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PIERRE — Maj. Gen. Timothy Reisch, the adjunct general of the South Dakota National Guard, announced his retirement on Thursday. Reisch, a native of Howard, has been in the state’s top military post since April 2011 and will continue serving until June under new Gov. Kristi Noem.
PUKWANA—A Washington man was arrested Saturday for allegedly blocking traffic on Interstate 90 and resisting arrest while marijuana, cocaine and a gun were in his vehicle. At 1:46 p.m., about five miles east of Pukwana, a South Dakota Highway Patrol officer pulled over a vehicle with California plates that was eastbound on the interstate and reportedly traveling 85 mph. According to court documents, the officer smelled marijuana when he approached the vehicle, which was driven by 39-year-old Jamecus Hodges of Spokane, Washington.
HERMOSA—A woman died Wednesday night in a one-vehicle crash in Custer County. The 78-year-old woman was driving a 2002 GMC Yukon east on Box Canyon Road about six miles west of Hermosa when the vehicle left the road, went down an embankment and off a 50-foot-high cliff, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. The vehicle came to rest on its roof. The driver was not wearing a seat belt during the crash, which occurred at 6:23 p.m. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her name has not been released by authorities pending the notification of family.
LAKE ANDES—A Lake Andes man arrested in July for stealing three cans of beer from an apartment was given a sentence Tuesday that included paying $3 in restitution. Police received a call on July 20 stating that 40-year-old Jonathan Abdo had broken into the apartment, and they were later told that Abdo had entered through a sliding glass door and that the man who lived in the apartment had noticed three beers missing from his refrigerator. Abdo was arrested five days later and charged with second-degree burglary and second-degree petty theft of $400 or less.
Two people died and another was injured in a one-vehicle crash late Tuesday night near Mitchell. The crash occurred at about 10:40 p.m. on Interstate 90 near the Riverside Road exit, which is about three miles east of Mitchell. The South Dakota Department of Safety said more information will be available later this morning.
YANKTON — Voters in Yankton approved a $12 million bond issue for a new outdoor aquatic center on Tuesday. Sixty-six percent of voters were in favor of the new pool, as 2,481 votes were in support and 1,266 votes were in opposition. The bond was approved by the Yankton City Commission in October, but opponents of a plan successfully petitioned for an election. Yankton's current pool, located at Fantle Memorial Park, was built 70 years ago and hasn't been renovated since 1977.
The following cases were among those heard during a felony court session Tuesday at the Davison County Public Safety Center. • Verlyn Drapeau Jr., 19, of Mitchell, failed to appear on charges of fourth-degree rape of a victim 13 but less than 16, a Class 3 felony which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in the state penitentiary and a fine of $30,000, and simple assault intentionally causing bodily injury, a Class 1 misdemeanor which carries a maximum penalty of one year in the county jail and a fine of $2,000; Court issued a no-bond bench warrant.
PIERRE—A high-risk inmate finishing a three-year sentence will be released from prison Tuesday. The South Dakota Department of Corrections announced Friday afternoon that 28-year-old Cory Yellow Boy will have completed his sentence for second-degree escape from Pennington County. Yellow Boy, who has indicated plans to live in Rapid City following his release, will not be on parole or other supervision.
PRESHO—Litigation was filed in Lyman County last week after a product from a Nebraska company allegedly made 1,000 head of cattle sick and killed more than 40. According to court documents, Presho Livestock, LLC, purchased a feed product from Norfolk, Nebraska-based Battle Creek/CHS, LLC, on Nov. 10, 2016. The product, known as Rumensin, was a supplement intended to allow cattle to get more energy from their food and to control coccidiosis, an intestinal disease. The product is available in a liquid form that can be added to feed.
An autopsy will be conducted on the body of a deceased 52-year-old male who was found in an open field near a car, Mitchell authorities said Monday. At approximately 10:22 a.m. Monday, officers were dispatched to the 1600 block of South Burr Street on a report of a suspicious vehicle parked with the engine running. The man’s body was located outside of the vehicle a short distance from the car.