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STURGIS, S.D. -- Fatal and serious injury accidents increased substantially at the 77th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally compared to last year, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. On the last day of the rally on Saturday, two deaths were reported raising the death toll to eight for the nine-day event, up from three deaths last year.
STURGIS, S.D. -- A 27-year-old man driving a vehicle on U.S. Highway 16 seven miles west of Custer died Thursday, Aug. 10, in what was the sixth fatal crash of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally this year. The man, whose 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan rolled in the ditch, had three other passengers in the vehicle in the 7:10 a.m. crash with one suffering life-threatening injuries.
STURGIS, S.D. -- The number of deaths in the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has reached five after an 80-year-old motorcyclist died Wednesday, Aug. 9, from his injuries in an earlier accident and two women died in separate accidents.
WATERTOWN, S.D. --- Two more men have pleaded guilty to a blackjack table cheating conspiracy at the Dakota Sioux Casino near Watertown in northeast South Dakota. Lito Banbilla Bolocon, 44, and Jordon Anthony Rondell, 29, appeared last week before U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann in Aberdeen and pleaded guilty to the charge of conspiracy involving theft by employees of a gaming establishment on Indian lands. Jeremy Kris Brown, 43, pleaded guilty to that same count on May 1.
STURGIS , S.D. -- A 27-year-old motorcyclist died at sundown Tuesday night on Interstate 90 near Sturgis in only the second fatality of this year’s nine-day rally. The man from Fort Wayne, Indi., was eastbound on the interstate about seven miles east of Sturgis about 9 p.m. when he lost control, laying the motorcycle on its side, said the South Dakota State Patrol. He was not wearing a helmet and died from his injuries.
STURGIS, S.D. -- Preliminary motorcycle counts in downtown Sturgis for the 77th annual motorcycle rally show a 14 percent increase in attendance over last year. The busiest day was Sunday, but motorcyclists are still arriving in the Black Hills for the rally that runs through Saturday, Aug. 12. Among the visitors so far were a group from China on their bikes.
STARR COUNTY, Texas — A convicted pedophile from Halstad in northwest Minnesota has been caught near the Mexican border after being missing for more than a month. Jonah James Hawkins, 26, was taken into custody in Starr County, according to a news release from the Minnesota Department of Corrections. He had been a fugitive since June 27, when he absconded from supervised release, the DOC said.
STURGIS, S.D.—The first official fatality of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally occurred Sunday, Aug. 6, when a car and a semi collided, killing the 25-year-old driver of the car from Manti, Utah. The man was driving a 2009 Toyota Corolla northbound on U.S. Highway 85 about 11 miles south of Buffalo and crossed center line, according to the Department of Public Safety. A southbound semi driven by a 44-year-old man from Dickinson, N.D., swerved to try to miss the car but the vehicles collided. Both drivers were wearing seat belts. Their names were not released.
STURGIS, S.D.—The 77th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally kicked off on Friday, Aug. 4, for its nine-day run through Saturday, Aug. 12.. The vendors who line the streets in the Black Hills of South Dakota city are up this year, according to public information officer Christina Steele, with 609 as of Friday compared to 588 last year. Vendors line many of the town's city streets, including Main Street which this past year underwent a major upgrading.
LACRESCENT, Minn. -- Names of the suspects and officers in a gunfight between police and two Wisconsin teenagers in southeast Minnesota have been released. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said the suspects in the incident in Houston County were Wyatt Robert Helfrich, 19, of La Crosse, Wis., who is in the La Crosse County (Wis.) Jail and William Gerald Wallraff, 19, of Holmen, Wis., who is in the Houston County Jail.