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The Davison County Commission will hold two executive sessions regarding personnel and meet with Emergency Management Administrator Jeff Bathke during its regular meeting Tuesday. Following the two executive sessions — which will take place at 9:15 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. — the commission will discuss approving mutual aid agreement at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell. The commission's agenda is as follows: • 9 a.m.: Call meeting to order, Pledge of Allegiance, approve minutes, citizens input and board reports.
The Mitchell City Council will consider a plan tonight to revamp and streamline its tax increment financing district procedures. The plan comes at the request of City Attorney Justin Johnson to attempt to remove a number of additional steps and requirements that aren't required under state law, according to Johnson. The council will hold a first reading on the plan at its regular meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. tonight at Mitchell City Hall.
BURKE—A man who was convicted Friday of passing a forged $500 check written to himself in June 2017 will serve three years probation. Aaron Legge, 21, of Gregory, was originally charged with passing two forged checks, but the state dropped the charge of the alleged $56.11 forged check when Legge pleaded guilty to the second charge. The $500 check was passed at a Gregory bowling alley. Both checks were reportedly stolen from the same couple, who wrote in an affidavit that they believed a family member had taken the checks and given them to Legge.
FORT THOMPSON—Two Fort Thompson men pleaded not guilty Friday to federal charges regarding a stolen firearm. Jacob Hawk Wing, 24, pleaded not guilty of possession of a stolen firearm, while Craig Ross, 29, additionally pleaded not guilty for being a felon in possession of a firearm, as he had previously been convicted of a felony. According to a press release from U.S. District Attorney Ron Parsons, both men were indicted by a federal grand jury on Sept. 11 for events that allegedly took place on July 29 and reportedly led to the two possessing a stolen firearm.
CHAMBERLAIN—A former Crow Creek District Business Committee treasurer appeared in federal court and pleaded guilty to embezzlement Thursday. If convicted of the federal misdemeanor, Lana Steele, 52, of Chamberlain, could face up to a year in federal prison, a $100,000 fine, a year of supervised release and a special assessment of $25 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Steele has agreed to pay restitution, according to a press release from United States District Attorney Ron Parsons.
Here are bankruptcy filings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of South Dakota, for Sept. 20 through Sept. 26. Individuals can file Chapter 7 petitions (asking that debts be liquidated); Chapter 12 (a simplified reorganization method for farmers and ranchers whose gross debt does not exceed $1.5 million); and Chapter 13 (a plan to repay some debts in three to five years). Businesses can file Chapter 11 petitions to reorganize their debts under a court-approved plan for repayment. • Brandon: Spencer Dean Wrightsman, Chapter 7. • Brookings: Thomas Elver Hanson, Chapter 7.
The following marriage licenses were issued in Davison County for marriages between the dates of June 23 through Sept. 9. • Aaron Pemrick, 30, Mitchell; Kayla Battes, 28, Mitchell. • Silas Waldner, 23, Raymond; Margaret Waldner, 27, Kimball. • James Hohn, 48, Mitchell; Diana Gerlach, 48, Corsica. • Madecadel Juarez, 36, Mitchell; Timmi Grablander, 29, Mitchell. • Robert Styles, 46, Goose Creek, South Carolina; Tara Hartman, 42, Goose Creek, South Carolina. • Jonathon Hart, 29, Mitchell; Danielle Schuch, 26, Mitchell.
MURDO—A man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly choking a woman. The Jones County Sheriff's Office received a call that night from the woman, who said that she and Daniel Patterson, 30, of Murdo, were fighting. The woman reportedly said she had picked up Patterson from a bar earlier and they had both fallen asleep, but that she woke up to Patterson yelling at her. The woman said Patterson proceeded to push on her chest and then choked her, and at one point she bit his hand in self-defense.
Former Mid-Central Educational Cooperative Director Dan Guericke has a change of plea hearing scheduled, the South Dakota Attorney General's Office announced Thursday afternoon. Guericke, who was charged with altering and backdating Mid-Central contracts, will have a hearing at 10 a.m. Friday at the Douglas County Courthouse in Armour. He originally pleaded not guilty in April 2016.
South Dakota Democratic candidate for governor Billie Sutton released a poll Thursday showing he's leading opponent Kristi Noem, a Republican, by 3 percentage points. The polling firm ALG Research conducted the poll, which showed 45-42 in favor of Sutton.