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The death of a Mitchell man who died in April has been deemed accidental. Dustin Lee Jones, 33, was found dead April 14 in his home. An autopsy report revealed his death was due to illegal drug use, said Detective Lt. Don Everson of the Mitchell Police Division. The autopsy showed Jones had a lethal amount of fentanyl in his system, which is a controlled prescription substance.
A Mitchell teen was injured when his bike collided with an SUV Thursday night. Around 4:50 p.m. on Thursday, a 14-year-old Mitchell boy was riding a bicycle south on the east sidewalk of Kimball Street in Mitchell, according to Mitchell Police Officer Brian Larson. At the intersection of Kimball and Seventh Avenue, a 2011 GMC Yukon, driven by Linda Hauser, 61, of Dimock, was eastbound on Seventh.
A Winner man was arrested June 1 for assaulting his girlfriend with his fists and with a hammer. Josh Long Crow, 20, is accused of punching his girlfriend several times in the arm and leg, and going after her with a hammer. Court documents state Long Crow used the hammer to make holes in the bathroom door. His girlfriend was 16 weeks pregnant at the time of the incident and had multiple bruises and blood on her when law enforcement arrived, according to court documents. Long Crow resisted arrest, forcing three law enforcement officers to restrain him to handcuffs.
A Colome woman is accused of swinging an ax at her boyfriend during an argument. Samantha Crippen, 22, was arrested in early May for domestic aggravated assault. According to court documents, Crippen and her boyfriend argued, then Crippen allegedly found an ax and swung it at her boyfriend, whose parents witnessed the act. The boyfriend told law enforcement Crippen grabbed an ax and shook it in front of his face. But he said Crippen "would never hit him because she would be in a lot of trouble then," according to court documents.
A Mitchell man is accused of illegally possessing a prescription drug. Wade Venosdel, 56, has been indicted for possession of a controlled substance, clonazepam. He allegedly possessed the drug on Feb. 24. The drug is a prescription for treating anxiety and seizures. He is also charged with misdemeanor offenses of possession of 2 ounces of marijuana or less, and possession of drug paraphernalia. A search warrant has been issued for his arrest. The possession of a controlled substance charge carries a maximum penalty upon conviction of two years in prison and a $4,000 fine.
The consolidation plan for the school districts of Corsica and Stickney has been approved by the South Dakota Department of Education. Now the public will go to the polls July 29 to vote on the consolidation. Both districts need a majority of voters to support the plan to take effect. If either community votes against consolidation, the effort will be defeated. School officials expected the vote to be held in either August or September but said Thursday that an earlier vote will allow a potential new district to get matters in order sooner.
A Sioux Falls man pleaded not guilty last month to an escape charge during a drunken driving arrest in early May. Jay Doty, 49, is accused of running from law enforcement after he'd been detained for driving drunk on May 1 in Charles Mix County. Doty was pulled over for going 82 mph in a 65 mph zone. According to court documents, a South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper saw open beer cans in Doty's vehicle and smelled alcohol on Doty's breath. A preliminary breath test showed Doty's blood alcohol level at 0.212.
A West Virginia woman was arrested May 26 for driving drunk on Interstate 90. Amy Wright, 37, was driving on I-90 when a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper pulled her over for crossing the solid white line and swerving in her lane. The trooper smelled alcohol on Wright's breath and saw an open can of beer in the passenger seat. Wright's actions were slow and her eyes were bloodshot.
A Mitchell man was arrested last month for driving drunk on his lawn tractor. On May 24, a neighbor reported Carl Walter, 40, was spinning the tires of his truck on his own driveway. The neighbor also reported Walter had been drinking beer. When law enforcement arrived, Walter was gone. While searching for Walter, law enforcement received another call that Walter was driving his lawn tractor in and out of the ditch and pushing dirt with the tractor. Upon arrival, law enforcement found Walter in the middle of the road with his lawn tractor stopped.
Mitchell Police Department CAD Press Log 6/12/2014 From: 6/11/2014