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Firefighters responded to a false alarm at the Davison County Courthouse late on Tuesday. At approximately 8:30 p.m., Mitchell firefighters traveled to the courthouse in response to a report of a fire alarm that was called in by an alarm company, according to Mitchell Patrol Sgt. Joel Reinesch. The Mitchell Department of Public Safety received a call from the alarm company asking authorities to investigate the situation. Reinesch said it's not the first false alarm to come from the courthouse, and an alarm can be set off by certain weather patterns, like high humidity.
OLIVET — A Sioux Falls woman sustained serious injuries Monday during a one-vehicle rollover crash that vaulted her vehicle into the air. Ladanna Stubbe, 43, was traveling northbound on South Dakota Highway 25 in a 2014 Toyota Camry when she failed to negotiate a curve and struck an approach to a field just south of Highway 18, about two miles west of Olivet, causing her vehicle to leave the ground, according to the Hutchinson County Sheriff's Office.
Two people were arrested Tuesday for burglarizing several storage units and vehicles in Mitchell. On Tuesday, Mitchell police executed a search warrant on a motel room located at 1700 S. Burr St., resulting in the arrest 24-year-old Amber Lynn Lautt and 34-year-old Jesse Lee Pence, both of Mitchell.
With a theme of "Home for the Holidays," Mitchell's 2016 Parade of Lights will take place on Monday, Dec. 5. The parade, which starts at 6:30 p.m., will run on Mitchell's Main Street from First Avenue to Ninth Avenue. Chili and cookies will be served and an awards ceremony and tree lighting will follow the parade at the World's Only Corn Palace. Santa will also be at the Corn Palace from 4-6 p.m. and after the parade.
WINNER — A Mellette County jailer was sentenced on Wednesday to six months in the Winner Jail for helping an inmate avoid a urine test. Forty-seven-year-old Kimberly Dewes, of White River, was employed at the Mellette County Jail when she allowed a 24/7 Sobriety Program participant to submit a "clean" urine sample instead of urinating into a specimen container provided by the jail, according to a press release from the Attorney General's office.
More than 350 people in the Mitchell area are without power following a car crash Wednesday morning. Crews with Northwestern Energy, based in Mitchell, are working to restore power to approximately 370 customers in Loomis, Letcher and on the west side of Mitchell, following an early-morning car crash, according to Tom Glanzer, spokesman for Northwestern.
BURKE — A judge has made it clear that a man who has been charged for killing his 3-month-old son will not be seen publically handcuffed during his jury trial later this month. The murder trial of Adam Bruns, 24, of Gregory, is set to take place for three weeks starting Oct. 24. During a pretrial telephonic conference Tuesday, Judge Mark Barnett made it clear that deputies should not be "hauling" Bruns to and from the courthouse during the trial period with "iron on." "I don't want him within eyesight of the courthouse with any iron on," Barnett said.
Extra grant money has allowed Davison County to crack down on speeding and seat belt usage, and it's led to a decrease in the number of crashes. Last week, the Davison County Sheriff's Office accepted $22,391.18 worth of federal highway grant funds to support the continued enforcement of speeding and seat belts. The grant money will pay for deputies' overtime hours and allow for extra patrol, according to Davison County Chief Deputy Steve Harr.
WALL — The Lyman School volleyball coach said players found a cell phone allegedly recording video in a locker room while the team visited for a game in September at Wall High School. According to Keith Herman, some of his junior varsity players found a phone hidden in the locker room "that they said was recording when they found it." Lyman played at Wall on Sept. 20. The phone was found in the boy's locker room, which is used as the visitor locker room for girl's sports events, according to Charles Sykora, the principal of grades K-8 at Wall.
ORANGE CITY, IOWA — The Mitchell High School Marching Band won its class on Saturday at the Dutchman Field Championships for the ninth consecutive year. The competition, held in Orange City, Iowa, featured more than 30 bands in four classes, and Mitchell received the fourth-highest overall score, behind Sioux Falls Lincoln, Brandon Valley and Omaha Burke High School. Along with placing first in the 3A class, the Mitchell band also received awards for best hornline, best color guard and best percussion.