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A Mitchell woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday during court at the Davison County Public Safety Center to possession of a controlled substance. Sara Goetzinger, 22, is accused of possessing methamphetamine after Mitchell law enforcement conducted a consent search of Goetzinger's apartment March 21, according to court documents. During the search, a law enforcement officer allegedly found a straw burned at both ends that tested positive for meth.
A Mitchell man pleaded guilty Tuesday during court at the Davison County Public Safety Center to one count of fourth-degree rape. Kody Butterfield, 20, said he committed an act of sexual penetration on May 6 with a person younger than 16 but older than 13. He was at least three years older than the victim at the time. The maximum punishment for the charge is 15 years in prison, a $30,000 fine or both. In exchange for his guilty plea, a second count of fourth-degree rape will be dropped. Judge Tim Bjorkman ordered a psychosexual evaluation and a presentence investigation.
The Mitchell Police Division has been awarded $1,200 for a dummy to be used for training in drug investigations. Attorney General Marty Jackley announced Tuesday that the money is being awarded out of the state Drug Control Fund, which helps local law enforcement in drug control and apprehension. "The Drug Control Fund allows law enforcement to combat controlled substance abuse by funding local programs with monies seized from drug arrests," Jackley said. The training dummy, which weighs between 160 and 180 pounds, is used for rescue and hostage training, according to Mitchell Public Safety
Camp Arroya will be hosting an open house and offering one-hour tours of Lake Mitchell via pontoon boats from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday at Camp Arroya, Mitchell. Tours will cost $5 per person and will leave the Camp Arroya boat dock every half-hour. This wooded wildlife area on Lake Mitchell is available to anyone to rent for a fee. Camp Arroya facilities include a lodge with two kitchens and two bathrooms, a wood-burning stove, a piano and seating for 50 or more.
The Davison County 4-H Achievement Days will begin at 9 a.m. today at the Davison County Fairgrounds in Mitchell. The opening activity is the dog show. The cat show follows, starting at 11 a.m. From 1 to 3 p.m., open class exhibits will be entered, and from 4 to 7 p.m. there will be interview judging of the 4-H display indoor exhibits. Cats will be released at 8 p.m., and from 7 to 9 p.m. all 4-H livestock will be entered. Wednesday will have entry of 4-H feeder calves and rabbits and poultry starting at 7:30 a.m.
A benefit for Charlie Mahaffey has been moved to 2 p.m. Sunday due to a conflict of a playoff game for the Mount Vernon baseball team this past weekend. The Mahaffey fundraiser will be held at Mount Vernon's ballpark. It will still feature softball, floats and haircuts with a live auction. Charlie Mahaffey will be a junior at Mount Vernon High School this fall.
RELIANCE -- Two people were injured in a rollover crash Sunday afternoon on Interstate 90 between Reliance and Lyman. Matthew Duimstra, 28, of Lead, was driving a 2000 Subaru west on I-90 when the vehicle drifted into the median on the shoulder, said Sgt. John Koenig of the South Dakota Highway Patrol. He brought the vehicle back on the road, but lost control and went into the north ditch. "The vehicle rolled for 146 feet," Koenig said.
The Mitchell Police Division is seeking information on a suspect involved in the theft of a white 2005 Pontiac Bonneville GXP that happened sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning in the 1000 block of West Fifth Avenue. An officer saw the vehicle at approximately 6:40 a.m. Saturday traveling eastbound in the 100 block of East First Avenue.
The Exchange Club of Mitchell was recently chosen as the Outstanding Club in Dakota Territory, and the club also recently celebrated individual awards given to Jerry Buchholz, Lou Sebert and Mike and June Wenande. The club's award was presented at a district convention in June. It is based on club projects completed in Americanism, youth, community service, prevention of child abuse, fundraisers, membership growth and participation in district events.
Tax increment financing will be a major topic of discussion at the Davison County Commission meeting this week. The commissioners will discuss the TIF district for Edgerton Place Apartments and will discuss TIFs with Toby Morris, senior vice president of Dougherty and Co. The regularly scheduled meeting starts at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Commissioners' Room of the courthouse, 200 E. Fourth Ave., Mitchell. The agenda includes: --9 a.m.: Call to order, approval of past meeting minutes, citizens input. --9:30 a.m.: Highway Superintendent Weinberg, loader review hearing.