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As part of their regular Tuesday meeting at the courthouse, 200 E. Fourth Ave., Mitchell, the Davison County commissioners will briefly address a vote taken Jan. 15 to award a contract to Aurora Security Products, of Letcher, for jail security cameras. ASP is owned by Paul Claggett, the brother of Commission Chairman John Claggett, who also voted to approve the contract. Commissioner Claggett later said his vote "was an oversight" and that he would have abstained from voting had he realized the contract was for his brother's company.
PARKER -- A jury has been selected in the trial of a Scotland man accused of killing his infant son. Chris Miller, 39, has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges for allegedly killing his four-month-old son Jacob by shaking and beating him in March 2011. Miller could be sentenced to life in prison if he is found guilty. Attorneys screened as many as 171 potential jurors Thursday and Friday, according to Turner County Clerk of Courts Colleen Dunn. The final jury consists of 12 jurors and three alternates.
A two-vehicle accident Friday afternoon resulted in minor injuries for a Mitchell man. Sgt. Scott Walton with the Mitchell Police Division said Donald McDougal, 47, was driving a 2005 Chevy Silverado east on Eighth Avenue, stopped at the intersection of the Highway 37 bypass, then failed to yield to traffic and was struck by a 1979 Chevy pickup driven by Christopher Drake, 31, also of Mitchell, who was traveling south on the bypass. Walton said McDougal was transported by ambulance to Avera Queen of Peace Hospital with unknown but minor injuries.
SIOUX FALLS -- A 23-year-old man accused of fatally shooting his uncle and wounding another relative Nov. 27 at a trailer home near Marty on Yankton Sioux tribal land pleaded not guilty Thursday to all the charges against him. Dancing Bull Fischer appeared in a U.S. district courtroom in Sioux Falls and pleaded not guilty to a Jan.
PARKER -- Jury selection is expected to conclude today in the trial of a Scotland man accused of killing his infant son. Chris Miller, 39, has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges for allegedly killing his four-month-old son Jacob by shaking and beating him in March 2011. Miller could be sentenced to life in prison if he is found guilty. Attorneys began screening as many as 171 potential jurors in four shifts split between Thursday and today, according to Turner County Clerk of Courts Colleen Dunn.
PIERRE -- The state Brand Board wants to stop ownership inspections of horses and mules. Unlike stray cattle, which can be sold for slaughter if they aren't eventually claimed, there isn't a U.S. market for horse meat. Some horse owners dump their animals in open ranges or just alongside a road or rest stop.
PIERRE -- Rep. Stace Nelson, R-Fulton, wants to designate the third Friday of September as a working holiday in recognition of U.S. prisoners of war and U.S. personnel missing in action. The main Senate sponsor of HB 1067 is Sen. Bill Van Gerpen, RTyndall. Both are veterans. State government offices would remain open. It's essentially an honorary holiday. There was a time when Columbus Day was designated as a working holiday called Pioneer Day. In 1990, legislators changed the second Monday of October to a full holiday as Native American Day.
PIERRE -- State Sen. Mark Kirkeby is attempting to make some bill collectors officially notify the people they are contacting. Kirkeby, R-Rapid City, filed SB 77 Wednesday. It would be limited to medical expenses. Any entity collecting or attempting to collect debts owed or due would be required to notify the debtor at least once in writing and provide documentation. Kirkeby said he's heard from many people through his work for the Salvation Army, and he received a call from a collector seeking payment from him.
South Dakota ranks last in the Humane Society of the United States' 2012 Humane State Ranking report issued Tuesday, an analysis of animal protection laws in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. States were graded on the strength of laws to reduce animal suffering, including animal cruelty codes, equine protection standards and wildlife management.
A Mitchell woman was sentenced Tuesday to 90 days in jail and three years on probation for assaulting two police officers. Danica Miller, 19, was arrested Oct. 13 after she fled from a vehicle, in which she was a passenger, stopped for a sobriety checkpoint on Sanborn Boulevard. Miller kicked Mitchell Police Sgt. Dave Beintema in the groin while being taken into custody, court documents say. Her blood alcohol content was found to be 0.247 at the time of her arrest.