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Authorities identify Woonsocket murder victim

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

 A Woonsocket man has been arrested on a second-degree murder charge in connection with an incident at a home that also prompted authorities to lock down a school.

The state's attorney general's office says 33-year-old Matthew Walter Novak was arrested Wednesday after authorities responded to an incident at a Woonsocket home. Neither that office nor the Sanborn County sheriff's office has released details of the incident.

The victim has been identified as 25-year-old Jennifer Ann Gibson, of Woonsocket.

Woonsocket school district superintendent Rod Weber says police ordered him to lock down the school around 10:30 a.m., after officers had surrounded the home where the incident occurred. Weber says the lockdown lasted about 10 minutes.


 


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More drug busts in Mitchell

Friday, August 26, 2016

On Wednesday August 24, 2016, Officers with Mitchell Police Division conducted a search of a residence located at 1109 S. Rowley Street in Mitchell.  As a result of the search, approx. 2 pounds of marijuana that was packaged in several small plastic bags weighing approx. 1 ounce each, apparent methamphetamine residue, apparent marijuana wax residue, marijuana infused gummy candy, one container of marijuana infused drink, several pill capsules containing an unidentified substance, a digital scale, a vacuum bag sealer, several plastic baggies, several items of drug paraphernalia and $2,495 in cash were found inside the residence.   Several video cameras that were mounted on the outside of the residence and inside the attached garage and related equipment were also seized.

 In addition, a second residence located at 408 S. Duff St. #B was also searched.  Apparent methamphetamine residue, apparent marijuana residue and drug paraphernalia were seized.

 As a result of this investigation, the residents of 1109 S. Rowley Street., 27-year-old Jared Jerome Nespor, date of birth 03-20-1989 and 27-year-old Mellissa Mae Schuppan, date of birth 12-30-1988, were arrested for the following offenses:

- Possession of 1 to 10 pounds of marijuana in violation of S.D.C.L. 22-42-6, Possession of  more than 1  pound of marijuana with intent to distribute in violation of S.D.C.L. 22-42-7, and Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute in a Drug Free Zone in violation of S.D.C.L. 22-42-19.

 In addition, Mellissa Schuppan was also arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance 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.

 

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The residents of 408 S. Duff St. Apt. #B,  35 year old Skila Kay Schuppan, date of birth 06-15-1981 and 34 year oldMark Daniel Leach, date of birth 10-21-1981, were arrested for the following offenses:

- Possession of a Controlled Substance in violation of S.D.C.L. 22-42-5, Possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana in violation of S.D.C.L. 22-42-6  and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in violation of S.D.C.L. 22-42A-3.

-In addition, Leach was also arrested for Failure to Register as a Convicted Sex Offender, in violation of S.D.C.L. 22-24B-2 and For Residing In a Communtiy Safety Zone by a Convicted Sex Offender, in violationof S.D.C.L. 22-24B-23.

 Possession of 1 to 10 pounds of marijuana is a Class  4  Felony punishable by  10  years imprisonment in the state penitentiary and or a fine of $ 20,000.  Possession of  more than 1  pound of marijuana with intent to distribute is a class 3 Felony punishable by 15  years imprisonment in the state penitentiary and or a fine of $30,000.   Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute in a Drug Free  Zone is a Class 4  Felony punishable by  10  years imprisonment in the state penitentiary and or a fine of $ 20,000.  Possession of a Controlled Substance is a Class 5  Felony punishable by 5  years imprisonment in the state penitentiary and or a fine of $10,000.    Possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana is a Class 1 misdemeanor  punishable by 1 year imprisonment in a courty jail and/or a $2,000 fine.   Possession of Drug Paraphernalia is a Class 2 misdemeanor  punishable by 30 days imprisonment in a courty jail and/or a $500 fine.  Failure to Register as a Convicted Sex Offender,  and  Residing In a Communtiy Safety Zone by a Convicted Sex Offender,  are both class 6 felonies punishable by 2 years imprisonment in the state penitentiary and /or a fine of $4,000.    

 

The South Dakota Department of Corrections assisted with the investigaiton.  This is an ongoing investigation. 


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Authorities identify 10 year old crash victim

Thursday, August 25, 2016

10-year-old Andrew Sybesma of Geddes died in a two-vehicle crash east of Platte about 3:30 Wednesday afternoon. Five others were injured.

A 2000 Ford Ranger pickup was southbound on 376th Avenue and entered the intersection with South Dakota Highway 44. The vehicle collided with a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee that was eastbound on SD Highway 44.

 The three occupants in the pickup were not wearing seatbelts and were ejected from the vehicle. Sybesma was in the pickup. The 14 year old male driver and an 11 year old female passenger received minor injuries.

 The three occupants in the Jeep Grand Cherokee suffered minor injuries. A 4 year old male and a 2 year old female were in child seats. It’s unknown whether the 27 year old driver, Chandra Dykshorn of New Holland, was wearing a seatbelt.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Platte Fire and Rescue and Platte Ambulance also responded to the crash. 

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Mitchell Area Safe House receives grant

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) selected the South Dakota Agricultural Foundation along with the Mitchell Area Safehouse and Family Visitation Center to receive South Dakota Fund grants in its latest round of grant awards. The South Dakota Fund helps to meet the diverse and vital needs of people across the state through grants to nonprofits in the areas of culture, economic development, education, health and human services. SDCF President Stephanie Judson awarded the grants to representatives of each organization in Mitchell last week.

 “Our South Dakota Fund grants aim to improve life for South Dakotans, today and in the future,” says Stephanie Judson, SDCF president. “Agriculture is the backbone of our economy and having the South Dakota Agricultural Foundation working to ensure its continued success will be helpful for the state as a whole. The Mitchell Area Safehouse and Family Visitation Center is providing compassionate service to some of the most vulnerable people in our state. I am so thankful for the services this organization is offering to keep families in Mitchell safe.”

The South Dakota Agricultural Foundation received a $10,000 South Dakota Fund grant to help build its organizational capacity by obtaining its 501c3 status and conducting strategic planning. The grant funds will be vital to the success of the organization as it works to establish and grow its endowment fund.

“Support from the South Dakota Community Foundation through grant funding is vital to the startup and success of organizations like ours,” says Chris Maxwell, executive director of the South Dakota Agricultural Foundation. “Our organization is grateful for the assistance as we create a relevant, positive and proactive funding source for change and growth in agriculture.”

The Mitchell Area Safehouse and Family Visitation Center received a $3,750 South Dakota Fund grant to enhance safety and security of domestic violence survivors in its emergency shelter and for children visiting non-custodial parents at its visitation center. Funds will be used for security enhancement and for the purchase of body-pack microphones and recording equipment needed for non-custodial parents during outdoor, supervised visits.

As an emergency shelter for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, safety and security for the children and families served in our eight-county service area is a primary concern,” says Marilyn Haley, Mitchell Area Safehouse administrator. “This grant is greatly appreciated as it makes needed improvements possible.”

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Mitchell Drug Arrests

Friday, August 12, 2016

On Wednesday August 10, 2016, Officers with Mitchell Police Division conducted a search of a residence located at 212 W. Elm Avenue in Mitchell.  As a result of the search, approx. 1.76 ounces of a substance believed to be methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (M.D.M.A, also known as Ecstasy or Molly), approx. 5 grams of a substance believed to be cocaine, approx. ¼ pound of marijuana, numerous empty pill containers that did not appear to contain drug residue, 2 digital scales, a vacuum bag sealer, several plastic baggies, other drug paraphernalia and $33,212 in cash were found inside the residence.   $31,000 of the cash was found in a hidden safe that was mounted in a wall and was disguised as a furnace vent. 

 

As a result of this investigation, the residents of 212 W. Elm Ave., 23-year-old Kaitlin Elizabeth Minder, date of birth 03-15-1993 and 26-year-old Jordan Lee Muntefering, date of birth 09-15-1989, were arrested for the following offenses:

- Possession more than 2 ounces of marijuana in violation of S.D.C.L. 22-42-6,  2 counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance in violation of S.D.C.L. 22-42-5 ,  Possession of  more than than 1 oz. of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute in violation of S.D.C.L. 22-42-7 , 2 counts of  Possession of  a Controlled Substance  With Intent to Distribute in violation of S.D.C.L. 22-42-2, Possession with intent to Distribute in a Drug Free Zone in violation of S.D.C.L.  22-42-19 and  Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in violation of S.D.C.L. 22-42A-3.

Possession of more than 2 ounces of marijuana is a Class 6 Felony punishable by two years imprisonment in the state penitentiary and or a fine of $4,000.  Possession of a Controlled Substance and  Possession of  more than than 1 oz. of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute are both Class  5   Felonies punishable by 5  years imprisonment in the state penitentiary and or a fine of $10,000  on each count.     Possession of  a Controlled Substance  With Intent to Distribute and Possession with Intent to Distribute in a Drug Free Zone are both Class 4  Felonies punishable by  10  years imprisonment in the state penitentiary and or a fine of $ 20,000 on each count.    Possession of Drug Paraphernalia is a Class 2 misdemeanor  punishable by 30 days imprisonment in a courty jail and/or a $500 fine.

 

South Dakota Court Services assisted with the investigation.  This is an ongoing investigation. 


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Mitchell business leader earns state education honor

Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Associated School Board of South Dakota honored a Mitchell Business leader in Sioux Falls today. Bryan Hisel received the Associated School Boards of South Dakota Community Service Award as presented by Governor Dennis Daugaard and Education Secretary Melody Schopp.

The ASBSD Community Service Award is presented to individuals or groups serving their local school district in exemplary fashion.

Award nominees have shown personal involvement to improve the quality of South Dakota public education in one or more of the following areas:

1.    Provides community leadership focused on enhancing the achievement of all students.

2.    Enhances the safety and welfare of children.

3.    Champions the education of the whole child in support of arts, music and co-curricular programs for all students.

4.    Works collaboratively with the school board on fund raising activities.

5.    Involved in the renovation or construction of quality educational facilities, landscaping, playgrounds or equipment.

6.    Involved in the acquisition of appropriate, adequate and quality learning materials to support student learning.

7.    Recognized as a community leader committed to supporting our school community.


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