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CORSICA -- A horse had to be put down after being hit by a vehicle early Thursday morning one mile north of Corsica on U.S. Highway 281. The brown horse had escaped from the South Dakota Horse Sale building in Corsica and was standing in the middle of the busy highway just after 7 a.m. Thursday when it was struck by a car. Highway Patrol Trooper Matthew Petersen said because the horse was dark in color and it was early morning, the driver likely didn't see the horse until it was too late. The driver suffered minor injuries from the crash, and the vehicle sustained $5,000 in damage.
KENNEBEC -- A former clerk of courts for Lyman County pleaded not guilty Thursday to grand theft for allegedly stealing more than $1,100 that was paid to the county for traffic violations. Denise Rae Anderson, of Kennebec, was indicted on one count of grand theft June 29.
Here is a list of the 28 claimants owed money by Anderson Seed, their hometown and claim: CHS, Inc. dba Midwest Cooperatives, Pierre: $687,617.59 Dakota Mill & Grain Inc., Rapid City: $672,275.76; PUC claims the amount is $464,280.76 Robert J. Mizera, McLaughlin: $222,948.61 James M.
The state Department of Transportation is installing flashing yellow turn arrows in traffic lights on Havens Avenue along the Interstate 90 loop in Mitchell. The new signals will be located on Havens Avenue at the intersections of Burr Street, Rowley Street, Sanborn Boulevard, Minnesota Street and Ohlman Street. A flashing yellow arrow means left turns are permitted, but drivers must first yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians before proceeding with caution.
There will be no regular meeting of Davison County commissioners until Oct. 2. The commissioners will attend a convention of state officials in Sioux Falls this week; and due to scheduling conflicts and other commitments, there will be an insufficient number of commissioners available Sept. 25 to make a quorum.
A Mitchell Police officer, responding to a 2:03 a.m. Saturday call from the Corn Palace Motel, arrested Robert Pomani, 31, of Mitchell, on assault and burglary charges. Pomani was reportedly seen fighting outside the motel earlier in the evening. Police said he later became more aggressive and allegedly kicked in a door at the motel and assaulted the room's occupants. Officer Kelly Knippling arrested Pomani and booked him into the Davison County Jail on charges of first-degree burglary and simple assault. A court date is pending.
A Mitchell man was arrested Sept. 6 for allegedly breaking a window on a police car and kicking an officer. Bernard Drapeau III, 30, is charged with simple assault of a law enforcement officer, obstructing a law enforcement officer and intentional property damage. He faces a maximum of two years in prison and a $4,000 fine if convicted of the assault charge, which is a felony.
LOWER BRULE -- A Lower Brule man was sentenced Tuesday to four months in prison and four months of home confinement after being convicted of third-degree burglary. Tyler Walters, 25, was also ordered to pay $5,476.20 in restitution and spend three years on supervised release for an incident July 17, 2011, in which he and another individual broke into a store in Lower Brule. Walters and the other individual stole items with a total value of more than $3,000 and caused $1,500 in damages. Walters was immediately turned over to the U.S. Marshals Service.
A 54-year-old Mitchell man was arrested Thursday for allegedly having sexual contact with a 6-year-old developmentally disabled girl at his home earlier this year. Mark Elliot Johnson is charged with sexual contact with a child younger than 16. He faces a maximum of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine if convicted of the felony. Police say Johnson had sexual contact with a 6-year-old developmentally disabled girl at his home, in an apartment complex at 900 W. Second Ave. Johnson has two prior convictions for sexual contact with a child younger than 16.
WINNER -- A Winner man was sentenced Tuesday to 15 months in prison for failure to register as a sex offender and ordered to pay more than $50,000 in unpaid child support. Burton W. King, 52, pleaded guilty July 3 in federal court to failure to register as a sex offender and failure to pay legal child support. King has failed to pay child support to his minor children, who reside in South Dakota, since April 1, 1997. King was convicted in 1995 of aggravated sexual abuse of a minor and as a result is required to register as a sex offender, but has failed to do since August 2006.