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Teen charged with murder of Shayna Ritthaler pleads Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity
STURGIS, S.D. – The 17-year-old arrested in connection with the death of 16-year-old Shayna Ritthaler appeared in court Thursday for his arraignment hearing. Michael Gavin Campbell, whose name was released because he is being charged as an adult, plead not guilty by reason...
October 17, 2019

Sioux Falls man charged with manslaughter in death of fetus
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A Sioux Falls man has been charged with second-degree manslaughter after his handgun fired, struck his wife who lost her unborn child. Melanie Pettibone's sister says Pettibone was shot in the thigh when the gun accidentally discharged Sunday while her husba...
October 17, 2019

Thune, Rounds react to Trump's Syria plan
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Senator John Thune (R-SD) has concerns about President Trump's new withdrawal strategy in Syria. "The reason U.S. forces got involved in Syria, to begin with, was to address the terrorist threat born out of the vacuum left by the hasty U.S. withdrawal in Iraq...
October 17, 2019

Air Force IDs Ellsworth airman found dead off base
RAPID CITY, S.D.  — The U.S. Air Force has released the name of an airman stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base who was found dead at an off-base residence. The Air Force says 24-year-old Senior Airman William Horton was a B-1 Journeyman with the 28th Aircraft Mainten...
October 16, 2019

South Dakota Receives Nearly $2 Million in Grants for School Security
PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem has announced that South Dakota has received three grants totaling almost $2 million to help South Dakota school districts prevent and address threats of violence. The grants come from the Bureau of Justice’s STOP School ...
October 16, 2019

Police - easily preventable circumstances lead to string of vehicle thefts
RAPID CITY, S.D. - There's a reason police tell you not to leave keys in an unlocked car. Rapid City Police have reported at least ten vehicles have been stolen in the last two weeks as the result of easily preventable circumstances. Police say three car thefts on October 14 in...
October 16, 2019

Man involved in New Year's Day standoff changes plea
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Rapid City man involved in a New Year’s Day standoff with police has changed his plea from not guilty of attempted murder, to not guilty by reason of insanity. Back in January, Jordan Wounded Face was charged with attempted murder after allegedly...
October 16, 2019

Bomb scare at Montana school turns out to be false alarm
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Authorities evacuated an elementary school in Montana on Tuesday after officials found what they thought were the remnants of a homemade bomb that exploded, but it turned out to be a plastic bottle filled with nuts and bolts left in the schoolyard. Sch...
October 16, 2019

Police arrest man for pulling a gun during altercation
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Police in Rapid City say an altercation between a few people resulted in the display of a gun. Police were called to the Budget Inn Motel Tuesday afternoon for a report of a person threatening others with a gun. Police spokesman Brendyn Medina says 19-y...
October 15, 2019

Internal Revenue Service hits Pennington County with penalties for mishandling payroll taxes
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Internal Revenue Service has hit Pennington County with more than $87,000 in penalties for mishandling payroll taxes. According to Pennington County Auditor Cindy Mohler, the IRS looked through taxes from the last three years and discovered the count...
October 15, 2019

Black Hills State University holds BHSU Day in Sturgis
STURGIS, S.D. – Black Hills State University held its first annual BHSU Day in Sturgis Tuesday. BHSU Interim President Laurie Nichols, along with representatives from BHSU, made a visit to Sturgis Brown High School to discuss educational opportunities. Nichols says the vi...
October 15, 2019

Threat on social media puts Douglas schools on secure status
BOX ELDER, S.D. - A threat on social media put all Douglas School buildings on secure status Tuesday morning. According to the Douglas School District's Facebook page, all district buildings were placed on "secure status" due to an alleged threat at the high school. "A student ...
October 15, 2019

Sheriff: Still unknown how Wyoming teen knew her killer
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The South Dakota sheriff overseeing the investigation into the killing of a Wyoming teen says detectives are still trying to find out how she met the 17-year-old charged with shooting her in his basement. Meade County Sheriff Ron Merwin said Tuesday that 16-ye...
October 15, 2019

Empty South Dakota food pantries request donations
  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Organizations that help feed hungry South Dakotans are concerned their supplies will run short this holiday season unless individuals and civic groups step forward to help.The group Feeding South Dakota has encouraged earlier-than-usual food ...
October 15, 2019

Gallantly Forward Gala raises awareness about trauma issues facing U.S. soldiers
RAPID CITY, SD —The rate of suicide among U.S. veterans and soldiers continued to climb.  An estimated 20+ veterans and 1 active duty soldier succumb to suicide every day.  The U.S. suicide rate is now 33% higher than it was in 1999 and the suicide rate for vetera...
October 15, 2019

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