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The following cases were among those heard Monday during a circuit court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell. Guilty pleas and admissions
TYNDALL — A man who allegedly injured a Tyndall police officer with a vehicle pleaded not guilty to all charges Tuesday. Travis McPeek, 36, of Sioux City, Iowa, pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer, according to court documents. The charges stem from an Aug. 6 incident in which McPeek allegedly injured Tyndall Police Officer Kelly Young by striking him with a Dodge Ram 1500 pickup and driving away.
WOONSOCKET — Two Huron residents, including an 8-year-old boy, sustained injuries in a Friday rollover crash near Woonsocket, authorities said Tuesday. At 11:30 a.m. Friday, a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado driven by 46-year-old Huron resident Curtis Crandall was traveling west on South Dakota Highway 34, about five miles east of Woonsocket, when it hit an icy spot in the roadway, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. Crandall lost control, causing the vehicle to enter the north ditch and roll.
PICKSTOWN — A man who fled while speaking with officers last week in Charles Mix County has been found. Iran Rodriguez Santana was found Saturday morning in Yankton after he bought a cellphone charger at the local Wal-Mart and then called his family in Columbus, Nebraska, according to the Charles Mix County Sheriff's Office. Rodriguez Santana fled from officers last Tuesday.
A Mitchell man pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of sexual contact with a child. Donald Jackson, 30, admitted during a circuit court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell to sexually touching a girl, who was between age 6 and 7, on two occasions in 2016. Jackson said he touched the girl between Jan. 1 and Oct. 15, 2016, when the girl was 6 years old. He said he then touched her again on Oct. 16, when she was 7-years-old. A third sexual contact charge was dismissed.
A Mitchell man was sentenced to a maximum of 20 years in prison Monday for two counts of sexual contact with an 8-year-old girl. Chad Voeltz, 43, was sentenced to 15 years in prison, with five years suspended, for charges of making sexual contact with a young girl. The charges stem from two incidents between May 31, 2009, and Sept. 1, 2010.
WESSINGTON SPRINGS — After finishing mid-pack at the state robotics tournament last year, the Wessington Springs Robotics Team took another step on Saturday. At Saturday's competition at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, the team jumped out to a top-five start, moving into fourth place out of 36 teams after the first of three rounds. As the competition progressed, the team dropped in standings slightly, finishing 13th overall, according to the team's co-head coach James Kruse.
A suspect in a Mitchell kidnapping case pleaded guilty Monday to accessory to a crime and possession of methamphetamine. Danica Loseke, 36, of Mitchell, pleaded guilty to accessory to a kidnapping, possession of methamphetamine and violating probation, stemming from three different incidents, during a circuit court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell.
Friend de Coup is off to a “spectacular” start. The Mitchell High School show choir group traveled to Omaha, Nebraska, for its first competition of the season over the weekend. The competition was called Westside Competition of Excellence, and according to the group’s director, Jen Randall, Friend de Coup performed very well in its daytime performance earning a spot in the finals.
Two Mitchell residents were recently charged with burglary and assault connected to the theft of a video game system. Cetan Odegard, 28, was charged with second-degree burglary and intentional damage to property, and Kevin Ballard, 24, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault after Odegard allegedly took Ballard's PlayStation 4, and Ballard retaliated against two people, court documents state.