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Here are five stories you need to know headed into Thursday, Oct. 5. 1. Video and story about a Hanson County couple who found two deer tangled together earlier this week -- and how one deer was saved.
A Mitchell woman who pleaded not guilty to allegedly damaging an ex-boyfriend's property could face up to 27 years in prison. Holly Fechner, 42, pleaded not guilty Tuesday at the Davison County Public Safety Center to the charges of first-degree burglary and intentionally damaging property valued between $1,000 and $2,500. A trial is scheduled for Feb. 13.
A Mitchell man with a lengthy criminal history was sentenced to no prison time after pleading guilty to simple assault. Victor Winters, 34, was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to complete the inpatient drug program at Stepping Stones after pleading guilty to simple assault. A two-year prison sentence was suspended. Winters pleaded guilty on Sept. 5 to simple assault, and two charges of aggravated assault were dismissed.
A "loose coupling" is to blame for the evacuation of the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy on Monday. Just before 3 p.m. on Monday, Superintendent Joe Graves said the school received a report of a natural gas leak in MCTEA. Students and faculty immediately evacuated and by 3:10 p.m., authorities cleared the building. A loose coupling was deemed the culprit of the false alarm rather than an actual natural gas leak, Graves said, and by 4:30 p.m. Monday it was repaired.
A 22-year-old Mitchell woman who threatened someone with a large kitchen knife last week faces five felony charges, according to the Mitchell Department of Public Safety. In a press release issued Tuesday, authorities said Gjoa Yvonne Moen was arrested after a series of threats were made Friday night throughout Mitchell, culminating with a struggle with an employee of a Mitchell business over a large kitchen knife. Moen was Tased by a responding officer and was separated from the alleged victim.
A Mitchell man was injured when he crashed into Vern Eide Ford on Tuesday, drove onto the sidewalk and damaged three parked cars. Robert Speelman, 82, was driving southbound on Kimball Street when he crossed First Avenue and struck the Vern Eide building, according to the Mitchell Police Division. The cause of the 10:30 a.m. crash is still under investigation.
LAKE ANDES — A Lake Andes man pleaded not guilty to allegedly threatening to shoot another man with a firearm. Wade Archambeau, 30, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault using a deadly weapon in August. He pleaded not guilty on Sept. 18. On Aug. 25, Archambeau was at the residence of Jason McGhee in Lake Andes, according to court documents. The two men got into an altercation and as Archambeau left the residence he said to McGhee, "I'll kill you; I'm comin' back for you ... "
For their "hard work and dedication," the Mitchell Board of Education has earned a statewide award. On Tuesday, the Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD) announced the Mitchell school board has earned a Silver Level award for "their dedicated participation in activities, board development and training and demonstrated leadership at various areas and levels." The board earned the award for the participation in the ALL program, which stands for Act, Learn and Lead. The program honors the work of school boards striving to enhance knowledge base of board work.
PLANKINTON — Two people sustained minor injuries in a one-vehicle crash Monday afternoon near Plankinton. At approximately 2:21 p.m., 73-year-old Wayne Anderson, of Yankton, was traveling westbound on Interstate 90, near exit 307, and drove a 2014 Honda Pilot off the road. The vehicle went into left median, causing the airbags to deploy, according to the Aurora County Sheriff's Office. Anderson and the other passenger, 73-year-old Mary Lou Anderson, of Yankton, both sustained minor injuries. Both were transported to Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell.
A moose was on the loose in Mitchell Monday morning, a first for the Davison County city. The moose was spotted approximately at 9 a.m. near the Lakeview Golf Course. Law enforcement from the Mitchell Police Division and South Dakota Department of Game, Fish & Parks responded and were successful in moving the moose northward and away from the city. According to Andy Petersen, a GF&P conservation officer in Mitchell, approximately 10 officers assisted in guiding the moose north. The moose was officially outside city limits by approximately 1:30 p.m.