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A Mitchell woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to third-offense drunken driving. Yolanda Garza, 45, was arrested around 2 a.m. Dec. 7 after police found her passed out in her vehicle, which was running and parked in the 200 block of West Fifth Avenue. Her blood alcohol content was found to be 0.232 shortly after her arrest. The legal limit for driving in South Dakota is 0.08. Garza's prior DUIs are from 2005 and 2006. Prosecutors agreed to recommend she receive a suspended prison term and not to object if she asks for a suspended imposition of her sentence.
LOWER BRULE -- A Lower Brule man was sentenced Tuesday to one year in prison and five years of supervised release for abusive sexual contact. Wade Goodface, 20, pleaded guilty to the charge last November. In addition to the prison time, Goodface also will be required to register as a sex offender. The charge stems from an incident on Feb. 17 when Goodface went to the home of a female acquaintance and her brother, and asked her to go on a walk with him.
One of 14 businesses checked Feb. 9 in Mitchell failed an alcohol compliance check. Thirsty's was the only business to fail the check, which was conducted by the South Central Alcohol Task Force. It is Thirsty's first failure in a 24-month period.
PIERRE -- The state Senate adopted the resolution supporting the Keystone XL oil pipeline Thursday. Sen. Larry Lucas, D-Mission, spoke against it, saying the Canadian tar-sands product has environmental risks. Lucas said China is willing to buy it. Senators voted for the resolution 30-3. The House approved it 57-11 Tuesday. The resolution urges President Obama and the U.S. State Department to approve the pipeline's federal permits.
PIERRE -- A measure that would allow small school districts to avoid forced consolidation by accepting smaller amounts of state financial aid was approved 56-11 Thursday in the state House of Representatives. The proposal, sponsored by Rep. Charlie Hoffman, R-Eureka, would apply to districts with enrollments below 100 students. Hoffman wants to allow a two-year grace period and then start penalizing the districts financially.
A 19-year-old Mitchell man is charged with four counts of intentionally causing contact with bodily fluids for allegedly spitting blood on four people around 1:45 a.m. Sunday in Mitchell. Jeffrey Duane McGhee Jr. was arrested after an altercation with his neighbor in the 500 block of West First Avenue.
A 20-year-old St. Francis man is accused of beating his girlfriend and shoving her head through a window during an argument Feb. 8 at a Mitchell residence. Allan James Left Hand Bull is charged with domestic aggravated assault, a felony with a maximum punishment of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. According to court documents, police were called around 7:30 a.m. to 709 S. Sanborn Boulevard following an argument between Left Hand Bull and his girlfriend.
PIERRE -- A bill to make birth-parents information available to adopted adult children was killed this week in the South Dakota Legislature. Sen. Angie Buhl, D-Sioux Falls, sponsored the measure, which lost 16-19 in the Senate on Wednesday. She couldn't get a majority to reconsider it Thursday. Needing 18 ayes to re-open debate, she got 17. The bill, SB 215, would have made an original birth certificate available to a child at least age 18. Buhl said in the Wednesday debate that she is adopted.
SALEM -- A two-vehicle crash near Salem Thursday evening resulted in two citations but no injuries, according to the South Dakota Highway Patrol. Trooper Matthew Petersen said Michael Hofer, 27, Freeman, was driving a 2000 International semi, pulling an empty livestock trailer, south on U.S. 81 near milepost 55, south of Salem, when another vehicle, a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Devin Stevens, 18, of Madison, swerved into his lane. The trooper said the Grand Prix scraped all the way down the side of the semi-trailer, causing damage to the trailer.
Flurries mixed with blowing snow caused slippery road conditions Thursday afternoon and sent multiple vehicles into the ditch off Interstate 90 between Mount Vernon and Alexandria. According to Highway Patrol Trooper John Lord, between 4:15 and 4:45 p.m.