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A Mitchell man pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of methamphetamine. Taylor Rystrom, 29, faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine on the charge. In exchange for Rystrom's guilty plea, prosecutors agreed not to charge him with being a habitual offender and to recommend he receive a suspended prison sentence and serve no more than 180 days in jail. Rystrom was arrested last June after testing positive for meth. Sentencing is set for May.
A Minnesota man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to allegations he embezzled more than $1,000 from Premier Systems Inc. in Mitchell. Brett Parish Christianson, 44, of St. Croix, Minn., is charged with grand theft by embezzlement, a felony with a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. Christianson is set to stand trial May 14.
HEADLINE An inmate at the Davison County Jail has pleaded not guilty to attacking a jailer. Jeremiah Hart, 23, of Huron, entered a written arraignment and plea of not guilty Tuesday during court at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell. Hart was indicted in January on alternate counts of aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer, which is a felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison and a $50,000 fine. The charges stem from a Jan. 1 incident in which Hart allegedly attacked James Dietz, a part-time corrections officer at the jail.
A Mitchell man who stabbed another man has been sentenced to 180 days in jail and three years of probation. Jacob Stulken, 22, pleaded guilty last month to one count of aggravated assault.
A 20-year-old Minnesota man was sentenced Tuesday to 30 days in jail and two years of probation for Adderall possession. Hunter Hale Gulden, of Lake Elmo, Minn., was arrested during an Oct.
A Brookings man was sentenced Tuesday in Mitchell to 60 days in jail and one year of probation for possession of a controlled substance. Brian Egeberg, 29, was arrested Oct. 25 in Mitchell after police found him intoxicated and walking in a ditch in the rain and snow. He was taken to the Davison County Jail for a detox hold, and a small white pill, later identified as hydrocodone, was found in his possession. He pleaded no contest last month to possession of a controlled substance.
There will be four candidates for two at-large seats on the Mitchell Board of Education, unless unexpected petitions postmarked by Tuesday's deadline arrive in the mail. Mitchell Superintendent of Schools Joe Graves reported Tuesday that no candidate petitions were added prior to the 5 p.m. Tuesday deadline to the four validated petitions already on file with the school district business office. The candidate list includes former school board member Rod Hall, former Mitchell mayoral candidate Tara Volesky, former L.B.
LAKE ANDES -- The Yankton Sioux Tribal Police and Bureau of Indian Affairs is investigating an assault that sent a man to the hospital early Tuesday morning. The Charles Mix County Sheriff's Office assisted in a call early Tuesday regarding an assault on a street in Lake Andes. A man was taken to the Wagner Area Community Hospital and later flown to Sioux Falls. No further information was available by press time.
A Mitchell man arrested Thursday for possession of methamphetamine denied Tuesday violating his probation on a past conviction. Kenneth Dean Fischer, 51, was arrested after police searched his residence at 704 E. Ash St. and allegedly found a small amount of meth and several items of drug paraphernalia. Fischer is on probation for a prior conviction for possessing meth. He could have all or part of a suspended eight-year prison sentence reimposed if he is found to have violated his probation. A status hearing in Fischer's case is set for April.
A Mount Vernon woman pleaded guilty Tuesday in Mitchell to possession of methamphetamine and was sentenced to two years on probation and 90 days in jail. Sara Ann Claggett, 32, was arrested Nov. 27 after police found traces of methamphetamine on a pipe inside her apartment where she and 25-year-old Joshua Johnson were living. The charge stems from a police search of the couple's apartment, located in a basement at 104 S. Earl St., during which two pipes and a scale were found in a wooden box.