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A Mitchell man was granted a furlough until his next court date after violating his probation. Jesse White Bull, 27, is accused of violating the terms of his probation on a burglary conviction in 2011. White Bull was convicted of disorderly conduct in November 2012 and issued a citation for burglary/breaking and entering this month. A Mitchell police report also reportedly showed he was intoxicated this month in Mitchell. He has also failed to pay back court costs and fines.
A Mitchell man pleaded not guilty Tuesday during court at the Davison County Public Safety Center to distribution and possession of marijuana. Brian Volk, 38, is accused of distribution of 1 ounce or less of marijuana and possession of 2 ounces or less of marijuana. The felony charge of distribution carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison, a $4,000 fine or both. Judge Tim Bjorkman scheduled a jury trial for October and agreed to Volk's attorney's request to allow Volk to travel to Chicago to see his mother in August.
A Mitchell man pleaded not guilty Tuesday at the Davison County Public Safety Center to two drug charges. Michael Huff, 28, is charged with delivery or manufacture of a non-controlled substance represented to be a controlled substance, and distribution of a controlled substance, Lorazepam. He is accused of delivering or manufacturing a non-controlled substance on Dec. 27, which carries a maximum punishment of two years in prison, a $4,000 fine or both. He is also accused of distribution of Lorazepam on Dec.
A Mitchell man pleaded guilty Tuesday during court at the Davison County Public Safety Building to third-offense drunken driving. Steven Rath, 55, said in court that he drank at least six 16-ounce beers on May 10 and drank his last one about 10 or 15 minutes prior to being pulled over. His blood alcohol level was at 0.183, according to Assistant Attorney General Katie Mallery. The legal driving limit in South Dakota is 0.08. As a part of his plea agreement, the state will recommend a suspended execution of sentence and county jail time.
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.