Month: November, 2016
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Mitchell Police have arrested three people in connection with the burglary of a local business early Sunday morning. According to court documents, the investigation, which included surveillance video led Police to 39 year old Michael Goodbeau and 26 year old Laramy Brink. Business owner Steve Culhane confirmed to KORN News Radio the Scoreboard Bar and Grill was forcibly entered through a back door around 4 am.
Court documents indicate that Goodbeau and Brink admitted to the burglary during an interview with Police. Goodbeau admitted to breaking into the bar and made his way to where he knew money was kept. He told Police he took the money, which is an amount consistent with grand theft, and left. Goodbeau says Brink picked him up in a vehicle and left the area. Additional physical evidence connecting Goodbeau to the burglary was located at his residence.
Brink told investigators he assisted in the burglary and received money from it.
Approximately $1,700 of the stolen money was recovered but several hundred-dollars is still missing.
Police also arrested a third person, 30 year old Crystal Otterstrom, anemployee of the business, who was aware of the burglary but did not report it to authorities.
Goodbeau is charged with 3rd degree burglary, grand theft, and possession of less than two ounces of marijuana.
Brink is charged with aiding, abetting or advising third degree burglary and grand theft.
Otterstrom is charged with misprision of a felony, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Bond is set at $500 for Goodbeau and Brink. They’re scheduled to appear in court on December 8th. Otterstrom was released on a personal recognizance bond.
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Police are investigating a break-in at a Mitchell business. Scoreboard Bar and Grill owner Steve Culhane says someone forcibly entered business around 4 am. A cash filled lottery box was taken. Entry was made by breaking through a glass door at the rear of the building just south of the Corn Palace. Culhane says Police have recovered surveillance video and are developing leads.
If you have any information regarding this burglary, please call the Mitchell Police Department immediately at 995-8400, or Mitchell Area Crimestopper’s at 996-1700.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Attorney General Marty Jackley announced that the South Dakota Supreme Court has affirmed the conviction and sentence of Maricela Nicolasa Diaz for the murder of Jasmine Guevara. Diaz, Ft. Wayne, Indiana, was sentenced to 80 years for first degree murder and 50 years for felony murder kidnapping. The sentences are to run concurrently with credit for time served. Diaz was convicted by a Minnehaha County jury on January 15, 2015.
“Today’s affirmance was the direct result of the tremendous effort by the men and women who investigated and prosecuted this case. Diaz and Salgado have been found guilty of the cold blooded murder of a 16 year-old innocent little girl. I struggle to believe that the family of Jasmine Guevara will ever find closure, but I hope that this affirmance of her conviction and sentence will allow them to begin to heal,” said Jackley.
On November 10, 2009, Diaz and Alexander Salgado murdered Jasmine Guevara. Diaz and her then-boyfriend Salgado were both arrested in November of 2009 for luring Guevara to a remote location in rural Hanson County, where they stabbed her, cut her throat and then set her car on fire while she was alive and in the trunk. Salgado plead guilty to second-degree murder in August of 2010 for his involvement in Guevara’s death. He is currently serving a life sentence at the State Penitentiary.
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Friday, November 18, 2016
Since Monday November 14, 2016, The Mitchell Police Division has made several arrests regarding stolen firearms, unlawful possession of firearms, illegal drug possession, burglary, vehicle theft and theft of items from vehicles. These crimes took place in Mitchell from November 4, to November 14, 2016. The following people were arrested for the following offenses:
18-year-old Mitchell resident Andrew Chase Kiner, date of birth 10-08-98. On 11-15-2016 Kiner was arrested for 1st Degree Burglary in violation of S.D.C.L. 22-32-1, Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle in violation of S.D.C.L. 22-30A-17, Grand Theft of a Firearm in violation of S.D.C.L. 22-30A-17 and three counts of Criminal Entry of a Motor Vehicle in violation of S.D.C.L. 22-32-20. Kiner allegedly forcibly entered a Mitchell residence at night time and stole several items and cash from the residence. Kiner also allegedly stole a 2012 F-150 pickup from the driveway of a Mitchell residence and drove this vehicle to other areas of Mitchell where he allegedly entered at least three different vehicles and stole two 12 gauge shotguns, a .410 shotgun, money and other items. It is also believed Kiner stole two additional vehicles and two additional firearms in rural Davison County.
22-year-old Mitchell resident Benjamin Roger Amadon, date of birth 12-21-1993. On 11-16-2016 Amadon was arrested for Possession of Stolen Property in violation of S.D.C.L. 22-30A-7 and Possession of a Firearm by a Person With a Prior Drug Felony in violation of S.D.C.L. 22-14-15.1. Both of these charges stem from Amadon allegedly possessing a .357 caliber handgun that was stolen from a vehicle in Mitchell. Police searched Amadon’s residence on 11-14-2016. Trace amounts of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and over 3 ounces of marijuana were found during the search. On 11-14-2016 Amadon was arrested for Unauthorized Possession of a Controlled Substance in violation of S.D.C.L. 22-42-5. 35-year-old Mitchell resident Scott Alan Wood, date of birth 06-18-1981, 20-year-old Mitchell resident Kaylee Lynn Martin, date of birth 11-06-1996 and several other people were inside Amadon’s residence during the time of the search. Wood and Martin were arrested for Possession of Less Than 2 Ounces of Marijuana, in violation of S.D.C.L. 22-42-6. Wood was also arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in violation of S.D.C.L. 22-42A-3.
22-year-old Woonsocket resident Joshua Donald Weber, date of birth 07-01-1994. Weber was arrested for Possession of Stolen Property and Possession of a Firearm by a Person With a Prior Drug Felony. Both of these charges stem from Weber allegedly possessing a .357 caliber handgun that was stolen from a vehicle in Mitchell. Weber was arrested on Wednesday 11-15-2016 in Woonsocket, S.D.
More arrests are pending regarding this incident.
In a separate incident, that occurred on 11-14-2016, 24-Year-old Mitchell resident Juanita Rose Mckeen, date of birth 09-05-1992, allegedly stole a .40 caliber handgun from a Mitchell motel room. On 11-15-2016 Mckeen was arrested for Grand Theft at her residence without incident. The stolen handgun was recovered.
In total, seven stolen firearms that were all stolen in Mitchell City limits and in rural Davison County have been recovered. These firearms consist of three 12 gauge shotguns, one .410 shotgun, a .357 handgun, .40 handgun and a .22 rifle.
The Mitchell Police Division, The Davison County Sheriff’s Office, The South Dakota Highway Patrol, The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation and The Sanborn County Sheriff’s Office investigated these incidents.
As a reminder, Police urge people to secure firearms when not in use, to never leave firearms and/or other valuable property in an unoccupied vehicle, and to always remove keys from vehicles when not in use.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
A Mitchell couple is headed to prison after pleading guilty to felony drug charges. 27 year old Jared Nespor and 27 year old Mellissa Schuppan faced numerous charges after an August 24th search of their residence uncovered over two pounds of marijuana, marijuana wax and other related substances. Nespor who is currently in prison, pleaded guilty to possession of one to ten pounds of marijuana and at least one pound of marijuana with intent to distribute.
Schuppan pleaded guilty to possession of a least one pound of marijuana with intent to distribute.
Prosecutors agreed to dismiss related charges in exchange for the guilty pleas.
Judge Glen Eng sentenced Schuppan to four years in prison and fined her $1,250 plus other costs. Nespor was sentenced to five years in prison on each count and fined $1,250 as well as other costs and fees. His sentence will run concurrent with the sentence he’s serving now.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Gov. Dennis Daugaard's former chief of staff Dusty Johnson who resigned in 2014 says he is now setting his sights on Washington DC.
On the heels of South Dakota Representative Kristi Noem’s decision to not seek re-election to Congress, Johnson says he’s planning to run for the U.S. House in 2018. “It’s an important time for our country”, said Johnson. “I think I’d be an effective voice for South Dakota.
Johnson is unaware of any other confirmed candidates at this point, but wouldn’t be surprised if others announce soon.
Johnson lives in Mitchell and works at Vantage Point Solutions.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Republican Congresswoman Kristi Noem says she won't seek a fifth term in Congress because she's running instead to become the first female governor in South Dakota history.
Noem said in a video Monday she's keeping a promise not to make Congress a career, and instead will return home to run for governor. In the meantime, she says she's looking forward to helping enact tax reform, replace Obamacare, enact a new farm bill and reduce government.
Although she didn't say it, a Sioux Falls newspaper says Noem's announcement was forced by a campaign finance ballot issue approved last week.
Once effective, the measure will prevent Noem from transferring her substantial leftover congressional campaign cash to an account for a governor's run, which would mean forfeiting a huge advantage.
Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump is elected president of the United States, as voters eager to shake up the nation's political establishment pick the businessman to lead the country. An unexpected Republican nominee, Trump rode a wave of support from voters seeking change and willing to accept a candidate loose with facts and accused of sexual misconduct. In a victory that rattled financial markets worldwide, he upset Democrat Hillary Clinton, who would have become the first woman to serve in the Oval Office.
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Tuesday, November 8, 2016
The polls are open on this historic Election Day. Voting concludes at 7 pm local time.
There are five polling places in Davison County:
In the City of Mitchell, precincts 14-18 vote at the MC-TEA building at 821 North Capital and precincts 6-13 and 19-20 vote at the Corn Palace at 604 North Main Street.
Badger, Beulah, Lisbon, Perry and Prosper Townships, precincts 4-5 and certain sections of Mitchell Township vote at the Davison County Fairgrounds.
Tobin and Rome Townships, and the city of Ethan, which is precinct 1 vote, at the Ethan Townhall.
Baker, Blendon, Union, and Mount Vernon Townships, and the City of Mount Vernon, which is precinct 2, vote at the Mount Vernon Senior Center.
You can find your polling place with the Vote 605 smartphone app, or at the Secretary of States website, sdsos.gov/elections-voting/