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Month: July, 2016

Mitchell woman faces additional charge

Thursday, July 28, 2016

A Mitchell woman accused of torching her home is now also accused of trying to kill her husband.

Thirty-eight-year-old Dawn Long was charged late last year with setting fire to the house. She was recently indicted on an attempted murder charge, for apparently trying to kill her husband, Todd Long.

Authorities say the fire damaged Long's home on Oct. 8, 2015. She led law officers on a chase that day that ended when she crashed her vehicle and was seriously injured. Long was charged two months later with reckless burning, reckless driving and eluding.

                                                   Copyright 2016 The Associated Press


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Ethan man pleads not guilty to several charges

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

An eighteen year old man from Ethan pleaded not guilty to several charges regarding a fatal crash that killed an eighteen year old from Alexandria in June.

Tate Thompson is accused of hit and run resulting in death or injury, vehicular homicide, vehicular battery, and first offense DUI.

Trial is set for December 6th. Thompson remains free on bond.

Thompson was driving a 2011 GMC pickup early on the morning of June 25th, when he failed to negotiate a curve east of the intersection of 258th Street and 409th Avenue and went into the south ditch.

Dylan Mentele of Alexandria was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. Thompson and three others were injured.

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Crash victim identified

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

25 year old Cassandra Wherley of Ethan has been identified as the person who died Sunday night in a one-vehicle crash near Ethan. A 2002 Buick Century driven by Wherley, was traveling on 264th Street near the 412th Avenue intersection. She lost control as the vehicle crossed the intersection.

The vehicle went into the ditch and rolled. Wherley, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

 South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. Other agencies on scene were the Davison County Sheriff’s Office, Hanson County Sheriff’s Office, Hanson County Emergency Management, Ethan Fire Department and Mitchell Ambulance Service.

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Fatal rollover near Ethan

Monday, July 18, 2016

A 25-year-old woman died Sunday night in a one-vehicle crash near Ethan.

The name of the person has not been released pending notification of family. She was the only person involved in the crash.

A 2002 Buick Century was traveling on 264th Street near the 412th Avenue intersection. The driver lost control as the vehicle crossed the intersection.

The vehicle went into the ditch and rolled. The driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. Other agencies on scene were the Davison County Sheriff’s Office, Hanson County Sheriff’s Office, Hanson County Emergency Management, Ethan Fire Department and Mitchell Ambulance Service.

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Mitchell Police establish an "exchange zone"

Monday, July 18, 2016

The Mitchell Department of Public Safety has initiated a new program called the Exchange Zone. This initiative attempts to address safety and awareness concerns regarding internet-based purchases from websites such as Craigslist and EBay, as well as the various local Facebook groups, or any other item advertised for sale from an individual, regardless of the source of the advertised sale. While many websites, including those previously mentioned, are very credible and are heavily utilized, their popularity make them an easy target for criminal activity from online predators. The Mitchell Department of Public Safety is now offering a more secure location available for Mitchell residents to help enhance their safety and to minimize the opportunity for an encounter to go wrong.

 The Exchange Zone initiative provides residents a safer area for prospective buyers and sellers to meet. The Mitchell Department of Public Safety has designated an area on the east side of the Public Safety Building located at 201 West 1st, as an Exchange Zone for any type of legitimate exchange residents need - which includes internet-based buyer and seller transactions. A sign erected on the east side of the building denotes the area of the Exchange Zone. This area is monitored by a dedicated security camera which was donated for this project by OnSight24/7, a local Mitchell business.

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City of Mitchell cleared of alleged wrong-doing

Thursday, July 14, 2016

A federal judge has cleared the city of Mitchell and former mayor Ken Tracy of any illegal activity in a lawsuit filed by a man once pegged as the next director of the city's Corn Palace tourist attraction.

Steve Koch in May 2015 filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city and Tracy, maintaining he was forced out as Corn Palace director after being offered the position and accepting it. He sought unspecified money damages.

U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier ruled in favor of Mitchell and Tracy on Tuesday.

The Corn Palace bills itself as the world's only palace dedicated to the commodity. It draws about 200,000 tourists each year.

 

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.


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Mitchell man arrested for threatening actions

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

A 72 year old Mitchell man is facing an aggravated assault charge following a Sunday evening incident. According to court documents Joseph Tulio, Junior was drinking beer and apparently pointing a handgun at passing vehicles around 7:45 pm in the area of West 7th and Juanita. The report was confirmed by neighbors and a woman driver who told Police it scared her.

Further investigation revealed the hand gun was a pellet gun. Tulio told officers he pointed the gun at up to 70 cars and was wondering how long it would take police to arrive. The report indicates Tulio was intoxicated. No one was hurt.

Bond was set at $2,000 cash and that Tulio not consume alcohol.

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Comedian Bill Engvall coming to the Corn Palace

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The World’s Only Corn Palace is excited to announce that on September 10th Bill Engvall will be live at the Corn Palace.  Bill Engvall is a Grammy nominated, multi-platinum selling recording artist and one of the top comedians in the country. Bill’s first album, Here’s Your Sign, is certified platinum and held the #1 position on the Billboard Comedy Chart for 15 straight weeks.  Tickets will be $60.00 for reserved seating and will go on sale Tuesday, July 19th  at 12:00pm (Noon).  Tickets can be purchased at the Corn Palace Box Office, by calling 1-800-289-7469, or logging on to www.cornpalace.com.   


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Ed's Pet World - Dog Days of Summer

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Post a pic of your favorite pooch, your companion, your best friend, your “kid”…and get your chance to win a $50 or $25 gift card to Ed’s Pet World!

During the Dog Days of Summer, Q107.3, KORN Country 92.1, KORN 1490 and Ed’s Pet World want to see your favorite pic of your dog.

Submit your picture of fluffy July 11th through the 15th by emailing your photo to dogdays@kornq107.com.

Voting then starts July 18th through the 21st!

Winners announced on July 22nd.


Post n Vote!  Dog Days of Summer with Ed’s Pet World, Q107.3, KORN Country 92.1 and KORN 1490

Don’t forget to share to get more votes!!!

 

State highway projects announced

Friday, July 8, 2016

The South Dakota Department of Transportation says chip seal and fog seal applications will be applied to several highways in the Mitchell area of the state starting Monday, July 11. 

The contractor will move from one project to the next in the following order:

 

1.      S.D. Highway 34 – Eight miles, from just east of Roswell east to just west of junction of Highway 25. The chip seal will begin on Monday, July 11, and will take about two days to complete. The fog seal will take about another two days to complete.

2.      S.D. Highway 34 – Nine miles, from just east of junction of Highway 37 east to the Miner County line. Approximate time to complete the chip seal on this section of highway is two days. The fog seal will take about another two days to complete.

3.      S.D. Highway 42 – 26 miles, from the Highway 37 junction east to Bridgewater.  Approximate time to complete the chip seal on this route is four days. The fog seal will take about another three days to complete.

4.      S.D. Highway 44 – Six miles, from just east of Platte east to just east of the Highway 50 junction. Approximate time to complete the chip seal on this section is two days. The fog seal will take about another two days to complete.

5.      S.D Highway 1806 – Six miles, from the junction of Highway 44 south to where the pavement ends. Approximate time to complete the chip seal on this route is two days. The fog seal will take about another two days to complete.

6.      Interstate 90 Loop – Three miles, from just north of 2nd Street in Oacoma north and east to the Missouri River Bridge. Approximate time to complete the chip seal on this section is two days. The fog seal will take about another two days to complete.

7.      U.S. Highway 281 – 25 miles, from junction of Highway 258 north to just south of the Highway 34 junction. Only the shoulders of this route shall be fog sealed and will take about three days to complete.

8.      S.D. Highway 50 – 15 miles, from junction of Highway 44 south to just east of the junction j Highway 1806. Only the shoulders of this route shall be fog sealed. This work will take about two days to complete.

9.      S.D. Highway 44 – 14 miles, from the Missouri River Bridge east to just west of Platte. Only the shoulders of this route shall be fog sealed. This work will take about two days to complete.

10.   U.S. Highway 18 – 13 miles, from just west of Dallas east to just east of Burke.  Only the shoulders of this route shall be fog sealed. This work will take about two days to complete.

 

On the routes receiving a chip seal and a fog seal, traffic will be reduced to one lane and guided through the project with the use of flaggers and a pilot car. A delay of up to 15 minutes can be expected while traveling through the work area during daytime hours.

 On the routes receiving a fog seal on the shoulders only, a mobile work operation with signs and a shadow vehicle will be used to control traffic.  A delay of up to five minutes can be expected while traveling through the work area during daytime hours.

Loose gravel will be present for a period of 36 to 72 hours after each day’s chip seal application. Traffic should travel at 40 mph or the speed limit – whichever is less - during this time frame. The permanent pavement marking is scheduled to be applied within 14 days of completion of the chip & fog seal projects.

 The Road Guy Construction Company, Inc. from Yankton is the prime contractor on this $1.8 million project.

 For complete road construction information, visit www.safetravelusa.com/sd or dial 511.


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