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CANISTOTA — A fluorescent light sparked a ceiling fire at an insurance office Tuesday in Canistota. At about 1:30 p.m., five Canistota firefighters responded to a call of a structure fire at Julson Insurance, an American Family Insurance agency, on Main Street in Canistota, authorities said. An overheated fluorescent light was deemed to be the source of the fire, which was largely contained to the ceiling. Firefighters were on scene for about 45 minutes, and the fire chief said the damage to the interior was mostly water damage from the sprinklers.
James Tucek, Mitchell, will celebrate his 80th birthday on Tuesday, July 5. A card shower is requested. Greetings may be sent to 340 E. 54th St., Mitchell, S.D., 57301.
MAPLE GROVE, MINN.—Ralph Ibis, Maple Grove, Minnesota, formerly of Mitchell, will celebrate his 90th birthday on Wednesday, July 6. His family requests a card shower. Greetings may be sent to 18423 83rd. Avenue N., Maple Grove, Minn., 55311.
FREEMAN—Two Pennsylvania residents suffered minor injuries in a tractor vs. motorcycle crash Tuesday morning north of Freeman. At approximately 11 a.m., a motorcycle traveling south on U.S. Highway 81, near the intersection with 273rd Street, collided with the back of a tractor pulling a baler that was also traveling south on U.S. Highway 81, according to Maurice Waltner, deputy with the Hutchinson County Sheriff's Office. The names of the people involved were not available Tuesday.
The driver in a fatal Saturday morning crash in rural Davison County fled the scene and was not found until about 90 minutes later. According to court documents filed with the Davison County Clerk of Courts on Tuesday, driver Tate Thompson and another passenger fled the scene of the crash that killed 18-year-old Dylan Mentele. The passenger who fled returned to the scene of the crash, but Thompson was found approximately a mile and a half away from the crash site after a search by various law enforcement officers.
SELBY — A Hoven man died Tuesday from a Saturday motorcycle crash when he hit a deer around 10:14 p.m. near Selby. James Webb, 58, was traveling northbound on 309th Avenue — approximately two miles east and one mile north of Selby — when a deer ran in front of his motorcycle. Webb was not wearing a helmet and was thrown from the 1985 Honda Shadow motorcycle, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. Webb was airlifted to a hospital in Bismarck, N.D. where he died Tuesday from his injuries.
PARKSTON — Firefighters spent 20 hours at the site of a fire Thursday and Friday that consumed 1,500 hay bales. At about 4:45 p.m. Thursday, about 20 firefighters from Parkston and Delmont were called to a hay shed about 9 miles west and 1 1/2 miles north of Parkston, authorities said. Unable to immediately extinguish the blaze, some responders remained on site for the next 20 hours while local residents with farm equipment moved other hay bales away from the scene and spread out burning ones so they could burn faster.
SALEM — A Pennsylvania man has been arrested and charged with four felonies related to a burglary at a Salem drug store last week. Kyle Hurden, 25, of Upper Strasburg, Pennsylvania, faces charges including obtaining a controlled substance by theft, grand theft, burglary and possessing a controlled substance, according to the South Dakota Attorney General's Office, stemming from a break-in on June 21 at Salem Community Drug Store.
An 18-year-old man is facing four criminal charges, including vehicular homicide, after a one-vehicle crash that killed one person and injured another. Tate Thompson, 18, of Ethan, was charged by law enforcement with vehicular homicide, vehicular battery, driving under the influence and hit and run, Davison County State's Attorney Jim Miskimins said.
Authorities say an Alexandria native died in a one-vehicle crash Saturday morning. Dylan Mentele, 18, was ejected from a 2011 GMC Sierra that was driven off the roadway at approximately 3:55 a.m. Saturday morning. Mentele died at the scene. Authorities say a 17-year-old female passenger who sustained life-threatening injuries is from Mitchell. The Mitchell teenager was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital following the crash.