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ALEXANDRIA -- A 61-year-old Alexandria man was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison for possession of 1 to 10 pounds of marijuana. Kenneth Craig Hauge was convicted of the felony drug charge on May 18 after a jury trial in Alexandria. Judge Sean O'Brien sentenced Hauge to 10 years in prison, with six years suspended and fined him $1,000. Hauge was given credit for 41 days served. Sentencing was initially postponed following the trial due to Hauge being charged as a habitual offender, which would have required another trial. That charge was dropped last month.
TRIPP -- The names of two people injured in a motorcycle accident Saturday have been released. Gaylord Olson, 55, of Yankton, and his passenger, Janice Woods, 58, also of Yankton, each suffered minor injuries in a crash that was reported at 1:53 p.m. Saturday. They were traveling west on Charles Mix County Road 2, 1 mile west of 395th Avenue, on Olson's 2002 Kawasaki VN800B motorcycle. According to a South Dakota Highway Patrol report, he traveled too close to the shoulder of the road on a curve and lost control of the motorcycle. Both the driver and passenger fell from the vehicle.
A Yankton man was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison after he was arrested for sixth-offense drunken driving. William Hegstrom, 34, was arrested shortly after 10 p.m. on May 9 in Mitchell after he was found driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.164. The legal limit for driving in South Dakota is 0.08. It is Hegstrom's sixth DUI since 2003. "It's an unfortunate case," said Judge Sean O'Brien before sentencing Hegstrom.
A Mitchell man was sentenced Tuesday to 100 days in jail and put on probation for four years for first-degree escape after fleeing from the back seat of a locked Mitchell police car on May 16. Roderick Rouse, 22, has been in Davison County Jail since the escape occurred. He was given credit for 41 days served and will be allowed to leave jail for treatment. Rouse was also fined $300 and will be required to enroll in the state 24/7 Sobriety program for at least six months after his release from jail.
A 22-year-old Rapid City woman was ordered to spend at least two years in an inpatient drug treatment program after violating two conditions of her probation. Cassandra Wright had a five-year prison sentence reinstated and immediately re-suspended by Judge Sean O'Brien on Tuesday after admitting May 29 to violating her probation by missing a mandatory sobriety test in October for the state 24/7 Sobriety program and failing to get her GED by Sep. 30. Wright was put on probation for a possession of a controlled substance conviction.
A 19-year-old Mitchell woman was sentenced Tuesday to 15 days in jail and four years of probation for possession of methamphetamine. Tangi Lynn Taylor was arrested March 12 after police found one-quarter gram of meth during a search of her apartment. She pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a controlled substance. "You keep making bad decisions repeatedly," Judge Sean O'Brien told Taylor before sentencing her. "You're obviously headed down the wrong path at this stage in your life." In addition to jail time and probation, Taylor was fined $300 plus other court-related costs.
A Minnesota man pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony drug charge relating to a Jan. 10 traffic stop in Mitchell. Nicholas James Siedow , 22, of New Prague, Minn., was arrested after a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper found between a quarter- and a half-ounce of marijuana and a prescription drug known as methylphenidate, which is used to treat ADHD. In exchange for Siedow's guilty plea to possession of a controlled substance, the state agreed to drop three other drug-related charges. A presentence investigation was ordered and sentencing was set for August.
A 22-year-old man accused of stabbing another man in the arm during an altercation at a Mitchell home pleaded not guilty Tuesday. Jacob Dillon Stulken was arrested May 31 and charged with aggravated assault. Stulken's alleged 19-year-old victim received a non-life-threatening stab wound as a result of the incident. The victim's name has not been released. Stulken faces a maximum of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine if convicted. He remains in jail with bond set at $5,000. The case will be scheduled at a hearing in July.
A Mitchell man arrested in May after police found multiple types of drugs in his residence pleaded not guilty Tuesday to two drug charges stemming from the arrest. Kyle Anthony Schoenfelder, 22, was arrested after police executed a search warrant on his residence and found marijuana, methadone, Xanax and Adderall. He is charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana. For possession of a controlled substance, Schoenfelder faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. The case will be scheduled at a hearing in July.
A 24-year-old Mitchell man who recently tested positive for methadone while on probation was ordered Tuesday to serve 25 days in jail. Alan Voelker was arrested in May 2010 and later pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and put on probation. He tested positive for methadone on March 28, and admitted in court to taking the drug the day before the test. Once Voelker completes his jail time, he will be released from probation in order to pursue a job offer in Colorado. Voelker graduated from Mitchell Technical Institute in May.