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LAKE ANDES—A man in Charles Mix County is accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of cattle and feed checks earlier this year. Aaron Podzimek, of Wagner, allegedly stole cattle worth $301,871.30 and feed checks worth approximately $47,000 at some point between Feb. 1 and July 31. On Thursday, Podzimek was indicted on charges of grand theft of more than $100,000 and less than $500,000.01, a Class 3 felony, and grand theft of more than $5,000 and less than $100,000.01, a Class 4 felony.
Here are bankruptcy filings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of South Dakota, for Sept. 13 through Sept. 19. 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. • Aberdeen: Jennifer Marie Lambert, Chapter 7.
After weeks of discussion, the Davison County Commission plans to adopt its 2019 annual budget. The commissioners are meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Public Safety Building at 1015 S. Miller St. in Mitchell. The meeting is a different place from the typical Davison County North Offices on Mitchell's Main Street. That's because the commissioners are touring the jail space as a part of their meeting. Here is the agenda in its entirety: 9 a.m.: Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, approve minutes from previous meeting, citizens input and board reports.
The following cases were disposed in Davison County Magistrate Court between Aug. 13 and Aug. 27: • Logan Denae Odegard, 21, Chamberlain; petty theft, second degree, $400 or less; suspended imposition of sentence; $100 fine; $66 costs; $26.06 restitution; conditions: pay fines, costs and fees within one week; pay restitution through Clerk of Courts within one week; have no like offenses and obey all laws for 180 days; repay court-appointed attorney's fees to county within 120 days; pay restitution in the amount of $26.06.
WASHINGTON — Following a recommendation from Rep. Kristi Noem and Sen. John Thune, Michell School Board member Neil Putnam met with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue this week to discuss opportunities for local school boards to collaborate on school meal improvements.
A man was charged with stalking earlier this month after two teenage girls he worked with at a Winner restaurant accused him of repeatedly touching and harassing them. On Sept. 2, a 16-year-old girl told Winner Police about multiple incidents in which Robert McLean, 39, of Winner, touched her or made her uncomfortable while both of them were at work. After speaking with the girl, officers went to the restaurant, where McLean reportedly said that any time he may have touched the girl would have been accidental. He was placed under arrest and transported to the Winner jail.
GREGORY—A man was arrested on Saturday in Gregory County for allegedly sexually assaulting an intoxicated, unconscious woman in her bed. The woman reportedly recognized Jeffrey Jongewaard, 47, of Gregory, and identified him to police. She was taken to the hospital for a rape kit. According to court documents, Jongewaard admitted to the assault, and he was placed under arrest and taken to the hospital for a suspect sexual assault kit. He was then transported to the Winner Jail, where he is being held on a $300,000 bond.
LAKE ANDES—A man arrested in July for threatening people in a bar with an airsoft gun while intoxicated was sentenced to two months in jail and six years probation earlier this month. Jonah Thin Elk, 24, of Lake Andes, was convicted on one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on Sept. 5.
ALEXANDRIA—A 98-year-old man sustained minor injuries Wednesday afternoon after he fell asleep at the wheel. The man, from Hartford, was driving east on Highway 42 at 3:35 p.m. when his vehicle entered a ditch between 423rd and 424th avenues. The vehicle then hit and went over a driveway approach and came to a stop, authorities said. The Hanson County Sheriff's Office, Alexandria Fire Department and Mitchell Ambulance responded to the crash. The man was taken by ambulance to a hospital. No one else was involved in the crash.
Rain, rain, everywhere. Mitchell set a record Wednesday for total daily rainfall on Sept. 19 with 2.12 inches, according to the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls. Mitchell’s previous record for Sept. 19 was 1.6 inches, which happened in 1931 and in 1986. Much of southeastern South Dakota continues to be in a flood warning. A large portion of central and eastern Hutchinson County is in a flash flood warning.