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The Daily Republic will not publish on Christmas Day, Monday, or New Year's Day, the following Monday. The newspaper's offices also will be closed those days. Following are some other local holiday hours and closure announcements. James Valley Community Center, Mitchell, will be closed Monday and Tuesday in observance of the Christmas holiday. Dakota Wesleyan University offices will be closed Monday and will reopen at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2. Classes will resume at 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 7. Java City, within the McGovern Library, will be closed until Jan.
NEW TOWN, N.D. -- Law enforcement used a front-end loader to break into a New Town home and end a standoff with an armed man Thursday morning. New Town Police Chief Art Walgren said the heavy equipment was used shortly before 10 a.m. to "dismantle the house" to end the standoff that lasted more than 24 hours. "The house is only about half of what it was," Walgren said. No shots were fired while taking the suspect into custody. FBI spokesman Kyle Loven identified the man taken into custody as Michael Jason Smith, 32. He said no one was injured.
WASHINGTON -- The South Dakota congressional delegation came together to express its disappointment with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki over the future of the VA Medical Center in Hot Springs. U.S. Sens. Tim Johnson, a Democrat, and John Thune, a Republican, and Rep.
South Dakota and much of the nation are not adequately prepared for a public health emergency, a report released Wednesday concludes. South Dakota scored a five out of 10 in the "Ready or Not?
A two-vehicle accident resulted in multiple injuries Tuesday night, according to authorities. Mitchell Police Officer Ryan Titze said around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Weston Gauger, 16, of Mitchell, driving a 1999 Buick Regal, and Michael Pick, 50, of Sioux Falls, driving a 1999 Freightliner box truck, collided at the intersection of Main and North Harmon streets. Officer Titze said Pick was southbound on Main, or Highway 37, and Gauger westbound on 38th Street/North Harmon.
LOWER BRULE -- A Lower Brule man pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexual abuse. Martin Charger, 37, faces a maximum of life in prison and a $250,000 fine. He also faces a mandatory minimum of five years of supervised release. The charge stems from incidents that occurred between Jan. 1, 2007, and Dec. 31, 2007. Charger was released on bond until Dec. 26. Sentencing has been set for March.
A Sioux Falls woman was cited on the charge of careless driving following a three-vehicle accident Monday evening in Mitchell. Davison County Sheriff's Deputy Tim Reitzel said Brooke Hoffle, of Sioux Falls, driving a 2006 Ford Fusion, ran into the back of a 2006 Ford Explorer, driven by Vedene McKittrick, of Mitchell, while she waited at the stoplight at the intersection of Burr and Ash streets.
A Mitchell woman was arrested early Saturday for allegedly driving while intoxicated. Mitchell police officer Russ Stevenson arrested Rebecca Callies, 23, of Mitchell, after a traffic stop near 800 N. Main St. and a subsequent blood test. She was taken to Davison County Jail and was later released on bond. A January hearing date was set in Magistrate Court.
The Davison County commissioners will meet in regular session at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the courthouse, 200 E. Fourth Ave., Mitchell. Tuesday's agenda includes: 9 a.m. Call to Order, Pledge of Allegiance, approval of past meeting minutes, citizen input. 9:30 a.m. Director of Equalization Kathy Goetsch, regarding assessments and tax bills. 10 a.m.
An inmate at the Davison County Jail is accused of locking a jailer in a cell with another inmate. Cory Zobel, 23, of Salem, allegedly shut and locked a cell door behind a female jailer who was delivering property to another inmate, court documents say. Zobel is charged with obstructing a jailer, a misdemeanor, and faces a maximum of one year in jail and a $2,000 fine. Zobel was interviewed by law enforcement following the incident and admitted to shutting the cell door and told an officer he "thought his actions were funny at the time," court documents say.