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FREEMAN — A 51-year-old woman sustained serious injuries in a two-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon near Freeman. At approximately 12:20 p.m., a 2002 Pontiac Montana driven by the woman was traveling south on U.S. Highway 81, when she entered the northbound lane and collided head-on with a 2009 Volvo Tractor, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.
The following cases were disposed in Davison County Magistrate Court between May 22 through June 5. • Tristan James Scott, 21, Mitchell; driving under the influence, first offense; suspended imposition of sentence; $400 fine; $269 costs; conditions: pay fines, costs and fees; have no like offenses; obey all laws; shall not consume any alcoholic beverages for period of one year and operate a vehicle.
After a three-day search, authorities located and arrested the suspect in an alleged domestic assault. On Thursday morning, the Mitchell Police Division issued a Nixle alert seeking information about the location of 38-year-old Mitchell resident James Brinker who was suspected of committing domestic assault against his wife. On Saturday, law enforcement issued another Nixle alert notifying the public they had located and arrested Brinker.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Woonsocket WWII VETS TO SERVE AS JULY 4TH PARADE MARSHALS: Local World War II veterans have been chosen by the Woonsocket Water Festival Committee to serve as co-marshals for this year's Fourth of July parade in Woonsocket. Veterans include Ken Anderson, Patrick Cahill, Robert Kappel, Lawrence Miller and Martin Andersen, Jr. The parade will be held at 11 a.m. July 4. — Sanborn Weekly Journal Avon
Here's what you need to know headed into Saturday. 1. Be careful driving in downtown Mitchell, because a new traffic change is in effect. 2. Dakota Wesleyan University's Kyle Hobbs has school athletes pumping iron. Read about his impact on DWU athletes.
HOWARD — Two people sustained injuries in a crash involving an ATV and van Friday morning southeast of Howard. At approximately 11:48 a.m., a person driving a Polaris ATV was traveling west on 239th Street, near the intersection with United States Highway 81, southeast of Howard when the person failed to stop at the intersection with the roadway and collided with a Dodge van traveling north, according to 911 Supervisor Cora Schwader. The names and genders of the people involved were not immediately available.
A proposed traffic change in downtown Mitchell is now in effect. One month after the Mitchell Traffic Commission approved a shift from one-way to two-way traffic on portions of Second, Third and Fourth avenues between Rowley and Lawler streets, the change went into effect on Friday afternoon. The plan was approved by a unanimous vote of the Traffic Commission and no petition for referendum was returned to the city to put the change to a public vote.
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared a state of emergency due to drought conditions in the state. The emergency declaration allows farmers and ranchers to cut and bale state highway ditches adjacent to their property, and the South Dakota Department of Transportation has suspended mowing operations until July 5 to allow farmers to access the hay along ditches. During this time, the state DOT will continue to mow in urban areas. The state is also authorizing producers to travel statewide without a commercial driver's license, in an effort to ease transport of feed.
A 10-county training exercise scheduled for Saturday has been postponed due to unsafe water conditions at Lake Mitchell. The dive team exercise was intended to simulate a situation in which a vehicle had become submerged in the lake and officials were tasked with recovering the driver and passengers from the water.
BON HOMME COUNTY — A Tyndall man was charged with fourth-degree rape after allegedly having sex with a teenage girl. Sergio Blanco, 26, was arrested recently and charged with fourth-degree rape and sexual contact with a child under 16 after performing sexual acts with a 14- or 15-year-old girl, court documents state. The rape charge stems from an incident between March 15 and March 30, while the sexual contact charge stems from an incident between March 15 and May 22.