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Month: March, 2015

Rapid City high school senior dies after scooter accident

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — An 18-year-old Rapid City Stevens High School senior has died of injuries suffered a few days ago when collided with a car while on a motorized scooter.

Police say Nehemiah Larimer was riding his scooter at about 6 p.m. Friday when the collision occurred at the intersection of Sheridan Lake Road and Canyon Lake Drive.

A second scooter rider who was following Larimer stopped in time and was not injured.

Larimer family friend Nick Reid, who was authorized to speak on behalf of the family, says Larimer died Monday evening after his organs were removed so they could be donated.

A police spokesman says the accident remains under investigation and charges are pending against the driver of the car, who was not identified.

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Trooper wounded in Kimball standoff returns to patrol duty

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper wounded during a standoff in January has returned to work.

Sgt. John Koenig, of Chamberlain, was shot Jan. 7 near Kimball. While his injuries were not considered life-threatening, he spent several days in a Sioux Falls hospital and then time recuperating at home.

Investigators say more than 100 rounds were fired during the daylong standoff.

Forty-two-year-old Donald London is charged with two counts of attempted murder and three counts of aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer. His father, 66-year-old Michael London, is charged with aiding and abetting the crime.

Prosecutors say Donald London fired his rifle and struck Koenig when troopers surrounded his house after he threatened to kill the Chamberlain police chief.

Koenig's been with the patrol for 28 years.

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Longtime Lower Brule Sioux chairman sedated in hospital

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — An attorney for the Lower Brule Sioux says the tribal chairman is sedated in a Sioux Falls hospital as his doctors consult with their counterparts at the Mayo Clinic about his serious illness.

Attorney Marshall Matz says the family of Michael Jandreau met with physicians Tuesday to discuss test results. Matz says Jandreau suffered from a heart problem.

Jandreau has been in the spotlight recently after a report by a human rights organization alleged millions of taxpayer dollars meant to benefit the Lower Brule Sioux Reservation disappeared over several years.

Matz and Jandreau have vigorously denied any wrongdoing.

The report accuses Jandreau and others of diverting money and concealing financial activity.

The Department of the Interior's Office of Inspector General is evaluating whether to investigate the tribe.

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Man charged in stabbing of Bureau of Indian Affairs official

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Federal authorities have charged a man in the stabbing of the Bureau of Indian Affairs superintendent on the Crow Creek Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

Authorities allege that Brian Iron Boulder, 51, stabbed Patrick F. Duffy in the back with a knife on March 25, penetrating Duffy's chest wall. Duffy was in critical condition for a time but is recovering.

Court documents don't indicate a motive for the alleged stabbing. BIA special Agent Tino Lopez said in an affidavit that a witness told him Iron Boulder often talked with Duffy at his office, and that the stabbing occurred after one of the conversations. Lopez said Iron Boulder admitted to him that he stabbed Duffy.

Duffy's public defender, Douglas A. Abraham, declined comment to The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Documents show that Iron Boulder on Friday waived his right to a detention hearing. He will remain in custody until a preliminary hearing that was not immediately scheduled. U.S. District Judge Roberto Lange on Monday did set a June 2 date for a jury trial on an assault charge that carries a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison.

Iron Boulder is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe but has been living on the Crow Creek Reservation, where Duffy oversees BIA facilities in Fort Thompson and manages tribal land.

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Arraignment set for Yankton man accused of killing uncle

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — A man accused of killing his uncle in Yankton about a year ago is scheduled to enter a plea in a couple of weeks.

Judge Glen Eng has scheduled an April 13 arraignment for Joshua Hudson.

Hudson is accused of using a hammer to kill 46-year-old Todd Hudson on March 7, 2014. He could face life in prison if convicted.

Eng's decision comes after two psychiatric examinations of Hudson. One done for the defense concluded that Hudson is not mentally competent to face charges. A second exam that Eng ordered last November was inconclusive.

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Northwestern South Dakota wildfire grows to 16 square miles

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A wildfire burning in northwestern South Dakota's Harding County has grown to about 16 square miles.

The Great Plains Fire Information office estimates that the Sheep Draw Fire has burned more than 10,000 acres since Saturday afternoon. The cause is still being investigated.

Fire officials have said it could take several days to fully contain the blaze. More than 100 firefighters with federal, state and volunteer agencies have been attacking the fire, along with area ranchers and two South Dakota National Guard helicopters.

No one has been hurt. Some homes, other buildings and natural gas wells have been threatened, but firefighters have been able to protect the structures.

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Judge finds woman accused of raping boys unfit for trial

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A 30-year-old Sioux Falls woman found naked in her apartment with at least three boys has been found unfit to stand trial at this time.

Judge Lawrence Long ruled Monday that Anne Doubler will be committed to a mental health treatment facility for up to four months before it's decided whether she'll eventually be competent enough to stand trial.

Doubler is charged with five counts each of first-degree rape, sexual contact with a child under 16 and sexual exploitation.

Doubler's husband told police that he returned home last June to find her naked with three boys between the ages of 7 and 10.

Police say the boys, who lived in surrounding apartments, confirmed that they had sexual contact with Doubler.

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Former Corn Palace director indicted on misdemeanor charge

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — A grand jury has indicted the former director of the Corn Palace tourist attraction in Mitchell on a petty theft charge, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Mark Schilling resigned about a year ago at the mayor's request, after a state audit concluded he mishandled money. He has told The Associated Press that he doesn't think he did anything wrong.

The misdemeanor charge against Schilling alleges he took gift cards belonging to the city. He could face up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine if convicted.

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Huron man dies in crash

Monday, March 30, 2015

HURON, S.D. (AP) — Authorities say a 58-year-old Huron man was killed in a one-vehicle crash in eastern South Dakota.
The accident happened between 3 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. Friday on a road just northeast of Huron.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol says David William Jones failed to stop for a stop sign while driving his pickup truck through an intersection. It says his pickup struck an embankment, went airborne and came to rest in a field.
The Highway Patrol says Jones wasn't wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
An investigation is ongoing.


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Earth Day birdhouses

Monday, March 30, 2015

CUSTER STATE PARK, S.D. (AP) — Rangers at Custer State Park in the Black Hills will mark Earth Day this year by teaching people how to make bluebird houses.
Two sessions are scheduled for Saturday, April 18, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Peter Norbeck Visitor Center.
Attendees will build a bluebird house from scrap wood to promote recycling as well as an appreciation of birds. They'll also learn why bluebirds nest in the boxes and other facts, and be able to take their birdhouse home with them.
Each session has a limit of 20 participants and reservations are required. Everyone also needs to provide a hammer.


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