Daily Republic News Staff
A woman was charged with driving under the influence following a two-vehicle crash Wednesday in Mitchell. Suzette Baugnon, 50, of Mitchell, was issued a citation for failure to yield to the right-of-way at an intersection and was also charged with driving under the influence, according to Mitchell law enforcement. Baugnon and and Cody Schumacher, 23, of Chamberlain, collided vehicles around 5 p.m.
The Mitchell City Council will get an update tonight on how much money was collected by the city's 2 percent sales tax in 2014. The agenda includes a 7:20 p.m. Finance Committee meeting and the 7:30 p.m. council meeting, both in Council Chambers at City Hall, 612 N. Main St. The city's sales tax generated $3,007,740.10 during the third quarter of 2014, according to a report given to the council in October.
The Mitchell City Council will review change orders regarding the renovation of the Corn Palace during a special meeting at 6 p.m. today at City Hall, 612 N. Main St. Members of the council will consider approving a change order for modifications to the Corn Palace sign, which will increase the contract amount by $64,100. They will also review other change orders related to the project and here an update on the renovation itself.
LOWER BRULE -- Two people were arrested following a high-speed chase Tuesday that spanned 72 miles in central South Dakota. According to the Lyman County Sheriff's Office, the chase began when an officer with the Lower Brule Bureau of Indian Affairs attempted to stop a vehicle and the vehicle fled. The Lyman County Sheriff's Office was notified of the situation at approximately 4:43 p.m. and joined the pursuit when the vehicle reached an area north of Kennebec on state Highway 273. The chase continued on numerous gravel and dirt roads before the vehicle was eventually forced to stop on U.S.
Shots have been fired by a suspect involved in a standoff with law enforcement that was still ongoing shortly after 6 p.m.
The South Dakota Attorney General's Office announced late Wednesday that law enforcement was involved in a standoff at a residence in rural Brule County. The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, the South Dakota Highway Patrol and the Brule County Sheriff's Office have all responded to the incident, which was described as "very serious" in a news release from the Attorney General's Office. The incident was still ongoing shortly after 5 p.m.
EMERY -- A Mitchell man was severely injured in a crash early Wednesday morning near Emery. Levi Grosz, 20, lost control of his vehicle, a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix, shortly before 1 a.m. near the intersection of state Highway 262 and 429th Avenue, according to South Dakota Highway Patrol Capt. Alan Welsh. Grosz was allegedly driving faster than the 30 mph speed limit when he failed to handle a curve, hit a speed limit sign and launched over 429th Avenue.
ALPENA -- An Alpena couple face multiple drug charges after numerous law enforcement agencies took part in a search of their home last week. Tyler Bartunek, 29, and Cindy Bartunek, 36, are each charged with multiple felonies, including manufacturing and possessing controlled substances, violating a drug-free zone and keeping a place for the use or sale of controlled substances.
ALEXANDRIA -- An Alexandria man who was the driver in a motorcycle crash that killed his passenger has been charged with careless driving and driving without a motorcycle license. Sean Baas was the driver in the May 3 crash that resulted in the death of Jorden Hanson, of Woonsocket, who was the passenger on the motorcycle Baas was driving. Hanson County State's Attorney Jim Davies told The Daily Republic on Monday that it took several months for charges to be filed due to the length of the investigation by law enforcement, which was not completed until October. Baas lost control of the moto
The Daily Republic is seeking nominations from readers for its second annual Person of the Year award. The award will be presented to the person who is judged to have had the most impact on Mitchell or the Mitchell area (anywhere The Daily Republic print edition is circulated) during the 2014 calendar year. Mitchell Mayor Ken Tracy was named the newspaper's inaugural Person of the Year in 2013. Nomination letters may be sent to Luke Hagen, editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org with "Person of the Year" in the subject line, or mailed to his attention at The Daily Republic, 120 S.