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Month: March, 2017

Information sought on two vehicle vandalisms

Friday, March 24, 2017

On 3-22-17 between the hours of 5:00 p.m.  and 7:00 a.m. on 3-23-17 an unknown individual(s) had broke windows of two separate vehicles.  It appears that the windows had been possibly shot with a BB or pellet gun.  The first vehicle, a 1998 Maroon Chevy Malibu, parked in the 700 block of East 1st had the rear window broke out.  The second vehicle, a 1999 White Jeep Cherokee, parked in the 700 block of East 12thhad the front passenger door window broke out.  

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 messagedownload 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 www.mitchellcrimestoppers.org 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 356 crimes have been solved through information from Crime Stoppers.


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Mitchell J.C. Penney store is closing

Friday, March 17, 2017

J.C. Penney has announced the Mitchell store is among stores nationwide scheduled for closure. The Pierre, Watertown and Yankton stores are closing as well.

J. C. Penney Company, Inc. has announced it’s implementing a plan to optimize its national retail operations as part of the Company’s successful return to profitability. Under the plan, the Company expects to close two distribution facilities and approximately 130 - 140 stores over the next few months, including Pierre. Corporate Management says these strategic decisions will help align the Company’s brick-and-mortar presence with its network, thereby redirecting capital resources to invest in locations and initiatives that offer the greatest revenue potential.

 

J.P. Skelly


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Authorities seeking help in solving several burglaries

Friday, March 17, 2017

The following burglaries and vehicle thefts have occurred at residences located west and southwest within 1-2 miles of Highway 16 of Mitchell in rural Davison County.  03/01/2017 at 25433 406th Avenue, a new dog kennel (still in box) was stolen out of the back of a maroon 2006 Ford F250 pickup.  The cab of the pickup was also entered and a pair of white leather gloves were stolen.

03/01/2017 at 40170 256th Street, a shed was entered.  During this burglary a shotgun and 2 pellet guns were stolen.

 03/01/2017 at 40145 255th Street, a 2001 Grey Chevy Suburban was stolen from the residence.  This vehicle was left in a rural area a couple miles from the residence.  The Suburban had been lit on fire and completely destroyed.

03/02/2017 at 40155 254th Street, 1998 Chevy C15 pick up blue and tan in color, South Dakota license 8A7603 was stolen from the driveway of the residence.  This vehicle has not been recovered.

The following burglary occurred at residence located northwest of Mitchell in rural Davison County

03/09/2017 at 24966 406th Avenue, an unlocked semi was entered.  Stolen from this semi was a Garmin GPS, Ignition Key, and $25.00 cash

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 www.mitchellcrimestoppers.org 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 356 crimes have been solved through information from Crime Stoppers.


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Mitchell business fails alcohol compliance check

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The South Central Alcohol Task Force recently conducted 16 alcohol compliance checks in the city of Mitchell.  Freedom Valu Center, County Fair Food & Fuel, Dakota Sunset, Cubby’s West, M&H, Kwik Phil, Walgreens, All-Star Convenience Store, Graham’s Mobile, I90 Travel Plaza, Thunderbird Lodge, Easy Come Easy Go, Arnie’s First & Foster, Village Bowl / Spare Change Casino, and Thirsty’s refused to sell alcohol to an underage confidential informant.

The lone failure occurred at the Highland Travel Plaza where clerk checked the Confidential Informant’s identification, but still sold alcohol to the C-I.   This is Highland Travel Plaza’s second failure within a 24-month period.

 

SCATF and J.P. Skelly


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District "A" Snow removal alert

Monday, March 13, 2017
The City of Mitchell Street Department will be removing snow from the streets in District “A” tomorrow morning, March 14, 2017 at 3:00 A.M. All vehicles must be removed from all of the streets in District “A” by that time or they will be ticketed and towed.


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Apartment fire quickly extinguished

Monday, March 13, 2017

Mitchell firefighters responded and quickly extinguished a fire in a second floor apartment at Meadowlawn Plaza around 8:30 this morning. Firefighter Joe Degen says some material was left on the stove in the apartment after the occupant left and caught fire. The fire was confined to the apartment and produced heavy black smoke. Degen says Police were evacuating residents when firefighters arrived. No one was hurt. There’s no damage estimate on the apartment yet. Firefighters remained on the scene for about an hour.

J.P. Skelly

 


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City councilor offers his take on proposed recall

Monday, March 6, 2017

A Mitchell City Council member is questioning a push to re-call Mayor Jerry Toomey. Resident Brad Bowling is leading a petition drive for a re-call election accusing the Mayor of “gross incompetence and drunkenness. Ward One Councilor Mel Olson doesn’t see it that way. “Now you certainly can think the Mayor has made some wrong decisions, and I have thought that on occasion,” said Olson. “and you can certainly disagree with some of his decisions, and I’ve disagreed with some on occasion. But I don’t think you can make the case that the Mayor is incompetent, so I don’t think that charge rises to the level of a recall.”

Regarding Bowling’s drunkenness claim, Olson is unsure whether being under the influence of alcohol on your own time, separate from city functions, on one day rises to the level of drunkenness. “Usually to recall a public official for drunkenness, you have to have an incident that takes place at an official meeting, like a city council meeting, or takes place during the work day, say at a staff meeting, or something like that,” Olson said.

Olson doesn’t think any of Mayor Toomey’s actions, even if the negative connotations are accepted as the truth, rises to the level of a recall.

He says the Mayoral election is just over a year away. Olson says that’s the appropriate time for voters to make a decision regarding Mayor Jerry Toomey. The Mayor has already stated he won’t seek another term.

 

J.P. Skelly


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Chamberlain man convicted of robbery and kidnapping

Saturday, March 4, 2017

It took a Davison County jury about three hours Friday to deliver guilty verdicts in the trial of a man from Chamberlain. Davison County Deputy States Attorney Bob O’Keefe says 27 year old Ryan Bruguier was convicted of first-degree robbery and second degree kidnapping following a two-day trial in Mitchell.

Sentencing is set for May 2nd.

First degree robbery is punishable by up to 25 years in prison and or a $50,000 fine plus restitution. Second degree kidnapping carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and or a $30,000 fine plus restitution.

 

J.P. Skelly


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Mayor watches threatened recall drive

Friday, March 3, 2017

Mitchell Mayor Jerry Toomey says he’ll wait and see how a proposed drive to recall him from office plays out. Toomey told KORN News Radio Thursday evening he learned of the petition drive for a recall election by Brad Bowling earlier. A local newspaper posted the story on social media.

 

J.P. Skelly


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Mitchell woman charged with two felonies

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A Mitchell woman is charged with two felonies. According to court documents, Police arrested 21 year old Alura Richey Monday for possession of a firearm by a convicted drug felon and possession of stolen property. Police learned through a separate investigation that Richey had a revolver and three long-guns in her apartment. Richey told Police she had the guns and knew they were stolen. The guns are connected with a burglary in Sanborn County. Richey was earlier convicted and sentenced for possession of a controlled substance in 2014.

The charges are each punishable by up to two years in prison and or a $4,000 fine plus restitution.

Richey is set to appear in court on Thursday.

 

J.P. Skelly


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