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Month: October, 2017

Mitchell Police seeking burglary suspect

Monday, October 30, 2017

On October 29th, between the hours of 4:00 A.M. and 4:20 A.M. A male subject entered a business located in the 100 block of East 2nd, Mitchell SD. Stolen in the burglary was approximately $60.00 cash.

  The above images are surveillance video of the subject from the business. 

If you have information in relation to this incident, or if you have information regarding suspicious activity in this area at this time, or information relating to any other crime, please call Crime Stoppers at 996-1700.   Remember that you do not have to identify yourself, and a CASH REWARDis available if it leads to the arrest of the subject or subjects involved. There are no caller ID’s attached to this phone line, so you will remain anonymous.To send a crime tip via text messagedownload the free APP. “Tipsubmit” on your smart phone and select Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers or  text MITCS plus your message” to  “274637”.  Upon receipt of a tipster’s first incoming message the system will auto-reply with a confirmation containing the tipster’s unique tip ID.  Anonymous two way communication can then occur between the tipster and Investigators.   You can also go to to submit a crime tip by e-mail.

Information received through CRIME STOPPERS remains totally anonymous. Tipsters who provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s) will be given a CASH REWARD.

A minimum of $250  is paid for rewards on all “Crime of the Weeks” solved through Crime Stoppers.  Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers, Inc offers this reward.  Rewards will not be paid if crime tips, leading to an arrest, are not made directly to  Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers, Inc. by telephone, text message or by web tip. 

To date 348 crimes have been solved through information from Crime Stoppers.



Fatal crash in Hanson County

Saturday, October 28, 2017

A 57-year-old man died early Saturday in a one-vehicle crash northeast of Mitchell.

The name of the deceased is not being released pending notification of family. He was the driver of the vehicle and the only occupant.

A 2003 Dodge Caravan was traveling on 247th Street near the intersection of 414th Avenue when the driver lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle entered the ditch and rolled several times into a crop field.

The driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. Other agencies on scene were the Hanson County Sheriff’s Office, Davison County Sheriff’s Office and Mitchell Ambulance. 



2019 Corn Palace Mural theme announced

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

With four USS South Dakota crew members looking on, Mitchell Mayor Jerry Toomey announced the 2019 Corn Palace mural theme: “A Salute to the Military.”

He says it came from a community member. “That maybe we ought to look at a salute to the military and I thought it was a great idea,” said Toomey. “And then it evolved into ‘hey we got the USS South Dakota being commissioned in 2018’…what a great timing and coincidence to have this salute to our military and to honor the USS South Dakota submarine.”

A group of Dakota Wesleyan University art students is in charge of designing the murals. DWU president Amy Novak says it’s a great partnership. “It’s just a wonderful privilege to be able to give students the opportunity to think about the way the military has influenced the lives of all of us,” said Novak. “And to be able to honor that through this mural project.”

It’s the first time in more than 100 years the Corn Palace murals featured a military theme.

J.P. Skelly



One dead several injured in Saturday night incident involving vehicles and livestock

Sunday, October 22, 2017

One person died and several others were injured Saturday night in a fatal crash east of Mitchell that involved both vehicles and livestock.

Names of the those involved have not yet been released pending notification of families.

A 2014 Dodge Durango was westbound on Interstate 90 near mile marker 333 when it hit six cows that had entered the roadway from the north ditch. The vehicle came to a stop in the passing lane.

There were four occupants in the vehicle, all wearing seatbelts.The driver and front passenger were able to get one of the children in the backseat out of the vehicle before a westbound 2002 Chevrolet Impala collided with the rear of the Durango.

Two of the Durango passengers were transported by ambulance to the Mitchell hospital. A 33-year-old female sustained serious non-life threatening injuries. A ten-year old female received life-threatening injuries and was later airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital.

The 39-year-old male driver of the Chevrolet Impala was transported to the Mitchell hospital where he later died of his injuries. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

A separate crash also occurred near the initial crash scene when a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix rear-ended a 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup which had slowed down while approaching the first crash scene. Both vehicles were westbound. All occupants in both vehicles were wearing seatbelts. The front seat passenger of the Pontiac Grand Prix was transported to the Mitchell hospital as a precaution.

Interstate 90 at mile marker 335 was closed for about two hours, reopening at 10:06 p.m. Six dead cattle were found at the scene of the crash.

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. Other agencies on scene were the Davison County Sheriff’s Office, Hanson County Sheriff’s Office, Mitchell Police Department, Mitchell Ambulance, Mitchell Fire Department and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department.



Several injuries in I-90 incident near Mitchell

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Several people were injured, one severely, an incident on I-90 just east of Mitchell, Saturday evening shortly after 8:00 pm. South Dakota Department of Public Safety Spokesman Tony Mangan says the incident involved cattle and vehicles.

Interstate 90’s westbound lanes were closed from Exit 335, Riverside Road, and traffic detoured on Highway 38, while crews cleared the scene at mile marker 333. It was re-opened to traffic around 9:45.

There’s no word on the victim’s conditions, however two helicopters transported some of the injured.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol is leading the investigation.

J.P. Skelly


James Brinker makes first court appearance

Friday, October 20, 2017

A Mitchell man charged with killing his wife earlier this week made his first court appearance this morning. 39 year old James Brinker is charged with first-degree manslaughter, violating a protection order and simple assault domestic.

Davison County States Attorney Jim Miskimins says the court advised Brinker of his rights and set a preliminary hearing for November 2nd. Attorney Chris Nipe was appointed as Brinker’s legal counsel.

Brinker remains in the Davison County Jail with bond set at $750,000.

Police say Brinker wrapped the 36 year old Marie Brinker in a blanket, placed a sock in her mouth, tied a cloth belt across her face, placed her on a mattress and left her there for a significant amount of time. Police say that apparently led to her death.

J.P. Skelly


Mitchell man arrested for manslaughter

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

On 10-17-2017 at approx.  7:00 p.m.  The Mitchell Department of Public Safety received a 911 call stating that an ambulance was needed at a residence located on the 900-block E. 3rd Avenue for a female who did not appear to be breathing.    Responding Officers found a 36-year-old female subject deceased at the residence.

As a result of this investigation, 39-year-old Mitchell resident James Edward Brinker, date of birth 09-11-1978, was arrested for the following offenses:  First Degree Manslaughter in violation of S.D.C.L. 22-16-15, Violation of a Protection Order Constituting an Assault in violation of S.D.C.L. 25-10-13 and Simple Assault Domestic in violation of S.D.C.L. 22-18-1.   

In this incident, James Brinker allegedly wrapped the female in a blanket and allegedly asphyxiated the female by placing a sock in her mouth, tying a cloth belt across her face, placing the woman on a mattress and leaving her in that state for a significant period of time, which apparently lead to her death.    James then, brought the victim’s children to the crime scene and convinced one of the children to call 911.  James left the residence and he was later located at a different residence in Mitchell.  There was a valid protection order in place that prohibited James from having contact with the victim at the time of the incident. 

First Degree Manslaughter is a Class C Felony punishable by life imprisonment in the state penitentiary and a fine of $ 50,000.  Violation of a Protection Order Constituting an Assault is a Class 6 Felony punishable by 2 years imprisonment in the state penitentiary and a fine of $ 4,000.  Simple Assault Domestic is a Class 1 Misdemeanor punishable by 1-year imprisonment in a county jail and or a $2,000 fine.

This is an ongoing investigation.   The Mitchell Police Division is asking for any information from 10-17-2017  regarding James Brinker or other information about this incident.   




Foster Street bridge ribbon-cutting

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

State and local officials celebrated the completion of the first Bridge Improvement Grant project at a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning in Davison County. The Foster Street bridge rehabilitation project was among the first to receive a grant under the road funding bill signed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard in 2015.

Former State Senator Mike Vehle led the charge to establish the BIG program under Senate Bill One. He answered the question why bridges instead of roads. “The idea was…you can have the nicest oil road coming up to the bridge or you can have just a washboard piece of junk dirt road,” said Vehle. “But if there’s no bridge, it’s all over. You’re not going anywhere.”

Vehle says if the state helped with the bridges, the counties had more flexibility in choosing which roads to repair and maintain with their remaining local funds.

The Foster Street Bridge over Firesteel Creek was built in 1952 and is 166 feet long. The rehabilitation cost is $665,000 far less than a new bridge. The restoration project took about ten weeks.

To date, 138 grants have been awarded for a total of $19 million dollars with an expected completion of all projects by the end of summer in 2020.

J.P. Skelly and SD DOT


Mitchell School Board accepts ASBSD leadership award

Friday, October 13, 2017

Recently, members of the Mitchell School Board were presented their Silver Level award for their participation in the Associated School Boards of South Dakota’s board recognition program: ALL, which stands for Act, Learn, Lead.

ASBSD Executive Director Dr. Wade Pogany presented the Mitchell School Board their award.

The group earned the award for its dedicated participation in activities, board development and training and demonstrated leadership at various areas and levels throughout the 2016-17 school year.

In the inaugural year of the program, nearly one-third of the total number of public school boards in South Dakota earned an ALL award through the variety of training, development and leadership opportunities.

“The Mitchell School Board committed their time and effort to enhancing their knowledge of board work, which will benefit their students, staff and community,” Pogany said.

“Their leadership to achieve excellence for South Dakota public education is commendable and we were very happy to be able to present them their award.”

ASBSD is a private, non-profit association representing more than 850 South Dakota school board members, the 149 school districts they govern and the students they serve.



Mitchell nurse honored

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Julie Hoffman, a registered nurse at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital, recently earned the "Outstanding Leadership in Nursing" Award from the South Dakota Organization of Nurse Executives – the nurse executive trade association under the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations.

Hoffman has served as the administrator of Avera Brady Health & Rehab since 2014.

During the past two years, Hoffman has been the SDONE District IV chair. District IV encompasses a large portion of the southeast part of the state.

Under her leadership, SDONE membership, engagement and attendance of meetings within the district remained high.

Hoffmann received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from SDSU in 1988 and began her first job as an RN on the Medical Unit at St. Joseph Hospital (now Avera Queen of Peace Hospital).  Julie has made multiple contributions toward quality improvement over the years – training nursing assistants, serving as a CPR Instructor and serving as a Nursing Quality Improvement Representative.  In 2000, Julie became the Radiation Oncology RN for the new Cancer Center in Mitchell and obtained certification in Oncology Nursing.  In 2007, Julie accepted the position as Director of Nursing at Avera Brady Health & Rehab/Assisted Living.  She was awarded the Avera Nursing Service Excellence Distinguished Service Leader Award in 2009 and became the Administrator of Avera Brady Health & Rehab/Assisted Living in 2014.

Over the past two years, Julie and served as the SDONE District IV Chair. During this time, Julie has kept the district engaged with interesting quarterly meetings that are both educational and great networking opportunities.  District meetings are held at a different facility each time and local experts usually serve as presenters.  In 2017, meetings were held in Parkston, Freeman and Mitchell and speakers shared information on Coordinated Care, work with the Hutterite Colonies and Ethics in Healthcare.  Membership and attendance at meetings for District IV have remained high under Julie’s leadership.

Avera Queen of Peace Health Services