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Two area public libraries were among 10 accredited by the State Library in 2017. Both the Freeman Public Library and Mitchell Public Library were accredited as essential libraries recently at the Capitol rotunda, as part of the annual South Dakota Library Association Legislative Day. Public libraries are accredited at one of three levels: essential, enhanced or exemplary, and are evaluated in the areas of governance, administration, access, funding, staffing, technology, public relations and collections and resources.
The following cases were among those heard Tuesday during a circuit court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell. Sentencings • Courtney Gass, 30, of Mitchell, was sentenced to five years in prison, two suspended with credit for 146 days served, for violating probation by failing to go to jail when scheduled. She was ordered to do her best to enroll in the facility's intensive meth treatment program. She is estimated to be first eligible for parole in October. Gass was originally placed on probation for possession of methamphetamine.
DOUGLAS COUNTY — Law enforcement officials are seeking suspects in two burglaries, in which cash was taken from a butcher shop in Delmont and a gas station in Armour. According to Douglas County Sheriff Jon Coler, an unknown number of people entered Blue Bird Locker, a butcher shop on Main Street in Delmont, by propping open a gate between Saturday night and Monday morning and took cash from the business. There was no damage, but the amount of cash taken was not yet known.
SIOUX FALLS — A longtime South Dakota legislator will soon take the helm of Augustana University. According to Raven Industries, Inc., former U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin was named president of Augustana University, a private liberal arts college in Sioux Falls. Herseth Sandlin served as South Dakota's at-large representative from 2004 to 2011, replacing Rep. Bill Janklow after he resigned from his post following a manslaughter conviction.
A battle is brewing in Ward 1. The race to represent southwestern Mitchell on the City Council is officially underway, marking the first indication of a contested race for one of the five seats up for election in June. Councilman Steve Rice, who has served on the eight-person board since 2012, told The Daily Republic he intends to seek re-election, and will square off against 22-year-old Dakota Wesleyan University student Clay Loneman for the three-year term.
PIERRE — A Fort Thompson woman who was drunk, fell asleep in the same bed as her infant son and smothered him has pleaded guilty to child abuse. Bonita Keeble, also known as Bonita Hare, 35, of Fort Thompson, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal charge of child abuse almost 19 months after the asphyxiation death of her 24-day-old son.
A Mitchell man wanted for several warrants was arrested Wednesday after a short foot pursuit in northern Mitchell. James Spino, 24, was arrested for multiple warrants and for obstructing law enforcement after he briefly fled from police on foot, authorities said. Mitchell police received a call at about 1:40 p.m. about two suspicious people near the intersection of 16th Avenue and Minnesota Street. Spino took off running when an officer arrived on scene, but Spino was quickly apprehended, according to the Mitchell Police Division.
WATERTOWN — Two Mitchell High School students just booked a trip to Birmingham, Alabama. Raina Grimsley and Madison Hetland placed in the Northern South Dakota District Tournament over the weekend in Watertown, earning spots in the national tournament this summer in Alabama. Grimsley placed first in original oratory and third in domestic extemporaneous in Watertown. The two top students in each event qualified for national tournament, meaning Grimsley will compete in original oratory at the national tournament, according to assistant debate coach Melanie Jacobson.
A Mitchell woman was sentenced to nine years in prison Tuesday for a combination of three crimes, including her involvement in kidnapping a 66-year-old man in Mitchell. Danica Loseke, 36, was initially charged with first-degree kidnapping and first-degree burglary for a Sept. 22 incident in which a 66-year-old man was taken from a Mitchell apartment and robbed.
A suspect in the kidnapping of a 66-year-old man in Mitchell has pleaded guilty. Alex Rock, 29, of Mitchell, pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree robbery during a circuit court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell.