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TYNDALL — Two people sustained non-life threatening injuries following a two-vehicle crash Thursday morning in Tyndall. At approximately 10:34 a.m. William Soulek, 78, of Lake Andes, was driving a 2008 Chrysler Pacifica and failed to yield as he pulled out onto South Dakota Highway 50 in Tyndall, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. A 26-year-old male, driving a 2012 Peterbilt Semi, could not avoid hitting the Chrysler Pacifica, officials said.
Here's what you should know heading into Friday. 1. Thelma Busk, a Letcher native, can often be found in a cemetery, where she voluntarily photographs headstones for an organization called Find A Grave.
The beer is safe. A semi-truck hauling beer that started on fire was put out in about 15 minutes Friday morning by the Mitchell Fire Department. According to firefighter and paramedic Joe Degen, a 911 call was received at 8:05 a.m. that a delivery truck had smoke coming from the cab or under the hood. The semi truck was stopped partially in the County Fair Foods Store parking lot with its back end sticking out onto West Havens Avenue.
Students at L.B. Williams Elementary School will soon be learning through virtual reality. The elementary school was named the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the America's Farmers Grow Rural Education program this week. With the money, the school will be purchasing 30 virtual reality goggles to allow students to go on virtual field trip to connect "even more learning" into the school's curriculum, according to a press release.
MOUNT VERNON — Local authorities continue to contemplate whether to file official charges against a man involved in a two-day standoff last month in Mount Vernon. On Aug. 22, a man who authorities have not named was taken into custody after surrendering peacefully to police. At the time of the man's arrest, Davison County Sheriff Steve Brink said possible charges against the man include reckless discharge of a firearm and simple domestic assault. But on Wednesday, Brink said charges are still pending and no official charges have been filed.
OACOMA — Chamberlain police officers were not hurt after pinning an uncontrolled vehicle between two patrol cars on Wednesday. According to Chamberlain Police Chief Joe Hutmacher, a 68-year-old Pierre man with a medical issue slowly struck several vehicles, including Hutmacher's 2008 Ford F150. "Apparently he didn't have any control over what he was doing," Hutmacher said.
PLANKINTON — A Plankinton man pled guilty on Wednesday to first-degree rape. Robert Will, 35, pled guilty to the Class 2 felony, according to a press release from the Attorney General's Office. If convicted, Will faces a maximum sentence of 25 years imprisonment and a $50,000 fine. Will also pled guilty to one count of sexual contact with a child younger than 16, which is a Class 3 felony, punishable upon conviction by up to 15 years imprisonment and a $30,000 fine. A sentencing date has been set for late November.
Mitchell police are searching for a man who allegedly stole four firearms on Aug. 20. On Wednesday, the Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers released its Crime of the Week, in which a man believed to be 45 to 50 years old stole a 1992 Winchester .218 covered in leather, a 1994 lever-action Winchester .22 rifle, a 1999 Savage .250 and a bolt-action rifle at approximately 8 p.m. on Aug. 20. According to the Crime of the Week, the suspect stole the firearms at a residence on the 300 block of South Isadore Street.
A portion of Norway Avenue will be closed from Burr Street to the west service road beginning Thursday morning. According to the city of Mitchell, the roadway will be closed for approximately two weeks. A detour to to Kay Street and onto the service road will be provided.
Here are five stories to know headed into Wednesday, Sept. 13. 1. Gov. Dennis Daugaard says we're in for the long haul to improve pheasant habitat in South Dakota. 2. Here's the first story from our suicide prevention week coverage: SD's teachers and prevention training