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South Dakota and much of the nation are not adequately prepared for a public health emergency, a report released Wednesday concludes. South Dakota scored a five out of 10 in the "Ready or Not?
A two-vehicle accident resulted in multiple injuries Tuesday night, according to authorities. Mitchell Police Officer Ryan Titze said around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Weston Gauger, 16, of Mitchell, driving a 1999 Buick Regal, and Michael Pick, 50, of Sioux Falls, driving a 1999 Freightliner box truck, collided at the intersection of Main and North Harmon streets. Officer Titze said Pick was southbound on Main, or Highway 37, and Gauger westbound on 38th Street/North Harmon.
LOWER BRULE -- A Lower Brule man pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexual abuse. Martin Charger, 37, faces a maximum of life in prison and a $250,000 fine. He also faces a mandatory minimum of five years of supervised release. The charge stems from incidents that occurred between Jan. 1, 2007, and Dec. 31, 2007. Charger was released on bond until Dec. 26. Sentencing has been set for March.
A Sioux Falls woman was cited on the charge of careless driving following a three-vehicle accident Monday evening in Mitchell. Davison County Sheriff's Deputy Tim Reitzel said Brooke Hoffle, of Sioux Falls, driving a 2006 Ford Fusion, ran into the back of a 2006 Ford Explorer, driven by Vedene McKittrick, of Mitchell, while she waited at the stoplight at the intersection of Burr and Ash streets.
A Mitchell woman was arrested early Saturday for allegedly driving while intoxicated. Mitchell police officer Russ Stevenson arrested Rebecca Callies, 23, of Mitchell, after a traffic stop near 800 N. Main St. and a subsequent blood test. She was taken to Davison County Jail and was later released on bond. A January hearing date was set in Magistrate Court.
The Davison County commissioners will meet in regular session at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the courthouse, 200 E. Fourth Ave., Mitchell. Tuesday's agenda includes: 9 a.m. Call to Order, Pledge of Allegiance, approval of past meeting minutes, citizen input. 9:30 a.m. Director of Equalization Kathy Goetsch, regarding assessments and tax bills. 10 a.m.
An inmate at the Davison County Jail is accused of locking a jailer in a cell with another inmate. Cory Zobel, 23, of Salem, allegedly shut and locked a cell door behind a female jailer who was delivering property to another inmate, court documents say. Zobel is charged with obstructing a jailer, a misdemeanor, and faces a maximum of one year in jail and a $2,000 fine. Zobel was interviewed by law enforcement following the incident and admitted to shutting the cell door and told an officer he "thought his actions were funny at the time," court documents say.
A Wagner man was arrested Dec. 4 for allegedly driving drunk with a loaded rifle in his vehicle. Joshua Cuka, 27, was pulled over near the intersection of First Avenue and Foster Street in Mitchell after Davison County Chief Deputy Steve Brink clocked Cuka driving 61 mph in a 45 mph zone, court documents say. After allegedly failing a series of field sobriety tests, Cuka was arrested for drunken driving. A loaded rifle was allegedly found in his vehicle. Cuka is charged with first-offense drunken driving and possession of a loaded firearm while intoxicated.
A Huron man was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison for possession of 1 to 10 pounds of marijuana. Justin McAllister, 34, was arrested March 14 in the parking lot of Marlin's I-90 Restaurant in Mitchell. He pleaded guilty Aug. 21 to possession of between 1 to 10 pounds of marijuana. "This isn't the usual and ordinary possession of marijuana case," Judge Rodney Steele said. McAllister was allowed to report Friday for transport to prison in order to complete a treatment program he is currently enrolled in.
A Mitchell woman will stay in jail until her court date next month after missing appointments with her court services officer. Melissa Livingston, 33, was scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday on one count of possession of methamphetamine, but that was postponed because a presentence report had not been completed. Livingston failed to complete a survey needed for the report and missed a number of appointments with her court services officer. Livingston was immediately remanded to the custody of the Davison County Sheriff's Office.