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South Dakota ranks last in the Humane Society of the United States' 2012 Humane State Ranking report issued Tuesday, an analysis of animal protection laws in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. States were graded on the strength of laws to reduce animal suffering, including animal cruelty codes, equine protection standards and wildlife management.
A Mitchell woman was sentenced Tuesday to 90 days in jail and three years on probation for assaulting two police officers. Danica Miller, 19, was arrested Oct. 13 after she fled from a vehicle, in which she was a passenger, stopped for a sobriety checkpoint on Sanborn Boulevard. Miller kicked Mitchell Police Sgt. Dave Beintema in the groin while being taken into custody, court documents say. Her blood alcohol content was found to be 0.247 at the time of her arrest.
A Mitchell woman will remain on probation after being arrested twice for marijuana possession and once for shoplifting while on court supervision for a prior drug conviction. Crystal Otterstrom, 25, admitted Dec. 4 to violating her probation and was sentenced Tuesday at the Davison County Public Safety Center.
A 46-year-old Mitchell man was sentenced Tuesday to 90 days in jail and two years on probation for third-offense drunken driving. Richard Sellers was arrested Sept. 15 after a Highway Patrol trooper observed him make an illegal right turn from Fifth Avenue onto Sanborn Boulevard in Mitchell, and noticed Sellers wasn't wearing a seatbelt. Sellers failed a series of sobriety tests during the traffic stop and was arrested for drunken driving.
A Mitchell woman was ordered Tuesday to serve another 19 days in jail and spend three years on probation for possession of methamphetamine. Melissa Livingston, 33, has already served 71 days in jail since being arrested for methamphetamine possession. Judge Tim Bjorkman sentenced Livingston to 90 days in jail and gave her credit for those days served, and ordered to serve another 19 days in jail starting July 1. Livingston was also sentenced to three years on probation with a requirement she enroll in the state 24/7 Sobriety program and receive regular mental health counseling.
A Mitchell man pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of attempted possession of child pornography. Mark Johnson, 54, faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine on each charge. In exchange for Johnson's guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to dismiss a charge of sexual contact with a child younger than 16. Johnson admitted in court to attempting to access online child pornography using his computer between June and September.
A Mitchell man pleaded guilty Tuesday to third-offense drunken driving. Shawn King, 40, also known as Shawn Buffington, was arrested for drunken driving Oct. 6 after he was pulled over for speeding near the intersection of Second Avenue and Foster Street in Mitchell. A blood test found his blood alcohol content was 0.220 around the time of his arrest. The legal limit for driving in South Dakota is 0.08. Because King has two prior DUI convictions within the last 10 years, he pleaded guilty to a felony and faces a maximum of two years in prison and a $4,000 fine.
A 36-year-old Sioux Falls woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday to embezzling more than $1,000 from GTS Enterprises. Allison York was indicted Sept. 21 on one count of grand theft by embezzlement of property received in trust. She has now entered a written arraignment and plea of not guilty to the charge. York's trial is scheduled for May.
PIERRE -- Rep. Lance Carson, R-Mitchell, returned to appreciative applause Tuesday at the Capitol. He is using a heart pump, but that wasn't why he missed week one of the legislative session. He was unloading for his stay on the eve of session's opening day and while reaching he dislocated a rib. He wound up with a hospital stay until Thursday. Now 67, he said his first heart surgery was at age 38. His heart condition stems from exposure to Agent Orange while serving in Vietnam.
A Sioux Falls woman convicted of passing more than $1,800 in bad checks at grocery stores in Mitchell and Huron denies violating her probation. Carla Benton, 35, was sentenced Oct. 30 to 40 days in jail and two years on probation for grand theft for passing $1,837.44 in bad checks at Coborn's in Mitchell and Huron. She pleaded guilty to the charge on Sept. 11. Benton entered a written denial Tuesday in Mitchell. Her trial is scheduled for February.