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A pedestrian suffered injuries in a hit-and-run incident around 2:16 a.m. Saturday in Mitchell, and police are seeking information. A maroon car did not stop at a stop sign at the Fifth Avenue intersection while traveling north along the 400 block of North Gamble Street, police said. The vehicle struck the victim, a 35-year-old male, in the intersection. Detective Lt. Don Everson of the Mitchell Department of Public Safety said a witness called in the incident.
WOONSOCKET -- A low-interest loan will help fund a $3 million project in Woonsocket. The Sanborn Community Development Corporation has received the $300,000 loan to help with the renovation and expansion of the Prairie View Care Center nursing home. The loan was made available through the Santel Communications Economic Development Program, which is intended to direct money toward projects and programs within Santel service areas that help create or enhance local employment opportunities.
A Mitchell woman will serve two years in prison for possession of a controlled substance. Julie Nordmark, 39, admitted in August to violating her probation terms on a 2008 possession charge. Judge Sean O'Brien imposed a five-year prison sentence Oct. 4 with three years suspended and 91 days credit for time served.
A Mitchell man was arrested Oct. 6 for driving under the influence, his third such arrest in 10 years. John Tassler, 31, was sleeping in the driver's seat of his vehicle parked at the M&H gas station in Mitchell. The vehicle was running with the keys in the ignition when a police officer approached it. Tassler's speech was slurred, his eyes were glassy and he smelled strongly of alcohol, a police report said. He told the officer he'd been drinking and was intoxicated. Tassler refused sobriety tests and said someone else had been driving.
The Mitchell Traffic Commission and the City Council will review four options Monday night during discussions on changing Second, Third and Fourth avenues from one-way traffic to two-way. There are various costs associated with signage for each proposal. The options are: Changing traffic to two-way in the Business District from Rowley Street to Kimball Street. Changing traffic to two-way in the Tourist District from Sanborn Street to Burr Street. Changing the three streets completely to two-way from Edgerton Street to Foster Street.
Clint Michael Dreyer, 36, remains in critical condition at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls after William Watkins, 34, Mitchell, allegedly punched and kicked Dreyer's head Sept. 30. Police had been withholding Dreyer's name since the incident. The Daily Republic obtained the name Friday from public records on file at the Davison County Courthouse. There is a CaringBridge website set up for Dreyer, which details his progress at the hospital. On Friday, the website says, Dreyer had a CT scan that showed some issues with his lungs.
The Mitchell Police Division arrested Victor Lornezo Terry, 52, on Wednesday for failure to register as a convicted sex offender and for residing in a community safety zone as a convicted sex offender. Terry moved from North Carolina to Mitchell on Friday and failed to register with police within three days of moving, as required by state law. At the time of his arrest, Terry was residing on the 1100 block of East First Avenue, which is within 500 feet of Hitchcock Park, a community safety zone.
A Mitchell woman was arrested for aggravated assault after officers were dispatched Sunday to a call about a man bleeding from the ear. Corey Lynn Halweg, 43, of Mitchell, was arrested by Mitchell police after she apparently cut a piece of her boyfriend's ear off with a knife during an argument that happened at 404 N. Duff St. in Mitchell. The victim refused to be transferred to the hospital but later sought medical care on his own. Halweg was charged with one count of aggravated assault, which is a class 3 felony punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment and a $30,000 fine.
A hearing on a bill sponsored by Rep. Kristi Noem to ban the Environmental Protection Agency from adding regulations on dust in rural areas has been pushed back a few days. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson is unable to attend the hearing, which was set for Friday morning before the House Energy & Commerce Committee, according to Josh Shields, Noem's spokesman. The hearing will be held sometime next week, Shields said. Noem, a first-term Republican from Castlewood who lives on a ranch, introduced H.R. 1633, the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act of 2011, along with Rep.
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