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FORT THOMPSON -- Two people died in a house fire Tuesday night in Fort Thompson. According to Buffalo County Sheriff Wayne Willman, the fire occurred at about 10 p.m. in southern Fort Thompson. Willman declined to release the names of the victims or say whether anyone else was injured in the fire. The Crow Creek Bureau of Indian Affairs is investigating the incident.
EMERY -- Two young drivers collided around 4 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of state Highway 262 and 425th Avenue in Hanson County. According to a report filed by Hanson County Deputy Casey Tegethoff, a female who was driving east on Highway 262 turned in front of a westbound vehicle driven by a juvenile male at the 425th Avenue intersection. Authorities refused to release the drivers' names and ages. The girl was not injured and Mitchell Ambulance took the boy to Avera Queen of Peace Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
A simple assault charge against a bartender at Thirsty's Bar in Mitchell has been dismissed. Judy Lynn Hall, 45, was facing one count of simple assault after she allegedly shoved a customer, Andrea Finnell, by the throat while working as a bartender at Thirsty's. Davison County State's Attorney Pat Smith said he personally reviewed a video surveillance tape that showed the alleged incident, and he determined it did not rise to the level of simple assault. The dismissal form was signed by Davison County Assistant State's Attorney Bob O'Keefe.
NorthWestern Energy reported that ice buildup on power lines was the cause of a power outage early Wednesday. About 2,300 people in northwest Mitchell lost power between 6 a.m. and 8:20 a.m., said company spokesman Tom Glanzer. "The line got iced up and started to gallop, or bounce, in the wind," he said. That motion caused the lines to slap together or possibly touch other objects, which tripped circuit breakers designed to prevent system damage. Line crews patrolled the area and confirmed that no lines were down before resetting the breakers and restoring power, Glanzer said.
A 19-year-old Mitchell man was arrested after being chased down on foot by a Mitchell police officer earlier this month. Colby John Bunkers, of Mitchell, was arrested Feb. 17 after running from his vehicle during an attempted traffic stop by a Mitchell police officer. The officer saw Bunkers fail to stop when turning from Rowley Street on to Seventh Avenue. The police report states Bunkers drove approximately two blocks after the officer activated his emergency lights before pulling over.
A multi-state air race will launch in Mitchell this summer. The 2012 EAA AirVenture Cup race will be held on Sunday, July 22, in advance of the EAA AirVenture fly-in in Oshkosh, Wis.
A working bartender at Thirsty's Bar in Mitchell was arrested last week after allegedly pushing a customer by her throat. Judy Lynn Hall, 45, was arrested by a Mitchell patrol officer after she was allegedly involved in a physical altercation with a customer, Andrea Finnell. Hall allegedly pushed Finnell into a corner by her throat.
The following events have been canceled or postponed due to impending inclement weather: Dance at James Valley Community Center scheduled for today, canceled. Soil Health Information Day scheduled at the 4-H complex in Mitchell today, canceled. Exploration Day scheduled today at Mitchell Technical Institute, canceled. Mitchell Area Cancer Support Group meeting today at Avera Queen of Peace in Mitchell, canceled. Mitchell Area Genealogical Meeting has been postponed from tonight until March 6. Custer Battlefield Highway Academic Festival scheduled for W
Davison County residents could know as early as Tuesday who will be appointed to fill the empty seat of former District 1 Commissioner David Weitala. Weitala died in mid-January of a heart attack. He was the chairman of the commission before his death, which occurred while he was shoveling snow before a meeting was set to begin. The county commissioners will interview two applicants for the vacancy when they meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday in regular session in the Commissioners' Room at the courthouse, 200 E.