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Jessica Livesay and Andrew Winterboer announce their engagement. parents of the couple are Georgia (Mauszycki) Livesay, Mitchell, and the late Donald Livesay Sr.; and James and Venita Winterboer, Brookings. Livesay is a 2004 Mitchell High School graduate and graduated from Dakota State University with a bachelor's degree in respiratory care. She is employed at Sanford Health with a Sanford Air Med flight team as a registered respiratory therapist. Winterboer is a 2005 Brookings High School graduate, and graduated with a BSN degree of nursing at South Dakota State University.
Stephanie Teel and Sterling Dockweiler announce their engagement. Parents of the couple are Allen and Angie Teel, Stickney; and Ken and Denise Dockweiler, Casper, Wyo. Stephanie is a December 2013 graduate of Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, with a degree in biology education. Sterling is also a December 2013 graduate of DWU with a degree in history education. A May 24 wedding is planned at Aurora Reformed Church.
Here is a roundup of felony charges recently filed in county courthouses within The Daily Republic's print circulation area. Aurora County A Sioux Falls teenager is accused of raping a fellow resident at Aurora Plains Academy in Plankinton. Trevor Hines, 18, is accused of fourth-degree rape, which carries a maximum penalty upon conviction of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. According to court documents, Hines approached a fellow resident around 10 p.m. April 20 and performed sexual acts on the victim and then had the victim perform sexual acts on him.
PRESHO -- A Presho man is accused of breaking into and setting a shop on fire on a rural residence in Lyman County. The same man is also accused of biting and scratching a sheriff's deputy. Casey Byrd, 35, was arrested last week for second-degree arson, third-degree burglary, assault on a law enforcement officer and possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana. According to court documents, Deputy Dusty Abrahamson received a call about a suspicious vehicle heading across a field toward a shop on Steve Lien's property, south of Presho.
Q: Why do turkey vultures show up every spring over Mitchell? A: According to Julie DeJong, regional wildlife manager for the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department, turkey vultures are migrating through the area right now. "They can usually be found flying in small groups or even roosting together," she said in an email response. "They also use the updrafts from water towers, other high structures and hilly areas to take flight. Vultures are one of the few birds that actually have a good sense of smell because the part of their brain that is used for smell is larger than other birds.
A look at news around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Armour DOUGLAS COUNTY DOESN'T WANT TO SHARE 4-H ADVISER WITH BON HOMME: 4-H leaders in Douglas County have told the county's commissioners they're not in favor of sharing a youth adviser with Bon Homme County. Joel Lau said the leaders of the group thought it would make more sense to have a coordinator and work directly with the state. "Basically, right now that is what we are doing, only us leaders are doing it," he said. But the county's auditor Phyllis Barker said the South Dakota State University Ex
Mitchell police arrested a man last week for failing to report a fire that damaged a home on Fifth Avenue. Levi Adam Young Sr., 31, was arrested for failure to report or control a dangerous fire. The charge carries a maximum penalty upon conviction of one year in county jail and a $2,000 fine. According to a press release from the Mitchell Police Division, Young allegedly attempted to put the fire out, but was unable to extinguish it.
A Mitchell man is accused of choking his girlfriend. Victor Winters, 41, is charged with aggravated assault, which carries a maximum penalty upon conviction of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. According to court documents, Stephanie Bear Robe told law enforcement Winters had choked her during an argument earlier this month. The police report states Bear Robe had red marks on both sides of her neck. She said Winters placed his arm around her neck from behind.
A Mitchell man is accused of possessing methamphetamine. Brady Bushby, 25, is charged with possession of a controlled substance, which carries a maximum penalty upon conviction of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Bushby was on probation when he admitted to his probation officer that he used meth, according to court documents. Police found residue of meth on a CD case and a dollar bill, both of which tested positive. Bushby told law enforcement he had snorted meth with the dollar bill off the CD case. Police also recovered bags from his garbage that tested positive for meth.
A Mitchell woman is accused of making fraudulent returns and taking the money at Tractor Supply Company in Mitchell. Cassie Jo Billings, 27, was an employee at Tractor Supply Company. She is charged with grand theft in March for taking more than $1,000 but less than $2,500. The charge carries a maximum penalty upon conviction of two years in prison and a $4,000 fine. Billings told law enforcement that over four months, she wrote down and manually entered stock keeping unit numbers from various items as returns.