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Local speeders are seeing something new in their rearview mirrors. Since July, Mitchell police have been using a Polaris RZR utility vehicle to patrol the city streets. It was a three-year project to acquire the vehicle, said Maj. Leon Baier. "When gasoline had gone to four-plus-dollars for a while, the mayor had asked departments to see what they could do to save gas and still give the public the service they deserve," Baier said. Baier said he investigated purchasing a single-person ATV like a four-wheeler, a motorcycle or a utility vehicle.
A 15-year-old suffered injuries after the family dog bit her Sunday afternoon. Detective Lt. Don Everson said the incident occurred on the 900 block of Court Merrill. The police report states the girl was petting the dog and it attacked her for no reason, he said. The girl's family took her to Avera Urgent Care for medical treatment for a laceration on her head. The girl received four staples to close a 3-centimeter cut. Everson said the family did not have proof of current rabies vaccinations, so law enforcement impounded the dog at Osterhaus Animal Shelter.
A Mitchell man is in Davison County Jail after law enforcement searched his residence Thursday and found drugs, paraphernalia and packaging supplies. Dayton Charles Ellman, 28, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana greater than 2 ounces and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. All three charges are felonies each carrying anywhere from two to 10 years in prison and $4,000 to $20,000 in fines. The Mitchell Police Division executed a search warrant around 2:35 p.m. Thursday at Ellman's residence at 318 E. 11th Ave. Detective Lt.
A Woonsocket man received a suspended execution of sentence Tuesday in Mitchell for a theft by insufficient funds conviction. Merle Northrup, 41, received a three-year prison term, which is suspended on several conditions. He will also be on probation for two years and serve 30 days in jail. Northrup wrote a bad check for $1,113 to Jack's Campers in Mitchell in July 2010 when he knew he didn't have enough money to cover it, said Assistant Davison County State's Attorney Robert O'Keefe. O'Keefe also said Northrup wrote another check for $2,912.59 to A-Ox in Mitchell.
A Mitchell man has been arrested for grand theft in connection with a stolen vehicle he was found driving. Richard Little Hoop, 18, apparently took a blue Dodge Stratus from the Village Bowl parking lot just after midnight Tuesday. He was pulled over at 12:33 a.m. near Third Avenue and Sanborn Boulevard for driving without the headlights on. The officer found Little Hoop had no driver's license and identified him through questioning, said Detective Lt. Don Everson, of the Mitchell Police Division.
A Mitchell man will serve two years on probation for a drug charge. Judge Sean O'Brien sentenced Ronnie Whitaker, 22, on Tuesday to two years in prison for possession of a controlled substance but suspended execution of the sentence if Whitaker complies with his terms of probation. While on probation, Whitaker must pay a $500 fee, $104 in court costs, $126.20 in prosecution costs and repay court appointed attorney fees. He also cannot possess or consume alcohol, enter establishments where alcohol is the primary item for sale, or consume or be around marijuana.
CORSICA -- Pictures and signs adorned the hallways Wednesday at Corsica High School as students, faculty and staff, along with the community, paid tribute to sophomore Andrea Cleveland, 16. According to information provided by a Highway Patrol trooper and the state Department of Public Safety, Cleveland died Tuesday from injuries she suffered in a car accident Sunday.
A Mitchell man will serve two prison sentences concurrently for a forgery conviction and for violating his probation. Judge Sean O'Brien sentenced Dustin Thuringer, 25, on Tuesday to four years in prison for forging several checks in the name of his father, Kevin Thuringer. O'Brien also reinstated a three-year prison sentence for violating probation on a grand theft charge from 2008. Thuringer violated several terms by forging checks, driving without a driver's license, consuming alcohol and failing to perform community service.
A local company is suing a Mitchell woman for damages she allegedly caused in September to an uncured sidewalk. The city of Mitchell hired Big-O-Concrete to pour a new sidewalk. Big-O poured the sidewalk Sept. 2 on Pebble Beach Road and set orange caution cones around the area until the concrete cured. Before the cement had finished drying, Diana Reiner allegedly rode her bicycle through the cones and onto the sidewalk. The damage measured approximately 195 feet. According to court documents, people who witnessed the event yelled at Reiner to stop.
Mitchell's unemployment rate dropped for the fourth straight month in September, according to new data from the state Department of Labor. Mitchell's unemployment has decreased 0.8 percentage points in that time, going from 4.2 percent in May to 3.4 percent in September. Mitchell's rate also is lower than the state rate of 4.1 percent and the national average of 8.8 percent. The numbers are not seasonally adjusted to remove impacts from seasonal industries such as construction and tourism.