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Month: December, 2015

Five arrested in Mitchell following an armed robbery in Yankton

Thursday, December 24, 2015

On 12-23-2015, 5 subjects were arrested as a result of a robbery investigation, involving an armed robbery that occurred in Yankton, S.D. on the night of 12-22-2015.  In addition to the robbery charges, the following two persons (of the 5 subjects who were arrested) were also arrested for the following charges in Davison County regarding a vehicle that was stolen from Carl Road in Mitchell (located South of Walmart and West of Hwy. 37) on 12-23-2015 at approx. 0744 hrs. :

-Jo Deante Thomas, date of birth 08-08-1989, from Chicago, ILL.

-Hailey Rae Flores, date of birth 08-12-1992, a rural Parkston, S.D. resident

Thomas and Flores were arrested for Grand Theft of property valued at over $5,000, in violation of S.D.C.L. 22-30A-17 a class 4 felony punishable by 10 years imprisonment in a state penitentiary and a fine of $20,000.    In addition, Thomas was also arrested for eluding a law enforcement officer after the vehicle was stolen.  Thomas allegedly drove the stolen vehicle and failed to stop for an Officer after the Officer attempted to stop Thomas.    Eluding a law Enforcement Officer is a class 1 misdemeanor punishable by one year imprisonment in a county jail and/or a $2,000 fine. 


On 12-23-2015 at approx. 2:24 a.m., A Mitchell Police Officer located a vehicle that was apparently used in the Yankton robbery.  The vehicle was found parked in the parking lot of the Quality Inn, located at 1221 S. Burr St. in Mitchell.  Shortly after the vehicle was found, two robbery suspects were located.  This vehicle was later found to be stolen from the state of Illinois.   A shot gun was found in this stolen vehicle.

The remaining three robbery suspects were located after The Mitchell Police Department received a report of a vehicle that was stolen from the 900 block of W. Carl Road in Mitchell. Two of these suspects were arrested after the stolen pickup was located, and a short foot pursuit ensued.    The third of these subjects was arrested in a field approx. ¼ mile East of Shannard Road and Riverside Road in rural Hanson County, S.D.

For more details regarding the Robbery charges regarding this incident, contact The Yankton S.D.  Police Department.  Other possible charges are possible from Davison County regarding  these suspects.  This is an ongoing investigation.

Several police agencies were involved with this Investigation including the following:  The Yankton Police Department, The Mitchell Police Department, The Davison County Sheriff’s Office, The Hanson County Sheriff’s Office, The Aurora County Sheriff’s Office, The Sanborn County Sheriff’s Office, The South Dakota Highway Patrol, Davison County Search and Rescue and The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation. 



Vehicle mishap kills a man from Georgia

Friday, December 18, 2015

A 54 year old Plainville, GA man was killed Wednesday when his vehicle ran over him.

The South Dakota Department of Public Safety says a 2013 Ford F250 pickup was pulling a flatbed trailer on the White Lake Exit. At some point, the driver, William Valentine got out of the vehicle. The vehicle remained in gear and struck him.

The Highway Patrol continues to investigate. Other agencies at the scene were the Aurora County Sheriff’s Office and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation. 


Open Meetings Commission denies complaint against the City of Mitchell

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The South Dakota Open Meetings Commission Wednesday unanimously rejected the Mitchell Daily Republic’s claim the Mitchell City Council violated the state’s open meetings law.

The Daily Republic filed the complaint following an executive session during the September 21st city council meeting regarding personnel. It claimed the city violated state law by allowing individuals to speak to the council behind closed doors regarding the resignation of former Corn Palace Director Dan Sabers.

Attorney Jon Arneson represented the newspaper. “There was no valid reason,” said Arneson. “And it did not definitely fall under a discussion of prospective public officer or employee.”

Attorney Carl Koch represented the city and stated the council was within the guidelines to hold the executive session in question.

Commission member, attorney John Steele of Plankinton voted in favor of the city’s position. “I don’t believe they (city council) had to hold this in executive session,” Steele said. “I rather that they would have not, in fact but they did so but I don’t believe they were prohibited by the law from doing so. The other four commissioners concurred.

Daily Republic Managing Editor Luke Hagen disagreed with the decision and chided the Commission. “The point of the Open Meeting Commission should be to allow more open government,” Hagen stated. “And to deny our complaint here is completely the opposite of that.”

Mayor Jerry Toomey was pleased with the outcome. “It was never the city’s intent to violate state law,” said Toomey. “I am happy that the Open Meeting Commission agreed with the city.”

Koch stated that he looks forward, in his words, “to amicable relations, open relations, as transparent as possibly can be between the city of Mitchell and the Daily Republic.”

J.P. Skelly


Police searching for runaway teen

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Mitchell Police are asking for your help in locating a missing teenage girl. She is a 14 year old runaway from one of the Abbott House homes on North Minnesota Street. She has bright red hair, glasses and is wearing a maroon sweatshirt and is upset.  She was last seen in the vicinity of Eighth and North Minnesota Street  around 5:15 pm.  If you see her please call Mitchell Police immediately at 995-8400.


Drone near elementary school causes concern

Monday, December 14, 2015

Mitchell School Superintendent Joe Graves is asking drone operators to refrain from flying their aircraft over school property when classes are in session. He says a drone recently flew over the Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary School playground while students were present. “That’s obviously a concern of ours”, said Graves. “They don’t belong over our playgrounds.” He says school officials reported the incident to Police who are investigating.

Graves says they may have an idea who owns the drone and will follow up.  Until then he says if a drone flies too low over one of the school’s play grounds, the district will act immediately. “We are going to seek charges for harassment”, Graves warned.

Drones are remote controlled aircraft that vary in size. They usually have four propellers that furnish lift by battery powered motors. Many include cameras.

J.P. Skelly

Mitchell woman indicted for suspicious fire

Friday, December 11, 2015

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — A woman suspected of setting fire to her home in Mitchell is now facing charges.

37-year-old Dawn Long is accused of reckless burning, reckless driving and eluding. She could face up to 12 years in prison if convicted.

Long was indicted on Dec. 4 and a warrant was issued for her arrest. She was taken into custody Monday.

Authorities say a fire damaged Long's home on Oct. 8. She apparently led officers on a chase that day which ended when she crashed her vehicle and was hospitalized with serious injuries. She wasn't immediately charged because authorities were still gathering evidence.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press


State panel to deal with open meetings violation

Thursday, December 10, 2015

OACOMA, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's Open Meeting Commission is set to meet in Oacoma next week.

Wednesday's agenda will include oral presentations on the Mitchell City Council, the Sully County Commission, the Sully County Planning and Zoning Commission and the Sully County Board of Adjustment. The meeting begins at 1 p.m. at Cedar Shores Resort. It's open to the public.

The commission is made up of five state's attorneys. If the commission finds that a state or local board has violated the open meetings law, it can issue a public reprimand.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press


Mitchell man arrested for burglary

Thursday, December 10, 2015

On 12-10-2015 The Mitchell Police Division arrested 18 year old Mitchell resident Dalton Jerome Erickson, date of birth 08-12-97 for the following offense:

-Two counts of Third Degree Burglary in violation of S.D.C.L. 22-32-8

-One count of Possession of Stolen Property valued between $2,500 and $5,000, in violation of S.D.C.L. 22-30A-7 and

-One count of Intentional Damage to Property valued at between $400 and $1,000 in violation of S.D.C.L. 22-34-1


On 12-10-2015 at approx. 7:20 a.m. Erickson was found sleeping on the floor inside a business located on the 100 block of W. 4th Avenue in Mitchell. An employee who arrived at the business for work, noticed a broken window on the business and found Erickson sleeping inside the business.    Several cellular stolen cellular telephones were found by Erickson’s person.  These telephones and other items found in the area appear to have been stolen from another business located approx. one block from where Erickson was found. These items were valued between $2,500 and $5,000.  Both businesses appear to have been forcibly entered.  Alcohol appears to be a factor in this incident.

Third Degree Burglary is a class 5 felony punishable by 5 years imprisonment in the state penitentiary and a fine of $10,000.   Possession of stolen property valued at over $2,500 but Less Than $5,000 is also a class 5 felony.  Intentional Damage to Property valued between $400 and $1,000 is a class 1 misdemeanor punishable by one year imprisonment in a county jail and/or a $2,000 fine.

Mitchell Police Department


Five arrested in home burglary

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Five people have been arrested in what a Mitchell Police official calls a home invasion. Lieutenant Don Everson says three teenage boys apparently entered a residence and a vehicle located on the 700 block of W. 7th Avenue in Mitchell.  It appears that the residence was entered two different times at night during the last two weeks. The teenagers, aged 13, 15 and 16, stole a handgun, an assault rifle, a high powered rifle, a shotgun, firearm accessories and ammunition valued around $2,500. The last incident apparently occurred during the early morning hours of December 9, when the 15 year old suspect was armed with a handgun when the three entered the residence while the occupants were sleeping.

Everson says two aduts, Kristina Fischer and Eugene Fischer were arrested after one of the stolen rifles and rifle accessories were found in their possession.

The stolen items have been recovered.  The subjects were arrested without incident.


Prosecutor sentenced for DUI

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

BURKE, S.D. (AP) — The state's attorney in Charles Mix County has pleaded guilty to drunken driving but will not see any additional jail time.

54-year-old Scott Podhradsky was sentenced Tuesday to 30 days in jail with credit for one day served and the rest of the time suspended.

He also paid $640 in fines and court costs, and lost his driver's license for a month.

Authorities said Podhradsky in August somehow ended up beneath a motorcycle he had been riding and failed a blood-alcohol test.

Podhradsky acknowledged driving drunk to The Associated Press after his arrest for misdemeanor driving under the influence.

He says after his sentencing that he has quit drinking.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press

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