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Q: Could you explain to Mitchell residents the difference between the Mitchell Food Pantry and the Salvation Army Food Pantry? While the Mitchell Food Pantry and the Salvation Army Food Pantry share a space, the two are operated by separate organizations. The two pantries share a space in the Salvation Army building located on 724 N. Sanborn Blvd. According to Gene Juffer, the president of the Food Pantry Council, the Mitchell Food Pantry pays rent and utilities for the space at the Salvation Army, as well as a fee for paperwork.
WINNER — A Mission woman faces charges after being arrested in connection with the distribution of methamphetamine. Julia Haukaas, 29, of Mission, was charged with distributing, possessing and ingesting drugs and driving under the influence after the Winner Police Department allegedly found her in possession of nearly 5 grams of methamphetamine and more than $200 in suspected drug money. On Dec. 20, law enforcement received a phone call about Haukaas allegedly selling drugs and starting fights in Ideal, approximately 12 miles north of Winner.
The Mitchell Police Division is seeking information regarding a male suspect in a New Year's Day burglary. A black-haired male is believed to be a suspect in a 2 p.m. burglary of a residence near M&H Gas on Havens Street in Mitchell, according to a press release issued Thursday by Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers, Inc. Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest of the subject or subjects involved in the incident.
VERMILLION — A Wagner man was arrested Wednesday in Vermillion on third-degree rape charges following a month-long manhunt. Jubal Grant, 18, was tracked down in Vermillion by the U.S. Marshals Service Sioux Falls Area Fugitive Task Force approximately two months after he allegedly had sex with an unconscious, intoxicated woman. A warrant for Grant's arrest was issued on Dec. 8, but he was nowhere to be found, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. Following Wednesday's arrest, which occurred without incident, Grant was lodged in the Clay County Jail.
WAGNER — A Wagner man faces charges after nearly injuring three law enforcement officers with his vehicle in December, court documents state. Jerrod Zephier, 36, was charged on Dec. 22 with three counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, among other charges, after he allegedly drove recklessly into the scene of a vehicle fire and then threatened three officers near Wagner.
KIMBALL — Two sustained minor injuries in a one-vehicle crash near Kimball on Tuesday. Todd Dargatz, 26, of Pukwana, and a 21-year-old female passenger were hurt in a 3:45 p.m. crash on Interstate 90 six miles west of Kimball, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. DPS declined to name Dargatz's passenger on Wednesday due to the victim's rights bill known as Marsy's Law. The crash occurred as Dargatz was heading westbound on Interstate 90 and lost control of the 1991 Buick Regal he was driving. The vehicle then went into the north ditch and rolled.
A Mitchell man and a Mitchell policeman were treated for smoke inhalation from an afternoon structure fire Tuesday. At 12:24 p.m., the Mitchell Fire Division was dispatched to an apartment complex located at 400 W. 19th Ave., where smoke detectors were going off, according to Asst. Fire Chief Paul Morris.
The sun has set on the Moonlight Bar and Lounge. As of Jan. 1, the Moonlight Bar, located near the Corn Palace on Mitchell's Main Street, has closed its doors, according to Brad Jamison, owner of the building that housed the bar for approximately two years. Jamison confirmed the closure Tuesday morning. Jamison said the bar's owner, Shannon Foster, told him in November she was ready to get out of the business for "personal reasons." Foster declined to be interviewed for this story.
The Davison County Commission will look to solve the local jail's budget woes at its upcoming meeting. The five-person board will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Davison County North Offices to discuss this year's $305,783 budget supplement required to fund the Davison County Jail. The supplement was approved at the board's Dec. 27 meeting after the jail used all of its $1,743,549 budget for 2016.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Wessington Springs POLICE DOG REPORTS FOR DUTY: The Jerauld County Sheriff's Office has a new member of its department. Recently, the sheriff's office added Mack, a 3-year-old purebred Belgian Malinois, originally from Holland. Mack worked with the Dutch police before making his way to the United States. His responsibilities in Jerauld County will include drug detection and criminal apprehension, tracking and evidence recovery.