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FORT THOMPSON -- A Fort Thompson man pleaded not guilty Jan. 25 to drug- and firearm-related charges. Samuel Redwater, 22, was indicted by a federal grand jury Jan. 16 on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, and a firearm offense for allegedly carrying and using a firearm while committing the drug offense. If convicted, he would face a maximum of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and five years of supervised release. Redwater could face an additional three years of supervised release upon revocation.
WINNER -- A Winner man pleaded not guilty Jan. 31 to two firearm-related charges. Joshua Felix, 38, was indicted by a federal grand jury Jan. 16 on one count of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm and one count of possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number. If convicted, he would face a maximum of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. The investigation is being conducted by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Maher is prosecuting the case. Felix was released on bond pending trial.
A Minnesota man pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of a controlled substance. Hunter Gulden, 20, was arrested Oct. 29 during a traffic stop on Interstate 90 about 10 miles west of Mitchell in which law enforcement found Adderall, a controlled prescription drug, in his vehicle. In court Tuesday, Gulden told Judge Tim Bjorkman a friend gave him the pills for his ride home to Minnesota, but he didn't ingest any. Prosecutors dismissed two lesser charges and agreed to recommend Gulden receive a suspended three-year prison sentence and no more than 90 days in jail.
An Ethan man pleaded guilty Tuesday to distributing marijuana. Levi Young, 30, admitted he sold 1 gram of marijuana Aug. 15 in Mitchell after entering the plea. Prosecutors dismissed a lesser charge and agreed to recommend Young receive a suspended two-year prison sentence and no more than 60 days in jail in exchange for his guilty plea. State law requires a mandatory minimum of 30 days in prison or county jail for anyone convicted for the first time of distributing marijuana. A presentence investigation was ordered and sentencing was set for March.
A Brookings man pleaded no contest Tuesday to possession of a controlled substance. Brian Egeberg, 29, was arrested Oct. 25 in Mitchell after police found him intoxicated and walking in a ditch in the rain and snow. He was taken to jail at the Davison County Public Safety Center for a detox hold, and a small white pill, later identified as hydrocodone, was found in his possession. Prosecutors dismissed three lesser charges and agreed not to charge Egeberg with being a habitual offender.
PIERRE -- Fluoride will remain in South Dakota drinking water. Sen. Phil Jensen, R-Rapid City, asked the Senate Local Government Committee to kill his legislation Monday. The committee did as he wished 6-0. Jensen's measure, SB 201, sought to repeal the state law requiring fluoride to be added to public water supplies. Those laws date back to 1969. Repeal has long been a goal of the John Birch Society nationally.
PIERRE -- Tenants won't be charged a security deposit of two months of housing rent, a legislative committee decided Monday. State law currently limits the amount of deposit to an amount equal to one month. The House Judiciary Committee decided that is enough. The panel Monday set aside a proposal by Rep. Hal Wick, R-Sioux Falls, to allow a deposit amount equal to two months. The vote against HB 1105 was 9-4. One factor in the decision was Mark Lauseng, executive director for the South Dakota Housing Authority, who testified as an opponent.
The Mitchell High School one-act play group will perform "Xanadu" at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the high school auditorium. The musical is a spoof of the 1980s movie "Xanadu," which follows Sonny Malone, who is inspired by a Greek muse to open a roller disco. "It was dubbed the worse movie ever by a lot of critics," said Jake Louder, who plays Sonny Malone. "But it has some pretty funny moments." A muse named Kira, played by Marian Ragels, comes down to inspire Malone. The play is open to the public and free of charge.
FREEMAN -- A garage at a single family home in Freeman was damaged early Monday morning by fire. A call came in for the Freeman Fire Department around 3 a.m. from a neighbor reporting flames coming out of the northwest corner of a garage at 312 S. Cedar Street. Freeman Fire Chief Blaine Saarie said firefighters arrived on the scene about five minutes after the call and contained the fire before it spread to the house. "For that time of the morning, you are always expecting the worst, because you never how know long it's been burning," Saarie said.
A Mitchell woman was sentenced Monday to 90 days in jail and two years on probation for methamphetamine possession. Gladys Jackson, 33, was arrested June 30 after police found illegal drugs, including meth, in a search of a residence where she was present. Judge Tim Bjorkman ordered Jackson to serve her jail time in three segments with 30 days starting May 15, 30 days starting Jan. 1, 2014, and 30 days starting Jan. 1, 2015.