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SALEM — Law enforcement is seeking a man suspected of burglarizing a drug store Tuesday night in Salem. The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation and the McCook County Sheriff's Office are investigating an alleged burglary that occurred at 11:17 p.m. Tuesday at Salem Community Drug Store, according to a statement from the South Dakota Attorney General's Office.
ALEXANDRIA — A man convicted of possessing cocaine pleaded not guilty to a subsequent count of cocaine possession. Jeffrey Jarman, 48, of Mitchell, pleaded not guilty on June 10 to possession of cocaine. Jarman is charged with cocaine possession for the third time in the past two years after a police service dog allegedly found a white ball weighing 3 grams that tested positive for cocaine on Jan. 12 in Jarman's home in Hanson County.
PRESHO—Three people were appointed to the Lyman School District's School Board following an election Tuesday night. Cody Volmer, Jodi Smith and Adam Ehlers were elected for three-year terms. Volmer received 336 votes, Smith received 307 and Ehlers received 238. Jamie Griffith, Julie Schindler and Jed McNaughton were not elected to the board. Griffith received 235 votes, Schindler received 59 and McNaughton received 80.
WAGNER—After an investigation, the Wagner Police Department determined Wednesday morning an alleged child abduction was a misunderstanding. Around 9 p.m. Tuesday, the Charles Mix County Sheriff's Office received a report of a white Dodge cargo van with Iowa plates traveling on tribal ground in Wagner attempting to abduct children, according to Wagner Police Officer Brian McGuire. The van was located at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, and after conducting interviews with the children and reporting parties, it was determined that there was no threat to any of the children involved.
A man accused of assaulting and robbing a taxi driver in Mitchell was sentenced for a lesser theft offense. Shawn Duffy, 39, of Mitchell, pleaded guilty on May 12 to first-degree petty theft valued more than $400, a class 4 felony, and was sentenced to 120 days in jail, with 48 days suspended and credit for 62 days served. According to court documents, Duffy and another male were picked up at 5 a.m. Oct. 29 at the Day's Inn Motel in Mitchell by a Becky's Vans taxi driver and proceeded to assault the man, taking his cell phone and $300.
Firefighters extinguished a grass fire Saturday south of Mitchell sparked by a man using haying equipment. Two firefighters from Mitchell and four from Ethan responded to a fire call at about 3:45 p.m. Saturday on 258th Street, about three miles south of Mitchell, according to Mitchell Assistant Fire Chief Paul Morris. The fire crews were able to quickly contain a three-acre grass fire that is believed to have been sparked by haying equipment, operated by Jim Kummer, Morris said.
A Texas man suffered minor injuries after losing control and striking a culvert and fence Saturday morning west of Mitchell. Michael Willard, 35, of Cleburne, Texas, was traveling westbound at 11:33 a.m. on Interstate 90, near mile marker 324 when he lost control of the 2014 Peterbilt semi truck he was driving, according to Tony Mangan, public information officer for the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. The vehicle left the roadway, entered the median, crossed eastbound lanes, struck a culvert and fence before coming to a stop in a bean field, Mangan said.
Two 16-year-old girls were arrested for burglary and drug possession Monday, according to the Mitchell Department of Public Safety. The two Mitchell girls, who were not named in a press release, were arrested for entering a residence through an unlocked window and stealing an AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle, a Glock 9mm handgun, a laptop computer, a purse and an Xbox video game console. The suspects were also found possessing a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia at the time of their arrest.
WAGNER — A 3-year-old was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital Monday following a one-vehicle rollover about 10 miles south of Wagner, authorities say. The male child sustained serious, non-life threatening injuries after slipping out of the seat belt and ejected from the vehicle, according to Tony Mangan, public information officer for the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. The child was not in a child restraint required by state law, Mangan said.
Police are asking for the public's help in seeking a stolen vehicle in Mitchell. The Mitchell Department of Public Safety is seeking a red 2009 Ford F-250 pickup with an Oleson Plumbing decal on the side, according to Nixle, a digital notification service DPS uses to share information. The vehicle's license plate is 061 37A and was last seen on North Foster Street. Anyone with information about the vehicle's location may contact Mitchell DPS at (605) 995-8400. No other information is immediately available.