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A Mitchell man convicted last year of fourth-degree rape admitted Tuesday to using methamphetamine while on probation. Blair Margiotti, 27, could have part or all of a suspended five-year prison sentence re-imposed for the violation of his probation. Margiotti tested positive for methamphetamine last July, court documents say. Sentencing was set for April.
A Lake Andes man has pleaded not guilty to possessing methamphetamine. Brent Silk Jr., 22, entered a written arraignment and plea of not guilty to one count of possession of a controlled substance Tuesday during court at the Davison County Public Safety Center. Silk was indicted in August by a Davison County grand jury for allegedly possessing methamphetamine. He is in custody at the Davison County Jail with bond set at $2,500 cash. His trial is set for May.
AVON -- The Avon Volunteer Fire Department has set up an account for 3-year-old Ava Johnson, daughter of Mark and Samantha Johnson, Avon. Ava has been diagnosed with brain cancer and any donation to defray the mounting medical costs would be appreciated. Donations may be sent to Ava Johnson Fund, c/o Community Bank, P.O. Box 315, Avon, S.D., 57315.
A local man was arrested March 3 for allegedly hitting another man with a pickup at a rural residence west of Mitchell. Max Mohr, 20, of Mitchell, is charged with aggravated assault, a felony with a maximum punishment of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. The charge stems from an incident in which Mohr was attempting to get into his ex-girlfriend's home, located at 2205 W. Eighth Ave., without permission, court documents say.
BURKE -- A woman accused of embezzling more than $17,000 from the Gregory Farmer's Elevator appeared in court Monday morning for a preliminary hearing. Melissa Vosika, 29, has yet to enter a plea to any of the charges against her, which include seven counts of embezzlement, one count of attempted embezzlement and three counts of altering corporate records.
Three people were injured in a two-vehicle car accident late Saturday at the intersection of S.D. Highways 37 and 42 near Ethan. South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers said around 11:45 p.m. Saturday, Scarlett Gukeisen, 53, from Parkston, was northbound on Highway 37 in a 2007 Dodge Caravan, when her vehicle collided with a 2004 Chrysler Concord, driven by Keith Wollman, 30, of Sioux Falls. Authorities said Wollman was speeding, and not aware the roads were icy.
The Mitchell High School Show Choir, Friend de Coup, took sixth place Saturday at the Wheaton-Warrenville Choral Classic in Chicago. The group was competing against 14 other teams from across the nation. Friend de Coup will host its own competition Saturday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell with groups from South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin competing. Performances start at 8 a.m. and Mitchell performs at 9:45 p.m.
The Davison County board of commissioners will meet in regular session at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Commissioners' Room at the courthouse, 200 E. Fourth Ave., Mitchell. The agenda includes: 9 a.m. call to order: Pledge of Allegiance; approval of past meeting minutes; citizens' input. 9:30 a.m. 4-H Adviser Alice Nickelson, regarding the purchase of a new copy machine. 9:45 a.m. Discussion on county-owned land south of the Davison County Jail. 10:15 a.m. Discussion on new terms for the annual lease of county owned land. 10:30 a.m.
The Mitchell Board of Education will consider appointing a new principal for Mitchell High School when the board meets in regular session at 5:30 p.m.
A documentary about hunger in America will be shown Thursday in Mitchell. The organization Time at the Table is presenting "A Place at the Table" at 6:30 p.m. at the Congregational United Church of Christ, 301 E. Fourth Ave. Admission to the movie, which runs about 90 minutes, is free. A discussion panel will follow, including representatives from Bread for the World, the Mitchell Food Pantry, the Mitchell Snack Pack Program and Partners Against Hunger.