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A pair of Mitchell men pleaded guilty Tuesday to their roles in an assault of another man in March. Colin Kelly Stands Jr., 18, pleaded guilty to one felony count of aggravated assault and Brent Logan Zephier, 18, pleaded guilty to a felony for aiding and abetting Stands' assault. Zephier drove Stands to the 300 block of East Hanson Avenue in Mitchell on March 16, where Stands attacked another man with a baseball bat. The victim sustained both facial and skull fractures, and a laceration to his left eye as a result of the attack. Both will be sentenced at a September court
A bench warrant has been issued for a Mitchell woman for an alleged probation violation. Judge Rodney Steele issued a bench warrant Tuesday for Lyndsay Lynn Hawk, 25. She will not be able to post bond until making an appearance in court. Hawk was sentenced to serve 82 days in the Davison County Jail after pleading guilty to identity theft in 2010. A two-year penitentiary sentence was suspended by Judge Tim Bjorkman at that time, provided she fulfilled all other sentencing obligations.
A Mitchell man pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony count of child abuse. Ray Palacios, 29, squeezed a 4-weekold infant intentionally, causing three rib fractures. The incident occurred in February after Palacios got into a verbal altercation with the child's mother. Palacios is scheduled to be sentenced in September.
Mitchell police said a Wells Fargo employee reported finding a marijuana cigarette on the floor of the Lawler Street bank around 2 p.m. Tuesday. The police were notified. Sgt. Ryan Erickson theorized that a bank patron, while waiting on the teller line, was digging through his or her pockets and dropped the joint. There have been no inquiries about the missing doobie, said Erickson, who added, "and I don't think we'll be getting any."
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tim Johnson said government action prevented the American economy from getting worse in the last few years and more is needed now. "While the economy is not growing as fast as we would like, it's important to recognize that it would not be growing at all if Congress and the Federal Reserve had not taken action to restore financial stability," Johnson said in opening remarks of a Banking Committee hearing Tuesday.
The Ethan man who led police on a high speed chase earlier this year pleaded guilty Tuesday in Mitchell to a felony count of aggravated eluding. Justin Jonathon Hofer, 30, led Mitchell police officers on a chase Feb. 5. Hofer agreed to a plea agreement with prosecutors to drop a pair of misdemeanor offenses. Aggravated eluding carries a maximum sentence of up to two years in prison and a $4,000 fine. The chase was eventually called off by officers for safety reasons, as Hofer exceeded speeds of 100 mph and nearly struck several vehicles while ignoring traffic signals.
A 27-year-old Fort Thompson woman was arrested July 2 in Mitchell after police searched her purse and allegedly found two pipes with methamphetamine residue in them. Teanna Dion is charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. She faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine for the meth charge, a felony, and another 30 days in jail and a $500 fine for the paraphernalia charge, a misdemeanor. According to court documents, Mitchell police arrested Dion after conducting a drug investigation at 900 W. Second Ave.
A Mitchell woman was arrested July 10 near Mount Vernon after allegedly driving 100 mph in a 55 mph zone. Anita S. Melmer, 33, is charged with reckless driving after Davison County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Steve Brink reportedly saw her speeding and passing other vehicles in no-passing zones while heading west on Old Highway 16 between Mitchell and Mount Vernon. According to a police affidavit, Brink attempted to catch Melmer for approximately 12 miles and was able to clock her speed at 86 mph. Both were traveling approximately 100 mph when Brink managed to catch up to her.
An Alexandria man was arrested July 7 after allegedly stealing a truck from a farm he worked at in rural Mount Vernon. The truck was reported stolen July 6, but the victim spotted it being driven on Main Street in Mitchell the next day, allegedly by 19-year-old Allen Arthur Antaya. Authorities were unable to locate the vehicle, but managed to contact Antaya via cell phone and convinced him to turn himself into at the Davison County Sheriff's Office.
A 17-year-old girl who ran away from her home in Mitchell two months ago has been found. Shandell Mexican-Bollock was located in Rapid City, according to Mitchell Department of Public Safety Detective Lt. Don Everson. He had no details on where she has been. "We just know she has been detained by the Rapid City Police," Everson said. There are no charges against her in Mitchell, he said. Mexican-Bollock left her home in Mitchell on May 23 after a disagreement with her adoptive mother, who sounded the alarm a day after Mexican-Bollock left home.