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FULTON — A woman who law enforcement says is suicidal purposely caused a crash Friday near Fulton, but she received only minor injuries. Julie Eppel, 43, of Mitchell, "decided she wanted to end her life" and at about 11:30 a.m.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers and staff reports: Aurora County COMMISSION APPROVES OPT-OUT INCREASE: The Aurora County Commission has approved increasing its opt-out to $600,000 to be on the 2016 taxes to go toward upgrades to the county's roads, bridges and courthouse. The county previously had a five-year opt-out of $400,000 per year set to expire in December. Starting next year, the county will collect $600,000 per year for two years that will be put in restricted reserve capital outlay funds.
TORONTO — Mitchell was not named the Intelligent Community of the Year on Thursday night. The city was named one of the Intelligent Community Forum's Top7 localities in the world earlier this year, but Mitchell did not get the distinction as the overall winner. Thirteen Mitchell representatives attended the ICF summit from this week in Toronto to share the city's story and network with other technologically progressive cities. Columbus, Ohio, was named the overall winner. Other cities up for the award, in no particular order, were Arlington County, Va.; Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
KENNEBEC — A Kennebec resident died Thursday morning in an ATV rollover crash in a rural pasture. The driver, who is not being identified until the family is notified, was the only person involved in the accident, which occurred northeast of Kennebec. Lyman County Sheriff Steve Manger said the sheriff's office received the call at 10:16 a.m. A report has not yet been filed and information on the driver has not be released.
Pat and Bernie Tegethoff, Mitchell, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary at an open house at noon on Sunday, June 14, at the Moose Lodge, Mitchell. They were married on June 15.
Ron and LuEva Halweg, Mitchell, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, June 7. The couple celebrated with their family.
A Chamberlain man died Tuesday in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 90. Delbert Ritter, 67, of Chamberlain, was driving a 2000 Chevy Venture westbound at 4:25 p.m.
A Mitchell woman is accused of illegally filling and attempting to fill prescriptions not written to her. Lacey Warnke, 27, is accused of filling prescriptions for Lortab—a controlled substance—under the name Dustin Warnke on April 7 and May 5 at the Wal-mart store in Mitchell, according to court documents.
A Mitchell woman assaulted a sheriff's deputy and was eventually detained with help from a Taser after she requested change for a nickel at a local bar but was denied, according to court documents. Audra Philbrick, 43, was arrested May 28 for simple assault against a law enforcement officer for kicking a deputy outside the Kongo Klub, which is north of Mitchell. The deputy responded to a call for a disorderly patron at the bar who refused to leave. Philbrick told the deputy she wanted change for a nickel, but the bartender wouldn't give her that change, according to court documents.
A Mitchell man is accused of simple assault against a law enforcement officer. James Watkins, 27, attempted to bond out a woman on May 28 from the Davison County Jail, but the woman had not been brought in yet, according to court documents. Watkins threatened the officer behind the receiving desk at the jail as he demanded to bond out the woman. Watkins told the officer he would beat him up if the officer lied. Watkins attempted to get behind the receiving desk, but two jailers stepped between Watkins and the desk officer.