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PIERRE, S.D. - Six people accused of attempting to have sex with minors have been arrested in a Sturgis Motorcycle Rally sex sting, state officials said in a release Tuesday, Aug. 15. An undercover operation taking place at the annual rally in the Black Hills for the past five years has netted arrests of people from across the world, according to Ace Crawford of the U.S. attorney's office for South Dakota.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- South Dakota Department of Transportation workers apparently saved the life of a suicidal, disorderly runaway youth who jumped off an Interstate 90 bridge in northwest Sioux Falls on Wednesday, Aug. 15, and then tried running into traffic on the roadway. The four workers, according to the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Department, first alertly diverted traffic and attempted to help the runaway as they saw him climb onto the interstate overpass about 2 p.m.
ST. PAUL — Human error caused the hourlong 911 outage in Minnesota, North Dakota and North Carolina on Aug. 1, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. CenturyLink, the contracted 911 service provider in Minnesota and North Dakota, said an error by an employee of a third-party vendor is to blame. In the late afternoon incident, CenturyLink said an employee of West Safety Services made a mistake while making a network configuration change that prevented 911 calls from being accepted in the three states.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A 24-year-old Sioux Falls man accused of shooting two men at a large barbeque late Sunday night during an argument near Falls Park close to downtown Sioux Falls is on the run. Witnesses said they say Abraham Darsaw pull out a pistol and fire it, hitting two men. The two were taken by family members to a local hospital where a 25-year-old man died and the other man, who is 22, is listed in stable condition.
STURGIS, S.D.—Although an estimated road count of visitors won't be released until Tuesday, Aug. 14, attendance at the rally was soaring throughout the week. The 78th annual rally in the Black Hills of South Dakota also turned out to be one of the safer ones as deaths were cut in half from last year and injury accidents were also down. The state Department of Public Safety said there were four deaths in the Black Hills region during this year's rally, compared to eight last year. Injury accidents also fell from 69 last year to 56 this year.
WATERTOWN, S.D. – A 39-year-old man from Milbank, S.D., has been identified as the person who died Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 7, in a one-vehicle crash north of Watertown. Robert Gerriets was driving a 2012 Chevy Cruze southbound on Interstate 29 when the vehicle went into the median and crashed into the pillar that supports an overpass. The driver, who was the only occupant, was not wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced dead at the scene.
MINOT, N.D. -- An airman at the Minot Air Force Base who was riding his motorcycle in Minot over the weekend was killed in a collision with an SUV.
STURGIS, S.D. -- Sturgis Motorcycle Rally officials continue to be pleased with attendance at this year’s 78th annual event as visitors are up almost 6 percent over last year. So far, through Thursday, almost 400,000 people have attended the event in the northern Black Hills of South Dakota. The latest number released was for Thursday when 56,302 people entered the rally city, an increase of 11.5 percent over the same day last year.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Two inmates who escaped from a minimum security work release jail facility on Wednesday, Aug. 8, were still on the loose as of Friday afternoon, Aug. 10. In the early morning hours of Wednesday, inmates William Lowell Calkins and Roy Charles Hampton escaped from the Minnehaha County Community Correction Center in northern Sioux Falls. Both inmates are classified as minimum security inmates.
STURGIS, S.D.— The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in the Black Hills of South Dakota had its biggest day of the nine-day event on Wednesday, Aug. 8, as 60,608 people entered the event. The South Dakota Department of Transportation, which installs counters on roadways entering the usually small town tucked in the hills, said that the number for the day was an increase of 11.4 percent from the year before. So far, through six days, the attendance at the 78th annual event is listed at 342,016, up by 5.1 percent from last year.