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A new white paper titled "Modernizing Rural Health Care: Coverage, Quality and Innovation" offers data detailing the challenges rural Americans face and proposes solutions for improving quality, access and affordability to health care in rural areas. The paper suggests that telemedicine might help to take up the slack in the system created by an expected shortage of rural physicians and rising demand.
A request for a lower bond for a Texas man accused of aggravated assault was denied Tuesday at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell. Marcos Carraman, 30, of Laredo, Texas, was arrested on July 24 after allegedly punching and kicking a bouncer at the Kongo Klub. Court documents also allege Carraman hit the bouncer in the head with a beer bottle, sending the bouncer to Avera Queen of Peace Hospital. Tuesday, Carraman requested his bond be lowered from $10,000 cash so that he could continue his employment with a railroad company near Kimball.
A Mitchell man received 90 days in jail with work release Tuesday for possessing a controlled substance in the form of prescription drugs in 2007. Lee Fischer, 37, was also ordered to pay a $700 fine, $104 in court costs and $69.20 in prosecution costs. He must also pay court-appointed attorney fees.
A Mitchell woman received a suspended three-year prison sentence Tuesday for writing more than $9,000 of bad checks with another person. Sarah Lynn Gullings, 25, is also jointly and severally responsible with Thomas Foster, 22, to repay restitution, meaning they are both responsible for the repayments. Gullings must also pay court costs of $104 and serve 34 days in jail. Judge Sean O'Brien gave Gullings credit for four days already served and ordered her to serve 100 hours of community service.
A Nebraska man received a suspended four-year prison sentence Tuesday in Mitchell for possession of methamphetamine and marijuana. Derrake Lee Sebastian, 25, of Towner, Neb., was also sentenced to pay a $700 fine, $104 in court costs and $169.01 in prosecution costs as well as any court-appointed attorney fees. Sebastian was also sentenced to serve 75 days in jail, but was given credit for 12 days already served. Judge Sean O'Brien also prohibited Sebastian from consuming any alcohol or drugs.
A Mitchell man received a suspended imposition of sentence Tuesday for possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute. Joshua Michael Lowe, 20, was also sentenced to pay a fine of $600, $104 in court costs and $102.59 in restitution. He must also complete 30 hours of community service and abide by all laws. He is scheduled to be on probation for two years.
The weekly farmers and flea market will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, at the parking lot at Fifth and Main, Mitchell. Vendor fees may be paid the day of the sale and are $15 for one space and $10 for each additional space. The event is hosted by James Valley Community Center. Credit cards and EBT cards are not accepted for the purchase of products. Vendors may call JVCC at 995-8048 for information
WASHINGTON -- Sens. Tim Johnson and John Thune have co-sponsored legislation to extend a rural hospital mortgage insurance program that has already helped hospitals in 10 states, including South Dakota. The bill would provide a five-year extension to a program that allows rural hospitals to apply for mortgage insurance from the Federal Housing Administration. The program allows these facilities to provide a full range of health-care services, such as rehabilitation and long-term care, in addition to acute care.
A Mitchell man accused of having sexual contact with three minors in less than two months is now facing two felony charges of fourth-degree rape. Dustin James Nordrum, 18, was arrested on both May 19 and July 8 for three total incidents of having sexual contact with minors. This month, a grand jury charged Nordrum with two counts of fourth-degree rape, a Class 3 felony punishable by a maximum of 15 years in the state penitentiary and a $20,000 fine. Earlier this month, Detective Lt.
The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation said the number of unemployed people in Mitchell stayed the same in June as it was in May: 370. But because more people were in the workforce, the city's unemployment rate took a modest dip, dropping from 4.2 percent to 4.1 percent, according to a report released Tuesday. People are classified as unemployed if they do not have jobs, have actively looked for work in the prior four weeks and are currently available for work. People who were not working and were waiting to be recalled to jobs are also included as unemployed.