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WINNER -- A Winner man was sentenced Tuesday to 15 months in prison for failure to register as a sex offender and ordered to pay more than $50,000 in unpaid child support. Burton W. King, 52, pleaded guilty July 3 in federal court to failure to register as a sex offender and failure to pay legal child support. King has failed to pay child support to his minor children, who reside in South Dakota, since April 1, 1997. King was convicted in 1995 of aggravated sexual abuse of a minor and as a result is required to register as a sex offender, but has failed to do since August 2006.
LOWER BRULE -- A Lower Brule man was sentenced Tuesday to 15 months in prison for sexual abuse of a minor. Sean Johnson, 22, will also spend five years on supervised release after admitting to having sex with a minor three times between December and February. Johnson was immediately turned over to the U.S. Marshals Service.
KENNEBEC -- A former clerk of courts for Lyman County has been indicted for grand theft for allegedly stealing more than $1,100 paid to the county for traffic violations. Denise Rae Anderson, of Kennebec, was indicted on one count of grand theft June 29. She faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine if convicted. Anderson allegedly stole $1,183 in fines paid to Lyman County from various people between September 2008 and June 2010 for eight traffic tickets. Anderson was fired from her position as clerk of courts in January 2011.
PLATTE -- A woman killed Tuesday in Sioux Falls has ties to the Platte area. Amanda Connors, 24, was dating Tyler Veurink, of Platte. Originally from Minnesota, Connors was working as a hairstylist at Cost Cutters in Sioux Falls and had just been promoted to store manager. According to police, Connors was leaving Cost Cutters on Tuesday when she saw Tyrone Smith, 38, with his children in the parking lot.
CARTHAGE -- An Iroquois man died Wednesday in a one-vehicle crash two miles north of Carthage. Curtis R. Wendel, 59, was driving a 2000 Jeep Cherokee that left the roadway on a curve near the intersection with 220th Street, according to the Highway Patrol. The vehicle rolled into the west ditch. Wendel received fatal injuries in the crash. Clint Frankfurth, 27, of Huron, was a passenger in the vehicle. He was uninjured.
CARTHAGE -- An Iroquois man died Wednesday in a one-vehicle crash two miles north of Carthage. Curtis R. Wendel, 59, was driving a 2000 Jeep Cherokee that left the roadway on a curve near the intersection with 220th Street. The vehicle rolled into the west ditch. Wendel received fatal injuries in the crash. Clint Frankfurth, 27, of Huron, was a passenger in the vehicle. He was uninjured. Neither occupant was wearing a seatbelt but both remained in the vehicle. No further information is immediately available. The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating.
A Madison man suffered minor back and neck injuries when a semi crashed into the back of his minivan shortly after 10:30 a.m.
A Mitchell man convicted of using a forged prescription to obtain oxycodone will remain on probation after admitting to multiple violations. Shane Alan Heitman, 37, admitted earlier this month to missing multiple court-ordered drug testing appointments. Heitman was sentenced to four years of probation after he was convicted in June of misrepresentation to obtain a controlled substance, and will remain on probation for that time after the recent violations. Heitman also spent five days in jail following the violation. "This is strike one," said Judge Rodney Steele.
A Sioux Falls woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to passing more than $1,800 worth of bad checks at grocery stores in Mitchell and Huron. Carla Marie Benton, 35, agreed to enter the guilty plea after Davison County prosecutors agreed to recommend a suspended prison sentence and allow a judge to decide if she should receive any jail time. In addition, Beadle County prosecutors agreed to drop another misdemeanor charge against Benton. Sentencing is set for October.
A 25-year-old man convicted of illegal sexual contact in Mitchell admitted Tuesday to violating multiple terms of his probation while residing in Texas. Jeremy Pingeon could have a five-year prison sentence reinstated after admitting he tested positive for marijuana, was kicked out of a sex offender treatment program and missed multiple appointments with his probation officer while under supervision in Texas. Pingeon admitted in 2009 to having a sex with a 14-year-old girl in Mitchell after the two met on a social networking site. Pingeon received a 180-day prison sentence in Fe