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A broken pipe in a steam boiler system caused a Mitchell area apartment building to evacuate Tuesday evening. At approximately 4:59 p.m. at the 1500 block of East First Avenue in Mitchell, steam started to come from the basement of an apartment building. The fire alarm system went off and all residents in the building evacuated, according to Mitchell Assistant Fire Chief Paul Morris. Six firefighters responded and remained on scene until 5:42 p.m., attempting to locate the source of the steam. No injuries were reported.
LAKE ANDES — A Wagner man who claimed law enforcement used excessive force against him pleaded not guilty to eluding on Tuesday. Raymond Cournoyer Sr., 65, entered his not guilty plea at the Charles Mix County Courthouse in Lake Andes. Cournoyer was represented by defense attorney Jake Fisher and a trial is scheduled for Jan. 29.
The following cases were among those heard Tuesday by Judge Chris Giles during a circuit court hearing at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell. Guilty pleas and admissions • Larry Abdo Jr., 39, of Mitchell, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled schedule I or II substance and criminal entry of a motor vehicle. A sentence hearing is scheduled for Dec. 12.
Here are five stories to know heading into Wednesday: 1. The Mitchell High School football team put together another strong season. Take a look back at 2017. 2. Mitchell's mayor hopes to learn a "ballpark" estimate for Lake Mitchell restoration costs in the coming months.
A Mitchell man received no jail time for committing sexual acts with a juvenile female. On Tuesday at the Davison County Public Safety Center, 20-year-old Austin Wipf pleaded guilty to fourth-degree rape. He was sentenced to zero days in jail, two years of probation and to pay a fine of $913. On March 22, Wipf admitted in an interview with law enforcement to having sex with a 15-year-old female juvenile, according to court documents. Wipf stated he had "consensual sex" with the female juvenile approximately four to five times in 2016 when Wipf was 18 years old.
A Fulton man pleaded guilty Tuesday to committing sexual acts with two female juveniles on the same day. On Tuesday at the Davison County Public Safety Center, 20-year-old Robert Fink pleaded guilty to fourth-degree rape. Judge Chris Giles ordered a presentence investigation and a sentence hearing is scheduled for Jan. 23.
Mitchell's speech and debate teams are at it again. The Mitchell High School students participated in the 19th annual Aberdeen Golden Eagle Cup this past weekend, with several students taking the top places. For speech events, Madison Hetland took first, while Thea Patrick took third in the varsity original oratory competition. RyLeigh Christopherson also took first as Jaclyn McMillen took third in novice original oratory. In varsity extemporaneous speaking, Hetland again took first while Caleb Jarding took third. Patrick also took fifth in informative speaking.
Here are five stories to know heading into Tuesday: 1. The Woonsocket School Board give residents a look at its proposed elementary expansion Monday night. 2. Mitchell's Planning Commission recommended a decision that could impact the city's short-term lodging industry.
The nation's average gas price is steadily rising, but South Dakota fell slightly below the norm on Monday. According to the AAA, South Dakota's average gas price dropped to $2.53 per gallon, just below the national average of $2.56. The national average has increased 9 cents in just 13 days. Since Nov. 1, the state's average also reached $2.56, but has since dropped. On Friday, when the state's average was still $2.56, Mitchell averaged $2.53 per gallon, a total higher than the averages in Yankton and Rapid City. At $2.54, the price was higher in Sioux Falls.
LAKE ANDES — A driver crashed into a fence after falling asleep at the wheel near tribal land in Lake Andes on Thursday. At approximately 12 p.m. on Nov. 9, 34-year-old Kayla Decora, of Sioux Falls, was driving a 2002 Pontiac Sunfire eastbound a quarter mile east of Lake Andes on S.D. Highway 50. Decora allegedly fell asleep at the wheel and entered a ditch near mile marker 340, according to local law enforcement. Yankton Sioux Tribal Police Officer Willard Bruguier said Decora was transported to the hospital by ambulance and the extent of her injuries is unknown.