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According to the National Weather Service, winds of up to 60 mph were recorded with Friday night’s storm that dropped 2 inches of rain south of Pukwana in Brule County and .78 inches in White Lake. Mitchell received 1.43 inches of precipitation.
A local man allegedly admitted to police he committed sexual acts with two female juveniles on the same day was recently arrested. Robert Fink, 20, was arrested on Aug. 16 on one count of fourth-degree rape. Court documents state that on July 25, Fink and a 13-year-old female were at his apartment in Mitchell. Sometime early that morning, Fink and the female juvenile had "consensual" sex, according to court documents.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Tripp NEW INTERSECTION WARNING SOUTH OF TRIPP: The South Dakota Department of Transportation say drivers will see a new intersection warning system at the intersection of Highways 46 and 37, south of Tripp. Drivers approaching the intersection will see amber flashing lights only when traffic is approaching the intersection. The new system replaces overhead flashing lights that flash continuously. The overhead lights will be removed at a later date. — Scotland Journal
On Aug. 23, the South Central Alcohol Task Force conducted eight alcohol compliance checks in Davison County. The following establishments were checked and passed: • Ethan: Chubby's Bar, Agland Coop, Mike's Corner and American Legion Post 261. • Mitchell: Kongo Klub and Wild Oak Golf Course. • Mount Vernon: Wermer's Lounge and Westy's One Stop. There were no failures.
Here's what you need to know heading into Friday: 1. The Mitchell High School football team returns to the gridiron Friday to defend their Class 11AA state title. 2. South Dakota's pheasant brood count was released, and the outlook isn't great.
MONTROSE — A female sustained minor injuries in a Friday afternoon crash on Interstate 90 near Montrose. At approximately 2:05 p.m. on Friday, 67-year old female, driving a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe, was traveling eastbound on I-90, three miles west of the Montrose exit. The driver lost control of the vehicle, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. Officials said as she attempted to correct it, the vehicle went into the ditch, causing the vehicle to roll.
A Wagner woman pleaded guilty to drug possession and was sentenced to 30 days in jail Tuesday at the Davison County Public Safety Center. Audra Turner, 26, was charged with unauthorized possession of methamphetamine, a Class 5 felony. Turner was arrested in June near a East Third Avenue apartment in Mitchell. "I surrounded myself with people I should not have. I have a daughter and I need to make a better life for her," Turner said in court in front of Judge Chris Giles.
WOONSOCKET — No one was injured when a fire broke out at a shop building Wednesday night northwest of Woonsocket. According to Woonsocket Fire Chief Travis Coulthard, the building was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on scene at 9 p.m., approximately five miles northwest of town, on a property owned by Joe Gunderson. The cause of the fire is unclear, Coulthard said, and 30 firefighters from the Woonsocket and Alpena fire departments were on scene for more than three hours putting out the blaze.
The following cases were among those heard Tuesday by Judge Chris Giles during a circuit court hearing at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell. Guilty Pleas • Eric Anderson Jr., 25, of Mitchell, pleaded guilty to grand theft of more than $2,500 but less than $5,000 dollars. He was sentenced to five years in prison with five years suspended and four years of probation. He was also ordered to pay $9,749 in fines and costs.
PIERRE — Gov. Dennis Daugaard is ordering flags to fly half-staff at the State Capitol on Saturday, Aug. 26, to honor the life of former state Sen. Roger McKellips. McKellips represented his hometown of Alcester and the surrounding area in the South Dakota Senate from 1977 to 1978 and 1981 to 1994. During his legislative tenure, McKellips served as assistant minority leader, minority leader and majority leader. McKellips was also the Democratic nominee for governor in 1978.