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WESSINGTON SPRINGS -- A Wessington Springs man was killed Thursday in a two-vehicle crash near Wessington Springs. Ronald Ogren, 63, was eastbound driving a Ford farm tractor on South Dakota Highway 34 about two miles west of Wessington Springs. Ogren attempted to make a left turn into a private driveway and turned in front of a 2012 Kenworth fuel truck driven westbound by Joshua McGillvrey, 28, of Wolsey, according to South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Mark Chamberlain. The impact threw Ogren from the tractor.
Judge Rodney Steele suspended the execution of a three-year sentence for a Mitchell woman who possessed a controlled substance in April. Kellie Eske-Delaney, 34, will spend 16 days in jail after receiving a 30-day sentence Tuesday. She received credit for 14 days already served. She has been attending Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous and completed treatment in Aberdeen. Her attorney Phil Carlson said Eske-Delaney has held her job and received increased hours recently. "Ms. Delaney, you were in possession of a substance and that substance was illegal and you used it.
A Mitchell man will spend the next two years in prison for violating his probation. Randall Putnam, 45, consumed alcohol while on work release from the Davison County Jail earlier this year. He was originally sentenced for identity theft in 2011. His original sentence was 90 days in jail, which he has served. He has now been in jail on the probation violation for 45 days. "There's too much of a history with noncompliance," said Judge Rodney Steele on Tuesday, referring to the pre-sentence investigation.
A Mitchell woman will spend 58 days in jail for theft. Ariann Taglioli, 20, received a suspended imposition of sentence for grand theft from Walmart. She will serve the 58 days in jail and will be on probation for two years. "When I came out there, I was prepared to send you to the state penitentiary for 15 months," said Judge Rodney Steele. "My rationale for that was that all conditions in the PSI indicate you are a substantial probation risk.
Dakota Wesleyan University's enrollment has surged to its highest level in nearly 50 years, the institution reported Wednesday. The total enrollment this fall is 847, which is 68 more than last year. It's also just three students shy of the Mitchell university's all-time high enrollment in 1966. In a news release, the university credited the jump to its heightened retention efforts, recruitment of high-caliber freshmen and interest in the campus' newest building project, the Glenda K.
A Mitchell man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to burglary and possession of burglary tools. Logan Jacobs, 23, was arrested Aug. 19 for allegedly breaking into a Mitchell Plumbing and Heating storage building. He apparently used bolt cutters to enter the building and attempt to steal items from the business. Jacobs is in custody at the Davison County Jail.
A Mitchell man pleaded guilty Tuesday to violating his probation. Michael Keeble, 46, had been convicted of simple assault against a law enforcement officer and was on probation for the offense when he failed to complete intensive outpatient treatment, did not attend an aftercare program and did not appear at a scheduled appointment with his probation officer in August. Keeble refused a lawyer and pleaded guilty.
An Oklahoma woman will serve 27 days in jail in January for possessing a controlled substance. Rachael Herman, 25, was arrested in March for possessing methamphetamine. Judge Rodney Steele sentenced her to 30 days and agreed to give her credit for three days she's already spent in jail. She is on anti-seizure and blood clot medicine and is pregnant. She and her husband, Charles Clark, 28, were caught with the drug at the same time during a traffic stop. Herman said she has been attending Alcoholics Anonymous twice a week and has been clean for three months.
Judge Rodney Steele released a Mitchell man on a personal recognizance bond Tuesday after a pre-sentence report suggested he'd do well on his own. Jamie Drapeau, 31, violated his probation in July when he failed a breathalyzer test for the 24/7 Sobriety program and tested positive for marijuana. However, Drapeau has held a job at Ruby Tuesday for seven years. Steele released him on his own recognizance on the condition that he promise to appear in court for sentencing in October, comply with the 24/7 program and remain law-abiding.
A Mitchell man who was scheduled for sentencing Tuesday showed up late and will now spend the next week in jail for failure to contact the court to finish a pre-sentence investigation. Colin Stands, 18, was five minutes late for his sentence hearing Tuesday. He was to be sentenced for aggravated assault. He was arrested in March for hitting a person with a baseball bat. After a brief meeting with his attorney, Phil Carlson, Stands appeared before Judge Rodney Steele. "Court services was unable to complete the pre-sentence investigation in this case because Mr.