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STURGIS, S.D.—Although an estimated road count of visitors won't be released until Tuesday, Aug. 14, attendance at the rally was soaring throughout the week. The 78th annual rally in the Black Hills of South Dakota also turned out to be one of the safer ones as deaths were cut in half from last year and injury accidents were also down. The state Department of Public Safety said there were four deaths in the Black Hills region during this year's rally, compared to eight last year. Injury accidents also fell from 69 last year to 56 this year.
STURGIS, S.D. -- Sturgis Motorcycle Rally officials continue to be pleased with attendance at this year’s 78th annual event as visitors are up almost 6 percent over last year. So far, through Thursday, almost 400,000 people have attended the event in the northern Black Hills of South Dakota. The latest number released was for Thursday when 56,302 people entered the rally city, an increase of 11.5 percent over the same day last year.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Two inmates who escaped from a minimum security work release jail facility on Wednesday, Aug. 8, were still on the loose as of Friday afternoon, Aug. 10. In the early morning hours of Wednesday, inmates William Lowell Calkins and Roy Charles Hampton escaped from the Minnehaha County Community Correction Center in northern Sioux Falls. Both inmates are classified as minimum security inmates.
STURGIS, S.D.— The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in the Black Hills of South Dakota had its biggest day of the nine-day event on Wednesday, Aug. 8, as 60,608 people entered the event. The South Dakota Department of Transportation, which installs counters on roadways entering the usually small town tucked in the hills, said that the number for the day was an increase of 11.4 percent from the year before. So far, through six days, the attendance at the 78th annual event is listed at 342,016, up by 5.1 percent from last year.
PIERRE, S.D.—In one of the largest-ever wildlife trafficking investigations in the Midwest, 19 of the 31 people arrested in the undercover operation have been sentenced in federal court. U.S. Attorney for South Dakota Ron Parsons, in a release on Tuesday, Aug. 7, said the sentences were handed down this spring and summer to nine men and five women from South Dakota, one man from North Dakota, one man from Idaho and two pawn shop operations in South Dakota.
STURGIS, S.D. -- The third fatality of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in the Black Hills of South Dakota was reported Wednesday, Aug. 8, as attendance continues to climb well above last year. The 63-year-old man died on Tuesday at 11:20 a.m. on Sturgis Road near Piedmont when the motorcyclist failed to negotiate a curve, went off the roadway, hit a pole and rolled. The man was pronounced dead en route to the hospital. He was not wearing a helmet.
STURGIS, S.D.—Attendance is up at this year's Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in the Black Hills of South Dakota by about 2.5 percent through the first four days of the nine-day event. As of late Monday, Aug. 6, 221,127 visitors had arrived in the picturesque city compared to 215,744 last year. Saturday was the big day, with 60,119 people arriving for the 78th annual event, which was up 10.8 percent from last year. Sunday was a little slower, bringing the overall number down.
GWINNER, N.D. -- A 61-year-old southeast North Dakota man who authorities said is an unlawful user of and addicted to a controlled substance has been indicted by a federal jury in South Dakota for possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. U.S. Attorney for South Dakota Ron Parsons said Tuesday, Aug. 7, that Bruce G. Maxwell of Gwinner, N.D., entered a not guilty plea to the charge last week. He faces up to 10 years in prison.
SIOUX FALLS -- A Sioux Falls prisoner who was accidentally released on Monday because he had the same name as another inmate that was supposed to be set free has turned himself in. Adrian Ray Watson, 28, of Sioux Falls returned to the Minnehaha County Jail on Thursday, July 26, about 11 p.m. He was being held on $2,500 bail, but jail officials made an error and released him. He was in jail on charges of assault and robbery.
PIERRE, S.D. — A 30-year-old Dickinson, N.D., man has been sentenced to almost three years in federal prison for possessing explosives, some shipped in from Mexico. Nathaniel Johnson was sentenced on Wednesday, July 25, to 33 months in custody in Pierre after he was caught with a South Dakota man while they were on the run from the law in Reliance in south-central South Dakota.