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A Mitchell woman will serve 180 days in jail for violating her probation. Kellie Eske-Delaney, 35, requested treatment Tuesday to get help for her addiction to opiates. Eske-Delaney possessed a controlled substance in April 2012 and received a suspended prison sentence. Her attorney, Phil Carlson, said, "Kellie has a serious drug addiction problem. It led her to places she didn't want to go." He asked the court to allow Eske-Delaney to attend outpatient treatment at the Keystone facility in Sioux Falls. "She's not a person to send to the penitentiary," Carlson said.
A Mitchell man pleaded guilty Tuesday to unauthorized possession of a controlled substance. Robert Stuber, 59, took Clonazepam on Feb. 6 from his daughter and ingested the pill. The crime carries a maximum 10 years in prison, a $20,000 fine or both. As part of a plea agreement, the state agreed to request 60 days in jail and a suspended execution of prison sentence. Judge Tim Bjorkman ordered a presentence investigation and set sentencing for June.
A Mitchell man will spend two years in prison for stealing his landlord's tools in March. Derek Schleder, 35, was on parole for a 2009 felony conviction when he stole $1,640 worth of tools on March 6 and pawned them. The majority of those tools were returned to the owner, but Schleder will have to pay $245 in restitution. He also must repay court appointed attorney fees, a $250 fine and $104 in court costs. "I'm a drug addict and there's no excuse for what I've done," Schleder said. He was sentenced Tuesday at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell.
A Mitchell man pleaded guilty Tuesday to third offense drunken driving. Tanner Wells, 23, was arrested in March when he was found passed out in his running vehicle in his driveway. His blood alcohol level was found to be 0.176. The legal driving limit in South Dakota is 0.08. In exchange for the plea agreement, the state agreed to drop a driving with a revoked license charge and requested a suspended execution of sentence. Judge Tim Bjorkman ordered a presentence investigation and set sentencing for June.
Mitchell Middle School Principal Brad Berens was recently up for a job in another district. Berens was considered for the superintendent job in the Yankton School District. He said the position went to an in-house candidate, Wayne Kindle, who is principal at Yankton High School. "It was an interesting process and I appreciated the opportunity to interview," Berens said.
Davison County Commission chairman John Claggett announced Friday that there will be no county commission meeting on Tuesday. Claggett said the combination of a skimpy agenda and the fact that commissioners Denny Kiner and Kim Weitala are scheduled to be out of town on separate business trips this week occasioned the cancellation decision.
Recent spring snowfall has improved drought conditions in South Dakota. For the first time since August, none of the state is classified as being in exceptional drought, the highest ranking on the U.S. Drought Monitor. The monitor is maintained by the National Drought Mitigation Center in Lincoln, Neb. The new Drought Monitor Map was released Thursday morning.
Gregory School District's two winning candidates from its Tuesday night election were Sharon Pedersen and Karen Timmanus. Pedersen received 392 votes and Timmanus received 297. Losing candidates were incumbent Chris VanDerWerff, who received 182 votes, and Rod Vosika, who received 91 votes. Pedersen and Timmanus will be sworn in during the July board meeting and serve three-year terms. Approximately 33 percent of registered voters hit the polls in Gregory. Residents of Mount Vernon, meanwhile, re-elected Kenneth Martish to their city council Ward 3 position.
Ghosts, mummies and strobe lights. That's what audiences can expect from this year's Mitchell High School spring play, "Be My Ghost," which will show at 7:30 p.m.
The current Golden Buffalo Casino on the Lower Brule Sioux Reservation is a small version of what the tribe hopes to build at Oacoma. It has a gaming floor, conference area, dance floor, restaurant and gift shop. It also includes: 175 slot machines; Two game tables; A 38-room motel; and 50 employees. The proposed casino will include a buffet, gift shop, conference center and dance floor.