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A Mitchell magistrate judge will soon be leaving Davison County. Magistrate Judge Gordon D. Swanson was appointed Friday morning by Gov. Dennis Daugaard as a circuit court judge in South Dakota's Fourth Circuit Court. Swanson will succeed Hon. Randall L. Macy, who is retiring in June. The Fourth Circuit includes Butte, Corson, Dewey, Harding, Lawrence, Meade, Perkins and Ziebach counties.
LAKE ANDES — A Mitchell woman has been charged with a felony after allegedly driving into a pedestrian in Lake Andes. Lauren Kiyukan, 44, was charged with hit-and-run causing injury for an incident on Feb. 18 in which she struck a man while driving a vehicle on Highway 50, court documents state. At about 9:30 p.m., law enforcement received a report of a man struck by a white Chevrolet Suburban, court documents state.
Dakota Wesleyan University will hold Commencement ceremonies at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 7, at the Corn Palace, Mitchell. Dusty Johnson, Mitchell, will address the 236 graduates. Johnson is vice president of consulting at Vantage Point Solutions, Mitchell, and a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives seat. Baccalaureate services will be held at 7 p.m Saturday, May 6, at the Sherman Center on DWU campus with the Rev. Eric Van Meter, campus pastor giving the welcome and baccalaureate message. The services will also include a hooding ceremony.
SPRINGFIELD — Two inmates in Springfield were arrested after allegedly assaulting a man in prison. Robert Hernandez and John Reddest, both 23-year-old inmates at Mike Durfee State Prison, were recently charged with aggravated assault for injuring or attempting to injure a fellow inmate on Dec. 17, court documents state. Hernandez and Reddest are charged with two counts of aggravated assault, Class 3 felonies, each punishable upon conviction by up to 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.
TYNDALL — Two people sustained minor injuries after a two-vehicle crash Wednesday evening in Tyndall. Brecken Bullard, 17, was injured when her vehicle collided with a vehicle driven by Geddes resident John Estrada, 35, at 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of South Dakota Highway 50 and Main Street in Tyndall. Estrada also sustained minor injuries, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.
DAVIS — Two Lennox residents died in a two-vehicle crash Sunday that involved a Lake Andes man who was unharmed. Delmar Kuper, 89, and Viola Kuper, 81, of Lennox, died from injuries they suffered when their 2003 Chrysler Town and Country Van proceeded onto U.S. Highway 18, six miles east of Davis, where it collided with a 2002 Ford F-150 headed westbound at about 5:05 p.m..
The James Valley Community Center is holding a fundraising auction to celebrate May Day. The public is invited to come to the JVCC to bid on May Day baskets that were donated by 29 local businesses and organizations. The total value of all the donated baskets combined is approximately $1,800. Bidding opened on Monday and will close at noon, May 1. The funds raised will go toward JVCC programs and activities. Following the auction closing, there will be pie and ice cream available for $3 per person at JVCC from noon to 2 p.m. to complete the May Day celebration.
WOONSOCKET — A 20-year-old man pleaded guilty Tuesday to raping an underage girl last summer in Sanborn County. Kyle Flynn Larson, 20, of Mitchell, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree rape of a 15-year-old girl, according to the Sanborn County state's attorney. The rape occurred on July 30. Larson was originally indicted on Aug. 10 for second-degree rape by the use of force, a Class 1 felony, and third-degree rape by completing the act with someone incapable of consent, a Class 2 felony.
A Davison County Jail inmate is back in custody Wednesday afternoon after escaping from Avera Queen of Peace Hospital, according to the Davison County Sheriff's Office. David Larvie Jr., a 26-year-old Mitchell man, escaped the hospital where he was scheduled for a medical procedure, said Corrections Administrator Don Radel. Larvie, who was in jail for a probation violation, was found after authorities searched multiple areas throughout town.
AVON — A 52-year-old Avon man who died Saturday was killed in a farming accident, according to the Bon Homme County Coroner's Office. Jay Mudder, who recently celebrated his 52nd birthday, died as a result of an incident that occurred Saturday morning, according to Bon Homme Deputy Coroner Cheyenne Schroeder. No other details were immediately available for release on Monday, but the farming accident occurred south of Avon.