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The James Valley Community Center is holding a fundraising auction to celebrate May Day. The public is invited to come to the JVCC to bid on May Day baskets that were donated by 29 local businesses and organizations. The total value of all the donated baskets combined is approximately $1,800. Bidding opened on Monday and will close at noon, May 1. The funds raised will go toward JVCC programs and activities. Following the auction closing, there will be pie and ice cream available for $3 per person at JVCC from noon to 2 p.m. to complete the May Day celebration.
WOONSOCKET — A 20-year-old man pleaded guilty Tuesday to raping an underage girl last summer in Sanborn County. Kyle Flynn Larson, 20, of Mitchell, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree rape of a 15-year-old girl, according to the Sanborn County state's attorney. The rape occurred on July 30. Larson was originally indicted on Aug. 10 for second-degree rape by the use of force, a Class 1 felony, and third-degree rape by completing the act with someone incapable of consent, a Class 2 felony.
A Davison County Jail inmate is back in custody Wednesday afternoon after escaping from Avera Queen of Peace Hospital, according to the Davison County Sheriff's Office. David Larvie Jr., a 26-year-old Mitchell man, escaped the hospital where he was scheduled for a medical procedure, said Corrections Administrator Don Radel. Larvie, who was in jail for a probation violation, was found after authorities searched multiple areas throughout town.
AVON — A 52-year-old Avon man who died Saturday was killed in a farming accident, according to the Bon Homme County Coroner's Office. Jay Mudder, who recently celebrated his 52nd birthday, died as a result of an incident that occurred Saturday morning, according to Bon Homme Deputy Coroner Cheyenne Schroeder. No other details were immediately available for release on Monday, but the farming accident occurred south of Avon.
TYNDALL — A man charged with running over a police officer will be appointed a new attorney, after he called his original counsel "inadequate and ineffective." Travis McPeek, 36, of Sioux City, Iowa, motioned for the appointment of new counsel after his attorney, Lucille Youngberg, filed a motion to withdraw from the case, which was approved Tuesday by Judge Glen Eng, according to the Bon Homme County Clerk of Courts Office.
A Mitchell woman faces various charges after an alleged assault on a police officer earlier this month. Brenda Dwyer, 44, was charged with aggravated assault on an officer, among other charges, after resisting arrest and kicking a Mitchell police officer in the leg, court documents state. On April 16, officers were dispatched to a Mitchell bar after receiving a report of an unruly woman who refused to leave. An officer decided to place her on a detox hold, but Dwyer allegedly resisted getting in the patrol vehicle and struggled to regain her purse from officers.
COLOME — Limited information is being released by state officials regarding a Monday pursuit near Colome that reached "high speeds." According to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, a South Dakota Highway Patrol officer attempted to stop a vehicle at 10 a.m., approximately one mile north of Colome, on South Dakota Highway 49. A pursuit ensued, lasting until the Winner area. The pursuit was terminated when officers lost contact with the vehicle.
WESSINGTON SPRINGS — A man who allegedly attempted to murder a woman by beating her with "a silver bar" has pleaded not guilty to two felony charges. Vernon Parsells, 36, of Wessington Springs, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to attempted murder and aggravated assault during a circuit court session at the Jerauld County Courthouse in Wessington Springs. Parsells was arrested April 4 and charged with attempted murder after allegedly striking a woman numerous times with what court documents refer to as "a silver bar," causing lacerations on her head and back.
A Mitchell man was arrested Friday for drunken driving after striking two vehicles and leaving the scene of both crashes. At approximately 9:02 p.m., 50-year-old Martin Garnett was traveling south on Winsor Street in Mitchell, where he ran the stop sign at the road's intersection with First Avenue and collided with a 2004 GMC Sierra Pickup, according to Mitchell Police Sgt. Ryan Erickson.
TYNDALL — Charges are pending against an 88-year-old woman after a Monday afternoon crash south of Tyndall. At 12:45 p.m., Verlaine Schneider, of Tyndall, was traveling south on 416th Avenue near the intersection of South Dakota Highway 50 when the vehicle she was driving collided with an eastbound vehicle driving on Highway 50, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.