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Larry Thompson, the CEO of Vantage Point Solutions, was formally appointed to the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) on Thursday. The BDAC will provide advice and recommendations for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) — an agency that regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable in all 50 states.
HURON — A 27-year-old woman died in a one-vehicle crash Wednesday night. At approximately 9:55 p.m., the woman was driving southbound on South Dakota Highway 37 when the vehicle she was driving went off the roadway and rolled, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. The crash occurred approximately 10 miles south of Huron in Sanborn County. The name of the person is not being released pending notification of family. She was the only occupant in the vehicle.
The following cases were among those heard Tuesday by Judge Tim Bjorkman during a circuit court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell. Sentencings • Lavern White Mouse, 64, of Fort Thompson, was sentenced to 30 days in jail, credit for 29 days served. White Mouse is charged with possession of hydrocodone.
Two local banks were placed on lockdown late Wednesday afternoon after a caller reported a suspicious person near the area. At 4:16 p.m., law enforcement received a call about a male sitting in a vehicle near First National Bank. The reporting party witnessed the male put what appeared to be a firearm in his hand and walk toward the bank, according to Mitchell Police Sgt. Joel Reinesch. The Mitchell Police Division was dispatched, and the First National Bank and the nearby Wells Fargo Bank were placed on lockdown.
Kimball students took home the top prize at the Custer Battlefield Highway Academic Festival held Wednesday at Dakota Wesleyan University. As the overall winner of the competition, which takes into account all 18 subject areas and the quiz bowl, Kimball students took the top place of approximately 200 students from nine schools. Mitchell Christian took first place in the quiz bowl competition, while Kimball came in second. Sanborn Central, Ethan, Corsica-Stickney, Woonsocket, Mount Vernon, White Lake and Plankinton followed, respectively.
WESSINGTON SPRINGS — A Wessington Springs man was arrested Tuesday on attempted murder charges. Vernon Parsells, 36, was taken into custody following an incident early Tuesday, according to the Jerauld County Sheriff's Office's Facebook page. Parsells is being charged with attempted second-degree murder and aggravated assault. Illegal drug use is also suspected in the incident, the sheriff's department said. The investigation is still active, and no victim information will be released.
MENNO — Overheated grease was determined as the cause of a Monday morning fire that destroyed a Menno cafe. The state fire marshal conducted an investigation into the blaze that broke out at the Open Door, a cafe in downtown Menno, and determined grease in the kitchen area had caught on fire, according to Menno Fire Chief Jai Walter. The fire marshal said the incident was not suspicious in nature.
Mitchell firefighters and police responded to a fire at a Mitchell manufacturing company Tuesday night after a bearing burned out in a heater. AKG employees were evacuated at approximately 8:30 p.m. when a fire was reported at the Mitchell plant, according to Mitchell Battalion Chief Steve Nedved. The fire extinguished itself "fairly quickly," he said, and explained damage was contained to the exhaust unit. There was no structural damage to the building.
Jordan Muntefering, the co-owner of Hungry Dog, was sentenced to the state penitentiary Tuesday after what the defense and prosecution described as a "troubling case" involving the sale of illegal drugs. Muntefering, 27, of Mitchell, was sentenced at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell to 15 years for distributing MDMA — also known as ecstasy or Molly — and possessing MDMA with intent to distribute in a drug-free zone.
Make way for spring cleaning. From April 17 to April 21, the city of Mitchell will be holding a special collection of large items — furniture and appliances only. These items will be collected on a resident's regular garbage collection day. A separate city crew will collect those items. All of these oversized items will need to be set on the curb, the city announced. No collections will be taken from in alleys.