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Here's five stories we think you need to know heading into Friday. 1. Two Mitchell residents were arrested this week for operating a day care at their home, where one of the residents is a registered sex offender. 2. Officers detonated an explosive dating back to World War I in rural Hutchinson County Thursday. The vintage 3-foot long, 160 pound WWI shell was believed to be a “live explosive.”
Beginning Monday, Fifth Avenue and Duff Street will be closed for water main improvement. The city announced the closure, which is just for the day, will begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday, and that the community use alternate routes during this time.
HARTFORD — A Hartford man considered "endangered and missing" could be traveling through the area en route to the Black Hills or Colorado. Matthew Allen Vanderwerff, 22, was last seen at 8 a.m. Thursday, when he indicated to his family that he was despondent, according to officials. Driving a white 1999 Pontiac Bonneville, with South Dakota license plate 6C6141, Vanderwerff may be traveling west to the Black Hills area or Colorado. Vanderwerff went missing in April and was located near Custer, but it is unknown if he will return to the area.
A Mitchell man who escaped the custody of a Davison County jailer was sentenced to five years in prison Wednesday. David Larvie, 26, was sentenced by Judge Tim Bjorkman to five years in prison for first-degree escape, in which he fled from a jailer after receiving a medical procedure at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital, and two probation violations, according to court documents.
The following cases were among those heard Tuesday by Judge Tim Bjorkman during a circuit court hearing at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell. Guilty pleas and admissions • Tianna Allman, 30, of Rapid City, admitted to violating probation by using methamphetamine. Allman was ordered to serve 120 days in jail with credit for 115 days served, and she was placed on probation for three years. Allman was previously placed on probation for possession of methamphetamine and has violated probation once before.
A Mitchell woman was sentenced to four years in prison shortly after being arrested thanks to a tip submitted to an anonymous crime reporting program. Lindsey Hatwan, 37, admitted in court Tuesday to violating probation by failing to go to jail to serve part of her divided jail term, according to court disposition. Hatwan, who was on probation for an ingestion of methamphetamine charge, was sentenced to four years in prison, with credit for 63 days served. She is estimated to be eligible for parole in March.
Here's five stories we think you need to know heading into Thursday.
The final two suspects in a Mitchell kidnapping were sentenced Wednesday to multi-year prison terms. Vanessa Hakl, 37, and Marco Sherman, 22, both of Mitchell, were ordered to spend eight and six years, respectively, in prison for their involvement in the kidnapping of a 66-year-old man from a Mitchell apartment last year. On Sept. 22, Hakl and Sherman, with the help of Alex Rock, 29, and Danica Loseke, 36, of Mitchell, forcibly removed the man from an apartment, blindfolded him, stripped him of his clothes and left him in a field 19 miles southeast of town.
The Davison County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating a jail inmate who did not return from furlough. Nicholas Randall Miiler was released at 9 a.m. Friday for furlough from the Davison County Jail and failed to return to jail Tuesday, as ordered, according to the Davison County Sheriff's Office. Miiler is a 31-year-old white male with brown hair, hazel eyes, standing at 5-foot-8 inches tall and weighing 125 pounds. Miiler has a wizard tattoo on his left forearm, a scorpion tattoo on his left hand and a scar in the shape of an X on his right hand.
No injuries were reported after a pickup was caught underneath a semi truck Tuesday afternoon. A 2013 Kenworth Semi Truck was making a right turn off of Sanborn Boulevard onto West Sixth Avenue at 4:48 p.m. when it struck a pickup, according to Mitchell Police Officer Dan Kopfmann. James Olson, of Tea, was making the right turn and didn't see the 2007 Chevy Silverado traveling north on the outside lane on Sanborn. As he was executing the turn, the trailer portion of the semi struck the pickup, Kopfmann said.