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A Mitchell man who earlier pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison. Kelly Watts, 26, was accused in December of stealing heat pumps from a shed on the property he rented from Reimnitz Properties. "In this case, I don't believe Watts has shown anything resembling the ability to be supervised in community," said Bob O'Keefe, deputy Davison County state's attorney.
A possibility of strong thunderstorms with tornadic activity brought a strange-looking vehicle to the Mitchell area Wednesday. A group of storm chasers from TVN Weather, based in Oklahoma, stopped at Culver's for lunch and had many people curious about the Dominator 3. Kevin Barton, of Norman, Okla., was one of a team of four in the Dominator 3, a modified Ford F-350 truck. The Dominator 3 is built to withstand an EF-4 tornado, Barton said, the second most severe rating on a scale from EF-0, the lowest rating, to EF-5, the highest rating.
LAKE ANDES — Trail cameras typically shoot photos of bucks, but one snapped pictures of a Lake Andes man stealing a Buick in May. Kevin Swanson, 53, is charged with third-degree burglary, a felony with a maximum penalty upon conviction of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine for allegedly going onto another person's property without permission.
Technology will dominate this year's Dakotafest in Mitchell. Ray Bianchi, senior director for IDEAg Group -- which owns Dakotafest -- said there will be a total of four programs held on drones between today and Wednesday.
LAKE ANDES -- A Lake Andes man accused of shooting and killing a neighbor's horses has pleaded no contest to two counts of reckless discharge of weapons. Ray Johanneson, 69, entered his plea by way of his attorney during court Tuesday at the Charles Mix County Courthouse in Lake Andes. Deputy State's Attorney Scott Podhradsky said Johanneson took the plea deal prior to court Tuesday. In exchange for his plea, the state agreed to drop five charges of killing or injuring the animal of another.
A Mitchell man is accused of making lewd phone calls to a customer after she left the business he works at. Nicholas Koepsell, 36, picked up a woman's vehicle at her home on July 25 to have the windshield fixed. He got the 60-year-old woman's contact information from his workplace and texted her after he returned his vehicle, according to court documents. He sent her a text message saying she looked "sexy," documents say. He then called the woman and propositioned her for sex. The woman declined and hung up. Court documents say he called her back, apologized, but made more lewd comments.
A Mitchell firefighter who was playing softball helped save a fellow player's life Tuesday evening at the ballpark. Zach Dalrymple, an emergency medical technician with the Mitchell Fire Division, was playing softball in the men's city league tournament with his team, Guns and Hoses. The team is made up of firefighters and police officers, he said. "I was in the dugout and a guy came running over from a different team and said he needed a medic," Dalrymple said. "They had a guy going down." The victim suffered from dehydration and heat exhaustion, Dalrymple said.
Members of Girl Scout Troop 57705 have seen weekend snack packs distributed in their schools before.
Six years ago, Deb Weitala knew God was leading her toward creating a food pack program in Mitchell. After she attended the 2008 Global Leadership Summit, she gained the passion she needed to make her goal came to fruition. In 2009, she packed the Corn Palace with volunteers to make food packs for the hungry in Third World countries. In partnership with Northridge Baptist Church, Dakota Wesleyan University will host Mitchell's first event of the Global Leadership Summit, which is telecast from Chicago.