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The following cases were disposed in Davison County Magistrate Court between July 3 and July 17. • Donna Louise German, 41, Sioux Falls; open alcoholic beverage container accessible in vehicle, $54 fine; $66 costs. • Aja Mae McDaniel, 19, Mitchell; obey traffic device unless directed by policeman, $54 fine; $66 costs. • Roger Dean Anderson, 66, Park Rapids, Minnesota; failure to make proper stop at stop intersection; $54 fine; $66 costs. • Vincent J. Rizzo, 44, Schenectady, New York; speeding on other roadways, $79 fine; $66 costs.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Plankinton CITY COUNCIL SEEKING PERSON TO FILL VACANCY: The Plankinton City Council is seeking a resident to fill a vacancy on the governing board following the resignation of Ward I Councilman Altman Studeny. Studeny said in his resignation letter that he was vacating his position at the end of the July 17 meeting to pursue a position with Black Hills State University in Spearfish.
WESSINGTON SPRINGS — A grandfather and his grandson have been identified as the victims of a fatal vehicle crash Thursday near Wessington Springs. Wessington Springs residents Donald Wetzel, 75, and Matthew Wetzel, 30, were the victims of a two-vehicle crash at 11:40 a.m. on Thursday, according to the Basham Funeral Service in Wessington Springs. A 10:30 a.m. memorial service will be held for the relatives on Tuesday at the Foothills Bible Fellowship Church in Wessington Springs.
A Mitchell man is facing child abuse and driving under the influence charges after allegedly drinking for "three days straight." Kenneth Lyon, 44, was recently charged with driving under the influence and child abuse after police were dispatched on July 22 to the west boat ramp in Mitchell for a possible drunk driver. Located in a small tree grove, officers found Lyon, who had "severely slurred speech, red bloodshot eyes and could not walk on his own or sit up without swaying back and forth," court documents state.
Here are five stories to know Friday: 1. Officials were on scene of a fatal crash for several hours Thursday. Two people died and another is facing life-threatening injuries.
WESSINGTON SPRINGS -- Two people were killed in a head-on collision Thursday about nine miles west of Wessington Springs. A pickup truck collided with a semi at about 11:45 a.m. on Highway 34 near the intersection of 373rd Avenue. Two people riding in a pickup died, according to Jerauld County Sheriff Jason Weber. The driver of the semi sustained life-threatening injuries.
PLATTE — A Plankinton man is facing grand theft charges after allegedly stealing a motorcycle and posting about it on Facebook. James Tipton, 31, was recently charged with grand theft for taking a 2013 Victory motorcycle from Todd Van Zee, owner of TNT Auto Plex in Platte, according to court documents. Law enforcement reviewed surveillance video from TNT that allegedly showed a brown Chevrolet Tahoe entering the business and a white male exiting the vehicle. The man then drove away with the motorcycle.
A Mitchell man was cited for failure to yield following a two-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon. Jay Peppel, 45, was driving a 2014 Ford F-250 south on South Kimball Street when he T-boned a 2010 Chevy Impala, according to the Mitchell Department of Public Safety. Officials with the Mitchell Police Division said Peppel failed to yield at the intersection of East Elm Avenue, which is where the collision occurred.
No one was injured and no citations were issued in a Thursday morning car versus bicycle crash on West Havens Avenue. The Mitchell Police Division responded to the incident, which occurred around 11 a.m.
A man found outside of a Mitchell bar with two stab wounds early Thursday morning sustained serious injuries, and the suspect of the alleged assault has been arrested. Trevor Brennon Belt, 24, was arrested for aggravated assault after allegedly stabbing the victim following an argument earlier that night. The adult male victim was found unresponsive outside of Thirsty’s, a bar on North Main Street in Mitchell.