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Here are bankruptcy filings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of South Dakota, for June 11 through June 17. Individuals can file Chapter 7 petitions (asking that debts be liquidated); Chapter 12 (a simplified reorganization method for farmers and ranchers whose gross debt does not exceed $1.5 million); and Chapter 13 (a plan to repay some debts in three to five years).
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Lake Andes COMMUNITY GARDEN IN PLACE: The Lake Andes Food Council has sponsored a community garden in Lake Andes. The garden is located south of the Andes Central bus garage. The garden plots are available to individuals, families or groups to grow produce for themselves and measure 16 by 30 feet and are administered on a first-come, first-serve basis. A $15 deposit is collected for the plots and a $10 deposit is accepted for smaller lots that measure 16 by 10 feet.
The following cases were disposed in Davison County Magistrate Court between March 30 and April 13. • Brett Ronald Blume, 19, Armour; speeding on interstate highway; $79 fine; $66 costs. • Nora Elaine Michel, 27, Sioux Falls; speeding on interstate highway; $39 fine; $66 costs. • Cassandra Dawn King, 21, Winner; petty theft, second degree, $400 or less; $166 fine; $66 costs; 20 days in jail; 20 days suspended on these conditions: have no like offenses; obey all laws; pay fines, costs and fees. • Hillary Ann Hauser, 27, Dimock; speeding on other roadways, $59 fine; $66 costs. • Traci K.
A proposed merger between two South Dakota-based agricultural cooperatives will not happen, after members of the two sides were split in their vote. In a statement Thursday, the boards of directors of North Central Farmers Elevator and Wheat Growers announced that the member owners voted against the unification of the two cooperatives. A total of 51 percent of North Central members voted against the unification, while 49 percent were in support. The opponents of the merger had more votes, 809-767.
Mitchell authorities say law enforcement have made personal contact with a woman reported missing earlier this week in Georgia, officially ending a missing person case. In a news release Wednesday, Mitchell Assistant Police Chief Mike Koster said Bridget Neugebauer, 42, had made telephone contact with the Mitchell Police Division on Wednesday morning. A family member said Neugebauer was with them in Lawrenceville, Ga., a suburb about 30 miles northeast of Atlanta. The family member told Mitchell police that Neugebauer had been with them since about 2 p.m.
An arrest has been made in the case of a stolen vehicle and short pursuit in Mitchell earlier this month. Daniel Lee Nguyen, 27, of Mitchell, was arrested and charged with possession of stolen property and eluding a law enforcement officer. The charges stem from a June 6 incident where police reported a man left a domestic incident at the Siesta Hotel at 1210 W. Havens Ave., and allegedly led police on a short pursuit on West Havens Avenue and South Iowa Street.
A Mitchell educator was one of 13 new members appointed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard to the Blue Ribbon Task Force, according to a press release from the governor's office. Vicki Harmdierks, principal of Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary School in Mitchell, was one of the appointees announced last week. "I joined with legislators to create the Blue Ribbon Task Force because all South Dakotans want to ensure that we have a school funding system that provides a great education to our young people, based on great teachers," Daugaard said in the press release.
OACOMA — A one-vehicle rollover Monday on Interstate 90 caused minor injuries when a driver attempted to avoid a deer in the road. The incident occurred shortly before 10:20 p.m. Monday one mile west of Oacoma, where a 1997 Buick Park Avenue was traveling westbound on the interstate. According to the South Dakota Highway Patrol, a deer ran in front of a car driven by Brandon Frazer, 25, of Vancouver, Wash.
A pair of weekend crashes—one on a state highway and another on Interstate 90—were caused by drivers who were asleep at the wheel, according to the South Dakota Highway Patrol. Authorities said a crash two miles east of Tyndall on State Highway 50 occurred at 2:30 p.m.
The following cases were among those heard Tuesday during a circuit court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell: • Nathaniel Scott, 22, of Mitchell, pleaded not guilty to possession of a controlled substance, meth; jury trial scheduled for September. • Jamie Shay, 29, of Mount Vernon, pleaded not guilty to identity theft, forgery, two counts of grand theft, possession of a controlled substance, morphine, possession with intent to distribute controlled substance, morphine, and possession with intent to distribute controlled substance, fentanyl; Judge Tim Bjorkman sche