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A Mitchell man has been charged with arson following a Thursday night fire on Mitchell's Main Street. Stephen Seltz, 30, was arrested Friday for first-degree arson and aggravated assault in connection with the fire, according to authorities. Chief of Public Safety Lyndon Overweg said the fire started around 8:45 p.m. at 304 N. Main St., a three-story building that includes apartments and businesses. Overweg said no one was injured because of the fire. "It's very fortunate," he said. Seltz was a tenant of 304 N. Main St., Apartment 200.
Authorities are still investigating the Thursday night fire that evacuated a Mitchell Main Street building. Chief of Public Safety Lyndon Overweg said the fire started around 8:45 p.m. at 304 N. Main street, a three-story building that includes apartments and businesses. Overweg said everyone from the building was evacuated safely; he said one person was injured trying to exit the building, but he did not have a name or further details. He believed they sought their own medical attention.
No one was injured in a two-vehicle accident Thursday in Mitchell that resulted in a car on its side, authorities said. Mitchell Police Sgt. Ryan Erickson said the accident occurred at 3:23 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Third Avenue and Hunter Street, an uncontrolled intersection. He said Jared Felix, a 15-year-old from Mitchell, was driving a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee westbound on Third, while Lexi Olinger, a 19-year-old from Mitchell, was driving a 2006 Jeep Liberty north on Hunter. Erickson said the vehicles were traveling around 20 to 25 mph.
A story on Page A6 of Friday's edition of The Daily Republic incorrectly reported the role of Davison County Maintenance Supervisor Mark Ruml in the addition of a new parking spot for the county auditor's personal vehicle. Commissioners Kim Weitala and John Claggett said Friday that they directed Ruml to place a sign for the auditor, and Ruml did not make the decision on his own.
No one was injured in a late-night fire on Thursday on Mitchell's Main Street, according to early reports from authorities. The fire started around 8:45 p.m. Thursday in the 300 block of North Main Street, and firefighters and police quickly had several blocks near the affected building closed off to traffic, including a portion of Main Street. Authorities were still determining the cause and extent of the fire by the time this edition went to press, but Mitchell's Chief of Public Safety Lyndon Overweg confirmed it was in a second-floor apartment.
As of late Tuesday night, the ballot measure to raise the minimum wage both looked like they would pass, with most the state's votes counted.
The voters of District 8 backed a pair of Republicans for their state House of Representatives seats on Tuesday, including a 23-year-old man who will be the state's youngest legislator in the upcoming session. Mathew Wollman, a Republican from Madison, was the leading vote-getter in the District 8 race. He joins Republican incumbent Dr. Leslie Heinemann, of Flandreau, as the two winning candidates to represent the district, which includes Sanborn, Miner, Lake and Moody counties. Wollman had 4,595 votes, or 31 percent, followed by Heinemann at 4,379 votes, or 30 percent.
Charles Mix County Sheriff Randy Thaler, a Republican, won his bid for re-election with 2,049 votes, or 68.5 percent of the votes. Democratic challenger and Wagner Police Officer DesaRae' Gravatt received 943 votes, or 31.5 percent, in the election. "Thanks to the voters for all the support in Charles Mix County as stated by the turnout," Thaler told The Daily Republic Tuesday night. Gravatt said despite her loss in the election she found the outcome to still be "pretty awesome." "Looking back on the election four years ago, there was a total of a little over 1,000 votes," she said.
The following cases were among those heard Tuesday during a circuit court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell: • Elgina Callahan, 41, of Mitchell, pleaded not guilty to unauthorized ingestion of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; a jury trial is set for February; Judge Tim Bjorkman approved a personal recognizance bond. • Micah Barber, 34, of Mitchell, pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault against his girlfriend in May; Judge Tim Bjorkman scheduled a jury trial for February. • Thomas Sessions, 47, of Mitchell, admitted to violating his probation on a thir
CHAMBERLAIN -- A Chamberlain music teacher has been recognized for her outstanding service to South Dakota youth. Faye Stryzewski, a 20-year vocal music teacher, received the South Dakota High School Activities Association Distinguished Service Award on Saturday during the All-State Chorus/Orchestra competition in Sioux Falls. She is a Corsica High School graduate and also taught piano and organ playing out of her home.