Aberdeen American News
ABERDEEN, S.D. — The oldest of three children went back into a burning trailer home to rescue his sister Tuesday morning, June 11, according to Aberdeen Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Stacy Vrchota. The fire was reported shortly before 8 a.m. in the Park Village mobile home court on 12th Avenue Southwest near U.S. Highway 281, Aberdeen American News reported. Vrchota said smoke from the fire was reported by a trooper from the South Dakota Highway Patrol who was passing on the highway. The mobile home had considerable damage following the fire.
BRITTON, S.D. — A Britton man has admitted to charges of raping an infant and a teen, but also claims he was mentally ill at the time. Chance A. Severson, 29, accepted a plea agreement in which he admitted to one count of first-degree rape and one count of statutory rape, the Aberdeen American News reported. According to court documents, Severson had intercourse with a 10-month-old girl in June 2017 and, in a separate incident, intercourse with a 15-year-old between Dec. 1, 2016 and July 11, 2017.
ABERDEEN, S.D. — More than two months after Aberdeen police responded to a reported homicide, no charges have been filed. The report made April 4 involved an infant’s death that is suspected to have been caused by the mother’s drug abuse, according to a news release from the Aberdeen Police Department. The baby was delivered prematurely at Sanford Aberdeen Medical Center.
TOLSTOY, S.D. - Two people have been confirmed dead after a house fire Saturday, May 18, north of Tolstoy in north-central South Dakota. “There were two fatalities at a rural farm, south of Bowdle and north of Tolstoy,” said Kyle Couchey, coroner for Edmunds County and a sheriff’s deputy. A house fire was reported Saturday morning in rural Tolstoy just as it was getting light out, Couchey said. Tolstoy is about 75 miles west of Aberdeen. A cause of death has not been determined, nor has a cause for the fire.
ABERDEEN, S.D. - A former Aberdeen physician was sentenced Monday to 18 months in prison with a fine of $20,000 after admitting to a felony charge of illegally distributing the prescription painkiller oxycodone. Judge Charles Kornmann said during the hearing that the sentence was the most lenient he could impose on Troy E. Adolfson, 47.
ABERDEEN, S.D. - An Aberdeen man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison in connection to the 2018 robbery of Super 8 East. Nicholas A. Peterson, 32, pleaded guilty Wednesday morning, April 17, to felony robbery and ingestion of methamphetamine. The charges stem from two separate cases. The robbery charge is from the Jan. 27, 2018, robbery. According to police reports at the time, a person wearing a mask and brandishing a handgun stole an undisclosed amount of cash from the motel.
SISSETON, S.D. - A man faces a federal charge of aggravated assault with intent to commit murder in Roberts County, according to court documents.
ABERDEEN, S.D. — An Aberdeen man waived his request for a trial Friday, April 5, and pleaded guilty two counts of attempted possession/manufacture of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. Michael S. Robey, 42, admitted to setting up a phone to try to take pictures of two juvenile boys while they entered a shower and to possessing a picture of a juvenile between the ages of 8 and 10 performing oral sex on an adult.
Two people accused of traveling through the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in central South Dakota with 157 pounds of marijuana in a U-Haul have pleaded not guilty, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office. Brendan Lee, 23, of Chesterton, Ind., and Sarah Worthman, 23, of Bloomfield, Ind., entered their pleas earlier this month. According to court documents, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe law officers initiated a traffic stop on Feb. 21. Worthman, who was driving, was pulled over for speeding on U.S. Highway 212 in Dewey County.
MOBRIDGE, S.D. - To keep drugs out of the wrong hands, the Mobridge Police Department, like many others, collects unused prescriptions. Recently, it collected a bottle full of pills dated Aug. 29, 1960, according to a post on its Facebook page. The bottle was from the Rutherford Drug Co. in Winner, and was prescribed by a Dr. Lillard. The name of the person the drug was issued to was blocked out. The directions read, “One capsule every four hours as required for pain. Do not use when operating any vehicle.”