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The following cases were among those heard Tuesday during a circuit court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell: • Melissa Shepard, 24, of Mitchell, pleaded not guilty to charges of possession, use and distribution of marijuana. A jury trial is scheduled for December. • Nathaniel Scott, 22, of Mitchell, pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine on April 24, a class 5 felony punishable upon conviction by five years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
The Davison County Veterans Service Office is hosting a veterans benefit event on Friday at the Davison County Fairgrounds in Mitchell. The event will include representatives from various state offices and agencies that will be able to provide information regarding the G.I. Bill, counseling information, health care, compensation, pension, survivor's pension and burial benefits.
A Mitchell man is accused of possession with an intent to distribute marijuana. Tyler Melmer, 20, was pulled over on July 17 after he ran a stop sign on Second Avenue in Mitchell, according to court documents. Law enforcement smelled burnt marijuana in the vehicle. Melmer admitted to having marijuana, and the officer initiated a search of the vehicle. The search produced baggies from Melmer's pockets that contained marijuana, and a backpack containing a grinder with raw marijuana, a jar containing marijuana and more than $3,000 in cash.
A Mitchell man was arrested Sunday after leaving the scene of a car crash that damaged five roadside guardrails. Matthew McCreight, 26, was arrested at 5:47 a.m. Sunday morning and was cited for hit and run property damage, a misdemeanor punishable upon conviction by one year in prison and up to a $2,000 fine, and careless driving, a class 2 misdemeanor punishable upon conviction by 30 days in prison and up to a $500 fine. He has since been released from custody, according to Mitchell Police Sgt.
A Michigan man was injured in a motorcycle accident Monday morning in Mitchell, according to authorities. At about 10:40 a.m. Monday, James Selley, a 65 year old from Roscommon, Mich., was traveling north on Burr Street from Walmart on a 2013 Harley Davidson. Selley had a passenger with him named Melissa Bartell from East China, Mich.
SPENCER—Two people from Puerto Rico were thrown from a motorcycle Friday near Spencer in a crash that slowed traffic for a short period on Interstate 90. The incident occurred at 2:45 p.m. Friday near mile marker 353 on I-90, which is three miles south of Spencer, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. A 2004 Harley-Davidson Cruiser driven by Wenceslo Rosa-Sota, 59, of San Sebastian, P.R., had merged eastbound onto I-90 from the exit 353 ramp. The driver lost control of the motorcycle, and it went into the passing lane.
A severe storm with strong winds passed through the Mitchell area Sunday afternoon, dropping up to quarter-sized hail, but causing little reported damage. According to meteorologist Philip Schumacher of the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, wind speeds reached 63 mph in Mitchell and 60 mph in Woonsocket. Mitchell also received 1.34 inches of rain. Wind and rain measurements were not yet available in other areas. Locals in McCook, Jerauld and Sanborn reported seeing rain and pea- to quarter-sized hail, but had not heard of any damage as of Sunday night.
WITTEN—A Nebraska woman and three boys were injured following a rollover in Tripp County Friday afternoon. The incident occurred shortly after 2 p.m. on U.S. Highway 183 at mile marker 47, about 5 miles north of Witten, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. Amber Baker, 37, of Kearney, Neb., was driving a GMC Envoy north when she attempted to pass a horse trailer while traveling through a long, sweeping curve. While attempting to pass, Baker saw two southbound motorcycles incoming, swerved sharply back into the northbound lane and lost control of the vehicle.
The Davison County Commission will consider a design agreement for the county's jail shower project. The commission will meet in regular session starting at 9 a.m. at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell. Puetz Corporation, of Mitchell, has been tasked with drawing up the documents, but the commissioners indicated during their Aug. 4 meeting they wanted to meet with Puetz in person to approve the contract. The commission will also take on the request for a test tower, as requested by Juhl Energy, of Pipestone, Minn., in Beulah Township.
SIOUX FALLS—Paul and Barbara Graff, Sioux Falls, formerly of the area, will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary at an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. today in the Community Room of Sunnycrest Village, 3900 S. Terry Ave., Sioux Falls. Their wedding date is Aug. 9. The event is hosted by their children. Greetings may be sent to 3904 S. Terry Ave., Apt. 373, Sioux Falls, S.D., 57106.