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Month: June, 2017

Plankinton man arrested for rape

Monday, June 26, 2017

Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Robert Lincoln Will III, 35, Plankinton, was arrested on one count of rape in the first degree, class C felony, punishable by up to life imprisonment and/or $50,000 fine.  
Charges stem from an incident that occurred in a Plankinton residence involving a minor child. 
Will is presumed innocent until such time as proven guilty. 
This case is being investigated by the Aurora County Sheriff’s Office and the Division of Criminal Investigation. 



Two Mitchell women are facing felony drug charges

Monday, June 26, 2017

On Friday June 23, 2017, at approx. 1700 hrs., Officers with Mitchell Police Division executed a search warrant at a residence located at 917 E. 3rd Avenue #2 in Mitchell after an Officer performed a traffic stop on a vehicle that drove away from that residence. The vehicle was stopped in the 300 block of N. Kimball St. for a lane driving violation.  The driver of the vehicle, 29-year-old Melissa Kay Larvie, date of birth 02-14-1988, smelled like marijuana at the time of the stop.  Larvie’s vehicle had an altered vehicle seller’s permit attached to the vehicle. 

 An Officer searched Larvie’s vehicle and found approximately .85 gram of a substance that field-tested positive for cocaine and methamphetamine, zig zag rolling paper and marijuana residue and open alcoholic beverage containers.  Larvie was arrested for the following offenses:

-Possession of Less Than 2 ounces of Marijuana in violation of S.D.C.L. 22-42-6

-2 Counts of Unauthorized Possession of a Controlled Substance in violation of S.D.C.L. 22-42-5

-Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in violation of S.D.C.L. 22-42A-3

-Substitution of License Plates in violation of S.D.C.L. 32-5-103

-No Valid Driver’s License in violation of S.D.C.L. 32-12-22 -Open Alcoholic Beverage in a motor vehicle in violation of S.D.C.L.  35-1-9.1

-A Davison County arrest warrant for Failure to Appear

One resident of 917 E. 3rd Ave. #2, 26-year-old Audra Rae Turner, date of birth 11-21-1990, was also arrested for the offense of Unauthorized Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Turner was inside the residence when the search warrant was executed. A baggie with residue that field tested positive for methamphetamine was found in Turner’s bedroom. 

Possession of Less Than 2 ounces of marijuana is a Class 1 Misdemeanor punishable by  up to one year  imprisonment in a county jail  and/or a fine of $2,000.  Unauthorized Possession of a Controlled Substance is a Class  5   Felony punishable by 5  years imprisonment in the state penitentiary and or a fine of $10,000  on each count.     Substitution of License Plates, No Valid Driver’s License, Open Alcoholic Beverage Container in a Motor Vehicle and  Possession of Drug Paraphernalia are Class 2 misdemeanors  punishable by 30 days imprisonment in a county jail and/or a $500 fine.

The Mitchell Police Division Emergency Response Team was used to execute this search warrant at 917 E. 3rd Ave. #2.  This team was  used, as it was believed that there was one suspect with a lengthy criminal record who had a firearm in his possession at this residence. The suspect was not found at the residence.

The Davison Co. Sheriff’s Office and The Sanborn County Sheriff’s Office assisted with this investigation.

Other criminal charges are pending.  This is an ongoing investigation.  

Mitchell Police Department


City announces major street closure for construction

Monday, June 19, 2017
Burr Street will be closed from Home Federal Avenue to Hackberry Avenue beginning Wednesday June 21st for Street and Utility Improvements. 
Havens Avenue will remain open to east-west traffic only and be restricted to one lane in each direction. 
The detour for Burr Street will be around the back of Pizza Hut and the back of Walgreens on Home Federal Avenue and Austin Street and Hackberry Avenue and Davison Street, respectively.

The detour will be in place from June 21st until Mid August.

Mitchell Police searching for a suspect in a domestic incident

Thursday, June 15, 2017



West Nile Virus detected in Davison County

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Department of Health reminds South Dakotans to get in the habit of using mosquito repellent as the state’s first human West Nile virus (WNV) case of the year has been detected in Davison County in the 60-69 age group.


“Most people who contract West Nile virus, about 70-80 percent, don’t get sick but those who do can be severely ill,” said Dr. Lon Kightlinger, state epidemiologist for the department. “While typical symptoms include fever, headache, body aches and rash, in severe cases WNV can invade the brain and spinal cord leading to stiff neck, confusion, paralysis, coma and even death.”

Kightlinger said South Dakota has a disproportionately high number of WNV cases and he encouraged residents to reduce their risk with the following precautions:

  • Apply mosquito repellents (DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535) to clothes and exposed skin. Limit exposure by wearing pants and long sleeves in the evening.
  • Limit time outdoors from dusk to dawn when Culex mosquitoes, the primary carrier of WNV in South Dakota, are most active.
  • Get rid of standing water that gives mosquitoes a place to breed. Regularly change water in bird baths, outside pet dishes, and drain water from flower pots and garden containers.
  • Support local mosquito control efforts.

These precautions are especially important for people at high risk for WNV – those over 50, pregnant women, transplant patients, individuals with diabetes or high blood pressure, and those with a history of alcohol abuse. People with severe or unusual headaches should see their physicians.

Since its first human WNV case in 2002, the state has reported 2,359 human cases, including 745 hospitalizations and 38 deaths. Every county has reported cases.

Visit the department’s website at for more information about WNV.


Chamberlain man arrested on drug charge

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

 Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the Chamberlain Police Department, the Safe Trails Drug Task Force and the Division of Criminal Investigation have arrested Trevor Harden, 19, Chamberlain, as a result of a search warrant served in Chamberlain on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.  
“South Dakota’s cooperative law enforcement operation has seized an estimated 20,000 fentanyl pills. The street value is estimated at approximately $500,000.  One officer was treated for exposure to fentanyl, and has been released from the hospital,” said Jackley. 
At this time, Harden has been charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, fentanyl, class 4 felony, punishable by up to 10 years in the state penitentiary and/or $20,000 fine.  
Harden is presumed innocent until such time as proven guilty.  



Incumbents rule in Mitchell City/School Board election

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Incumbents easily won re-election during Tuesday’s joint Mitchell City/School Board election.

Matthew Christiansen earned 1004 votes in the school board race. Challenger Renae Gades picked up 567.

Ward One Councilor Steve Rice collected 236 votes, followed by challengers Clay Loneman with 87 votes and Sabrina Velin-Kraus with 22.

Newcomer Kevin McCardle won the one-year term in Ward Two with 246 votes followed by Tara Volesky with 71 and Christina Nath with 49.

First-timer John Doescher ran unopposed for the open three-year term in Ward Two.

Dan Allen picked up 299 votes to return for another term in Ward Three followed by challengers Blake Waddell with 97 and Edward Potzler with 25.

Susan Tjarks was the top vote-getter in Ward Four with 247 votes followed by challenger Susan Bennett with 155.

Voter turnout was a weak 13.5%

The City Council and School Board will now canvass and verify the results at upcoming meetings.

J.P. Skelly


Mitchell Election day has arrived

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Voters head to the polls today to elect five Mitchell city council members and a seat on the Mitchell School Board. Polls are open from 7am to 7pm at the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy on North Capital.

You’ll find a list of candidates plus interviews on our website,

KORN News Radio will report results as soon the votes are counted. You’ll find them post on our website as well as Facebook.

Please be sure to vote!


Police seek help in finding stolen ATV tracks

Monday, June 5, 2017

On 05/24/2017 at approximately 4:00 AM a set of ATV tracks were stolen off a trailer located at 1601 E. Spruce Ave. Mitchell SD. The tracks will fit a Polaris ATV, model 850 and model 1000, for the years of 2010-2015. The tracks will have a Polaris logo on them but are made by a third-party company called Camoplast. The set consists of 2-front and 2-rear tracks. Value of the entire set is $4000.00. 

The photo attached are not the tracks stolen, but a close representation of those missing. 

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 REWARD is 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 message, download 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 358 crimes have been solved through information from Crime Stoppers.


Mitchell Police investigate home made fireworks

Sunday, June 4, 2017

A failed attempt at assembling what authorities called a “home made” fireworks device shut down the intersection of First and Main for just under an hour Sunday afternoon.

Police Sergeant Joel Reinesch says an individual had taken a number of fireworks, combined them together and then disposed of them in a trash can outside an apartment building on the west side of Main Street. “We did speak with the Division of Criminal Investigation and they spoke with their bomb tech agents, “ said Reinesch. “They told us how to neutralize it, which were essentially filling up the garbage container with water.”

The contents were eventually moved to a safe location.

Reinesch says Police closed off the intersection as a precaution even though the risk of explosion was extremely low.

He says Police know the person responsible and criminal charges are possible depending on what the investigation uncovers.

J.P. Skelly