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Charles Mix sheriff says homicides spurred by ‘rage thing’

Published 02/25/2009, The Daily Republic

LAKE ANDES –- Alcohol and drugs are to blame for much of the violent crime in Charles Mix County, according to Sheriff Ray Westendorf, but he doesn’t believe substance abuse is driving up the county’s homicide rate.
The death of 43-year-old Louis Fast Horse is the latest suspected homicide to hit the community of about 800 people. Jennifer Ladd, 36, allegedly stabbed Fast Horse, who was her boyfriend, and caused his death at approximately 12:30 a.m. Feb. 15. Both Ladd and Fast Horse were Lake Andes residents.

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