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Here's what you need to know headed into Thursday. 1. Some breaking news from yesterday: A Chamberlain man was arrested for having an estimated 20,000 fentanyl 2. The Mitchell Legion baseball team swept a doubleheader thanks to great pitching .
LAKE ANDES — A Charles Mix County man faces two felonies in federal court after allegedly assaulting a child. Jerrad Clairmont, 19, of Lake Andes, pleaded not guilty Monday to assault and abuse of a child younger than 7, according to the United States Attorney's Office. In April 2017, Clairmont allegedly assaulted a child and subjected the kid to "an environment which constituted mistreatment and abuse," including a lack of proper parental care. No other information was released.
South Dakota's first case of West Nile virus in 2017 was recently detected in Davison County. According to the state Department of Health, a 60- to 69-year-old individual has contracted West Nile virus (WNV), a virus transmitted by mosquitos that has killed 38 people in South Dakota since it was first detected in 2002. While the department says 70 to 80 percent of people who contract the virus do not get sick, State Epidemiologist Dr. Lon Kightlinger warned the illness can make humans "severely ill."
CHAMBERLAIN — A Chamberlain man was arrested after law enforcement allegedly found him in possession of an estimated 20,000 fentanyl pills. Trevor Harden, 19, was arrested Tuesday after a search warrant was served in Chamberlain and officials seized the fentanyl, valued at approximately $500,000, according to the South Dakota Attorney General's Office.
Here are five stories you should know heading into Wednesday: 1. There were some wicked clouds, wind and even tornadoes Tuesday that passed through eastern South Dakota. Luckily, there were no reports of injuries or severe damage. 2. A man who is facing first- and second-degree murder charges pleaded not guilty on Tuesday.
KENNEBEC — A Lyman County man was arrested after allegedly taking more than 100 gallons of gasoline from a farm near Kennebec. Dakota Schultz, 23, of Lower Brule, was recently charged with burglary and grand theft for taking about 100 gallons of gas, a dart gun for vaccinating cows, golf clubs, blankets, pillows and "a bunch of meat" from a farm north of Kennebec, court documents state.
HERRICK — A tornado touched down Tuesday afternoon near Herrick, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). At approximately 3:45 p.m., NWS issued a tornado warning in Gregory County, including the towns of Burke, Herrick and Lucas. Shortly after issuing the warning, NWS in Sioux Falls said a tornado was reported at 3:45 p.m. near Herrick and urged anyone in that area to take cover.
FREEMAN — Firefighters responded to a residence near Freeman after it was struck by lightning during a Monday storm. At about 11:15 a.m., 13 Freeman firefighters responded to a report of smoke inside a residence approximately three miles northeast of Freeman, officials said. A bolt struck a lightning rod but jumped to a nearby satellite dish, which sent the electricity into the house's wiring. Officials believe a damaged coaxial cable, connected to the satellite dish, caused the smoke, which was most prevalent in the basement.
Severe storm season's here. Mitchell could see baseball-sized hail during a severe thunderstorm that could begin as early as 2 p.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Sioux Falls. The prime time for severe weather in the James River Valley is between 5 and 8 p.m., according to NWS Meteorologist Mike Fuhs. The portion of the state between Brookings and Yankton could see severe weather from 7 to 10 p.m.
The South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department today will remove access-restricting cables to about 30 non-meandered lakes following the passage of new state law. GF&P on Tuesday morning indicated its staff will immediately begin working on the accesses following Monday night's passage of House Bill 1001 by the South Dakota Legislature during a special session. "I want to thank the Legislature for taking quick action yesterday," said GF&P Secretary Kelly Hepler in a press release. "I encourage everyone to join together for implementation of the Open Waters Compromise."