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It's beginning to look a lot like a brown Christmas this year. Sunday's high of 60 in Mitchell was the latest in a series of warm, dry days as the winter holiday approaches. It was only a week away on Sunday, but it felt like months. The high on Sunday didn't quite break records, but it came close. The record high in Mitchell for Dec.
A master's degree program is in the works at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell for students seeking what is described as a focused and practical business education. Although the master's of business and strategic leadership program will likely not be available until August, officials are excited about its potential. "It's unique as far as not only the delivery, but also the general feel of it," said Wade Druin, associate professor and business department chair at DWU.
Christmastime is meant to be a cheerful time as shoppers head to many retail stores to purchase gifts. But some of those who seem to be shoppers are actually shoplifters. Local retailers and law enforcement say it's a common crime during the holidays and year-round. So far this year, the Mitchell Police Division has had 88 reports of shoplifting, which is about on track with 2010, said Detective Lt. Don Everson.
The Mitchell Police Division has arrested another Dakota Wesleyan University student they said is connected with a series of burglaries that took place over the Thanksgiving break. Ashley Kay Styer, 18, was arrested Tuesday for her alleged role in the burglaries. "Through investigation, her name came up as a suspect," said Detective Lt. Don Everson of the Mitchell Police Division.
A Mitchell man has been arrested for aggravated assault and assault on an officer. Both are felony charges. William Corcoran, 38, was arrested Dec. 10 for assaulting his wife. Mitchell Police Officer Paul Wilson responded to a 911 call at the couple's residence and spoke with the wife, who said Corcoran punched her in the face, choked and head-butted her. She also said Corcoran broke her phone as she tried to call 911.
A Mitchell woman who assaulted a police officer in March received a suspended execution of a five-month prison sentence Tuesday. Ada Morales, 41, kept a tissue in her hand during the proceeding, and occasionally wiped her eyes. Morales, the mother of 2009 murder victim Jasmine Guevara, told Judge Sean O'Brien she is still dealing with the death of her daughter but she has accepted responsibility for her actions. In March, law enforcement responded to a mental illness call at Morales' home.
The man accused of severely injuring a Mitchell man outside Thirsty's Bar in September pleaded guilty to aggravated assault Tuesday. William Watkins, 34, of Mitchell, allegedly attacked 36-year-old Clint Dreyer on Sept. 30. Dreyer was also allegedly assaulted by bar manager Thomas Somerville earlier the same night. A presentence investigation was ordered. Sentencing is set for 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 21. Watkins had been scheduled for a February jury trial. Court documents state Dreyer apparently didn't do anything to provoke the attacks.
As volunteer Robin Jones counted money from a red kettle Thursday evening in Mitchell, she noticed a $1 bill that was oddly heavy. On the back side, she found a gold Krugerrand coin taped in the center. The anonymous boost was a welcome one for Mitchell's Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign, said Maj. Linda Jones. "This will really help out," she said. Kettle donations are down $6,000 from this time last year and mail-in donations are down $7,000.
The Burr and Norway intersection is the most dangerous in Mitchell, according to crash statistics. Over the last six years, there have been 37 non-injury accidents and 12 injury accidents at the busy corner in the southeastern part of the city. Other accident-prone intersections over the past six years include Havens and Sanborn (24 non-injury, eight injury accidents), Havens and Rowley (23 non-injury, nine injury) and Burr and Interstate 90 (23 non-injury and six injury, including off- and on-ramp intersections). The numbers have helped state and local officials determine which streets and
A Mitchell man will serve 75 days in the Davison County Jail on a fourth-degree rape conviction. Judge Sean O'Brien sentenced Dustin Nordrum, 18, on Thursday to five years in prison but granted a suspended execution of sentence, meaning Nordrum can avoid prison if he abides by certain terms of probation. Nordrum was originally charged with misdemeanor sexual contact and two charges of felony fourth-degree rape. The charges stemmed from three incidents -- one of sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl in May, and two of sexual penetration involving a 15-year-old in June and a 14-y