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Mitchell resident Wade Musick entered a guilty plea and paid a $120 fine in a Pennington County court Tuesday on a misdemeanor charge that he illegally used dogs to hunt mountain lions. Musick was not present at the hearing, but was represented by Spearfish attorney Matthew Kinney, who submitted his client's guilty plea before Magistrate Judge Scott Bogue. "Wade decided he didn't want to fight the case anymore and have the expense of going to trial," Kinney said. The disposition of the charge will not result in a revocation of Musick's hunting privileges, Kinney said.
Heading off what could have been a grueling primary, Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., announced Tuesday afternoon that she would seek re-election to the U.S. House rather than take on former Gov. Mike Rounds in a 2014 primary. "I would like to thank everyone who has encouraged me and pledged support for a potential campaign for the U.S. Senate," Noem said in a post to her "Krist for Congress" Facebook page. "However, after spending the weekend discussing our future with Bryon and our children, we decided that right now we are in the best position to serve South Dakota as a member of the U.S.
A Lower Brule man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for abusive sexual contact of a minor. Robert Stricker, 39, was indicted in November and pleaded not guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Moreno on June 5. The maximum penalty for this crime is three years in prison, a $250,000 fine or both. The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges is prosecuting the case. Stricker was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Services. A trial date has not been set.
An Aurora County man was arrested Sunday afternoon after discharging a firearm near a person as a threat. It is alleged that 34-year-old Cory Cumings' dogs had trespassed on another man's property in Aurora County.
The Mitchell Board of Education will hold its first meeting today since the June 4 school board election which saw candidates Rick Johnson and Deb Olson emerge victorious over challengers Rod Hall and Tara Volesky. The board meets at 5 p.m. today in Room 116 at the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy, 821 N.
TRIPP -- Firefighters were called shortly after 2:30 a.m. Saturday to a fire that started in a bedroom at a home located at 100 S. Carpenter St.
LOWER BRULE -- A Lower Brule man pleaded not guilty May 30 to charges related to synthetic drugs and firearms. Caleb Mills, 24, was indicted by a federal grand jury May 15 on one count of possession with the intent to distribute XLR-11, a synthetic drug that mimics the effects of marijuana. That charge is a felony with a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Mills is also charged with one count of using the Internet to facilitate the act of possession with the intent to distribute the controlled substance.
LOWER BRULE -- A Lower Brule man pleaded not guilty May 30 to two charges related to an alleged attempt to distribute a synthetic drug. Joshua Brouse, 29, was indicted by a federal grand jury May 15 on one count of possession with the intent to distribute XLR-11, a synthetic drug that mimics the effects of marijuana. That charge is a felony with a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Brouse is also charged with one count of using the Internet to facilitate the act of possession with the intent to distribute the controlled substance.
A Mitchell woman faces multiple charges after allegedly overdosing on an illegal drug at her friend's apartment. Tessica Bjornebo, 31, is charged with possession of a controlled substance, a felony with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine, and ingesting an intoxicant other than alcohol, a misdemeanor with a maximum punishment of one year in jail and a $2,000 fine. According to court documents, police responded shortly after 4 a.m. May 24 to an apartment at 400 W.
FORT THOMPSON -- A Fort Thompson man pleaded guilty Tuesday to assault with a dangerous weapon. Myron Touche Sr., 43, faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He could also be sentenced to three years of supervised release and an additional two years of supervised release upon revocation. The charge stems from an incident Nov. 10 in which Touche went to the trailer house of his niece and her boyfriend. Two people were arguing in the back bedroom and Touche confronted them. He then grabbed a gun by the front door and pointed it at the victim.