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A Mitchell man was charged in late December with aggravated eluding for a vehicle chase that occurred in August. James Spino, 24, was charged with aggravated eluding stemming from an incident in which he allegedly drove through several stop signs and ran from police in Mitchell. On Aug. 14, a vehicle was allegedly spotted driving eastbound on Third Avenue, a one-way westbound street in Mitchell, in a Ford Explorer near the intersection with Rowley Street with its lights off.
LAKE ANDES — Two area men were charged in late December with taking 16 guns worth nearly $18,000 from a rural Lake Andes residence. Daniel Cranmer, 23, and Trevor Zephier, 24, both of Lake Andes, were charged with first-degree burglary and grand theft after taking the guns from a Lake Andes residence, court documents state.
BURKE — A Dallas man pleaded guilty to distributing methamphetamine to and having sexual contact with a minor. Donald Story, 51, pleaded guilty to the two charges Thursday at the Gregory County Courthouse in Burke, according to the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office. The charges stem from incidents that occurred between Feb. 1 and May 6 at Story’s residence in Dallas, in which he gave methamphetamine and performed sexual acts with a 14-year-old girl.
Authorities are seeking an individual who allegedly broke into several Main Street businesses and took about $50, according to a Thursday press release from Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers. Between 2 and 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, a person forcibly entered several businesses at the 400 block of North Main Street in Mitchell, the press release said. Approximately $50 was taken, but the affected businesses were not listed. Crime Stoppers is offering a minimum of $250 for a tip that leads to an arrest.
COLOME — Ray Petersek, Colome, will celebrate his 90th birthday on Sunday, Jan. 15. His family requests a card shower. Greeting may be sent to 32551 287th St., Colome, S.D. 57528.
Esther Weber, Mitchell, will celebrate her 85th birthday at an open house from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15, at Countryside Living, Building 2, Mitchell. Her birthday is Jan. 18. The event is hosted by her family. Greetings may be sent to 2100 N. Wisconsin, Mitchell, S.D. 57301.
RELIANCE — Bob Ellis, Reliance, will celebrate his 80th birthday at an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15, at Charly's, Chamberlain. His birthday is Jan. 19. Greetings may be sent to 25851 SD Hwy. 47, Reliance, S.D. 57569.
Dale Hoffman, Mitchell, will celebrate his 85th birthday on Thursday, Jan. 19. His family requests a card shower. Greetings may be sent to Avera Brady Health and Rehab, 500 S. Ohlman, St., Mitchell, S.D. 57301.
The two groups tasked with helping guide Lake Mitchell to a higher water quality standard will meet next month. With committee assignments determined by Mitchell Mayor Jerry Toomey, the Watershed Advisory Committee made up of a group of volunteer stakeholders and the Technical Advisory Team, which will provide technical input and recommendations on water quality improvements, are expected to meet as early as February to start working to improve the algae and water clarity issues at Lake Mitchell.
The following cases were among those heard Tuesday during a circuit court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell.