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OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Police are calling it grand theft avocado. Three produce company workers have been arrested in the theft of up to $300,000 worth of avocados, according to the Ventura County Sheriff's Office. Thirty-eight-year-old Joseph Valenzuela, 28-year-old Carlos Chavez and 30-year-old Rahim Leblanc were each charged with grand theft of fruit and were being held in jail on bail of $250,000 each. They were arrested Wednesday. It was unclear whether they have attorneys.
BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (AP) — A sign marking the Crooked Hill Road exit off a suburban New York parkway has been altered to read "Crooked Hillary." Newsday reports the defaced green traffic sign on the Sagtikos Parkway on Long Island was reported to the state Department of Transportation on Wednesday. A DOT spokesman says the sign has been removed and "defacing public signs is illegal."
LEAD (AP) — About 2,400 military service members are working on community service projects during an annual training exercise hosted by the South Dakota National Guard. The Rapid City Journal reports that the Golden Coyote training exercise this week includes 30 military units from 13 states, Guam, Canada and Denmark, as well as a handful of service members from Germany and the United Kingdom.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The South Dakota Democratic Party says it has hired an executive director. The party said Monday that interim Executive Director Sam Parkinson has accepted the job permanently since taking over in April. Before that, Parkinson had served as the party's finance director since August 2015. His new role came after the party's former executive director, Suzanne Jones Pranger, left her post to campaign for state Senate Democratic leader Billie Sutton, who launched a bid for governor late last month.
PIERRE (AP) — A Pine Ridge man accused of abusing a young child and causing her death has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges against him. Twenty-three-year-old Zachariah Poor Bear is charged in federal court with first-degree murder along with assault and child abuse counts. Court documents indicate the child was younger than three and died of trauma to the head and abdomen in May 2015. A trial date wasn't immediately set. U.S. Attorney Randolph Seiler says Poor Bear could face life in prison if convicted.
YANKTON (AP) — The head of South Dakota's mental health hospital in Yankton is resigning just a year after taking the job. A spokeswoman with the Department of Social Services says Human Services Center Administrator Troy Jones announced his resignation Monday for personal and family reasons. His last day will be Aug. 31. Jones took over as administrator in May 2016. He vowed to improve employee safety and morale at the center, which has struggled with turnover and staff shortages.
SPEARFISH (AP) — One person is dead after a dump truck crash in western South Dakota's Lawrence County. The Highway Patrol says the 43-year-old man driving the truck lost control on a curve on a rural road about 3 miles west of Spearfish. The truck collided with several trees and rolled about 9:15 a.m. Monday, and the man later died from his injuries. Authorities didn't immediately release his name.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have announced an ECHL affiliation agreement with the Rapid City Rush for the upcoming season. The Wild's primary developmental affiliate is the Iowa Wild in the AHL. Under the affiliation agreement announced Monday, the Rush will serve as a resource for the development efforts and personnel needs of both the Iowa Wild and the Minnesota Wild. Minnesota Wild senior vice president of hockey operations Brent Flahr calls Rapid City "a terrific hockey market."
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Showers have brought some relief to South Dakota farmers, but much of the state remains dry. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says showers and thunderstorms early last week brought much-needed rainfall to parts of South Dakota. But precipitation in many areas of the state remains below normal for the year. More than half of South Dakota's topsoil moisture supplies are rated short or very short.
DOLAND (AP) — Authorities have identified a Lake Preston man who died in a crash in Spink County last week. The Highway Patrol says 66-year-old Darwin Tvinnereim was driving a sport utility vehicle that left state Highway 37 and rolled north of Doland about mid-day Thursday. He was pronounced dead at the scene, and was the only person in the vehicle.