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Police are seeking suspects in thefts from four vehicles in eastern Mitchell early Friday morning. Sometime after 3 a.m. Friday, one or more people entered four vehicles in the 1200 block of East First Avenue and the 1400 and 1500 blocks of East Second Avenue and stole various items, authorities said.
Main Street in Mitchell from Fifth Avenue to Seventh Avenue will be closed to through traffic beginning Monday, May 22, for two to four weeks. The portion of Main Street will be closed as the city kicks off its Sixth Avenue plaza project, which will add landscaping and new walkways on what's currently an asphalt surface south of the Corn Palace between Lawler and Main streets. The parking areas around the Corn Palace will be open as usual and may be accessed from Fifth and Seventh avenues.
The following cases were among those heard Tuesday by Judge Tim Bjorkman during a circuit court hearing at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell. Sentencings • Elgina Callahan, 43, of Mitchell, was given a suspended imposition of sentence but was ordered to serve 90 days in jail, with credit for 13 days served, for ingestion of methamphetamine, and she was placed on probation for two years. She was ordered to pay $187 in court and prosecution costs.
WAGNER — Charges are pending against 20-year-old Delmont man after a semi truck rollover caused a herbicide spill south of Wagner. At 11:10 p.m. Tuesday, a semi truck and trailer driven by Tyler Wurtz was traveling south on 395th Avenue near 305th Street when it left the roadway. The driver lost control and entered the ditch, according to authorities, tipping onto the passenger's side. The crash occurred approximately eight miles south of Wagner, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.
VIVIAN — A man who was charged with murdering a 7-week-old infant has been indicted by a Lyman County grand jury. Gerald Raymond Brink, 36, was indicted Wednesday by a Lyman County grand jury on one count of second-degree murder, the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office said.
Jeff Broin, founder and CEO of POET, is one of 10 inductees to this year's South Dakota Hall of Fame class. Broin, of Dell Rapids, has seen his company grow from one plant in Scotland, S.D., to the current POET network of facilities, including five South Dakota plans, one of which is north of Mitchell. Broin has been involved in biofuel advocacy and promotion on both federal and state levels for 30 years.
MURDO — A Murdo man was sentenced to seven years in prison for possessing child pornography. Tyree Yellow Elk, 22, was sentenced May 8 for his crimes. In addition to the seven years of imprisonment, Yellow Elk also was sentenced to five years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
A Mitchell man will spend 96 months in custody for two separate counts of assaulting, resisting and impeding a federal officer. Corey Johnson, 31, was sentenced Tuesday to 33 months in custody for a 2015 incident and 96 months in custody for a case, with each sentence to be served concurrently. He pled guilty in both cases.
FORT THOMPSON — A Fort Thompson woman was sentenced to four months in custody after assaulting a federal officer. Megan Azure, 31, was sentenced Monday for her crimes that stem from incidents in March 2015. On top of the four months, Azure is sentenced to three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. The conviction stems from March 21, 2015, when Azure was being non-compliant and struck a correctional officer with her head, according to a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of South Dakota.
WAGNER — Three Charles Mix County residents were charged with distributing drugs during controlled buys executed by law enforcement over the last two years in Wagner. Melvin Hopkins, 54, of Lake Andes, Robert Foolbull, 32, of Wagner, and George Cournoyer, 38, of Wagner, were each charged with distributing and possessing methamphetamine for selling varying amounts to a confidential informant in 2015 and 2016.