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Jordan Muntefering, the co-owner of Hungry Dog, was sentenced to the state penitentiary Tuesday after what the defense and prosecution described as a "troubling case" involving the sale of illegal drugs. Muntefering, 27, of Mitchell, was sentenced at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell to 15 years for distributing MDMA — also known as ecstasy or Molly — and possessing MDMA with intent to distribute in a drug-free zone.
Make way for spring cleaning. From April 17 to April 21, the city of Mitchell will be holding a special collection of large items — furniture and appliances only. These items will be collected on a resident's regular garbage collection day. A separate city crew will collect those items. All of these oversized items will need to be set on the curb, the city announced. No collections will be taken from in alleys.
MENNO — A fire was quickly extinguished following a Sunday afternoon motorcycle crash that injured a Tripp Man. Jamis Faas, of Tripp, was driving a motorcycle that was traveling with two other motorcycles at approximately 5 p.m. near Menno, about 100 yards west of the junction of U.S. Highways 18 and 81, according to Hutchinson County Sheriff Jim Zeeb.
PUKWANA — Two Pukwana farmers placed in the top-two of their respective classes for the 2016 National Corn Yield Contest. Val Mosel placed first in the state in the E: No-Till/Strip-Till Irrigated Class with a yield of 289.9684 bushels per acre in the contest, which recognizes farmers from across the country for their exceptional efforts to satisfy an increasing demand for corn around the world. Mosel was one of 400 state winners nationwide from a pool of 7,979 entries.
FORT THOMPSON — A Fort Thompson woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for assaulting, resisting and impeding a federal officer. Megan Howe, 21, was indicted on March 15, according to a press release from the office of U.S. Attorney Randolph Seiler.
LAKE ANDES—A Wagner man pleaded not guilty Monday to two counts of first-degree rape to an individual younger than 13 years of age. Sunrise Waetermans, 38, was charged earlier this year with two counts of first-degree rape, stemming from two incidents between 2013 and 2015 in which he sexually touched a young girl in Wagner and threatened to hurt and kill her if she told anyone, court documents state. According to court documents, the girl told officials she was raped when she was younger than 13. On Jan. 5, she identified Waetermans as the suspect during an interview.
PLANKINTON — Two people sustained injuries in a one-vehicle rollover crash Saturday afternoon near Plankinton. A 55-year-old male driver received serious, non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to Mitchell's Avera Queen of Peace hospital after he lost control of the vehicle he was driving on Interstate 90, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.
HISSES to the string of crashes that occurred in Mitchell last week. It appeared to have been a great year for Mitchell drivers prior to the last week in March, with crash reports few and far between. But last week, an 11-year-old boy sustained minor injuries in a two-vehicle collision on North Harmon Drive and three crashes occurred within hours of each other on Tuesday. Later in the week, a child was OK after being hit by a car, although the child and their parent refused medical service and no citations were issued.
The Davison County Commission will meet Tuesday following a two-week hiatus, considering topics ranging from a medical contract with the Mitchell Clinic to a pair of annual reports. The five-person board plans to meet at 9 a.m. on Tuesday in the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell to host Corrections Administrator Don Radel for a discussion on the county's medical contract with the Mitchell Clinic. The expected 30-minute discussion is projected to take up much of the meeting. No other information regarding the discussion was included in the county's agenda.
BURKE — A Herrick woman is still in shock after charges of aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer and aggravated eluding and reckless driving against her were dismissed. Laura DeLong, 38, of Herrick, was accused of driving at high speeds about five miles west of Bonesteel, and twice swerving toward a Gregory County deputy who was allegedly pursuing her, court documents state.