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The state Department of Transportation is installing flashing yellow turn arrows in traffic lights on Havens Avenue along the Interstate 90 loop in Mitchell. The new signals will be located on Havens Avenue at the intersections of Burr Street, Rowley Street, Sanborn Boulevard, Minnesota Street and Ohlman Street. A flashing yellow arrow means left turns are permitted, but drivers must first yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians before proceeding with caution.
There will be no regular meeting of Davison County commissioners until Oct. 2. The commissioners will attend a convention of state officials in Sioux Falls this week; and due to scheduling conflicts and other commitments, there will be an insufficient number of commissioners available Sept. 25 to make a quorum.
A Mitchell Police officer, responding to a 2:03 a.m. Saturday call from the Corn Palace Motel, arrested Robert Pomani, 31, of Mitchell, on assault and burglary charges. Pomani was reportedly seen fighting outside the motel earlier in the evening. Police said he later became more aggressive and allegedly kicked in a door at the motel and assaulted the room's occupants. Officer Kelly Knippling arrested Pomani and booked him into the Davison County Jail on charges of first-degree burglary and simple assault. A court date is pending.
A Mitchell man was arrested Sept. 6 for allegedly breaking a window on a police car and kicking an officer. Bernard Drapeau III, 30, is charged with simple assault of a law enforcement officer, obstructing a law enforcement officer and intentional property damage. He faces a maximum of two years in prison and a $4,000 fine if convicted of the assault charge, which is a felony.
LOWER BRULE -- A Lower Brule man was sentenced Tuesday to four months in prison and four months of home confinement after being convicted of third-degree burglary. Tyler Walters, 25, was also ordered to pay $5,476.20 in restitution and spend three years on supervised release for an incident July 17, 2011, in which he and another individual broke into a store in Lower Brule. Walters and the other individual stole items with a total value of more than $3,000 and caused $1,500 in damages. Walters was immediately turned over to the U.S. Marshals Service.
A 54-year-old Mitchell man was arrested Thursday for allegedly having sexual contact with a 6-year-old developmentally disabled girl at his home earlier this year. Mark Elliot Johnson is charged with sexual contact with a child younger than 16. He faces a maximum of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine if convicted of the felony. Police say Johnson had sexual contact with a 6-year-old developmentally disabled girl at his home, in an apartment complex at 900 W. Second Ave. Johnson has two prior convictions for sexual contact with a child younger than 16.
WINNER -- A Winner man was sentenced Tuesday to 15 months in prison for failure to register as a sex offender and ordered to pay more than $50,000 in unpaid child support. Burton W. King, 52, pleaded guilty July 3 in federal court to failure to register as a sex offender and failure to pay legal child support. King has failed to pay child support to his minor children, who reside in South Dakota, since April 1, 1997. King was convicted in 1995 of aggravated sexual abuse of a minor and as a result is required to register as a sex offender, but has failed to do since August 2006.
LOWER BRULE -- A Lower Brule man was sentenced Tuesday to 15 months in prison for sexual abuse of a minor. Sean Johnson, 22, will also spend five years on supervised release after admitting to having sex with a minor three times between December and February. Johnson was immediately turned over to the U.S. Marshals Service.
KENNEBEC -- A former clerk of courts for Lyman County has been indicted for grand theft for allegedly stealing more than $1,100 paid to the county for traffic violations. Denise Rae Anderson, of Kennebec, was indicted on one count of grand theft June 29. She faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine if convicted. Anderson allegedly stole $1,183 in fines paid to Lyman County from various people between September 2008 and June 2010 for eight traffic tickets. Anderson was fired from her position as clerk of courts in January 2011.
PLATTE -- A woman killed Tuesday in Sioux Falls has ties to the Platte area. Amanda Connors, 24, was dating Tyler Veurink, of Platte. Originally from Minnesota, Connors was working as a hairstylist at Cost Cutters in Sioux Falls and had just been promoted to store manager. According to police, Connors was leaving Cost Cutters on Tuesday when she saw Tyrone Smith, 38, with his children in the parking lot.