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A Mitchell man faces multiple charges for allegedly entering four vehicles without permission Saturday in the 1500 block of North Kimball Street. Charles Medicine Horn, 21, was arrested after an officer followed "distinctive" footprints in the recently fallen snow from the vehicles through a wooded area and to an apartment at 1515 N. Davison St., court documents say. The officer spoke with Medicine Horn's sister and found Medicine Horn "passed out on the couch," court documents say. Medicine Horn is charged with four counts of criminal entry of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor.
WINNER -- A 20-year-old Winner man pleaded guilty Tuesday to assault with a dangerous weapon. Darius Two Eagles faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release for the charge, which stems from an incident Oct. 11 when Two Eagles assaulted the victim with a baseball bat and a rock. A presentence investigation was ordered and a sentencing date was set for May. Two Eagles was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending sentencing.
PIERRE -- Senators voted 21-13 Thursday against proposed changes to South Dakota's child custody laws, which would have put parents on equal footing at the start of a custody proceeding. It would have required a parent to prove to a judge why he or she should have a greater share of the custody. Sen. Tim Begalka, R-Clear Lake, said divorced parents often feel they didn't get a fair shake and are financially broke. He wants fathers on the same plane as mothers in custodial disputes. "The populace of South Dakota is overwhelmingly in favor of this, in my opinion," he said.
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.