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A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Lake Andes BALD EAGLES BACK IN AREA: Wildlife experts say the bald eagle is making exponential growth in South Dakota, especially near the Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge. Wildlife Refuge Manage Mike Bryant said populations of bald eagles have rebounded in part because DDT has been banned after its frequent use as pest control in the 1970s. The area has large enough trees to accommodate the birds as well.
A convicted sex offender who failed to register his address prior to moving to Mitchell is accused of illegally residing in a community safety zone. Gerald Ironshooter, 22, of Mitchell, recently moved from Sioux Falls and was arrested for the offense on June 8.
A Mitchell man is accused of damaging a video lottery machine in September by pouring beer on it. Jack Dodge, 57, was arrested on June 13 after he told law enforcement he intentionally poured beer on the machine, but was intoxicated at the time. Court documents also state eyewitnesses saw Dodge cause damage to the machine and video surveillance also captured the incident. Intentional property damage between $1,000 and $100,000 carries a maximum penalty upon conviction of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
Two people are accused of possession with intent to distribute less than 1 ounce of marijuana. Mellissa Shepard, 24, and William Thorpe, 27, were arrested June 17 after law enforcement executed a search warrant at their residence. According to court documents, officers found documents with Shepard and Thorpe's names on them and drug paraphernalia and baggies containing marijuana.
A Mitchell man is accused of third-offense drunken driving. When officers spoke to Salomon Brownotter, 38, at a gas station on June 11, Brownotter was behind the wheel of a vehicle. He had bloodshot watery eyes and slurred speech, according to court documents. Brownotter refused to perform sobriety tests due to his bad back. Brownotter was arrested for third-offense drunken driving and upon being booked into the Davison County Jail, his blood alcohol content was 0.282.
ALEXANDRIA — A Mitchell man pleaded guilty Friday on one charge of cocaine possession after the substance was found in his home and in a recreational vehicle. Jeffrey Jarman, 47, admitted he ingested cocaine nearly two months after he was arrested on drug charges. Jarman's plea was entered in the Hanson County Courthouse in Alexandria. The charges stem from law enforcement officials finding a white powdery substance residue throughout Jarman's home, which is in Hanson County, while executing a search warrant on April 20.
Alcohol was a factor in a Thursday morning wreck that killed a 14-year-old boy from Mitchell. Lenard Boyer died from injuries after being ejected from a vehicle driven by Karla Martinez, 22, of Mitchell, according to Aaron Hanson, trooper with the South Dakota Highway Patrol. Martinez was traveling south around 11:30 a.m. Thursday on 406th Avenue, just south of 252nd Street, or Cemetery Road, Hanson said, when she lost control of her 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Lake Mitchell's Public Beach has been closed as a precautionary measure after the most recent water sample showed high levels of coliform bacteria. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a high level of coliform bacteria can indicate sewage contamination because it is commonly found in animal or human feces. Parks and Recreation Director Dusty Rodiek suspects the high coliform level is the result of a high number of dead fish in the area during the sample period. "Just in case it's something else, we're going to go ahead and be proactive and close it," said Rodiek.
At least one person was seriously injured in a rollover crash Thursday morning west of Mitchell. The crash occurred around 11:30 a.m. near the intersection of 252nd Street (Cemetery Road) and 406th Avenue, or about two miles west of Mitchell. Davison County Sheriff Steve Brink said at least one person was seriously injured, but it was unclear how many people were involved in the rural crash. No other information was immediately available. The South Dakota Highway Patrol is leading the investigation into the crash. Check back with The Daily Republic later for further updates.
A story that began on page A1 of Thursday's edition incorrectly identified a man assisting in the cleanup efforts at a property near Bridgewater after a storm hit Monday morning. The man's name is Brad Wollman.