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A Mitchell man has been charged with possessing and distributing marijuana. Brian Lee Volk, 38, was indicted June 7 by a Davison County grand jury with one count of distributing 1 ounce or less of marijuana, a felony with a maximum penalty of two years in prison and a $4,000 fine. Volk is also charged with possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana, a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $2,000 fine. Volk is alleged to have committed the crimes in December, according to the indictment. Assistant Attorney General Katie Mallery is prosecuting the case. No court da
TABOR -- The 65th Annual Czech Days celebration starts Thursday in Tabor and lasts through Saturday. The 2013 Czech Days Queen candidates are Mariah Kostal, daughter of Bernie and Tania Kostal, of Tyndall; and Kelsey Sutera, daughter of Rich and Krista Sutera, of Tabor. The winner will be crowned at 9 p.m. Saturday in Beseda Miss Raquel Sutera, 2012 Czech Days Queen, along with Princess McKensie Sedlacek and Prince Bryce Dangler, will be present throughout the weekend. This year's event will be dedicated to the late Violet Zdenek Povondra during ceremonies that start at 3 p.m.
At least five vehicle owners woke up Tuesday in Mitchell to find their vehicles splattered with ketchup. Sgt. Mike Koster said the mischief occurred sometime during the overnight hours on the 1500 block of East Hanson Avenue. The incident was reported at 7:54 a.m. At least five vehicles had ketchup on door handles, windshields and other parts of the vehicles. "It's a subcategory of vandalism," Koster said. "It's basically a prank thing. It didn't cause any harm." He said the police division does not have any suspects and none of the victims are related in any way.
During court Tuesday, a Mitchell woman denied violating her probation. Lyndsay Hawk, 27, allegedly passed two checks that were not hers. She used one check May 3 at County Fair Food Store in Mitchell and attempted to use a second check on May 6, but was stopped. Those actions were allegedly a violation of the probation she was sentenced to in November. Each count carries a maximum penalty upon conviction of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both.
A Mitchell man made arrangements Tuesday to pay off a 12-year-old judgment against him in Davison County. William Briley, 31, was sentenced to prison on a burglary conviction in 2001 and was released in February. He owes a $253 fine and $1,752.77 in restitution. Briley said he had paid about $180 through funds he earned while in prison. He made an arrangement to pay $50 per month starting in July until the fine and restitution are paid off.
A Mitchell man has been sentenced to three years in prison for possession of methamphetamine. Kenneth Fischer, 51, was arrested for meth possession in March when law enforcement searched his home and found a small amount of the drug along with drug paraphernalia. Fischer also had a probation violation on another drug possession conviction in 2011. Judge Tim Bjorkman reinstated a previously imposed eight-year sentence and suspended five years.
In one of several area school board elections Tuesday, Don Huber and Todd Waldera defeated Don Patzlaff for two seats open on Hanson School District's board. Huber received 316 votes and Waldera received 296 votes, and each will serve a three-year term. Patzlaff received 164 votes. In other elections: In Burke, only one incumbent was re-elected to the two open seats on the Burke School Board. Incumbent Valerie Drey and challenger Joe Kellen were elected to the board, each receiving 189 votes. They will serve three-year terms.
The Second Annual South Dakota Scavenger's Journey will take place Friday through Sunday along a 90-mile stretch of old U.S.
At least four area school districts will hold elections today. Following are summaries of those races. LYMAN SCHOOL: Three people will challenge three Lyman school board incumbents. Incumbents Jodi Smith, Jamie Griffith and Kenny Hamer, and challengers Teresa Hanson, Susan Thomas and Dixie Erikson will vie for three, three-year school board seats. WAGNER SCHOOL: Five people have filed for three Wagner Community School Board seats: incumbents Greg Krcil and Chad Kreeger, along with George Langdeaux, Mike Brunsing and Jill Lindstrom-Danker.
WAGNER -- A 62-year-old Platte woman suffered serious injuries when her SUV collided with a sprayer vehicle shortly before 1:43 p.m.