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The city of Mitchell has declared a snow emergency, which means vehicles need to be moved from snow emergency routes or they are subject to ticketing and towing. A steady snow started falling Thursday afternoon in Mitchell, with the National Weather Service predicting 2 to 4 inches to accumulate by the end of the day. A large portion of eastern South Dakota is under a winter weather advisory. Dakota Wesleyan University is canceling its night classes this evening, school officials said.
A Freeman native is the newest member of Dakota Wesleyan University's Board of Trustees. Myles Tieszen, who now lives in Omaha, was announced as the newest member of the board on Thursday. Tieszen was born in Freeman and earned his Bachelor's degree from DWU in 1984. Tieszen went on to the University of South Dakota School of Medicine and is now a general surgeon with the CHI Alegent Creighton Clinic in Omaha and an assistant clinical professor for the department of surgery at Creighton University School of Medicine.
Mitchell's own Roger Musick is lending a helping hand to state Attorney General Marty Jackley's campaign for governor. Musick, the CEO of Innovative Systems, appears in a new video advertisement for Jackley, which the campaign released Thursday. Innovative Systems also hosted one of Jackley's campaign kickoff events in October. "Marty's first degree is in engineering, and that experience has helped him connect with companies like ours which are focused on advancing South Dakota in the technological space," Musick said in a press release.
A Mitchell man faces up to 15 years in prison for allegedly choking a woman during an argument. On Feb. 17, 63-year-old Timothy Crelly allegedly called police to report a domestic dispute, but asked police not to respond because "he did not want anyone to go to jail," according to court documents. When police arrived, they saw a woman, crying in a bedroom, with a swollen face and scratches on her neck. Crelly allegedly punched the victim in the head and later grabbed her by the throat, leaving visible finger indentations, according to court documents.
Good morning and welcome to The Daily Republic's need-to-know page. Here are the stories we think you should know headed into Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018: 1. Ethan's Tim Hawkins was recently named the recipient of the Ivan Dixon Administrator of the Year award for his commitment to enhancing extracurricular activities in the district.
MOUNT VERNON — A 19-year-old Mount Vernon woman was injured in a Tuesday afternoon crash after losing control on an icy road. Jami Hanson was traveling north at 3:54 p.m. on 397th Avenue, near 248th Street, north of Mount Vernon, when she reached for the radio and lost control of her vehicle on the ice-covered roadway, the Davison County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday.
A registered sex offender in Mitchell was arrested recently for allegedly raping a 15-year-old boy. On Feb. 15, 24-year-old Sterling Keizer was arrested after allegedly admitting to police he had sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old male on three separate occasions, according to court documents. The juvenile admitted to having consensual intercourse with Keizer on four occasions at Keizer's residence on South Burr Street in Mitchell.
There's a new judge in town. Gov. Dennis Daugaard named David Knoff, of Yankton, as the next circuit judge in South Dakota's First Judicial Circuit on Wednesday. The circuit includes Aurora, Bon Homme, Buffalo, Brule, Charles Mix, Clay, Davison, Douglas, Hanson, Hutchinson, McCook, Turner, Union and Yankton counties. "David Knoff is a respected attorney and a leader in his community," Daugaard said. "He has a commitment to service and to the legal profession, and he will make an excellent judge."
GREGORY — A Gregory man is accused of cashing checks, worth more than $500, that did not belong to him. Aaron Legge, 20, was recently accused of two counts of forgery for cashing two checks — one worth $56.11 at Pump 'N Stuff in Burke and the other worth $500 at Gregory Lanes in Gregory — in June 2017. The checks' owner said he did not sign the checks, nor did he authorize anybody else to sign or cash the checks, according to court documents. He said he believes the checks were stolen by his daughter, and Legge later received possession of them.
The following cases were among those heard Tuesday during a felony court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell: • Jacob Stulken, 27, of Mitchell, was denied a bond modification regarding a drug possession charge; bond remains at $2,000 cash; if bond is posted, he must be on 24/7 program with UAs. • Troy Safar, 45, of Mitchell, pleaded not guilty to possession of a controlled substance, meth, which carries a maximum penalty upon conviction of 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine; jury trial set for June.