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ALEXANDRIA — A Mitchell man suspected of possessing cocaine for the third time in less than a year was acquitted of the newest charge after a trial. Jeffrey Jarman, 48, of Mitchell, was acquitted Thursday of possession of cocaine after law enforcement found a cocaine rock in his Hanson County home. The judge's decision hinged on whether Jarman knew the cocaine was in his home or whether it had been there so long he'd forgotten, according to Hanson County State's Attorney Jim Davies.
WINNER — A Winner High School student injured in a farming accident died Wednesday night, a day after getting stuck in a grain bin. Taylor Watzel, 16, of Winner, died at about 7 p.m. Wednesday, according to Winner Superintendent Bruce Carrier. Carrier said students gathered in the school's gymnasium Wednesday and Thursday morning to talk about the situation, and Principal Gerald Witte said students and faculty are struggling with the loss.
The following cases were disposed in Davison County Magistrate Court between July 18 and Aug. 1. • Nathan Lillie, 46, Finland; violation stopped vehicle with red, amber or yellow signal lights; $54 fine; $66 costs. • Santos Choc Lopez, 23, Plankinton; no driver's license, $54 fine; $66 costs. • Ezekial Van Walleghen, 15, Letcher; speeding on a state highway; $39 fine; $66 costs. • Brett Wayne Stanbery, 28, Tacoma, Wash.; speeding on interstate highway; $39 fine; $66 costs.
A Mitchell man was arrested earlier this month and charged with illegally taking photos of a sleeping woman. Travis Herrick, 30, was arrested Oct. 1 for allegedly taking photos of his naked girlfriend without her permission. According to court documents, Herrick made sexual contact with the woman while she was asleep and took pictures of her body. When she woke up, the woman allegedly took the phone and deleted five to seven photos and reported the incident to police.
Deniece Webb, Mitchell, will celebrate her 80th birthday on Tuesday, Oct. 25 Her family requests a card shower. Greetings may be sent to 2211 N. Wisconsin #14, Mitchell, S.D. 57301.
SHAWNEE, KAN. — Pierce Brane, Shawnee, Kansas, formerly of Mitchell, will celebrate his 80th birthday on Tuesday, Oct. 25. His family requests a card shower. Greetings may be sent to 6508 Hedge Lane Terrace #103, Shawnee, Kan. 66226.
PARKSTON — Hilda Werning, Parkston, will celebrate her 90th birthday at an open house from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23, in the dining hall of Avera Assisted Living, Parkston. Her birthday is Nov. 9. The event is hosted by her family. Greetings may be sent to Avera Assisted Living, Room 601, 400 W. Fir, Parkston, S.D. 57366.
ALEXANDRIA — Robert Smetana, Alexandria, will celebrate his 90th birthday on Sunday, Oct. 23. His family requests a card shower. Greetings may be sent to 25489 421st Ave., Alexandria, S.D. 57311.
A man suspected of making an explosive device in Pukwana pleaded not guilty Tuesday to possession of methamphetamine, obstructing law enforcement and resisting arrest. Donald Pickner, 42, of Pukwana, appeared Tuesday at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell. He was cited with the three charges after allegedly running from and struggling with police on Sept. 26 at the intersection of Second Avenue and Duff Street in Mitchell.
The following cases were among those heard Tuesday during a circuit court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell. Not guilty pleas • Aloysius Cross, 23, of Mitchell, pleaded not guilty to two counts of simple assault against a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, obstructing police, jailer or firefighter and intentionally causing contact with bodily fluids or waste. A trial was scheduled for December.