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It wasn't long ago -- June of 2011, actually -- when voters in Mitchell soundly defeated a proposal to create a city manager position that would oversee most of the city's general business. When we say soundly, we really mean it. The final vote was 1,486 against to 782 in favor, or a margin of 66 percent to 34 percent.
FORT THOMPSON -- The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and South Dakota Highway Patrol will conduct a joint law-enforcement operation during the tribe's upcoming pow-wow scheduled Friday through Sunday. Seven Highway Patrol troopers, two with police service dogs, will assist tribal police during the weekend pow-wow. Acting on a resolution from the tribal council, Crow Creek Chairman Brandon Sazue invited the Highway Patrol to help with enforcement issues.
Pavement repair work will begin on Highway 37 from one-quarter mile south of Spruce Street in Mitchell to two miles north of Tripp on Monday, according to the South Dakota Department of Transportation. Traffic on the 29-mile project will be controlled with flaggers and a pilot car during working hours and possibly during the overnight hours, if the concrete has not reached sufficient strength. Motorists can expect short delays and may want to consider an alternate route. Work is expected to be completed by Oct. 1.
When my grandson, Henry, turned 1 year old in July, our family and friends gathered with us to celebrate his special day. We enjoyed a nice meal together, and then watched Henry attempt to eat his birthday cake and open his presents. As a 1-year-old, Henry probably doesn't quite grasp the birthday concept yet; but it was important for us to celebrate.
A Mitchell woman received jail time Tuesday for violating several terms of her probation. Stacy Seltz, 25, entered her plea during court at the Davison County Public Safety Center. Seltz was originally arrested in January for assaulting an officer after she was arrested for drunken driving. She had to be forced into handcuffs and kicked an officer as she was loaded into the back of a patrol car. Her blood alcohol content was 0.279 around the time of her arrest, nearly 3.5 times the legal driving limit in South Dakota of 0.08.
A Mitchell woman will spend 180 days in jail for violating her probation. Lyndsay Hawk, 27, violated her probation for theft by insufficient funds. She was on probation for convictions of identity theft. Judge Tim Bjorkman ordered Tuesday at the Davison County Public Safety Center she remain on probation with some changes to the terms and conditions. Hawk's father, Lyle Miller, spoke her behalf, offering an alcohol-free home for her to stay. He said his daughter is a good person, hard worker and has gone through a lot in recent years.
A Mitchell woman will spend 90 days in jail for stealing and using prescription drugs. Laura Hawes, 37, pleaded guilty in July to possession of a controlled substance by theft after she took her son's prescription Hydrocodone pills. Judge Tim Bjorkman gave her a suspended three-year prison sentence. She will serve 90 days in jail, with 20 days credit for time already served. She will serve her first 10 days starting Aug. 19; 30 days starting July 1, 2014; and 30 days starting July 1, 2015.
A Letcher man pleaded guilty Tuesday to fourth-offense drunken driving. Joel Amick, 27, entered his plea during court at the Davison County Public Safety Center. On July 27, Amick was driving drunk through yards and crashed into a fence just before 6:30 p.m. in rural Davison County. In exchange for his guilty plea, the state dropped intentional property damage and open container charges, which are misdemeanors. Judge Tim Bjorkman ordered an updated drug and alcohol assessment, and scheduled sentencing for September.
A Mitchell man pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing gasoline from the South Dakota Department of Transportation. Gary Trabing, 60, entered his plea during court at the Davison County Public Safety Center. Trabing, a former DOT employee, is convicted of grand theft for stealing more than $1,000 worth of gas from the DOT station in Mitchell. Trabing said he stole small amounts of gasoline from his employer since 2008. He was arrested in May on grand theft charges. Judge Tim Bjorkman ordered a presentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for September.