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Two Mitchell women are charged with unauthorized ingestion of a controlled substance, methamphetamine. Alyssah Dirkes, 20, and Kaylee Martin, 19, have each been indicted on the charge, which carries a maximum penalty upon conviction of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
A Mitchell woman is accused of assaulting another woman with a beer glass in early April at the Kongo Klub, which is north of Mitchell. According to court documents, Anna Cure, 21, was at the Kongo Klub on April 10 and got into a fight with another woman. During the fight, witnesses told law enforcement Cure hit the victim over the head with a beer glass. The victim told law enforcement Cure had fled the scene. Later that night, law enforcement found Cure at her home. Cure told law enforcement the victim started the fight by hitting her, but Cure didn't remember hitting the victim at all.
SIOUX FALLS — The United States government intends to introduce more evidence in the case against two Letcher men who allegedly committed tax evasion. Acting U.S. Attorney Randolph J. Seiler filed a notice of intent to produce summary exhibits to the court on Thursday in a case against Ted and Steven Nelson. The Nelsons have allegedly participated in a tax evasion scheme since 2002 and were each indicted on seven counts of failure to file tax returns, one count of impeding the Internal Revenue Service and one count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. The U.S.
A Mitchell man is accused of possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony, which is also a felony. Levi Young, 32, spoke with law enforcement regarding another case on April 21 and agreed officers could search his residence but not his vehicle. According to court documents, Young told law enforcement he had a .22 caliber handgun in his vehicle that he once owned but recently sold to a friend.
Theatrical talent from Mitchell has extended its reach to the Sioux Empire this May. "Monty Python's Spamalot," a production put on by the Sioux Empire Community Theatre, is being directed by Dan Miller, associate professor and director of theater at Dakota Wesleyan University. The cast also features several DWU students and Mitchell residents. The production, a spoof of the comedy film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," retells the story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table through cows, cute girls, killer rabbits and funny Frenchmen. Performances are at 7 p.m.
An Arizona man who was arrested for drunken driving after rear-ending another vehicle on Burr Street in Mitchell has been charged with receiving stolen property. Elmer Yellow Hair, 43, of Tuscon, Ariz., was driving a Subaru Outback on April 23 when he crashed into another vehicle. After an investigation, law enforcement discovered the Subaru was stolen from a Sioux City, Neb., car lot. The Subaru was worth about $8,000, according to court documents, which constitutes grand theft and carries a maximum penalty upon conviction of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
A Mitchell man is accused of first-degree burglary for allegedly breaking into a couple's home in early April. Holton Whitney, 25, apparently went into a home on East Third Avenue around 5:30 a.m. on April 10 and took beer from a fridge.
A Mitchell man was arrested recently for third-offense drunken driving after allegedly swerving in and out of lanes on Interstate 90. On April 26, Mitchell law enforcement arrested Kevin Calsbeek, 25, after observing the vehicle Calsbeek was driving cross the solid white line, the center line into the passing lane and back into the driving lane, according to court documents. Calsbeek stopped the vehicle on the 332 off ramp to Mitchell and when he performed sobriety tests, he did poorly, according to police.
The annual Stamp Out Hunger letter carriers food drive by the Postal Service will be Saturday in Mitchell. Letter carriers across the country will collect food for families in need. People who want to participate should collect and bag nonperishable food items, then place those bagged items by a mailbox for the letter carrier to pick up. People who have questions about the drive in their area should ask their letter carrier, contact their local post office, or go to nalc.org/food, facebook.com/StampOutHunger or twitter.com/StampOutHunger.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Wessington Springs EFFORT UNDERWAY TO PROTECT FARM FROM BIRD FLU: Concerns about the bird flu have led to big steps for the Spring Valley Hutterite Colony, which has been washing vehicles entering the farm and limiting access to the colony's barns. The Spring Valley Turkey Farm is located 18 miles west of Wessington Springs and provides birds to the Dakota Provisions turkey plant, which is based in Huron and has about 45,000 turkeys. Vehicles are required to have their tires sprayed and the colony h