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PICKSTOWN — A man who fled while speaking with officers last week in Charles Mix County has been found. Iran Rodriguez Santana was found Saturday morning in Yankton after he bought a cellphone charger at the local Wal-Mart and then called his family in Columbus, Nebraska, according to the Charles Mix County Sheriff's Office. Rodriguez Santana fled from officers last Tuesday.
A Mitchell man pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of sexual contact with a child. Donald Jackson, 30, admitted during a circuit court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell to sexually touching a girl, who was between age 6 and 7, on two occasions in 2016. Jackson said he touched the girl between Jan. 1 and Oct. 15, 2016, when the girl was 6 years old. He said he then touched her again on Oct. 16, when she was 7-years-old. A third sexual contact charge was dismissed.
A Mitchell man was sentenced to a maximum of 20 years in prison Monday for two counts of sexual contact with an 8-year-old girl. Chad Voeltz, 43, was sentenced to 15 years in prison, with five years suspended, for charges of making sexual contact with a young girl. The charges stem from two incidents between May 31, 2009, and Sept. 1, 2010.
WESSINGTON SPRINGS — After finishing mid-pack at the state robotics tournament last year, the Wessington Springs Robotics Team took another step on Saturday. At Saturday's competition at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, the team jumped out to a top-five start, moving into fourth place out of 36 teams after the first of three rounds. As the competition progressed, the team dropped in standings slightly, finishing 13th overall, according to the team's co-head coach James Kruse.
A suspect in a Mitchell kidnapping case pleaded guilty Monday to accessory to a crime and possession of methamphetamine. Danica Loseke, 36, of Mitchell, pleaded guilty to accessory to a kidnapping, possession of methamphetamine and violating probation, stemming from three different incidents, during a circuit court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell.
Friend de Coup is off to a “spectacular” start. The Mitchell High School show choir group traveled to Omaha, Nebraska, for its first competition of the season over the weekend. The competition was called Westside Competition of Excellence, and according to the group’s director, Jen Randall, Friend de Coup performed very well in its daytime performance earning a spot in the finals.
Two Mitchell residents were recently charged with burglary and assault connected to the theft of a video game system. Cetan Odegard, 28, was charged with second-degree burglary and intentional damage to property, and Kevin Ballard, 24, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault after Odegard allegedly took Ballard's PlayStation 4, and Ballard retaliated against two people, court documents state.
LAKE ANDES — A Mitchell man was sentenced to three years in federal custody Tuesday for making sexual contact with an intoxicated woman. Brent Silk, 26, was sentenced to three years in custody, followed by five years of supervised release, for a charge of abusive sexual contact, according to a statement from the United States Attorney's Office.
The Davison County Sheriff's Office could soon have another tool at its disposal. The Davison County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell to discuss a new patrol car. The five-person board will meet with Davison County Sheriff Steve Brink regarding the matter. No further information was provided on the commission's agenda about the item. The commission will also hear quarterly reports from two county departments among an array of items on Tuesday's agenda. Other business
PIERRE — One seemingly small change could have huge implications to liability laws for landowners when injuries occur on their land. With House Bill 1068, legislators reviewed a law affecting landowners who allow others to use their land and proposed removing the words "gross negligence" from a clause in the law. House Majority Leader Lee Qualm, R-Platte, said the term was too broad, and removing it places responsibility for injuries on the people using the land, rather than the landowner.