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A Mitchell man was arrested March 6 for allegedly stealing and pawning more than $1,000 worth of tools from his landlord. Derek Schleder, 35, is charged with grand theft, a felony with a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. According to court documents, Schleder admitted to an officer with the Mitchell Police Division that he took tools belonging to his landlord and pawned them within the last three weeks. A complaint charging Schleder with grand theft was filed Wednesday.
MOUNT VERNON -- A Wyoming man was arrested March 11 after more than 2 ounces of cocaine were allegedly found in his vehicle during a traffic stop on Interstate 90 near Mount Vernon. Ric Lee Schuyler, 54, of Gillette, Wyo., is charged with possession of controlled substance and possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance, both felonies with maximum punishments of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
CorTrust Bank has acquired Blaine State Bank in Blaine, Minn., CorTrust announced this week. The purchase will be completed Friday, and CorTrust will assume operation of the bank the same day. CorTrust Bank has $680 million in assets with 23 locations in South Dakota and Minnesota and was established in 1930. Blaine State Bank is a Minnesota state-chartered bank that was established in 1972 and is located in the northern Twin Cities suburb of Blaine, with assets of nearly $36 million. CorTrust was founded in Artesian nearly 85 years ago.
Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., has joined a bipartisan group of House members in co-sponsoring a bill that would approve construction of the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline and take the decision out of President Barack Obama's hands. "This bipartisan bill would take the president out of the equation. He's failed to make a timely decision," Noem said. "With jobs on the line, it's time to move forward. This would immediately approve construction of the northern route of the pipeline." The Northern Route Approval Act, originally introduced by Rep.
A Mitchell woman was arrested March 15 for allegedly taking another person's prescription for hydrocodone and having it refilled. Laura Ann Hawes, 37, is charged with possession of a controlled substance by theft, a felony with a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. According to court documents, Hawes took another person's prescription hydrocodone bottle and refilled it without that person's permission at Lewis Drug. Hydrocodone is a prescription pain medication. Hawes is scheduled to appear in court later this month.
LOWER BRULE -- A Lower Brule woman pleaded not guilty March 14 to allegations she resisted and assaulted a federal officer. Lauren LaRoche, 24, is charged with one count of assaulting, resisting and impeding a federal officer. She faces a maximum of eight years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted, plus three years of supervised release. LaRoche was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. A trial date has not been set.
Two Mitchell men were arrested Tuesday and charged with numerous marijuana-related crimes. Jared Nespor, 24, is charged with one count of possession of more than 1 pound of marijuana, a felony with a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. He is also charged with possession of more than 1 pound of marijuana with the intent to distribute, a felony with a maximum punishment of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. Casey Nespor, 18, is charged with possession of more than 2 ounces of marijuana, a felony with a maximum punishment of 2 years in prison and a $4,000 fine.
One week after Crystal Schulz's body was found, nobody is charged with killing her. Authorities are still investigating what they've called the homicide of Schulz, a Mitchell woman who was found dead March 14 in a shed in rural Chamberlain. Authorities apprehended Kent Davidson, 36, on Friday after a standoff in Sioux Falls and have said they are questioning him regarding the homicide. Davidson and Schulz each listed themselves as being engaged to each other on their Facebook pages.
Three of four declared Mitchell Board of Education candidates have filed the necessary petitions. All are vying for two at-large seats on the school board that will be vacated by current board members Brenda Freidel and Eric Christensen.
An intense, fast-paced culinary and business competition for high school students will be held today in Mitchell. Eighty-one high school students will compete in the sixth annual South Dakota ProStart Competition. The top team from each division -- management and culinary -- will travel to Baltimore next month to participate in a national competition. In the culinary portion of the competition, teams of students have just 60 minutes to get a three-course gourmet meal cooked and plated using butane stoves.