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Here are five stories you need to know headed into Friday: 1. A man who allegedly assaulted a correctional officer and escaped jail was finally captured late Friday night. 2. Here are scenes from the first day of the South Dakota State Fair in Huron.
The leadership of Trail King Industries underwent big changes this week. The trailer manufacturer announced the appointment of Joe Kolb as president, while current president Bruce Yakley will transition to Chief Executive Officer. Yakley has been president of Trail King for the past six years, and instead of focusing on day-to-day operations, his new role will be serving customers, developing employees and strategic growth, according to a press release.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A man accused in a fatal beating at a Rapid City motel in December has pleaded guilty. Thirty-four-year-old Clifford Gilbert is accused of using a walking stick to violently beat Robert Smith at the Stardust Motel. Prosecutors say Gilbert then used his fists and feet to deliver the fatal blows while the 61-year-old victim was on the floor. Court documents say Gilbert told investigators he "snapped" in anger while he was in a motel room with Smith and a woman.
PARKSTON — Two males sustained serious non-life threatening injuries in a Thursday morning crash on South Dakota Highway 44, eight miles west of Parkston. At approximately 5:15 a.m., Michael Dog Soldier, 48, of Ravinia, driving a 2001 Chrysler Concorde, was traveling northbound on 402nd Avenue and failed to stop at the intersection's stop sign when it collided with a 2008 Ford F-350 pickup, according to South Dakota Department of Public Safety. The Chrysler Concorde rolled and went into the west ditch on the north side of the highway.
City officials are asking Mitchell residents to conserve water due to a leak in the main line that supplies water to the town. Mitchell's water supplier, B-Y Rural Water System, has a leak in a main line valve, and repair will interrupt Mitchell's water supply for up to two days, according to a press release from the city of Mitchell.
LAKE ANDES — A man who law enforcement says escaped from jail Wednesday night is considered dangerous and has a history of assault. Jubal Grant, 19, assaulted a Charles Mix correctional officer and escaped from the county jail in Lake Andes, according to Sheriff Randy Thaler. Grant is described as a Native American male with black hair, brown eyes. He is 6-foot-1-inch, weighs 170 pounds and was last seen wearing an orange jail uniform and a black T-shirt.
ETHAN — Law enforcement officials were involved in a vehicle pursuit Tuesday night that began near Ethan and ended near the James River. At approximately 6 p.m., a highway patrol trooper initiated a pursuit on South Dakota Highway 37, mile marker 65, and followed a vehicle to Rockport Colony, which is near the James River, where the pursuit was terminated, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. There were no arrests made in relation to the pursuit, and the suspect fled, according to the Department of Public Safety.
ALEXANDRIA — A Montana man sustained life-threatening injuries Wednesday morning in a crash near Alexandria. At approximately 8:40 a.m., 51-year-old Virgil Harbottle, of Billings, Montana, was traveling east on Interstate 90, near mile marker 344, when the 2004 Ford Escape he was driving rear-ended a semi.
The Davison County Sheriff's Office is warning of a phone scam in which the caller is identifying himself as a law enforcement officer. According to Davison County Sheriff Steve Brink, two people have reported receiving a phone call from 605-214-7432. The man on the call says his name is Sgt. William of the Davison County Sheriff's Office, and he claims the person missed a grand jury appearance. But there is no employee by that name at the Davison County Sheriff's Office. Brink said two doctors from local communities received calls on the matter.
PLANKINTON — A Plankinton man was sentenced to 87 years in the state penitentiary for sexual abuse, officials announced Wednesday. Christian Thomas, 43, was convicted on May 6 on 26 counts including fourth-degree rape, sexual contact with a child under 16, sexual exploitation of a minor, aiding or abetting fourth-degree rape, aiding or abetting sexual contact with child under 16 and possession of child pornography.