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The next meeting of the Mitchell Board of Education has been moved. Superintendent Joe Graves announced the five-person school board will meet Thursday, Nov. 9, rather than the originally scheduled date of Nov. 13. The time and location will remain the same. The meeting will be held at 5 p.m. at the Mitchell Middle School. The reason for the date change is to ensure all board members are able to attend, Graves said.
A Mitchell man who allegedly who hit his ex-girlfirend with a vacuum cleaner and punched her mother pleaded not guilty on Tuesday. Jacob Stulken, 27, pleaded not guilty to two counts of simple assault causing bodily injury and first-degree burglary. A trial is scheduled for Feb. 13.
CHAMBERLAIN — A Chamberlain man was ordered to pay restitution for throwing a lamp into his girlfriend's TV. On Tuesday, 32-year-old Dustin Walkingbull pleaded guilty to intentional damage of property at the Davison County Public Safety Center. He was sentenced to 73 days in jail with 60 days suspended and recieved credit for 13 days already served. He was ordered to pay $1,148 in restitution costs.
MINER COUNTY — A man sustained a non-fatal shot over the weekend while pheasant hunting in Miner County. At approximately 1:15 p.m. Saturday on private land in Miner County, a man was shot in the lip with a pellet from another hunter. The man, who's name is not being released by South Dakota Game Fish & Parks, was blocking at one end of the field when he was hit by another hunter at the opposite end. The injury was minor, according to GF&P, and the victim was transported to a nearby hospital. No citations are being issued.
MOUNT VERNON — One person sustained minor injuries after a deer hit the side of her vehicle on Saturday near Mount Vernon. At approximately 5:52 p.m. on Saturday, a 63-year-old woman from Olathe, Kansas, was driving a 2010 Honda Civic eastbound on Interstate 90 near mile marker 317. A deer ran out from the median and hit the driver's side door, shattering the window glass, according to Davison County Sheriff's Deputy Tim Reitzel.
Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a subject accused of stealing $60 from a Mitchell business. Between 4 a.m. and 4:20 a.m. on Sunday, a male subject entered a business located in the 100 block of East Second Avenue and took approximately $60, according to a Nixle Alert issued by the Mitchell Police Division.
ALPENA — It took more than 25 firefighters approximately 12.5 hours to contain and put out a fire that burned 500 hay bales near Alpena on Friday. According to a Facebook post, the Alpena and Woonsocket volunteer fire departments spent approximately 12 hours on Friday putting out a fire near Alpena. Alpena Fire Chief Gary Orth said the fire appeared to be caused by “spontaneous combustion,” and firefighters worked to put out the fire from 5:55 a.m. to 6:20 p.m. “That’s probably the largest one I’ve ever seen like that,” Orth said. The Alpena Volunteer Fire Department thanked Woonsocket crews, South Dakota Wheat Growers and Terry and Todd Koerner in another post for their help in extinguishing the fire. No other information was immediately available, including approximate location or time of the blaze.
WOONSOCKET — A Woonsocket man was sentenced to one year in jail for having sex with a woman while she was intoxicated and incapable of giving consent. On Tuesday, 30-year-old Stephen Simon pleaded guilty to sexual contact without consent and was sentenced to one year in jail and ordered to pay a fine of $1,084. Simon was originally charged with third-degree rape and sexual contact without consent. The incident occurred on April 9 in Sanborn County, but no other information was provided in court documents.
One person is dead after an early morning crash Saturday northeast of Mitchell. At 1:05 a.m. a 57-year-old male, driving a 2003 Dodge Caravan, was traveling on 247th Street near the intersection of 414th Avenue seven miles northeast of Mitchell when he lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle entered the ditch and rolled several times into a crop field, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Freeman POLICE CHIEF RESIGNS: Richard "Casey" Cummings has resigned as police chief in Freeman. Cummings said he gave his two weeks' notice Monday. He is stepping down for "personal reasons." Cummings said that, until informed differently, Freeman police officer Jonathan Slevin will be the contact person. "He's going to be the face of the police department," Cummings said. — Freeman Courier Scotland