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The political forums at Dakotafest will get underway Wednesday and Republican gubernatorial candidate and Congresswoman Kristi Noem won't be on the stage to take part in the festivities. The governor's race forum will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday, followed by the congressional race forum at 1 p.m. Both events will be 90 minutes each, be focused on agricultural topics, and will take place at the Dakotafest Education Building.
DELMONT -- A 28-year-old man was killed Friday in Douglas County following a one-vehicle rollover on U.S. Highway 18. The South Dakota Department of Public Safety said the crash happened on 2 miles south of Delmont at 7:22 p.m. Friday. The incident occurred when the driver of the 2001 Ford Explorer was traveling west on Highway 18 and lost control of the vehicle. The Explorer left the roadway and rolled several times. The driver was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle.
A Howard woman has been identified as the person who died Monday morning in a three-vehicle crash east of Mitchell on Interstate 90. Joan Spader, 76, of Howard, was the driver of the 2014 Buick LaCrosse which had slowed down due to traffic being backed up for another crash just east of Mitchell. Spader was driving westbound when a 2012 Dodge Ram pickup driven by Robert Launderville, 71, of Denison, Iowa, rear-ended the LaCrosse, causing it to strike the 2018 Toyota Corolla being driven by 69-year-old Dennis Evers, of Mitchell.
A 76-year-old man was arrested Thursday morning for allegedly breaking into a car and stealing one cigarette. Lars Andersen, of Mitchell, was reportedly seen at about 5 a.m. in a parking lot in the 100 block of North Main Street by people who were heading into work. He was found by police in the 200 block of North Main Street. Andersen is charged with criminal entry of a motor vehicle, a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine.
MOUNT VERNON—A cow in Mount Vernon was hit by two cars in two separate crashes early Thursday morning, which then caused a man to get arrested for drunken driving. At 1:13 a.m., police were informed that the cow was hit on 254th Street, about six miles east of Mount Vernon, and was lying in the road. The driver reportedly left the scene without injuries after reporting the crash.
The following cases were disposed in Davison County Magistrate Court between June 18 and July 2. • Robert Daniel Rook, 23, Mitchell; speeding on other roadways; $59 fine; $66 costs; 30 days in jail; 30 days suspended; conditions: have no like offenses and obey all laws for 180 days. • Austin John Eidahl, 19, Mitchell; fail to stop after accident with unattended vehicle; $200 fine; $66 costs; 30 days in jail; 30 days suspended; conditions: pay fines, costs and fees within 14 days; have no like offenses and obey all laws for 180 days.
Highway Patrol is investigating a pursuit that occurred at 5:01 p.m. Tuesday. The chase occurred about five miles northwest of Tripp and ended when the two suspects involved entered a cornfield. Authorities declined to provide more information on the pursuit pending investigation.
Mitchell police are searching for a man who they say used counterfeit $50 bills to purchase prepaid cards on Wednesday. The bills, which come off as authentic when swiped with a counterfeit-checking pen, all have the serial number MB40374437B and were used at Walmart and Walgreens between 3 and 4:15 p.m. The suspect has been described as a white, approximately 6-foot-tall man, last seen wearing a white hat, white shirt and dark shorts and driving a green Chevy Tahoe with out-of-state plates.
A registered sex offender who had not given notice of his change of address was arrested Monday after a search warrant for a drug investigation was executed on his new home. In June, Police were notified that Andrew Engles, 23, of Mitchell, was no longer living at the address at which he was registered. When a warrant was executed on an East Second Avenue house at 1:21 p.m., Monday, evidence that Engles was living there was reportedly found.
FREEMAN—A Mitchell man was sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison Monday for stealing from a business in Hutchinson County in 2016. Steven Jordan, 29, pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary. In addition to his prison time, he was ordered to pay $104 in court costs and $4,244 in restitution. The incident for which Jordan was convicted occurred on June 21, 2016. On that date, he stole an iPad and two other tablets, two candy bars and a Gatorade from Hefty Seed Company in Freeman.