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VERMILLION — A Wagner man was arrested Wednesday in Vermillion on third-degree rape charges following a month-long manhunt. Jubal Grant, 18, was tracked down in Vermillion by the U.S. Marshals Service Sioux Falls Area Fugitive Task Force approximately two months after he allegedly had sex with an unconscious, intoxicated woman. A warrant for Grant's arrest was issued on Dec. 8, but he was nowhere to be found, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. Following Wednesday's arrest, which occurred without incident, Grant was lodged in the Clay County Jail.
WAGNER — A Wagner man faces charges after nearly injuring three law enforcement officers with his vehicle in December, court documents state. Jerrod Zephier, 36, was charged on Dec. 22 with three counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, among other charges, after he allegedly drove recklessly into the scene of a vehicle fire and then threatened three officers near Wagner.
KIMBALL — Two sustained minor injuries in a one-vehicle crash near Kimball on Tuesday. Todd Dargatz, 26, of Pukwana, and a 21-year-old female passenger were hurt in a 3:45 p.m. crash on Interstate 90 six miles west of Kimball, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. DPS declined to name Dargatz's passenger on Wednesday due to the victim's rights bill known as Marsy's Law. The crash occurred as Dargatz was heading westbound on Interstate 90 and lost control of the 1991 Buick Regal he was driving. The vehicle then went into the north ditch and rolled.
A Mitchell man and a Mitchell policeman were treated for smoke inhalation from an afternoon structure fire Tuesday. At 12:24 p.m., the Mitchell Fire Division was dispatched to an apartment complex located at 400 W. 19th Ave., where smoke detectors were going off, according to Asst. Fire Chief Paul Morris.
The sun has set on the Moonlight Bar and Lounge. As of Jan. 1, the Moonlight Bar, located near the Corn Palace on Mitchell's Main Street, has closed its doors, according to Brad Jamison, owner of the building that housed the bar for approximately two years. Jamison confirmed the closure Tuesday morning. Jamison said the bar's owner, Shannon Foster, told him in November she was ready to get out of the business for "personal reasons." Foster declined to be interviewed for this story.
The Davison County Commission will look to solve the local jail's budget woes at its upcoming meeting. The five-person board will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Davison County North Offices to discuss this year's $305,783 budget supplement required to fund the Davison County Jail. The supplement was approved at the board's Dec. 27 meeting after the jail used all of its $1,743,549 budget for 2016.
A look at news from around the region, as reported by weekly newspapers: Wessington Springs POLICE DOG REPORTS FOR DUTY: The Jerauld County Sheriff's Office has a new member of its department. Recently, the sheriff's office added Mack, a 3-year-old purebred Belgian Malinois, originally from Holland. Mack worked with the Dutch police before making his way to the United States. His responsibilities in Jerauld County will include drug detection and criminal apprehension, tracking and evidence recovery.
An evening fire totaled a trailer house on West Second Avenue in Mitchell. Mitchell firefighters and police officers responded to a fire call at about 6:30 p.m. Friday to discover the backside of a trailer home at 900 W. Second Ave. engulfed in flames, according to Mitchell Patrol Sgt. Joel Reinesch. After arriving on scene, the fire was doused in about 10 to 15 minutes, Reinesch said, but as of 8 p.m., officials were still working the scene and were fighting hotspots in the roof insulation.
PLANKINTON — The wife of a man awaiting trial for multiple counts of raping a minor has been charged with sexual exploitation more than a year after her husband's arrest. Elizabeth Thomas, 36, of Plankinton, was charged on Dec. 19 with sexual exploitation of a minor, stemming from a summer 2010 incident in which she allegedly engaged in group sex event involving a then-13-year-old girl, according to court documents and Aurora County State's Attorney John Steele.
The following cases were among those heard Tuesday during a circuit court session at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell. • Benjamin Amadon, 23, of Mitchell, pleaded not guilty to possession of methamphetamine, grand theft by receiving stolen property valued between $1,000 and $2,500 and possession of a firearm after a felony drug conviction. A jury trial was scheduled for February.