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Monte Burton and Betty Jean (Bles) Wilson, Mitchell, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6, at James Valley Community Center, Mitchell. Their anniversary is Aug. 12. The event is hosted by their three children and their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Greeting may be sent to P.O. Box 95, Mitchell, S.D. 57301.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Chamberlain
The following cases were among those heard Tuesday during a regularly scheduled circuit court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell. Not guilty pleas • Izaah Gertsema, 20, of Mitchell, denied violating probation by not maintaining employment, not enrolling in a sex-offender treatment program and moving into a residence that housed juveniles without alerting court services. A trial was scheduled for August. Gertsema was originally sentenced for fourth-degree rape of a person between 13 and 16.
A Colome woman will receive a new sentence after the state's high court decided the state breached a plea agreement. Lisa Slotsky, 38, was sentenced five years in prison, one suspended, with credit for five days served, on Sept. 15 by Gregory County Judge Kathleen Trandahl for ingestion of methamphetamine, stemming from a March 26, 2015, traffic arrest.
HURON — A plane crash near Huron last week was caused by engine failure, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. At about 7 p.m. on July 19, a Meyers 200B airplane conducted a forced landing near Huron, an NTSB report said, which caused minor injuries to the pilot and a passenger. The aircraft took on substantial damage. According to NTSB, the flight originated in Nevada, but the pilot stopped in Casper, Wyoming, after noticing oil on the windscreen. The flight continued to Huron, where the pilot stopped at the Huron Regional Airport.
DANTE — A Dante man was charged with first-degree rape of a minor for incidents that allegedly occurred from 2007 to 2012. Aaron Beeson, 20, was arrested on July 6 and has been charged with two counts of first-degree rape, which means the victim was less than 13 years old, for initiating several forms of sexual contact with a young girl in two Dante residences over the course of several years, court documents state.
KENNEBEC—Pea-to-golf ball-sized hail was reported during a storm that moved through the region Tuesday night. According to the Lyman County Sheriff's Office, the storm produced hail stones of various sizes across the county, some as large as golf balls, but no damage was reported as of 7:30 p.m. The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls did not immediately have a total amount of rainfall in the area.
A Mitchell man charged with eluding police and crashing into two vehicles is scheduled for two trials after he allegedly absconded from supervision of law enforcement. Two jury trials for Charles Reed, 36, were scheduled for September when Reed was in court Tuesday at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell.
PLANKINTON—Two Minnesota residents were injured in a crash Monday night west of Plankinton. Tyreak Walker, 20, of Twin Valley, Minnesota, was traveling eastbound on I-90 around 11:05 p.m. in a 1991 Ford Taurus, near mile marker 303 when he lost control of the vehicle and rear-ended a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. Walker and a passenger, Kiena Beack, 19, of Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, suffered minor injuries and were transported to a hospital. Both were wearing seat belts.
An Ethan man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to vehicular homicide and three other charges stemming from a crash that killed an 18-year-old man from Alexandria. Tate Thompson, 18, also pleaded not guilty Tuesday to vehicular battery, hit and run causing injury or death and driving under the influence during a circuit court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell.