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A 21-year-old Mitchell man is charged with first-degree burglary after allegedly breaking into the old Whittier School building. Joseph Robert Churich was arrested at approximately 8:40 a.m. Sept. 1 after Mitchell police were alerted of a break-in at the building, located just west of downtown. According to court documents, police saw a man, later identified as Churich, entering the building through a broken window.
A 51-year-old man was arrested Sept. 1 after allegedly punching two people during a bag-toss game at Dakota Campgrounds in Mitchell. Scott Travis Donaldson, of Mitchell, was playing a bag-toss game with two other individuals when he became upset and punched one of the individuals in the face, then punched the other in the chest a short time later, court documents say.
A Mitchell woman was arrested Aug.
Three people suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash Saturday on S.D. Highway 37 in Bon Homme County. Around 9 p.m., Ralph Mahoney, 77, of Fulton, was driving a 2008 Cadillac DTS north on Highway 37 when he attempted to pass a slow-moving tractor-trailer rig. Ashley Sundet, 16, of Tripp, was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier south on the highway when Mahoney entered the passing lane. The two vehicles sideswiped each other just eight miles northwest of Tyndall. Mary Mahoney, 76, of Fulton, was a passenger in Ralph Mahoney's vehicle and suffered minor injuries.
Mitchell Police responded to a vehicle fire at the 900 block of West Second Avenue in Mitchell early Sunday morning. The call, at 12:51 a.m., to emergency personal originally came in as a grass fire but when emergency workers got there they found a vehicle on fire. The car is registered to Leann Blasdell, who upon being contacted said the vehicle was stolen from Huron and she would be filing a stolen vehicle report with the Huron Police. The car is considered a total loss and no one was injured during the fire. No one is in custody at this time.
The Mitchell Board of Education will meet in regular session at 5 p.m. today in the cafeteria of L.B. Williams Elementary School, 1420 West University Ave. Board members will tour the building following the business portion of the meeting. The agenda includes board consideration to: Recognize Clayton Gropper as South Dakota Athletic Trainer of the Year. Approve district goals for the 2012-2013 school year. Approve the following consent agenda personnel items: New hires: Gina Marek, special education, Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary, $33,000 a year effective Sept.
The Davison County commissioners will meet in regular session at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Commissioners' Room at the courthouse, 200 E. Fourth Ave., Mitchell. 9 a.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, approval of past meeting minutes, citizen input. 9:30 a.m. Discussion regarding the refund of a $100 conditional use permit fee for Larice Hamilton. 9:45 a.m.
Following are the summertime visitation numbers (May to August) for some Mitchell tourist stops over the past five years. Corn Palace 2012 -- 235,530 2011 -- 228,850 2010 -- 271,051 2009 -- 270,663 2008 -- 241,832 Prehistoric Indian Village 2012 -- 10,342 2011 -- 8,058 2010 -- 9,237 2009 -- 10,442 2008 -- 9,521 Dakota Discovery Museum 2012 -- 2,962 2011 -- 3,041 2010 -- 4,174 2009 -- 3,950 2008 -- 4,187 Carnegie Resource Center 2012 -- 862 2011 -- 702 2010 -- 859 2009 -- 523 2008 -- Numbers not availabl
FORT THOMPSON -- A Fort Thompson man was sentenced Tuesday after being convicted of sexual abuse of a minor. Kyle Merritt, 25, was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison and five years of supervised release. He will also be required to register as a sex offender and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment. The sentence stems from an incident in June 2008 when Merritt knowingly caused a minor to engage in a sexual act. He pleaded guilty to the charge on March 23. Merritt is being allowed to self-report to the U.S. Marshals Service by 3 p.m. Sept. 18.
WESSINGTON SPRINGS -- A Wessington Springs man was killed Thursday in a two-vehicle crash near Wessington Springs. Ronald Ogren, 63, was eastbound driving a Ford farm tractor on South Dakota Highway 34 about two miles west of Wessington Springs. Ogren attempted to make a left turn into a private driveway and turned in front of a 2012 Kenworth fuel truck driven westbound by Joshua McGillvrey, 28, of Wolsey, according to South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Mark Chamberlain. The impact threw Ogren from the tractor.