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Month: October, 2015

2015 Festival of Trees

Friday, October 30, 2015

Holiday Spirit Festival of Trees, Friday December 4th at 7:00 PM
Highland Mall, Mitchell, SD

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Mitchell Police investigating a woman's death

Monday, October 26, 2015


  On 10-25-2015 at approx. 10:48 p.m. The Mitchell Police Division received a report of an unconscious female at 1401 S. Main Street Lot # 6 in Mitchell.  Responding Officers found 18 year old Mitchell resident Taylor Annette Cleland, deceased inside the residence.   Evidence of illegal drug use was found at the scene.   At this time, it is not known if that evidence is related to Cleland’s death. 

  An autopsy was performed today and a cause of death for this individual has not yet been determined.     Some results from the autopsy are pending.   This is an ongoing investigation.  

Mitchell Police Department

Three-story house fire in Mitchell controlled and contained

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Mitchell firefighters have controlled and contained a fire in a three-story home on the northeast corner of Seventh and Winsor. Assistant Fire Chief Paul Morris says the fire apparently started in the basement. He says this is an older home constructed in a manner that made firefighting difficult. He says the “balloon” construction means that there are pathways in the walls from the basement to the attic with no fire stops.

The balloon construction forced firefighters to cut away sections of the exterior wall to contain the fire. Firefighters entered the building and worked hot spots on all levels. Morris says if a fire starts in a balloon constructed building it finds those pathways and works its way up the walls. He says it’s one of the more difficult types of fires to battle. Morris says once the fire gets into the walls, in his words, “we’re chasing fire all over the place.”

Morris says two residents have been accounted for and witnesses say it appears the third left the area.

Fire investigators from the state division of criminal investigation are at the scene. Police are interviewing witnesses. Firefighters from several area departments assisted.


Investigators seeking a person of interest regarding a Mitchell house fire

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Mitchell Police are looking for one of the residents of a home that was heavily damaged by fire this morning. Lieutenant Don Everson says 37 year old Dawn Long is the only person living at the residence at 800 East Seventh Avenue that has not been located. Long is considered a person of interest in the investigation.

Everson says Long is believed to be in the Rapid City area at this time. She’s a white female, five-foot seven, approximately 160 pounds with green eyes. She may have two dogs with her. Long may be driving her vehicle, a gray 2014 Ford Escape with license number 8DB-582.

If you know where to find Long, please contact the Mitchell Police Department or your local law enforcement agency.


Dawn Long located

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Law enforcement officers have located a person of interest tied to a suspicious fire that damaged a three story home in Mitchell Thursday morning. 37 year old Dawn Long was involved in a vehicle pursuit with law enforcement officers in rural Jackson County. Lieutenant Don Everson says Long’s vehicle left the roadway and crashed around 1:24 pm mountain time. He says Long received serious injuries in the crash and was transported from the scene by ambulance. There was no word on her condition as of late Thursday afternoon.

Everson says Long had apparently left the scene of the fire at 800 East Seventh. It was believed she was headed to the Rapid City area. Two other residents were accounted for.

The fire was reported around 8:00 am and Assistant Fire Chief Paul Morris says it started in the basement. He says due to the home’s construction, the fire moved up inside the walls to the upper levels. Firefighters managed to contain and control the fire. No one was hurt. Federal, state and local officials are investigating the cause.


Mitchell Police looking for person pointing a laser light at aircraft and officers

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Mitchell Police are looking for those responsible for shining a laser light at officers and at an aircraft.

Lieutenant Don Everson says police have seen this activity over the last several weeks. He says there have been reports of someone pointing a green laser light at officers in the vicinity of the Cadwell Park softball diamonds near the Highway 37 Bypass and at an aircraft west of Mitchell.

He thinks most people don’t understand this is dangerous activity. Everson says the beam will expand with distance and what might seem like a harmless prank is very dangerous to a plane in flight. He says are most concerned with the incident involving the aircraft. Everson says Police want to find who’s responsible and put a stop to the activity before someone gets hurt.

If you have any information regarding who’s responsible for these incidents, please contact Mitchell police immediately at 995-8400, or anonymously through Mitchell Area Crimestoppers at 996-1700.

J.P. Skelly

Helicopter crash injures four

Monday, October 5, 2015

Four people were injured when a helicopter crashed into the back of the Agland fertilizer plant near Parkston Monday morning.

Parkston Police Chief Greg Reichenberg says the accident happened around 10:00 am. He says the helicopter was heavily damaged. The building also suffered some damage.

The Hutchinson County Sheriff's Office says four people were in the helicopter when it hit the southside of the building. The four were transported via helicopter around 11:30 a.m. Monday. The extent of their injuries is unknown.

Agland Co-op general manager Bill Pape offered few details, only that the insurance company was looking into the incident.

J.P. Skelly & WNAX