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A Mitchell man acquitted of murder pleaded guilty to possessing marijuana as felony charges were dismissed. Donald McDougal, 51, of Mitchell, was sentenced to 30 days in jail, all suspended, after pleading guilty to possession of marijuana earlier this month, court documents state.
WINNER — A Winner man charged with attempted rape has pleaded guilty to a lesser felony charge. Ronald Antoine, 52, recently pleaded guilty to attempting to make sexual contact with a sleeping teenager in July, court documents state. Antoine was arrested on July 17 after a 16-year-old girl accused him of lying on top of her while he was naked and trying to remove her pants.
The Davison County Board of Equalization will keep rolling Tuesday, following a meeting last week to consider a handful of property valuation appeals. The five-person board will meet during the Davison County Commission's 9 a.m. Tuesday meeting at the county's North Offices Building at 1420 N. Main St. The 45-minute Board of Equalization meeting will be joined by several other agenda items, including the continuation of a discussion to provide county commissioners with a stipend to purchase a new iPad to replace their existing models. Other business
The following cases were disposed in Davison County Magistrate Court between Feb. 27 and March 13. • Joanna Mae Muilenburg, 16, Mitchell; speeding on a state highway; $39 fine; $66 costs. • John Albert Scheffield, 36, Mitchell; speeding on other roadways; $99 fine; $66 costs. • Samantha Jo McQuarie, 18, Mitchell; speeding on interstate highway; $59 fine; $66 costs. • Amy J. Jorgensen, 36, Mitchell; speeding on a state highway; $19 fine; $66 costs. • Philip Jacobus Victor, 36, Plankinton, speeding on state highway; $39 fine; $66 costs.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Plankinton SCHOOL BOARD ELIMINATES TWO POSITIONS: At its March meeting, the Plankinton Board of Education voted to eliminate two positions in the school district as a cost-saving measure. Positions of vocal and band instructor and one of the school's two first grade teachers were cut. Russell Garry serves as vocal and band instructor, while Kerry Fink is a first grade teacher. Business Manager Joan Swanson said the savings for the district will be approximately $95,000.
The brightest high school students across South Dakota will be honored Monday at the 2017 Academic Excellence Recognition Luncheon. The luncheon honors the top one percent of graduating seniors from the class of 2017, and will take place April 24 at the Ramkota Rivercentre in Pierre. This year will be the 27th annual luncheon hosted by Associated School Boards of South Dakota in association with Gov. Dennis Daugaard, the School Administrators of South Dakota and the state Department of Education.
The final two suspects in a Mitchell kidnapping pleaded guilty Friday to holding a man against his will. Vanessa Hakl, 37, and Marco Sherman, 22, both of Mitchell, pleaded guilty to second-degree kidnapping, stemming from a Sept. 22 incident in which they were charged with forcibly removing a 66-year-old man from a Mitchell apartment and leaving him in a field.
MENNO — Charges are pending against an Olivet man who sustained serious, non-life threatening injuries in an early morning Menno crash on Wednesday. Hutchinson County Sheriff Jim Zeeb said 34-year-old Christopher Suess faces charges after driving off the road and rolling a 1995 Chevy 1500 on 431st Avenue just south of Menno. Zeeb, who was the only responder to the crash, estimated it occurred at 1:30 a.m., approximately one-quarter mile south of 289th Street.
Streets surrounding the Mitchell Police Division were closed Thursday morning as officials handled a grenade brought to the station. At approximately 11:50 a.m., a 68-year-old man brought an unexploded grenade to the building to be destroyed after allegedly finding it while helping a friend clean out a building in rural Davison County, northeast of Mitchell, according to police.
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