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An evening fire totaled a trailer house on West Second Avenue in Mitchell. Mitchell firefighters and police officers responded to a fire call at about 6:30 p.m. Friday to discover the backside of a trailer home at 900 W. Second Ave. engulfed in flames, according to Mitchell Patrol Sgt. Joel Reinesch. After arriving on scene, the fire was doused in about 10 to 15 minutes, Reinesch said, but as of 8 p.m., officials were still working the scene and were fighting hotspots in the roof insulation.
PLANKINTON — The wife of a man awaiting trial for multiple counts of raping a minor has been charged with sexual exploitation more than a year after her husband's arrest. Elizabeth Thomas, 36, of Plankinton, was charged on Dec. 19 with sexual exploitation of a minor, stemming from a summer 2010 incident in which she allegedly engaged in group sex event involving a then-13-year-old girl, according to court documents and Aurora County State's Attorney John Steele.
The following cases were among those heard Tuesday during a circuit court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell. • Benjamin Amadon, 23, of Mitchell, pleaded not guilty to possession of methamphetamine, grand theft by receiving stolen property valued between $1,000 and $2,500 and possession of a firearm after a felony drug conviction. A jury trial was scheduled for February.
Alvin Nolz, Mitchell, will celebrate his 85th birthday on Tuesday, Jan. 3. His children and grandchildren are requesting a card shower. Greetings may be sent to 2100 N. Wisconsin, Apt. #242, Mitchell, S.D. 57301.
Ila Mebius, Mitchell, is celebrating her 70th birthday today, Dec. 28. Her family and friends request a card shower. Greetings may be sent to 1809 Scenic Court Dr., Mitchell, S.D. 57301.
STICKNEY — Peggy Swent, Stickney, will celebrate her 95th birthday on Tuesday, Jan. 3. A card shower is requested. Greetings may be sent to 211 N. First St., #9, Stickney, S.D. 57375.
The Rev. and Mrs. Kevin Carroll, Mitchell, will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary on Thursday, Dec. 29. They will celebrate with an Alaskan cruise in May. Greetings may be sent to 505 S. Davison St., Mitchell, S.D. 57301
ETHAN — A Christmas Eve fire destroyed a storage shed southwest of Ethan. At 2 a.m. Dec. 24, about a dozen Ethan firefighters responded to a report of a shed fire near the intersection of 266th Street and 405th Avenue, approximately six miles southwest of Ethan. When they arrived on scene, the shed, owned by Marty Neugebauer, was fully engulfed in flames, according to Assistant Fire Chief Ron Miiller. The firefighters battled the blaze for about an hour, focusing primarily on saving a house and bags of harvested corn nearby.
Authorities are searching for a Davison County Jail inmate who has failed to return to jail after a two-hour furlough. Wetu Kiyukan, 21, of Mitchell, was released from custody at 2 p.m. Tuesday on a two-hour, court-ordered furlough, but she failed to return at 4 p.m. as ordered, according to the Davison County Sheriff's Office.
The following cases were disposed in Davison County Magistrate Court between Sept. 26 and Oct. 10. • Ronald Jerome Lewis, 65, Rapid City, speeding on interstate highway; $59 fine; $66 costs. • Mary Lynn Alexander, 41, Mitchell; improper highway entry, $54 fine; $66 costs. • Taylor Christine Cimpl, 24, Mitchell; speeding on other roadways, $79 fine; $66 costs. • Levi Jay Guericke, 18, Mitchell, failure to make proper stop at stop intersection; $54 fine; $66 costs.