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The man responsible for causing a March 24 traffic crash in Mitchell that led to the death of a 9-year-old girl was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison. Michael Ray Sedlmeier, 46, of Mitchell, pleaded guilty June 12 to first-degree manslaughter and third-offense drunken driving. He had initially pleaded not guilty to those and other charges on April 17, but changed the plea after prosecutors agreed not to recommend more than a 40-year prison sentence. The maximum punishment for first-degree manslaughter is life in prison.
Law enforcement has searched both the home day care and residence of an infant who died under what authorities have deemed suspicious circumstances. The searches were conducted in connection with the death of three-month-old Brooklyn Kennedy Howard, who died June 19 after she was cared for at a home day care in rural Davison County.
SALEM -- Turn on those taps. The city of Salem restored water service to its residents Thursday afternoon. Residents in the city were told Wednesday not to use tap water after a computer component failed and caused the city's water treatment plant to shut down. A replacement part was brought to the city Thursday, said City Finance Officer Lori Heumiller. The part was installed, programming was completed and the water tower was refilling by 3:30 p.m. It had dropped dangerously low Wednesday night and Thursday morning. At 5:30 p.m.
SALEM -- Both residents and city officials in Salem are hoping a problem with the city's water treatment plant is resolved and normal water service is restored before the end of the day. Residents in the city were told Wednesday not to use tap water after a computer component failed and caused the city's water treatment plant to shut down. A replacement part is expected to arrive in Sioux Falls at 10 a.m. today and will hopefully be in Salem shortly after that, said City Finance Officer Lori Heumiller.
SALEM -- What water shortage? While most Salem residents did all they could to conserve water during a shortage Wednesday caused by a malfunction at the city's water treatment plant, there was plenty to go around at the city's newly reopened public pool. The pool had been closed since Sunday because its water pump, which circulates the pool's water through a filter, stopped working.
SALEM -- A water shortage looms in Salem after the city's water treatment plant was shut down Wednesday. City officials said a failure of the plant's computer-run control system led to the problem. The city hopes to have water back on today. Bill Selland, the city's water and sewer superintendent, said the malfunction occurred sometime between 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m.
SALEM -- A water shortage looms in Salem after the city's water treatment plant was shut down due to what a city official believes is a problem with the plant's computer-run control system. Bill Selland, water and sewer superintendent for the City of Salem, said the malfunction occurred sometime between 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m.
A Mitchell-area farmer was sentenced Tuesday to 30 days in jail and ordered to pay $13,722.21 in restitution for stealing more than 750 bushels of corn from his neighbor in December. Scott Suelflow, 53, pleaded guilty to one count of grand theft on May 31, more than five months after he was arrested for stealing corn out of storage bins on the farm of Gene Stehly in rural Mitchell. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors agreed to drop an additional count of grand theft.
It might be a good time for a swim. With the temperature today in Mitchell expected to reach 98 degrees with a heat index of 104, and the National Weather Service forecasting highs above 90 for the rest of the week, Mitchell Recreation Coordinator Kevin DeVries expects locals will come in droves to the city's pool looking for relief from the heat. "We're hoping for good numbers," he said. No matter how hot the weather gets, DeVries said the pool will stay open. "We do have the umbrellas that people can sit under for shade," DeVries said.
An autopsy of a three-month-old infant who died Tuesday in Davison County has been completed, but authorities continue to withhold further information three days since the death occurred. Investigators are apparently still determining the circumstances surrounding the death of Brooklyn Kennedy Howard, daughter of Amy Ruml and Donny Howard, of Mitchell.