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A Mitchell man pleaded guilty Tuesday to violating his probation. Brent Gilbert, 28, was on probation for solicitation of a minor, a felony, and disseminating material harmful to minors, a misdemeanor. He had received a suspended imposition of sentence, pending his enrollment and completion of counseling and treatment. However, he failed polygraph tests, which meant he did not successfully complete the treatment. Gilbert is scheduled for another polygraph test before being accepted into another treatment program.
A homeless man pleaded guilty Tuesday to violating probation stemming from a forgery conviction. Jeffery Koczynski, 21, failed to attend or successfully complete the Teen Challenge Program in Brookings. Judge Tim Bjorkman previously sentenced him to that program as a part of probation on a forgery conviction. Koczynski was released from the Davison County Jail on Nov. 30, 2010, and offered a ride by the court to Brookings to attend the Teen Challenge Program. Rather than taking the ride or going to Brookings on his own, Koczynski "disappeared from the area," said Judge Sean O'Brien.
A Mitchell man pleaded guilty to failing to register as a sex offender, which is a Class 6 felony. Wade Briggs, 34, refused an attorney Tuesday and represented himself in court. Between July 1 and 30, Briggs admitted to failing to register as a sex offender, which he is required by law to do every six months. Davison County State's Attorney Pat Smith said this was not an intentional act and that Briggs has never failed to register before. Briggs said the requirement "slipped my mind" and that he wanted sentencing Tuesday.
A Mitchell man pleaded guilty Tuesday to a fourth-degree rape charge. Dustin Nordrum, 18, admitted to forcing sexual penetration July 6 on a victim that was at least 13 years old but younger than 16. That is a Class 3 felony offense, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in the South Dakota State Penitentiary, a $30,000 fine or both. In exchange for his guilty plea, the state agreed to drop remaining charges, said Philip Carlson, Nordrum's attorney. Judge Sean O'Brien ordered a presentence investigation and a sexual evaluation, and sentencing is scheduled for November.
The 2011 State Pedal Pull was held Monday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. The results were: 4-year-old girls: Madison Molitor, Solway, Minn., first place; Karlie Haney, Gregory, second place; Peyten Krull, Crooks, third place. 5-year-old girls: Gracie Pechous, Tabor, first place; Makenna Bannwarth, Mitchell, second place; Madison Peckham, Bristol, third place. 6-year-old girls: Jillian Heienink, Carthage, first place; Hevin-Marie Adcock, Chamberlain, second place; Kirstie Munsen, White Lake, third place.
A Mitchell man was arrested Sunday for leaving the scene of an accident earlier in the day. Mitchell Patrol Officer Patrick Marler arrested Jamie Jonnassen, 24, for the hit-and-run property damage, a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by one year in county jail, a $2,000 fine, or both. Jonnassen was later released on his own recognizance. Marler said Jonnassen drove his car into a utility pole at the northwest corner of 11th Avenue and Capital Street shortly after 2 a.m.
A Mitchell man was arrested Thursday for abuse of or cruelty to a minor after an incident that allegedly happened Wednesday at his residence, according to Mitchell police. Dennis Robert Theunissen, 45, was arrested after he allegedly struck a 17-year-old girl several times with an apparent piece of wood furniture trim from an entertainment center at his home. The girl sustained a number of injuries as a result of the incident. Abuse of or cruelty to a minor is a Class 4 felony punishable by 10 years in prison and a fine of $20,000.
Mitchell High School has released the list of 2011 homecoming royalty candidates. King candidates are Tucker Volesky, Jade Miller, Jace Edwards, Eric Bortnem and Taylor Moore. Queen candidates are Alexis Olson, Kendra Cersosimo, Lexie Weier, Shelby Gunsch and Anna Rice. Coronation is at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at the high school auditorium.
The memorial service for a local businessman who was involved in promoting downtown Mitchell will be held today. Greg Foster's memorial service will be at 2:30 p.m. at Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell. Foster, 51, died Monday morning after reportedly suffering a heart attack at the Moonlight Bar, which he co-owned with his wife, Shannon. He was a past president of Memorial Weekend in Mitchell, which grew from a small poker run to a communitywide holiday weekend event.
LETCHER -- Hansen Wheel and Wagon Shop, rural Letcher, will be filmed for three days in September to appear on the Discovery Channel television show "How It's Made." The shop announced the news Wednesday in a press release. The show is a documentary program featuring the manufacturing process of everyday items, including baseballs, hammers and olive oil. "How It's Made" is seen in more than 100 countries with about 130 million viewers. Since its debut in 2000, the program has covered 900-plus subjects.