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A pellet smoker may have been the cause of fire that spread inside an attached garage of home in the 1100 block of South Duff Street in Mitchell. According to Mitchell Police Sgt. Joel Reinesch, the source of the fire started somewhere in the area of a pellet smoker located in the corner of the garage. No one was injured from the fire. The Mitchell Fire Department was dispatched at 3:11 p.m. to the home of Jack Wipf at 1123 S. Duff St. in Mitchell. Crews were on scene at 3:16 p.m. and the fire was fully contained by 3:28 p.m., according to Reinesch.
SIOUX FALLS — Bridgewater-Emery High School was named Class B first runner-up in the March 15-17 State Visual Arts Contest. Bridgewater-Emery and its coach Cherie Ramsdell took home second place in the Overall Team Champion Award category, which is determined by how many points one school can accumulate across all state gallery categories. The Class B champion was Northwestern High School. The event was held at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls.
The following cases were disposed in Davison County Magistrate Court between Feb. 12 and Feb. 26. • Autumn Neiman, 20, Mitchell; disorderly conduct; $174 fine; $66 costs; 10 days in jail; seven days suspended; credit for three days; conditions: defendant to get credit for time spent in jail towards fines, costs and fees as ordered; shall have no like offenses; obey all laws.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Lake Andes LINNELL PLACES IN NATIONAL YIELD CONTEST: Lee Linnell, of Lake Andes, placed first in South Dakota for Dryland No-Till and second in South Dakota for Dryland Reduced Till in the annual yield contest put on by National Sorghum Producers, of Lubbock, Texas. Linnell was invited to attend and be recognized at the yield contest dinner on Feb. 28 in Anaheim, California. — Wagner Post Wessington Springs
KENNEBEC — A 21-year-old Lower Brule man faces up to five years in prison for allegedly breaking into a grocery store and stealing non-perishable food items. A Lyman County grand jury indicted Tristan Grassrope on charges of third-degree burglary and intentional property damage for allegedly breaking a window at BJ's Food Center on Feb. 9 in Kennebec, and stealing non-perishable food. If convicted, Grassrope faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
LYMAN COUNTY — A Lower Brule man has been indicted by a Lyman County grand jury for allegedly stealing a van from a residential home. According to court documents, Loren Fallis stole the van on Feb. 16 and was indicted recently by a grand jury for third-degree burglary, a Class 5 felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Here are bankruptcy filings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of South Dakota, for March 8 through March 14. Individuals can file Chapter 7 petitions (asking that debts be liquidated); Chapter 12 (a simplified reorganization method for farmers and ranchers whose gross debt does not exceed $1.5 million); and Chapter 13 (a plan to repay some debts in three to five years). Businesses can file Chapter 11 petitions to reorganize their debts under a court-approved plan for repayment. • Black Hawk: Cody James Hewitt, Chapter 7; Briana Charlene Hewitt, Chapter 7.
Winter weather's not finished with the Mitchell area yet. After several days of spring-like temperatures in the mid-40s, a system bringing snow, sleet, freezing rain and wind is expected to slam the area Friday. National Weather Service officials estimate between a tenth and a quarter of an inch of ice could accumulate on roadways, but the severity of the storm will depend on temperatures at the time of precipitation. One or two degrees could make a significant difference in its impact, officials said, with colder temperatures adding to the system's severity.
A Mitchell man was arrested for grand theft after allegedly getting a stolen vehicle stuck in snow. At approximately 4 a.m. March 6, police found a tan 1999 Chevrolet Malibu stuck in the snow at the intersection of Havens Avenue and Davison Street in Mitchell, according to court documents. When officers ran the registration of the vehicle, it came back as stolen out of Vermillion. The driver, 25-year-old Casey Steele, alleged he had recently purchased the vehicle, but Vermillion officers confirmed the vehicle had been reported as stolen.
LOWER BRULE — A 25-year-old Lower Brule woman was sentenced to six years in prison for assaulting a federal law enforcement officer and conspiring to distribute meth. Samantha Dolezal was sentenced on March 8 to 54 months in custody and a $1,000 fine for conspiring to distribute meth. She was sentenced to an additional 18 months for assaulting a federal officer, which will run concurrent with the prior sentence.