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Local firefighters responded to two blazes Tuesday afternoon within 10 minutes of each other. The first fire started at 4:10 p.m. at Cabela's, 601 Cabela Drive. Assistant Fire Chief Paul Morris said a fifth-wheel trailer camper was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene. Morris said officials were unsure what caused the fire in the camper, which was owned by tourists from Massachusetts. No one was injured, but two cats died in the blaze. The second fire broke out at 4:20 p.m.
LOWER BRULE -- A 53-year-old Lower Brule man pleaded not guilty Friday in federal court to assault resulting in serious bodily injury and maiming. If convicted, Earl LaRoche faces a maximum of 20 years in prison for the maiming charge and 10 years in prison for the assault charge. For each charge, he could also be fined $250,000 and spend three years on supervised release. He was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 8. The charges stem from an incident in October 2011 in which LaRoche allegedly assaulted and bit the ear of a female victim. LaRoche was released on bond pending trial.
WINNER -- A Winner woman pleaded not guilty Thursday in federal court to concealing information from authorities investigating an alleged assault and murder of a man at a Winner tribal housing facility. Allisa Kendra Hawkman, 21, is charged with misprision of a felony and faces a maximum of three years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted. Misprision of a felony occurs when a person conceals the fact a felony took place but did not participate in the act.
FREEMAN -- A two-car collision at the intersection of state Highway 44 and 435th Avenue at 1:08 p.m.
A 31-year-old Mitchell woman who called 911 reportedly stabbed a man before police would respond to the call. Twila Hislaw stabbed a 31-year-old man in her apartment in the 600 block of West 15th Avenue at 6:56 a.m. Sunday, according to Mitchell Police Sgt.
The Davison County Board of Commissioners will meet in regular session at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Commissioner's Room at the courthouse, 200 East Fourth Ave., Mitchell. The agenda includes: 9:30 a.m. Malt beverage license renewal (applicant unspecified). 9:45 a.m. Welfare Director Dawn Grissom regarding 2010 hospital claims. 10 a.m. Treasurer Brenda Veldheer regarding a new hire. 10:15 a.m. Planning and Development District III Executive Director Greg Henderson with an annual report. 10:45 a.m.
Mitchell police officers were kept busy Friday morning tracking the theft of one vehicle and dealing with break-ins in two more. Sgt. Mike Koster said a 2006 Pontiac G6 reported stolen early Friday was later recovered. Around 6:11 a.m., items were reported stolen from a 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier parked in the 200 block of East Sixth Avenue. Police also received a report at 9:11 a.m. of the burglary of a Khromer Plumbing pickup that had been parked in the 400 block of East 10th Avenue.
ALEXANDRIA -- A Hanson County jury on Friday found Kenneth Craig Hauge, 61, of Alexandria, guilty on one count of possession of 1 to 10 pounds of marijuana, a felony that could draw 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Hauge was taken to the Davison County Jail following the verdict. According to the Hanson County Sheriff's office, sentencing is being postponed pending the outcome of Hauge being charged as a habitual offender, which will require a new trial.
Angela Schleich didn't win the Doodle 4 Google competition, but she has a memorable tale to tell. Angela, a Mitchell Middle School seventh-grader, was the South Dakota winner of the competition, which drew 114,000 submissions. She earned a trip to New York City Thursday, where the winner and four national finalists were named. The prize included an all-expenses-paid trip for two and Angela planned to go with her parents, Bob and Lori Schleich, of Mitchell. Second-grader Dylan Hoffman of Caledonia, Wis., is the national winner. His doodle "Pirate Times" was featured on the U.S.
A 19-year-old Lower Brule man appeared in federal court and pleaded not guilty Friday to three sexual abuse charges. Wade Keith Goodface was indicted May 8 by a federal grand jury on one count of aggravated sexual abuse and two counts of abusive sexual contact. If convicted, he faces a maximum of life in prison for the aggravated sexual abuse charge, and 10 years for each sexual contact charge. Goodface could also be fined $250,000 for each count. The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges is prosecuting the case.