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A Mitchell man was sentenced Tuesday to 120 days in jail and three years of probation for third-offense drunken driving. Johnnie Tassler, 32, was arrested Feb. 2 after he was pulled over by police for running through the southbound stop sign on North Kimball Street and then stopping in the westbound lane of First Avenue, according to court documents. His blood alcohol content was found to be 0.236 around the time of his arrest. The legal limit for driving in South Dakota is 0.08. Tassler was ordered to remain on the state 24/7 Sobriety program until at least July 2014.
A Sioux Falls woman pleaded guilty Tuesday in Mitchell to grand theft. Allison York, 37, admitted she used another person's credit card without permission and made more than $1,000 in purchases. In exchange for her guilty plea, and because she agreed to pay restitution, prosecutors agreed to dismiss other charges. Sentencing is scheduled for August.
A Yankton man pleaded guilty Tuesday in Mitchell to possession of methamphetamine. Carlos Claudio, 26, was arrested in April when a small baggie containing meth fell out of his pocket during a traffic stop on state Highway 37 south of Mitchell. In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to dismiss other charges and recommend Claudio receive a suspended three-year prison sentence and no more than 90 days in jail. Sentencing is scheduled for August.
MOUNT VERNON -- A softball, auction and root beer float fundraiser for Charlie Mahaffey will be at 7 p.m. on July 28 at the ball park in Mount Vernon. Mahaffey, who will be a high school junior at Mount Vernon High School this fall, is dealing with a serious cardiac condition. The fundraiser will help the Mahaffey family with medical expenses. The fundraiser is being sponsored by Davison County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Modern Woodman of America and friends of Charlie Mahaffey.
Doug Koenig's YouTube video of landscapes in the Fairfax area shows the region's beauty, from a big red barn to the sparkling blue Missouri River. However, the aerial drone Koenig used to create "Life From A New Perspective" crashed into the river and cannot be recovered, he said. So he has entered his video into a contest that could win him a replacement aircraft. Drone-maker DJI Innovations is conducting an online video contest through July 27. The makers of the ten videos with the most likes will win a DJI Phantom drone and carrying case, according to the DJI website.
CHAMBERLAIN -- Authorities responded to a pair of accidents Saturday on Interstate 90 near Chamberlain. In the first accident at 11:39 a.m., said Highway Patrol Trooper Justin Schmiedt, a westbound sport utility vehicle carrying a male and female left the roadway and rolled near the I-90 rest stop at Exit 264. Schmiedt said the driver apparently lost control and rolled the SUV into the median. A Chamberlain ambulance transported both occupants to Sanford Chamberlain Medical Center.
A bid for the purchase of county land south of the Public Safety Center is among the items to be considered Tuesday when the Davison County commissioners meet in regular session at 9 a.m. at the courthouse, 200 E.
FREEMAN -- A Freeman man whose left arm was seriously injured in a mowing accident Friday is recovering in a Sioux Falls hospital. Elrod Kaufman, described as a man in his 70s, was mowing hay at 2:55 p.m.
ALEXANDRIA -- A 17-year-old boy from rural Alexandria was injured at about 8:30 p.m.