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ABERDEEN, S.D. - A former Aberdeen man who had been granted a new trial in connection to 2012 charges of rape and sexual contact with a child has had the counts dismissed. An April trial had been scheduled for Frederick B. Slota, 47, who was accused of engaging in sexual contact with a 7-year-old girl between Aug. 28, 2012, and Dec. 8, 2012. In 2014, he was convicted at trial and sentenced to 30 years in prison.
ABERDEEN, S.D. - Hemp is no longer a controlled substance in South Dakota, but that doesn’t mean farmers can rush out to plant it. The 2018 Farm Bill doesn’t include hemp as a controlled substance, North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. But north of the border, farmers will still need to be licensed and pass a background check before they can grow it. And once the crop is in the ground, he said, regular testing is required to ensure tetrahydrocannabinol levels do not exceed the minimum threshold of 0.03 percent.
ABERDEEN, S.D. — An Ipswich man who admitted he engaged in sexual acts with two calves near Bath received a short prison sentence, but he won't have to turn himself in for at least 30 days. James M. Schumacher, 58, was sentenced on two charges of felony bestiality today, and received a two-year prison sentence with all but 60 days suspended on each charge. Both sentences will be served at the same time. Bestiality laws prohibit sexual acts with animals.
ABERDEEN, S.D. - Tamara St. John’s election to the state House of Representatives is what some thought was an improbable accomplishment. Even she doubted her chances. The 52-year-old Republican from Sisseton was the top vote getter in a three-way race for two seats in District 1. She will head to Pierre in January, the first member of the GOP to serve the district since 2001.
ABERDEEN, S.D. - Prosecutors will not seek the death penalty against a 38-year-old woman who has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in her murder case. Tanisha Renee Jordan-Mondo, 38, faces murder charges in the death of Michelle Ladner, 37, who was found the evening of July 19 when police officers and emergency responders were called to a medical emergency at her apartment building in the 1500 block of South Grant Street. Ladner had stab wounds to the neck and arm, plus other superficial wounds. She died July 25 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.
ABERDEEN, S.D. — A tribe is calling for the revocation of a sheriff-elect’s law enforcement certification after he was charged with assault. Korey Ware, Roberts County's sheriff-elect, made a brief court appearance in Aberdeen Wednesday morning, Nov. 28. Ware, 28, of Sisseton, is facing alternate charges of felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor simple assault. No further details on the case were provided in court. Ware did not enter a plea.
ABERDEEN, S.D. -- The sheriff-elect of Roberts County facing assault charges made a brief court appearance Wednesday morning, Nov. 28, but did not enter a plea. Korey Ware, 28, of Sisseton has been charged with felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor simple assault following a Oct. 6 incident in Aberdeen. According to court documents, Ware is accused of assaulting a 30-year-old man in Brown County. A warrant was issued for his arrest Oct. 23. He was released on a $1,000 cash bond.
ABERDEEN, S.D. - Carl Perry doesn't have to look too far for something to do in Aberdeen. His theory is simple. "If you don’t want to do anything, it doesn’t matter where you live ... you can have nothing to do. If you want to have something to do, this town offers a lot to do," he said.
ABERDEEN, S.D. - Tyrell Heaton wants to change the conversation from divisive to unifying in his quest for president in 2020. Heaton, 44, originally from Redfield, has had paperwork on file with the Federal Elections Commission since 2017. He hopes to be a Democratic presidential candidate and announced his bid with a news release this week.