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MOUNT VERNON — Don Ross, Mount Vernon, will celebrate his 80th birthday on Saturday, March 21. A card shower is requested. Greetings may be sent to P.O. Box 184, Mount Vernon, S.D., 57363.
Bob and Gail Mueller, Mitchell, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, at the Family Life Center, First Lutheran Church, Mitchell. Their anniversary date is March 20. The event is hosted by their children. The couple request no gifts. Greetings may be sent to 99 S. Harmon Drive, Mitchell, S.D., 57301.
One person is dead after a pursuit early Saturday morning in Mitchell ended with a crash. The Mitchell Police Division said authorities attempted to make a traffic stop shortly after 2 a.m. in Mitchell. The driver refused to stop and led authorities on a chase until the driver lost control and hit a parked car near the intersection of East Sixth Avenue and North Gamble Street. The driver was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. The South Dakota Highway Patrol is leading the investigation.
A Mitchell man who went missing after allegedly crashing a vehicle on a rural Davison County road was taken into custody Thursday in Minnehaha County. Jacob John Fischer, 22, of Mitchell, is being held on a warrant from the South Dakota Department of Corrections for not reporting to his parole officer following the crash. Fischer is accused of crashing a vehicle around 4:30 a.m. Feb. 28 on 255th Street, about 1 mile southeast of Mitchell, according to S.D. Highway Patrol Trooper Mike Peterson. Fischer had three passengers in the vehicle that morning.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Woonsocket RENOVATION ROLLS ON AT ST. WILFRID'S: The renovation of the iconic Catholic church in Woonsocket continues, as crews improve the building's basement. New restrooms have been installed in the basement, new stairs lead from the corner of the church to the basement, and walls are getting sheetrocked. Volunteers are gathering twice per week to work on the sheetrocking. The church is scheduled to host part of the celebration for Diocese of Sioux Falls' 125th anniversary celebration.
RAPID CITY -- A Rapid City man arrested for burglary and indecent exposure on March 8 in Rapid City also has an outstanding warrant in Brule County. Daniel Avila, 24, was arrested for burglary after he broke into the Rapid City Public Library with his pants down, according the Rapid City Journal reports. Avila was located by law enforcement inside the men's bathroom and was arrested for third-degree burglary, indecent exposure and the Brule County warrant. The warrant in Brule County is also for indecent exposure.
A Mitchell man is accused of grand theft for allegedly taking a purse and backpack, the contents of which amounted to more than $1,000. According to court documents, James Spino, 22, was seen on surveillance video from Village Bowl taking a purse on Feb. 27 from inside the business office. He was also seen taking a backpack from the floor next to the counter outside the office before leaving the building through the connected Spare Change Casino. Spino refused to speak with police without an attorney present during an interview. After he was arrested on Feb.
A Mitchell man has been convicted of driving with no driver's license, a misdemeanor, and may face more serious consequences if prosecutors pursue the conviction as a violation of his probation. Justin Iburg, 24, was involved in a crash in November, when his vehicle drifted off 416th Avenue, a paved road west of Alexandria, and struck a metal guard rail. Iburg fell about 25 to 30 feet to a riverbank below the road after the driver's side door of his vehicle was torn off in the crash, according to authorities.
Affordable housing can be hard to find in Mitchell. City officials say that could change as realtors, planners and private builders continue to satisfy Mitchell's housing demand. The Mitchell Area Development Corporation commissioned a study in 2012 to assess the needs of the city.
Mitchell High School's show choir took fourth place during a weekend competition in Minnesota. MHS vocal director Chris Miller said Friend de Coup, MHS' show choir, won best band, best choreography and fourth place overall at the Totino-Grace Show Choir Spectacular in Fridley, Minn. The show choir's final competition is Saturday at the Wheaton Warrenville South Choral Classic in Chicago, Ill.