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Here are five stories to know headed into Friday, Dec. 23, 2017: 1. Moriah Plastow, a Mitchell High School student, was selected to sing in the 2018 High School Honors Performance Series in February at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
STICKNEY — Two people were injured in a two-vehicle crash Thursday near Stickney. Sixty-three-year-old Donald Burmeister, of Mount Vernon, was injured after the 2005 Buick LeSabre he was driving crashed into a southbound 2014 Chrysler Town & Country on U.S. Highway 281. The crash occurred at 11:58 a.m. approximately a half-mile from Stickney. A 36-year-old female passenger in the Town & Country sustained minor injuries and was transported to Armour. Burmeister was transported to a Mitchell hospital, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.
Three people were displaced from their Mitchell home after a kitchen fire Wednesday evening. An adult was heating oil at approximately 6:30 p.m. in the home located at 410 N. Kimball St. when a fire started, according to Mitchell's Assistant Fire Chief Paul Morris. The homeowner put the blaze out with a fire extinguisher before officials arrived, Morris said, and damage was limited to the oven and surrounding cabinets and ceiling above the oven, but there was smoke damage throughout the home.
The Mitchell School District will dismiss students at 1 p.m. Thursday due to weather, said Superintendent Joe Graves. A winter storm rolled through South Dakota early Thursday morning and has dumped multiple inches of snow in the Mitchell region. The city of Mitchell earlier Thursday declared a snow emergency, as all vehicles need to be removed from snow emergency routes by 10:30 a.m. or they will be subject to ticket and towing.
RELIANCE — One person was seriously injured on Wednesday when a car crashed into the back of a South Dakota Department of Transportation vehicle. At 2:16 p.m., 57-year-old Eugene Winebarger, Jr., of Glendale, Arizona, was traveling west on Interstate 90, approximately three miles west of Reliance, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. A 2010 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup — a DOT vehicle with a large sign in the back with flashing yellow arrows advising vehicles to move into the driving lane — was parked on the shoulder near the median.
The following cases were among those heard Wednesday by Judge Chris Giles during a circuit court hearing at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell. Guilty pleas and sentences • Stephanie Pietz, 30, of Mitchell, was sentenced to 10 years in prison with 10 years suspended and four years of probation. She pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled schedule I or II substance and drug paraphernalia.
Here's what you need to know heading into Wednesday:
One woman was arrested Monday for driving under the influence and causing a two-vehicle crash near Mitchell. At 10:29 p.m., 32-year-old Savanna Redday, of Pukwana, driving a 1994 Plymouth Voyager, crashed into the rear of a 2006 Chevy Malibu. The Malibu, driven by an 18-year-old woman, of Mitchell, was stopped at a stop sign on the ramp off Exit 330 on Interstate 90 when the Plymouth Voyager crashed into the other vehicle.
A person who lost consciousness while driving caused a two-vehicle crash Tuesday in Mitchell. At approximately 1 p.m., 52-year-old Pamela Wittstruck, driving a 2018 Chevrolet Traverse, lost consciousness as she turned west into the I-90 Travel Center, according to authorities. The Traverse struck a 2015 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab, driven by 32-year-old Wade Horstman, of Parkston, heading south on South Burr Street. The Traverse crashed into the bed of the pickup truck, causing transmission fluid to leak, according to Mitchell Police Officer Paul Wilson.
Here are five stories to know headed into Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017: 1. A Scotland, S.D., man was sentenced Monday to three years in prison for vehicular battery.