund for Caroline Kennedy and family, victims of the Monday house fire on East Seventh Avenue, has been set up at CorTrust Bank, Mitchell. Donations may be made at any Mitchell CorTrust bank. Funds will be used to help defray expenses.
A winter storm moved across South Dakota Friday, leaving vehicles in ditches and causing ballgames and other events to be postponed. Mount Rushmore National Memorial closed for the day as the storm grew more intense. Windy, cold conditions will continue through Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service. The South Dakota Department of Transportation issued a no-travel advisory for much of western South Dakota on Friday afternoon.
Country musician Clint Black is coming to the Corn Palace this spring, according to his website. Black, 50, will perform at a show on Sunday, April 14. The show will open at 5:30 p.m. if there is an opening act; if not, Black will take the stage at 6 p.m. Ticket prices have not yet been released. It's part of a swing through South Dakota, as Black will perform in Deadwood April 12 and Aberdeen on April 13. Corn Palace Director Mark Schilling said he is not authorized to discuss the show. "I can neither confirm or deny it," Schilling said.