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FORT THOMPSON -- A 19-year-old Fort Thompson man convicted of stealing checks was sentenced Tuesday to time served and ordered to pay $1,700 in restitution. Aaron Grass Rope pleaded guilty Aug. 14 to one count of larceny for stealing eight checks from an individual in July 2011. Grass Rope served seven months and one week in prison while awaiting sentencing and will spend 18 months under supervised release. Grass Rope has been released.
The South Dakota Municipal League is denying a legislator's claim that the league used public funds to advocate for a ballot issue. State Rep. Peggy Gibson, D-Huron, filed a request Thursday with Secretary of State Jason Gant to investigate whether the municipal league is in violation of state law by allegedly using taxpayer dollars to endorse Referred Law 14 in its October monthly magazine. Specifically, Gibson alleged that the SDML used dues from its member cities to help fund advocacy for Referred Law 14.
The Anew United Church of Christ and St. Mary's Episcopal Church, both of Mitchell, are teaming up to show a documentary about poverty. The documentary, titled "The Line," is part of a broader campaign to bring light to the new faces of poverty in the aftermath of the Great Recession. Bread for the World, in partnership with Sojourners, has produced the 40-minute film.
The Mitchell Rotary Club will host two election forums in the upcoming weeks. The first will feature a debate regarding Referred Law 14 at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Ramada. David Owen, South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry president, and Ben Nesselhuf, South Dakota Democratic Party chairman, will debate Referred Law 14, an Act to establish the Large Project Development Fund. If the law is approved, 22 percent of contractors' excise tax revenues will be transferred from the state general fund to the Large Project Development Fund.
HURON -- State Rep. Peggy Gibson, D-Huron, filed a request Thursday with Secretary of State Jason Gant to investigate whether the South Dakota Municipal League is in violation of state law by allegedly using taxpayer dollars to endorse Referred Law 14 in its October monthly magazine. Specifically, Gibson is alleging that the SDML is using dues from its member cities to help fund advocacy for Referred Law 14. The cover of the October SDML magazine bears a large "Vote for 14" logo and directs readers to a ballot-issues guide inside.
The Mitchell Police Division is investigating an assault that took place shortly before 1:30 a.m. Thursday at the Budget Inn in Mitchell. Mitchell Police Detective Lt.
FORT THOMPSON -- A Fort Thompson woman pleaded guilty Thursday to involuntary manslaughter. Leigha R. Koster, 20, was driving drunk July 28 when she fled from police during a traffic stop, drove in excess of 100 mph, lost control of her vehicle and crashed. A passenger, Koster's boyfriend, was killed in the crash. She faces a maximum of eight years in prison and a $250,000 fine. A presentence investigation was ordered and sentencing was set for Jan. 7. Koster was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.
A Mitchell woman was arrested Sept. 26 after police allegedly found methamphetamine in her apartment. Latricia Larose Arcoren, 21, faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine for possession of meth, and 30 days in jail and a $500 fine for possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges stem from a search conducted by Mitchell police at Arcoren's apartment, located at 901 W. Eighth Ave. Police allegedly found a marijuana pipe in a drawer of a coffee table and a light bulb with meth residue on it in a trash can. Arcoren is scheduled to appear in court later this month.
A Letcher man is charged with drunken driving after crashing into a ditch on a rural road a few miles west of Lake Mitchell. At about 11:30 p.m. Sept.
Two awards were handed out at the Cal Schultz Memorial Event Tuesday night in Mitchell. Joanne Hofwolt was honored as the Outstanding Employee with a Disability. The award is given to an employee with a disability in recognition of outstanding achievements in competitive employment by overcoming a disability, as well as providing inspiration for other individuals with disabilities. "Others deserve this more than I do," she said as she accepted the honor. Her disability is a vision impairment. Hofwolt works at Home Instead as a caregiver.