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Month: July, 2017

Two dead in Jerauld County crash

Friday, July 28, 2017

Two people died and another was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash Thursday morning west of Wessington Springs.

The South Dakota Department of Public Safety says names of the three are not being released pending notification of family members. They were the only people involved.

A 2006 Ford F-350 pickup was eastbound on South Dakota Highway 34 when it crossed the center line and collided with a westbound 2005 International 8000 truck. The Ford pickup entered the south ditch and started on fire. The male driver, 75, and the male passenger, 30, both were pronounced dead at the scene.

 The 52-year-old male driver of the International truck suffered life-threatening injuries. He was transported to a Wessington Springs hospital and later airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital.

 The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. Other agencies on scene were the Jerauld County Sheriff’s Office, Sanborn County Sheriff’s Office, Wessington Springs Ambulance, Wessington Springs Fire Department and Highway Patrol Motor Carrier Service.




Mitchell man arrested for stabbing

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Mitchell Police have arrested a 24 year old man in connection with a stabbing outside a local business.

On 07-27-2017 at approx. 0232 hrs. The Mitchell Department of Public Safety Dispatch Center received a 911 call reporting  that a male subject was on the ground and was bleeding outside of Thirsty’s Bar located at 1801 N. Main  Street in Mitchell.   Arriving Officers found an unresponsive adult male on the ground outside of Thirsty’s Bar.    Mitchell Fire Division Paramedics determined that the man had at least 2 stab wounds.   The man who was stabbed, received serious injuries from the assault and was transported to Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell.  

As a result of the investigation, 24 year old Trevor Brennon Belt, date of birth 10-21-1992 was arrested for the offense of Aggravated Assault.  It appears that Belt stabbed the man after Belt and the man had an argument earlier in the night.  This is an ongoing investigation.

Aggravated Assault is a Class 3 Felony, punishable by 15  years imprisonment in the state penitentiary and a $30,000 fine.  


Escaped prisoner captured

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Davison County Sheriff’s Office says escaped prisoner, 23 year old James Wesley Spino, is back in custody. Mitchell Police apprehended Spino around 2 am Wednesday at a local convenience store. He was sentenced to four years probation on a possession of a controlled substance charge. Spino was furloughed to attend treatment in Sioux Falls. While there he violated treatment center rules and left the facility without permission.


Armed robbery suspect arrested in Iowa

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Authorities have arrested a suspect in Sunday night's armed robbery at Auto Zone. The Mitchell Police Department says 33 year old Caleb Robert Babb of Sioux City, Iowa is in custody. He's charged with 1st degree robbery.

Sioux City radio station KSCJ reports that Police in Sioux City arrested Babb Wednesday. He’s also a suspect in two armed robberies in Sioux City on March 5th and July 17th of separate auto parts stores. He’s facing two armed robbery counts from those incidents. He’s currently in the Woodbury, Iowa County Jail. Bond is set at $50,000.

The Mitchell Police Department, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, the Sioux City Police Department and FBI assisted in the investigation.

Mitchell Police plan to release more information on Thursday.


Governor appoints Magistrate Chris Giles to fill First Circuit Court vacancy

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint Magistrate Judge Chris S. Giles as a circuit court judge in South Dakota’s First Circuit Court.

 “I thank Judge Giles for continuing his public service as a circuit judge,” said Gov. Daugaard. “Judge Giles’ breadth of experience will serve him well in this new role.”

 Giles will fill a vacancy created by the recent retirement of Hon. Timothy W. Bjorkman. The First Circuit includes Aurora, Bon Homme, Buffalo, Brule, Charles Mix, Clay, Davison, Douglas, Hanson, Hutchinson, McCook, Turner, Union and Yankton counties.

 “I greatly appreciate the opportunity the Governor has given me to serve the State of South Dakota in this capacity,” Judge Giles said. “I look forward to becoming a part of the First Circuit.”

 Giles currently serves as a magistrate judge in the Third Circuit, a position he has held since 2015, and operates the Brookings County Drug Court. Prior to that, Giles served as Lake County state’s attorney from 1997 to 2005, and again from 2013 to 2015. Giles worked in private legal practice in Madison from 1992 to 1998 and from 2009 to 2013. From 2005 to 2009, he was the CEO and director of development for the Dakota State University Foundation. Giles also served on the Lake County Commission from 2008 to 2013.

 Giles is a 1989 graduate of Dakota State University and a 1992 graduate of the University of South Dakota School of Law. He lives in Madison with his wife, Karen and their four children. Giles will relocate to the First Circuit to accept the appointment.



Plankinton man pleads guilty to sex crime

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Attorney General Marty Jackley and Aurora County States Attorney John Steele announced today that Anthony Michael Vearrier, 23, Plankinton, pled guilty to one count of sexual contact with a child under the age of 13, class 3 felony, punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment and/or $30,000 fine.  
A sentencing date has been scheduled for November 8, 2017.  
This case was investigated by the Aurora County Sheriff’s Office. 



Mitchell business robbed

Monday, July 24, 2017

On Sunday  July 23, 2017 at approx.  6:51 p.m.  The Mitchell Department of Public Safety received a report of an armed robbery that occurred at Auto Zone located at 422 E. Havens Avenue in Mitchell, S.D.   At approx. 6:36 p.m.  a male subject entered the business.   The man then pointed a handgun at an employee and demanded money.   The suspect was in the store for approx. 15 minutes before leaving the front door, leaving in an unknown direction with less than $800 cash that was inside a gray Auto Zone bag. 

The suspect was described as a white male approx. approx.  20 to early 30 years old,  5’8 to 5’10 in height, 200-220 pounds with  short blonde shaved or balding hair and “5 o’clock”  beard stubble and wearing a white or gray T-shirt, blue jeans and black shoes.  The suspect had a tattoo of a cloud and bird scene with “V” shaped birds and “Flat” clouds that was located under the suspect’s right ear.  The suspect had unknown tattoos on his upper right arm and possibly on his forearm and tricep area.   The suspect was armed with what appears to be a black semi-automatic handgun.   Nobody was injured during this incident.

The suspect had apparently entered the store earlier on 7-23-2017 at approx. 4:30 p.m., prior to the robbery. 

If you have any information regarding this incident, contact The Mitchell Police Department at ph. 605 995-8400 or Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers at ph. 605 996-1700.

Mitchell Police Department


Mitchell Police continue searching for a robbery suspect

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Mitchell Police are continuing to search for a suspect wanted in connection with an armed robbery that occurred at a local business shortly before 7:00 pm Sunday evening. The business asked not to be identified.

Police say he is a male, 5-10 with a shaved head, wearing a white or gray shirt and blue jeans. He has a tattoo on the right side of his neck and right forearm. The suspect was wearing a black and silver necklace.

If you see someone matching that description, do not approach, instead call 911 immediately.

Police plan to release more information later this morning.


Davison County authorities seeking escaped prisoner

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Davison County authorities are looking for an escaped prisoner. 23 year old James Wesley Spino was sentenced to four years probation on a possession of a controlled substance charge. He was ordered to serve 180 days in jail but was furloughed to attend treatment in Sioux Falls. While there he violated treatment center rules and left the facility without permission. He's wanted for second-degree escape and violation of furlough conditions.

Spino is a Native American, five-feet-eight, 150 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He has numerous tattoos: :  “Without Fear There Is No Courage” – right arm;  “Spino” – right upper arm;  “Bear Claw Aaliyah” – on chest;  “Wesley with feathers” – Back;

If you know Spino’s whereabouts please call local law enforcement immediately.

Davison County Jail


Animal caused power outage

Thursday, July 20, 2017

There’s one less squirrel in Mitchell today. “About 11:15 (AM) we had a squirrel get into one of our powerlines, “ said Northwestern Energy spokesman Tom Glanzer. “It knocked out power for about 40 minutes to 491 customers.”

The affected area included Mitchell’s downtown area from Rowley north to Sixth Avenue and several blocks east.  

Glanzer says the system worked as designed. “Our system shuts down in case it would be a human contact or things like that,” he said. “The power goes out until we can find what caused that outage.” Once the problem is corrected, the system is re-energized.

Glanzer says it works on the same principle as a residential breaker box.

Crews restored power in about 40 minutes.

J.P. Skelly