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Idaho inmate who escaped 19 years ago captured in South Dakota

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The Idaho Department of Correction says Pennington County Sheriff deputies arrested Rhonda L. Blake, 57, at a home in Rapid City. (IDOC)

An inmate who escaped the former East Boise Community Reentry Center 19 years ago has been located and arrested in South Dakota.

The Idaho Department of Correction says Pennington County Sheriff deputies arrested Rhonda L. Blake, 57, at a home in Rapid City. She walked away from the Boise Work Center back on Dec. 24, 1998 and had been on the run ever since.

She had at the center for violating her probation for illegal possession of a controlled substance. Blake is also wanted to a 2009 drunk driving case in South Dakota and after that's been settled, she will be extradited to Idaho to face escape related charges.

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