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The following cases were among those heard Tuesday by Judge Glen Eng during a circuit court hearing at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell. Guilty pleas and admissions • Virginia Abdo, 42, of Mitchell, pleaded guilty to identify theft and grand theft between $1,000 and $2,500. She was sentenced to four years of probation and was ordered to serve 28 days in jail, receiving credit for 10. She was also ordered to pay $1,458 in fines and costs.
Avera Queen of Peace will soon offer a hospitalist program. The group announced Tuesday the launching of the new program, which is aimed at improving the patient experience. According to a press release sent by Avera, hospitalists are providers who specialize in the medical care of hospitalized patients, providing "high-quality health care for patients from admission to discharge." The program is set to begin Aug. 1, and Avera Queen of Peace will have a hospitalist on site for a 12-hour shift every day.
About 700 NorthWestern Energy customers lost power Tuesday night in Mitchell when a late-July thunderstorm boomed through southeastern South Dakota.
A man who described Mitchell as his "playground" has changed his plea and faces four years of probation after failing to return from furlough. Nicholas Miiller, 32, of Mitchell, pleaded guilty Tuesday during a circuit court session in Mitchell for failure to appear and second-degree escape. "Mitchell is my playground and this is where every bad decision I've ever made ..." Miiller told the court Tuesday. "I don't want to miss my children growing up. I need to change who I am and what I do. The only way to do that is to get help."
MENNO — Charges are pending against a Brandon man who authorities say fell asleep while driving and struck another vehicle Tuesday morning. James Dibbet, 28, was driving westbound on Highway 18 near 437th Avenue, approximately six miles east of Menno, at 6:08 a.m. Tuesday when he fell asleep at the wheel, according to Hutchinson County Deputy Dan Schulte. Dibbet's vehicle, a 2004 Honda Pilot, then crossed into the other lane and struck an oncoming 2000 Chevy pickup pulling an enclosed trailer.
PLANKINTON — A 23-year-old Plankinton man has pleaded guilty to sexual contact with a child under the age of 13. Anthony Michael Vearrier will be sentenced for the Class 3 felony on Nov. 8, according to the South Dakota Attorney General's Office. A Class 3 felony is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. The case was investigated by the Aurora County Sheriff's Office.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has appointed Chris Giles as judge of South Dakota’s First Circuit Court. Giles, of Madison, will oversee cases in Aurora, Bon Homme, Buffalo, Brule, Charles Mix, Clay, Davison, Douglas, Hanson, Hutchinson, McCook, Turner, Union and Yankton counties.
Here's some refreshing news: Rain and cooler temperatures. A much-needed storm has been forecasted by the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls. The precipitation will hit the Mitchell area at about 8 or 9 p.m., continue through the overnight and early Wednesday morning, according to NWS hydrologist Mike Gillispie. "With this storm, there's a pretty good chance everyone's going to see some rain," he said Tuesday morning. "But it's not going to be widespread coverage.
Here are five stories to know Tuesday: 1. Find out the latest details on the crash Monday in Alcester, where two people died and six others injured. 2. Here's why the Planning Commission unanimously denied a $17 million expansion for Performing Pet Products.
South Dakota's First Circuit Court has found its newest judge. Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced Monday that Judge Tami A. Bern will be appointed as circuit court judge in the First Circuit, replacing former Judge Glen A. Eng. "Judge Bern has a long record of public service, as a magistrate judge and a state's attorney," Daugaard said in a written statement. "I particularly appreciate her leadership in creating the Yankton County drug court, and I thank her for taking this new role.