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VIVIAN -- When a clerk left $4,000 unattended recently at the Coffee Cup Fuel Stop in Vivian, a man snatched it and walked away. The Lyman County Sheriff's Office is investigating the Aug. 19 theft. "It was just a crime of opportunity," said Sheriff Steve Manger. Reportedly, a white male in his late 20s or early 30s entered the gas station that morning and stole nearly $4,000 that was left unattended. Manger said the assistant manager left the money unattended to assist one of the clerks.
The following area roads remained closed due to water as of Thursday, according to Davison County officials: 245th Street between 410th Avenue and 411th Avenue; 267th Street between state Highway 27 and 411th Avenue.
A Mitchell man received a suspended execution of sentence for a third-offense driving under the influence, which is a felony. Judge Sean O'Brien sentenced Ronald Hveem, 33, to two years in the South Dakota State Penitentiary but suspended that sentence pending some terms and conditions. Hveem will serve 50 days in the Davison County Jail and pay court costs and fees. Philip Carlson, Hveem's attorney, said Hveem has been attending aftercare classes, is in Alcoholics Anonymous, has an AA sponsor and is willing to be on the 24/7 Sobriety program.
EMERY -- A fire destroyed a barn around 1 a.m. Tuesday on property southwest of Emery belonging to Josh Plagmann. Hanson County Deputy Casey Tegethoff said the fire was limited to the barn. The Emery Fire Department responded first and was backed up by Alexandria firefighters. The fire collapsed the structure prior to the arrival of both departments, he said, but firefighters made certain it didn't spread to other farm buildings. Crews cleared the scene around 2:15 p.m. "The fire didn't appear suspicious, but it remains under investigation," Tegethoff said.
WAGNER -- Country singer Neal McCoy will perform at the Fort Randall Casino Saturday. The show is at 8 p.m. and tickets are $25 for general admission and $35 for reserved seating. David Oakleaf and the Open Road will open for McCoy. McCoy, who has been in the industry for 20 years, has released 11 albums and charted 25 singles, including "Wink," "No Doubt About It" and "The Shake."
Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell will celebrate the beginning of a new school year and make an "exciting announcement" Thursday in the Sherman Center on campus, according to advisories the university has sent to the media, alumni and friends. The opening convocation ceremonies begin at 11 a.m., and during this event, the university will announce recent multi-million-dollar gifts to the university, introduce the donors and share plans for the gifts. The event will be webcast live at www.dwu.edu/live .
Despite discussion of potential litigation at Tuesday's Davison County Commission meeting, no lawsuit has been filed against the county at this time, according to Deputy State's Attorney Jim Taylor. The Davison County commissioners spent an hour in executive session Tuesday with Deputy State's Attorney Jim Miskimins and representatives of the South Dakota Public Assurance Alliance, the insurance pool to which the county belongs. Taylor typically handles such county legal matters, but he was in court Tuesday and Miskimins filled in as county legal counsel.
A 20-year-old Mitchell man has received a suspended execution of a two-year state penitentiary sentence in connection with a drunken driving incident in May. Brandon Tingle still faces the possibility of being convicted of aggravated eluding, a felony charge. However, Judge Sean O'Brien suspended the two-year sentence provided Tingle pays fines and court costs, and abides by all state, federal and local laws. He will be on probation for two years.
A Waubay woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to assaulting an officer while incarcerated at the Davison County Jail. Ashley Iron Star, 25, was being held in the jail for detoxification on May 8, 2010. Iron Star admitted to spitting on Officer Aaron Nash, which is a Class 6 felony and is punishable by two years in the state penitentiary, a $4,000 fine or both. Judge Sean O'Brien ordered a presentence investigation to be presented Oct. 4.
A Mitchell man received a suspended execution of sentence Tuesday on a felony burglary charge. Jesse White Bull, 25, received five years in the state penitentiary for burglary, but Judge Sean O'Brien suspended the execution provided White Bull pays court costs and fees, remains law-abiding during a five-year probationary period and serves 50 days in Davison County Jail. "I'll give you one more chance, but don't come back to this court asking for another chance," O'Brien said. "You screw up on probation, you're going back.