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Today's county commission meeting will begin with a 9 a.m. tour of the Davison County Jail, conducted by Jail Administrator Don Radel. The commission will reconvene at 10 a.m. at the courthouse, 200 E.
A Mitchell woman was arrested Jan. 8 for allegedly stealing $980 worth of jewelry from residents at Avera Brady Health and Rehab, a nursing home in Mitchell. Tealai Marie Munoz, 22, is charged with first-degree petty theft and faces a maximum of one year in jail and a $2,000 fine if convicted of the misdemeanor. Munoz is accused of stealing three rings, worth a total of $980, from two residents at Avera Brady Health and Rehab, a Mitchell nursing home, a police affidavit says.
FORT THOMPSON -- A Fort Thompson man pleaded guilty Thursday to abusive sexual contact. Jarrod Johnson, 41, faces a maximum of three years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the charge, which stems from an incident when Johnson engaged in and attempted to engage in sexual contact with the victim, who was incapable of appraising the nature of the sexual contact. Johnson was released pending sentencing. A sentencing date has been set for March.
A 19-year-old Iowa man was arrested Jan. 6 after cocaine was allegedly found in his vehicle during a traffic stop on Interstate 90 between Mitchell and Mount Vernon. Evan James Link, of Dubuque, Iowa, is charged with possession of a controlled substance and intent to distribute a schedule II substance. Each charge is a felony punishable with up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. According to an affidavit by Highway Patrol Trooper Micheal Peterson, Link was clocked driving 84 mph on Interstate 90 near miler marker 323 and was stopped and given a written warning for speeding.
A Mitchell woman is charged with assaulting a police officer while allegedly resisting arrest for drunken driving on Jan. 8. Stacy Marie Steltz, 25, is charged with one felony for simple assault on a police officer, and four misdemeanors for resisting arrest, obstructing an officer, careless driving and first-offense drunken driving. According to a police affidavit, Steltz was driving in the 1800 block of North Main Street in Mitchell when she swerved to the right, nearly jumping the curb, then back to the left, crossing the center line.
Two Mitchell residents were cited following a local traffic accident Monday night. Mitchell Police Officer Kelly Knippling said 15-year-old Andrew Shaw, of Mitchell, was traveling westbound on East 11th Street at about 6:30 p.m. and collided with a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix traveling north on Capital Street, driven by Jenna Rave, 24, of Mitchell. Knippling said Smith was cited for a stop sign violation, and Rave was cited for no proof of insurance. She said no injuries were reported, but both vehicles had to be towed from the scene.
LOWER BRULE -- A Lower Brule man was sentenced Monday for assault and failure to register as a sex offender. Glen Eagle Thunder, 38, was sentenced to 17 months in prison and five months of supervised release for failure to register, and one month for assault. The sentences will be served concurrently. Eagle Thunder was on supervised release when he committed the crimes, and was sentenced to an additional 11 months in custody to be served concurrently. He was also ordered to pay $110 to the Victim Assistance Fund.
The Mitchell Board of Education will hear plans today for a "Mass Customized Learning" pilot program that could be implemented as early next fall in Mitchell schools. The board meeting will be at 5 p.m. in Room 116 at the Mitchell Technical Institute north campus, 821 N. Capital St. District Superintendent Joe Graves has requested staff to develop MCL pilot programs at all grade levels. Mitchell Middle School Principal Brad Berens said his school's MCL committee will present its ideas to the board for implementing the new educational approach next fall.
LOWER BRULE -- A Lower Brule man pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of abusive sexual contact. Douglas LaRoche, 44, faces a maximum of three years in prison and a $250,000 fine after admitting to the charge, which stems from an incident when LaRoche knowingly engaged in sexual contact with someone who was incapable of appraising the nature of the conduct and was physically incapable of rejecting the sexual contact. LaRoche was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending sentencing. A sentencing date has been set for April.
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem , R-S.D., announced Thursday that she will co-sponsor the Stop the Coin Act which she said would prevent the U.S. Treasury from minting a platinum coin that could be used to pay the federal government's bills. "To think that some in Washington believe that minting a trillion dollar coin can solve our nation's out-of-control spending is embarrassing," Noem said in a written statement. The Stop the Coin Act will be introduced by Rep.