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A 22-year-old Mitchell man pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree escape after escaping from the backseat of a locked Mitchell police car. Roderick Rouse entered the plea at the Davison County Public Safety Center, where he has been in custody since May 16 after escaping from the backseat of a police car by squeezing through a small unlocked plastic window separating the front and back seats of the vehicle. Rouse eluded law enforcement for about an hour before being arrested again near his residence at 901 W.
A 19-year-old Mitchell man was sentenced Tuesday to five years of probation and 60 days in jail for drug crimes that also involved his brother and mother. Derik Nespor, 19, pleaded guilty April 17 to possession with intent to distribute more than 1 ounce but less than one-half pound of marijuana and possession of hydrocodone. In addition to probation and jail time, Nespor was fined $300 for each charge. He was given credit for one day served and was authorized release for work and treatment. The charges against Nespor stemmed from a search conducted by law enforcement Sept.
A 34-year-old Yankton man has pleaded guilty to sixth-offense drunken driving. William Hegstrom was arrested shortly after 10 p.m. on May 9 in Mitchell after he was spotted driving in the 1200 block of North Main Street with his vehicle's headlights off. Mitchell Patrol Officer Kevin Yeo noticed Hegstrom's speech was slurred and smelled alcohol on his breath. Hegstrom failed a series of sobriety tests and was arrested for drunken driving. His blood alcohol content was found to be 0.164 shortly after his arrest. The legal limit for driving in South Dakota is 0.08.
HOWARD -- Two businesses failed a recent alcohol compliance check in Howard performed by the South Central Alcohol Task Force. At the Longbranch Bar, the clerk did not ask to see the confidential informant's identification and sold the person alcohol.
A 20-year-old Mitchell woman is accused of stealing more than $1,100 in merchandise from a local store. Ariann Cristine Taglioli is charged with grand theft and faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine if convicted. The charge stems from a May 9 incident at Walmart in Mitchell in which Taglioli allegedly attempted to leave the store without paying for the merchandise, which she allegedly hid in tote bags. She is scheduled to appear in court later this month.
A 24-year-old man is charged with simple assault after allegedly attacking another person on May 12 at a bar in downtown Mitchell. Benjamin Aaron Delaney, of Kansas City, Mo., was allegedly kicked out of the Moonlight Bar and Lounge after punching another person in the face.
A man involved in a two-vehicle crash May 16 in Mitchell now faces drunken driving and hit-and-run charges. Arlington Milk, 47, of Mitchell, was arrested after allegedly leaving the scene of a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Havens Avenue and Sanborn Boulevard. Law enforcement allegedly found Milk about three blocks from the scene of the crash.
ETHAN -- The Ethan Alumni Association is finalizing plans for the 2012 all-school reunion to be held Friday and Saturday. The group is looking for entries for the parade, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday. The theme for this year's parade is "Wonderful World of Disney." Hall of fame inductees for 2012 are Melvin "Red" Droppers, teacher and coach at EHS from 1955 through 1966, and Devonia Puetz Oster, 1945 EHS graduate and EHS teacher from 1972 through 2002. Events planned include: Friday night The Rude Band will play at 9 p.m.
A medical issue was the likely cause of a two-vehicle accident Monday night in Mitchell. Sgt. Mike Koster of the Mitchell Police Division said Darwin Buus, 80, of Mitchell, was driving eastbound at 7:34 p.m. in his 2002 Dodge Intrepid on West 23rd Avenue, near Northridge Baptist Church. Marvin Schryvers, 75, also of Mitchell, was westbound on West 23rd Avenue in his 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier. Koster said according to Buus, Schryvers' vehicle was drifting across the road. Buus pulled over to the side of the road and was struck head-on by Schryvers' car.
A part of its regular Tuesday meeting, the Davison County Board of Commissioners will review a highway department incident report. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. today in the courthouse, 200 E. Fourth Ave., Mitchell. Highway Superintendent Rusty Weinberg said there were no injuries when a department truck and trailer went onto a soft road shoulder earlier this month and ended up on its side. Commission Chairman John Claggett asked Weinberg to bring the incident report before the board. The agenda includes: 9 a.m.