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Month: February, 2017

Game Stop employee charged with false reporting

Thursday, February 9, 2017

On Wednesday February 8, 2017 at approx. 8:37 a.m. The Mitchell Department of Public Safety Dispatch Center received a 911 telephone call from a Game Stop employee.  The employee stated that a male subject, who claimed to have a gun, had entered the Mitchell store through the front door, robbed the business and left with two bank deposits and other cash totaling over $2,000, as well as the employee’s wallet contents.  The employee also stated that, prior to leaving the store, the suspect put the stolen items in a blue backpack.   The employee told a responding Officer that the suspect was a black man and that the suspect left with the store surveillance camera video recorder.  The employee also provided a description of the suspect and what the suspect was wearing.  

A Surveillance camera video recording obtained from a nearby business showed that the incident did not occur as reported by the employee.  Officers discredited other aspects of the employee’s story during the investigation of this case. 

A blue colored backpack containing $ 1,647.55 in cash and change, Game Stop store receipts, keys to locks at Game Stop and a binder used to keep  the 2017 bank deposits was found hidden in the lowered ceiling of the store.  The store surveillance camera digital video recorder was found hidden in the lowered ceiling in another section of the store.

The employee, 34-year-old Mitchell resident Aaron Bradley Cooper, date of birth 05-31-82 was  arrested for the offenses of False Reporting to Law Enforcement, in violation of S.D.C.L. 22-11-9, and for Grand Theft of More than $1,000 but less than $2,500 in violation of S.D.C.L. 22-30A-17. This is an ongoing investigation.

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

False Reporting to Law Enforcement is a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by one-year imprisonment in a county jail and/or a $2,000 fine.  Grand Theft of More than $1,000 but less than $2,500 is a Class 6 felony punishable by 2 years imprisonment in the state penitentiary and/or a fine of $4,000.  

Source: MPD


Mayor Jerry Toomey statement on February 6th City Council meeting

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Mayor Jerry Toomey issued the following statement regarding the February 6th Mitchell City Council meeting:

"Monday night was a black eye for our community.  It is unfortunate how out of hand things became and if I could go back and change how the meeting played out, I would.  Responding to the accusations gives them a legitimacy they do not deserve.  However, the public forum has a critical place in government and it is important to let people voice their issues, valid or not.  If you look past all of the ugliness of Monday night, there were genuine concerns that were being discussed.  Mainly, supporting local business.

I do realize the need to support local business.  The council and those that came to share their thoughts are preaching to the choir on that subject.  That is why I hope to work together with the council to develop a policy on local spending.  Hopefully this effort will help the citizens out there that are confused when they hear how important it is to keep business with Jones Supply because they are local but then see a recycling contract get sent out of town when a local vendor could have been chosen.  The reasoning behind these differences needs to be spelled out so the public is ensured of consistency.  Nevertheless, one thing this policy will need to account for is the fact that no city employee should ever be stalked, harassed, intimidated, or threatened by anyone soliciting business, local or not. 

My hope is that we all find a way to move forward from here.  The last thing this community needs is a distraction from the great things that we are all accomplishing.  Black eyes heal, if you let them."



Mitchell man faces burglary and drug charges

Thursday, February 9, 2017

On Sunday February 5, 2017 at approx. 7:49 a.m. The Mitchell Department of Public Safety Dispatch Center received a report of a burglary that occurred at 800 block of E. Kay Ave. in Mitchell.    In this incident, a building was forcibly entered.  Keys, coin money and car wash tokens were stolen from the building.  The stolen items were valued at $115.   Approx. $150 worth of damage was done to the building. 

 Also on February 5, 2017 at approx. 9:57 a.m., a burglary was reported to have occurred at 107 N. Main Street in Mitchell.  In this incident, the building was forcibly entered.  Coin money and several tools were stolen.   A cash register and an interior door were also damaged.  The damaged property was estimated at $ 500.   The stolen items were valued at approx. $ 370.

As a result of these investigations, 30-year-old Mitchell resident Eric Douglas Conrad, date of birth 10-12-1986, was arrested for 2 counts of 3rd Degree Burglary, in violation of S.D.C.L. 22-32-8, Unauthorized Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine, in violation of S.D.C.L.  22-42-5 and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in violation of S.D.C.L.  22-42A-3. 

Conrad was allegedly was found in possession of the tools that were stolen from the Main Street Burglary and coins that were apparently stolen from the Kay Ave. burglary.  Conrad admitted to forcibly entering both buildings and to stealing items from the buildings.  At the time that police detained Conrad, a hypodermic needle and a bottle cap with residue was found in Conrad’s possession.  The residue in the bottle cap tested positive for methamphetamine.   Conrad admitted to knowing possessing the needle and stated that methamphetamine was in the needle.

The offenses of 3rd Degree Burglary and Unauthorized Possession of a Controlled Substance are both Class 5 felonies, each punishable by 5 years imprisonment in the state penitentiary and/or a fine of $10,000 on each count.    Possession of Drug Paraphernalia is a Class 2 misdemeanor, punishable by 30 days imprisonment in a county jail and/or a $500 fine.

Source: Mitchell Police


Police say alleged robbery didn't happen

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Mitchell Police says an alleged robbery at a local business may not have happened. Police say after further investigation, it does not appear a Game Stop employee was robbed earlier today as was originally reported to The Mitchell Police Division. It remains an ongoing investigation. More information will be release as the investigation continues.


Source: MPD


Two glass panels on Corn Palace balcony shatter

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

City officials are trying to determine what caused two glass panels on the Corn Palace balcony to shatter this morning. Corn Palace Director Scott Schmidt was in the box office around 10:30. “Heard a crash, walked outside and saw glass on the street,” said Schmidt.

He first thought it may have been vandalism, however, “It does look like the glass panels are actually uneven. So, water might be possibly getting under the seals, thawing and then expanding and actually causing the glass panels to lift and drop down and expand into one another,” Schmidt said.

Schmidt says he’ll contact the general contractors to decide next step whether it’s replacing the panels or looking at a different fixture on the outside of the balcony.

He says luckily no one was underneath the balcony when the panels shattered. 

J.P. Skelly