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Three people were injured in a two-vehicle car accident late Saturday at the intersection of S.D. Highways 37 and 42 near Ethan. South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers said around 11:45 p.m. Saturday, Scarlett Gukeisen, 53, from Parkston, was northbound on Highway 37 in a 2007 Dodge Caravan, when her vehicle collided with a 2004 Chrysler Concord, driven by Keith Wollman, 30, of Sioux Falls. Authorities said Wollman was speeding, and not aware the roads were icy.
The Mitchell High School Show Choir, Friend de Coup, took sixth place Saturday at the Wheaton-Warrenville Choral Classic in Chicago. The group was competing against 14 other teams from across the nation. Friend de Coup will host its own competition Saturday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell with groups from South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin competing. Performances start at 8 a.m. and Mitchell performs at 9:45 p.m.
The Davison County board of commissioners will meet in regular session at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Commissioners' Room at the courthouse, 200 E. Fourth Ave., Mitchell. The agenda includes: 9 a.m. call to order: Pledge of Allegiance; approval of past meeting minutes; citizens' input. 9:30 a.m. 4-H Adviser Alice Nickelson, regarding the purchase of a new copy machine. 9:45 a.m. Discussion on county-owned land south of the Davison County Jail. 10:15 a.m. Discussion on new terms for the annual lease of county owned land. 10:30 a.m.
The Mitchell Board of Education will consider appointing a new principal for Mitchell High School when the board meets in regular session at 5:30 p.m.
A documentary about hunger in America will be shown Thursday in Mitchell. The organization Time at the Table is presenting "A Place at the Table" at 6:30 p.m. at the Congregational United Church of Christ, 301 E. Fourth Ave. Admission to the movie, which runs about 90 minutes, is free. A discussion panel will follow, including representatives from Bread for the World, the Mitchell Food Pantry, the Mitchell Snack Pack Program and Partners Against Hunger.
A Mitchell man was arrested Thursday for allegedly entering an occupied residence Feb. 25 in the 400 block of East Seventh Avenue and stealing numerous items. Joshua Keith Wellnitz, 28, is charged with first-degree burglary and first-degree petty theft for allegedly entering the home during the night and stealing less than $100 in cash, a wristwatch, work boots, toothpaste, mouthwash, food, spices and cleaning products.
LOWER BRULE -- A Lower Brule man has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for sex abuse. Martin Charger, 37, was sentenced Wednesday to 151 months in prison and five years of supervised release. Charger was indicted for aggravated sexual abuse of a child by a federal grand jury on July 10, and pleaded guilty to sexual abuse on Dec. 18. The charge stems from an incident in 2007, when Charger was in an intimate relationship with the victim's mother. Charger intimidated the victim, who was younger than 12, to engage in sexual acts.
LOWER BRULE -- A Lower Brule man pleaded guilty Wednesday to assaulting a Bureau of Indian Affairs officer. Elmer LaRoche, 26, faces a maximum of eight years in prison, a $250,000 fine, plus three years of supervised release with two more years of supervision possible upon revocation. The charge stems from an incident Nov. 1 when LaRoche assaulted a BIA officer. An intoxicated LaRoche was at a home in Lower Brule, and refused to leave the house where a tribal court order prohibited intoxicated people from entering.
CORSICA -- A Corsica man has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for receiving and distributing child pornography. Shawn E. Stevens, 26, was sentenced Monday to 188 months in custody plus five years of supervised release. Stevens will also be required to register as a sex offender. Stevens was indicted by a federal grand jury Dec. 6, 2011, and pleaded guilty Nov. 15. The conviction stems from Stevens' use of two different computers and external hard drives.
Newly obtained surveillance footage exonerated a Mitchell man arrested Sunday for reportedly threatening two men with a knife at a downtown bar, a Thursday news release from the Mitchell Police Division says. An aggravated assault charge against Todd Owen King, 42, will be dismissed because police found the surveillance footage "to contradict both alleged victim and witness accounts of the incident," the release says.