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A Mitchell man was arrested Friday night for allegedly choking a woman. According to the Mitchell Department of Public Safety, Darren Grassrope, 50, is accused of pulling a woman onto a bed by her hair and then putting her in a chokehold following a dispute on Thursday. The victim reported the incident to police on Friday, and Grassrope was placed under arrest at 8:17 p.m. Grassrope is charged with aggravated domestic assault. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $30,000.
BONESTEEL—A man was arrested on Aug. 4 after police reportedly received a call from a woman saying that she had been beaten and needed assistance. Police found the woman walking west on U.S. Highway 18 about a quarter-mile west of Bonesteel. She told them that Wilford Old Lodge, 34, had hit her, thrown her and previously threatened to kill her. She also said that Old Lodge had told her that if she were to call the police, he would "take care of them."
An Aug. 3 traffic stop in Lyman County ended with a man being charged with two felonies and four misdemeanors. Lyle Tibbitts, 25, of Kyle, was pulled over by South Dakota Highway Patrol at 4:38 p.m. when an officer noted that the van he was driving did not have a rear license plate. The officer reportedly smelled marijuana in the vehicle and found that Tibbitts' license was suspended. When the van was searched, a scale covered in marijuana residue, two plastic bags of marijuana, a powder later identified as Peyote, a rifle and ammunition were found.
Police issued an arrest warrant Tuesday for a Mitchell man who allegedly committed an assault. On July 26, an injured woman was found in an apartment on West Fifth Avenue. She reportedly told police that John Peterson, 49, had hurt her. The woman's injuries included a partially collapsed lung, rib fractures, various bruising and redness and a scraped nose. Blood was also allegedly found in one of her ears. Peterson is being prosecuted for aggravated domestic assault, a Class 3 felony. If convicted, he could face up to 15 years in prison and a fine of $30,000.
More than $1,000 in cash was stolen from a vehicle in the southern part of Mitchell overnight Thursday into Friday. The Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers said between 5:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. Friday, an unknown person or persons entered a vehicle in the 3200 block of South Rowley Street and took the cash from a vehicle. Anyone with information regarding this crime or any others is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 996-1700. Callers do not have to identify themselves and cash rewards are available for information that leads to an arrest of the subject or subjects involved.
PIEDMONT — A man killed Tuesday in a motorcycle crash near Sturgis has been identified as an Alexandria man. The South Dakota Department of Public Safety said Loren Todd, 63, was killed after his motorcycle went off the roadway when he failed to negotiate a curve. He was identified as the individual involved by authorities on Friday. Todd was driving his motorcycle eastbound a half-mile west of Piedmont on Sturgis Road — which is an Interstate 90 service road. Todd lost control of the motorcycle into the north ditch, hit a delineator pole and eventually rolled.
The Mitchell Department of Public Safety arrested a 22-year-old man Friday wanted in connection with two vehicle pursuits after allegedly violating his probation. Police said Logan Sapp was arrested at 10:45 a.m. Friday without incident at a residence in Mitchell.
Mitchell police are looking to question a man about two recent vehicle pursuits. Logan Sapp, 22, is also wanted for a probation violation. For safety reasons, police terminated the two pursuits in question. Anyone with information regarding this crime or any others is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 605-996-1700. Callers do not have to identify themselves, and cash rewards are available for information that leads to an arrest of the subject or subjects involved. Crime tips can also be submitted by email at www.mitchellcrimestoppers.org or on the P3 Tips app.
The following cases were among those heard at a recent felony court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center.
A Yankton man was sentenced on Thursday to 10 years in prison for distribution of methamphetamine in Winner. Both he and the woman he was with at the time of his arrest received the maximum sentences for the charges of which they were convicted.