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GANN VALLEY—A Stickney man was ordered to pay $1,119 in restitution earlier this month for stealing from a fencing company in August. William Langstraat, 22, pleaded guilty to and was convicted of first-degree petty theft of more than $400, a Class 1 misdemeanor, on Jan. 9 before a Buffalo County court. Warrants for both Langstraat and 44-year-old Tyler Naser, of Gann Valley, were issued on Oct. 7. According to court documents, Langstraat was arrested on Nov. 3, and the warrant for Naser remains outstanding. Langstraat was released on a $1,000 cash bond.
Three of the area's favorite delicacies will be provided by local businesses and will be on display at a reception for the USS South Dakota submarine commissioning next week in Connecticut. Chislic, kuchen and popcorn balls will be on the menu for more than 2,500 guests and sailors at the reception following the event in in Groton, Connecticut on Feb. 2.
Lyman County Sheriff Steve Manger has been appointed to the South Dakota 24/7 Sobriety Program Advisory Board, Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced Thursday. "He has dealt firsthand with the 24/7 Sobriety Program since its inception," Ravnsborg said. "Steve's experience in law enforcement and his oversight of the 24/7 Sobriety Program in his county make him the perfect fit for this board position."
A Mitchell man was arrested Sunday for allegedly tying up a woman and threatening her with a knife and a gun. The incident reportedly began when 23-year-old Jose Ortiz Rodriguez and the woman had a verbal argument while shopping earlier that day, and the two got into a vehicle and continued the argument in a parking lot. The woman fled from the vehicle, and Ortiz Rodriguez found her and got her into an apartment. According to court documents, inside the apartment, Ortiz Rodriguez tied the woman's hands with a torn shirt and headband and tied another shirt around her mouth.
A Mount Vernon man was charged Monday with driving drunk and without a license with two children unrestrained in his vehicle. William Frederick, 23, now faces two felony, five misdemeanor and two petty offense charges. At 9:32 p.m. on Monday, a deputy from the Davison County Sheriff's Office was called to 254th Street, about a quarter-mile east of Betts Road. There, he reportedly found a green Plymouth Neon stuck in the snow in the north ditch, facing east.
The following cases were among those heard during a felony court session Tuesday at the Davison County Public Safety Center. • Rebecca Whaley, 33, of Plainview, Nebraska, failed to appear on charges of possession of a controlled substance in schedules I or II, a Class 5 felony which carries a maximum penalty of five years in the state penitentiary and a fine of $10,000, and reckless driving, 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.
SALEM — Authorities on Tuesday identified a Salem woman as the person who died in a tractor-van crash on Jan. 16. Helene Eichacker, 85, was the passenger in a 2013 Chrysler Town and Country that crashed into a 1998 John Deere tractor on S.D. Highway 38, about one mile west of Salem. She was airlifted to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls and died Thursday as a result of her injuries.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Presho LYMAN'S SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECT ACCEPTING BIDS: Lyman Superintendent Rob Davis informed the school board that advertisements for bids for the school building project were sent out this week. The bid opening date is set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the high school music room. The school district also scheduled a pre-bid meeting for Jan. 24 at the Presho gym that will give potential bidders the opportunity to review the project before submitting their bids.
RELIANCE — A 44-year-old man was transported to the hospital with minor injuries following a one-vehicle rollover Thursday along Interstate 90 in Lyman County. The crash happened shortly before 10:30 a.m. at mile marker 251 on Interstate 90, about 3 miles east of Reliance and 10 miles west of Chamberlain.
Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell has been sold to a firm based in the state of Washington. EmpRes Healthcare Management will take over management on Feb. 1 at the 1120 E. Seventh Ave. site. The facility will officially take the Firesteel Healthcare Center name, as it was previously known as Firesteel Healthcare Community under Welcov Healthcare, the previous owners of the long-term nursing care facility, which has 168 beds.