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Three people suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash Saturday on S.D. Highway 37 in Bon Homme County. Around 9 p.m., Ralph Mahoney, 77, of Fulton, was driving a 2008 Cadillac DTS north on Highway 37 when he attempted to pass a slow-moving tractor-trailer rig. Ashley Sundet, 16, of Tripp, was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier south on the highway when Mahoney entered the passing lane. The two vehicles sideswiped each other just eight miles northwest of Tyndall. Mary Mahoney, 76, of Fulton, was a passenger in Ralph Mahoney's vehicle and suffered minor injuries.
Mitchell Police responded to a vehicle fire at the 900 block of West Second Avenue in Mitchell early Sunday morning. The call, at 12:51 a.m., to emergency personal originally came in as a grass fire but when emergency workers got there they found a vehicle on fire. The car is registered to Leann Blasdell, who upon being contacted said the vehicle was stolen from Huron and she would be filing a stolen vehicle report with the Huron Police. The car is considered a total loss and no one was injured during the fire. No one is in custody at this time.
The Mitchell Board of Education will meet in regular session at 5 p.m. today in the cafeteria of L.B. Williams Elementary School, 1420 West University Ave. Board members will tour the building following the business portion of the meeting. The agenda includes board consideration to: Recognize Clayton Gropper as South Dakota Athletic Trainer of the Year. Approve district goals for the 2012-2013 school year. Approve the following consent agenda personnel items: New hires: Gina Marek, special education, Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary, $33,000 a year effective Sept.
The Davison County commissioners will meet in regular session at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Commissioners' Room at the courthouse, 200 E. Fourth Ave., Mitchell. 9 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, approval of past meeting minutes, citizen input. 9:30 a.m. Discussion regarding the refund of a $100 conditional use permit fee for Larice Hamilton. 9:45 a.m.
Following are the summertime visitation numbers (May to August) for some Mitchell tourist stops over the past five years. Corn Palace 2012 -- 235,530 2011 -- 228,850 2010 -- 271,051 2009 -- 270,663 2008 -- 241,832 Prehistoric Indian Village 2012 -- 10,342 2011 -- 8,058 2010 -- 9,237 2009 -- 10,442 2008 -- 9,521 Dakota Discovery Museum 2012 -- 2,962 2011 -- 3,041 2010 -- 4,174 2009 -- 3,950 2008 -- 4,187 Carnegie Resource Center 2012 -- 862 2011 -- 702 2010 -- 859 2009 -- 523 2008 -- Numbers not availabl
FORT THOMPSON -- A Fort Thompson man was sentenced Tuesday after being convicted of sexual abuse of a minor. Kyle Merritt, 25, was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison and five years of supervised release. He will also be required to register as a sex offender and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment. The sentence stems from an incident in June 2008 when Merritt knowingly caused a minor to engage in a sexual act. He pleaded guilty to the charge on March 23. Merritt is being allowed to self-report to the U.S. Marshals Service by 3 p.m. Sept. 18.
WESSINGTON SPRINGS -- A Wessington Springs man was killed Thursday in a two-vehicle crash near Wessington Springs. Ronald Ogren, 63, was eastbound driving a Ford farm tractor on South Dakota Highway 34 about two miles west of Wessington Springs. Ogren attempted to make a left turn into a private driveway and turned in front of a 2012 Kenworth fuel truck driven westbound by Joshua McGillvrey, 28, of Wolsey, according to South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Mark Chamberlain. The impact threw Ogren from the tractor.
Judge Rodney Steele suspended the execution of a three-year sentence for a Mitchell woman who possessed a controlled substance in April. Kellie Eske-Delaney, 34, will spend 16 days in jail after receiving a 30-day sentence Tuesday. She received credit for 14 days already served. She has been attending Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous and completed treatment in Aberdeen. Her attorney Phil Carlson said Eske-Delaney has held her job and received increased hours recently. "Ms. Delaney, you were in possession of a substance and that substance was illegal and you used it.
A Mitchell man will spend the next two years in prison for violating his probation. Randall Putnam, 45, consumed alcohol while on work release from the Davison County Jail earlier this year. He was originally sentenced for identity theft in 2011. His original sentence was 90 days in jail, which he has served. He has now been in jail on the probation violation for 45 days. "There's too much of a history with noncompliance," said Judge Rodney Steele on Tuesday, referring to the pre-sentence investigation.
A Mitchell woman will spend 58 days in jail for theft. Ariann Taglioli, 20, received a suspended imposition of sentence for grand theft from Walmart. She will serve the 58 days in jail and will be on probation for two years. "When I came out there, I was prepared to send you to the state penitentiary for 15 months," said Judge Rodney Steele. "My rationale for that was that all conditions in the PSI indicate you are a substantial probation risk.