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A judge has lowered the bond for a 22-year-old Mitchell man accused of spending $780 using debit cards and checks he allegedly stole from three vehicles in June. Nicholas Aungie is charged with identity theft, a felony, and criminal entry to a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor. His bond was lowered Tuesday to $300 after it was set at $3,000 cash or surety at an earlier hearing. Aungie had been arrested and released on three other bonds before Tuesday's hearing.
A Mitchell woman has pleaded not guilty to possession of methamphetamine. Melissa Ann Livingston, 33, entered a written arraignment and plea of not guilty Tuesday to an allegation she had meth in her possession Feb. 18. She faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine if convicted of the felony. Livingston is scheduled to stand trial in November.
PLANKINTON -- The Aurora County Commission will decide soon whether to appeal a recent verdict ordering the county to pay $600,000 in damages to Thompson Farms. The commission discussed the matter at its regular meeting Tuesday but did not reach a final decision, said commissioner Pat Cranny. Though he could not give a specific date, Cranny said the county hopes to come to a decision in the near future. Aurora County State's Attorney John Steele has taken the matter under advisement, Cranny said. The county has 30 days from the date the formal judgment is entered to file an
ARETESIAN -- A house on West First Street in Artesian was burnt to the ground after a fire was started just before 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Sanborn County Sheriff Tom Fridley said the fire is believed to be started by a cigarette, which the occupant was smoking. The occupant was in the home at the time of the fire but was able to get out without injuries. Fire crews from Fedora, Letcher, Artesian and Woonsocket responded to the fire and were able to control it by around midnight. The house is believed to be a total loss.
The following Mitchell hotels have pools or spas that were deemed bacteriologically unsafe for swimming one or more times in records requested by The Daily Republic. The Daily Republic requested records from May and June 2012 and July 2011.
At least 30 animals will be saved from being put to death thanks to a $1,500 donation from the Neil Epp Memorial Fund. The Epp family has decided to donate the money received from friends and family in Neil's memory to Mitchell Animal Rescue.
A 35-year-old Sioux Falls woman faces a felony theft charge for allegedly passing more than $1,800 worth of bad checks at grocery stores in Mitchell and Huron. Carla Marie Benton could face a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine after being arrested on one count of grand theft July 30. Benton allegedly passed $1,837.44 worth of bad checks at Coborn's in Mitchell and Huron. Benton admitted to authorities she knew there was no money in the account associated with the checks, court documents say. Benton is scheduled to appear in court later this month.
A 23-year-old Mitchell man was arrested July 26 and charged with third-offense drunken driving and driving with a revoked license. Ronald Thomas Wells was arrested after police received a complaint of a car speeding and weaving past traffic in the 100 block of South Main Street. A Mitchell police officer stopped the vehicle, after which it was discovered Wells was driving drunk and had no valid driver's license, court documents say.
A 47-year-old Mitchell man was arrested July 19 after authorities allegedly found him driving with a blood alcohol content nearly twice the legal limit. Dennis P. Bollack is charged with driving under the influence. Because it is allegedly Bollack's third DUI, the charge is a felony and he faces a maximum of two years in prison and a $4,000 fine if convicted. A South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper stopped Bollack shortly before 2 p.m. near North Edmunds Street and Third Avenue after allegedly noticing Bollack's rear brake light was out.
A 32-year-old man was arrested at gunpoint after leading authorities on a short chase through the streets of Mitchell. Micah Darnell Barber, of Mitchell, is charged with first-offense drunken driving, eluding law enforcement, driving with a suspended license and having an open alcohol container in his vehicle. The charges stem from an incident that began when Barber allegedly refused to stop for Davison County Sheriff's Deputy Steve Harr for erratic lane driving on North Main Street. Barber turned east onto 12th Avenue and continued for two blocks before turning south onto North