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ETHAN — An Ethan man was arrested Tuesday for the rape of a 15-year-old boy. Allen Palmer, 28, admitted to having sex with a 15 year old at least 10 times over a two-year period. Palmer allegedly also said that he believed that the victim was at least 16 and that everything was consensual. Palmer told law enforcement that he would pick up the boy in Mitchell, take him to Ethan, and later bring him back to Mitchell.
WAGNER — The South Dakota Highway Patrol made three arrests in Wagner on May 19 after pulling over a car without plates. One of those arrested was David Arrow Jr., 31, of Ravinia. Arrow is charged with possession of a controlled substance in schedule II and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Mitchell Area Community Theatre held Awards Night ceremonies for the 25th season of ACT on June 21 at the Pepsi-Cola Theatre for the Performing Arts in Mitchell. Season productions vying for awards included "Mary Poppins;" "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow;" "It's a Wonderful Life;" "Blythe Spirit," and "9 to 5, The Musical."
The following cases were disposed in Davison County Magistrate Court between May 21 and June 4: • Terrain Jay Holland, 19, Mitchell; petty theft, second degree, $400 or less; $54 fine; $66 costs; 10 days in jail; 10 days suspended; conditions: pay fines, costs and fees today; have no like offenses and obey all laws for 180 days. • Harlee Dee Myers, 21, Tripp; petty theft, second degree, $400 or less; $54 fine; $66 costs; 10 days in jail; 10 days suspended; conditions: pay fines, costs and fees within 30 days; have no like offenses and obey all laws for 180 days.
In a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled Thursday that South Dakota has a right to charge sales tax to online shoppers. In the case South Dakota v. Wayfair, the high court ruled to overturn previous decisions that said that if a business was shipping a product to a state where it didn’t have a physical presence such as a warehouse or office, it didn’t have to collect the state’s sales tax.
A Mitchell man is awaiting trial for allegedly beating a woman and throwing his infant child on the ground. Levi Sapp, 26, of Mitchell, was arrested on March 30 after a woman said he had assaulted her and was going to hurt their 7-week-old daughter. The woman told police that earlier that evening, she told Sapp not to come back to their house, but he did, and he threw her phone in the sink and the toilet when she first attempted to call 911.
The following cases were disposed in Davison County Magistrate Court between May 7 and May 21. • Reno Paul McKinney, 22, Mitchell; no proper license plates on vehicle; $54 fine; $54 fine suspended; $66 costs; 10 days in jail; 10 days suspended; conditions: pay fines and costs and fees as ordered; have no like offenses and obey all laws for 180 days.
RAPID CITY — Kristi Noem, Republican candidate for South Dakota governor, has chosen Larry Rhoden to serve as Lieutenant Governor. Rhoden is a lifelong West River rancher.
WAGNER — A man has been arrested in Charles Mix County for allegedly assaulting and choking a woman. Charles Kocer Jr., 39, of Wagner, was arrested June 2 after police received a call from an unknown third party saying that a woman had been pushed out of a car. The victim told police that she and Kocer were driving from Dante to Wagner when Kocer became angry and pushed her out of the vehicle while it was traveling between 60 and 70 mph.
A woman was arrested after allegedly stealing a deaf man's wallet and using his debit card repeatedly. Arlene Saice, 28, of Brookings, was arrested May 31 in Charles Mix County after police tracked transactions made with the debit card and identified Saice in security footage at the places some of the transactions were made. The wallet was stolen from a deaf man who told police in writing that he had met Saice online days earlier and that she had stolen from him.