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Fatal shooting of Oglala Sioux police officer investigated
KYLE, S.D. - The name of the Oglala Sioux Tribe police officer killed in a domestic violence shooting Saturday has been released. The OST says the officer is 52-year-old Brian Garrett, a 10-year veteran on the OST police force. Garrett was off duty when he was shot and killed a...
February 12, 2018

Pennington County fire crews respond to two structure fires Sunday
RAPID CITY, S.D. - It was a busy weekend for Pennington County fire crews, as they battled two more structure fires on Sunday. The first fire was reported just after noon Sunday. A fire in a residential structure at 4769 Anderson rd. in Rapid Valley, unincorporated Pennington C...
February 12, 2018

University of South Dakota president suffers heart attack
VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — University of South Dakota President James W. Abbott has suffered a heart attack and was airlifted to Sioux Falls where he underwent surgery The university says that the 69-year-old Abbott drove himself to the emergency room in Vermillion Saturday...
February 11, 2018

Body found in rubble of South Dakota apartment fire
ANDOVER, S.D. — Authorities have recovered a body from the rubble of an apartment fire in northeastern South Dakota. The South Dakota attorney general's office said Saturday that local police confirmed that a body was found in the apartment complex. The fire was reporte...
February 11, 2018

Black Hawk area shop destroyed in Friday night fire
BLACK HAWK, S.D. - A fire in a maintenance shop at 7200 Shadowland Court in Black Hawk went to 3 alarms before being brought under control. The large structure received extensive damage, with a loss of shop tools, vehicles, skid steer, ditching equipment and other related assets...
February 10, 2018

Authorities identify teen killed in Box Elder vehicle-pedestrian accident
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Investigators have positively identified the teenager killed Thursday, February 8, 2018, in Box Elder. Jaylen Twiss, 16 years old from Manderson, South Dakota, was found lying in the median on Highway 14-16.  Numerous leads on the teen’s identity cam...
February 9, 2018

Man charged in Sioux Falls killings could face death penalty
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A man accused in a double homicide in Sioux Falls could face the death penalty. The Argus Leader reports that 34-year-old Manuel Frias was charged Thursday with first-degree murder, second-degree murder and four counts of manslaughter. Two other people were ...
February 9, 2018

Audit may shed light on murder-suicide motive
LENNOX, S.D. - A workplace audit may shed light on the motive behind a murder-suicide in southeastern South Dakota that resulted in the deaths of a man, woman and young boy. Lincoln County officials say the shooting last September in Lennox remains under investigation. Authorit...
February 9, 2018

Travel not recommended overnight Thursday as winter weather continues
STURGIS, S.D. - Numerous accidents have led law enforcement to issue no travel advisories around the region Thursday night. In Pennington County, the sheriff's office issued a no travel advisory due to extremely slippery roads and poor visibility. Pennington County Sheriff spoke...
February 9, 2018

Investigation into fatal car-pedestrian collision
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Authorities in Pennington County are asking for help identifying a man killed in an apparent vehicle=pedestrian accident Thursday. Authorites say at 3:22 am, February 8, 2018, law enforcement responded to a report of a person lying in the median on Highway 14-...
February 9, 2018

Dusty Johnson outraises Shantel Krebs in GOP House primary
PIERRE, S.D. - Republican Dusty Johnson's campaign for U.S. House outraised GOP opponent Shantel Krebs in the fourth quarter of 2017. Johnson recently reported raising more than $116,000, while Krebs took in over $77,000. Johnson also has a cash advantage, with about $424,000 in...
February 8, 2018

South Dakota considers ban on teaching about gender identity
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota lawmakers will consider banning public school teaching on gender identity in elementary and middle schools, a push that critics say is similar to some states limiting the positive portrayal of homosexuality in the classroom. Nathan Smith, public polic...
February 8, 2018

Utah snowmobiler survives being buried in Wyoming avalanche
PINEDALE, Wyo. - A snowmobiler has survived after being buried in an avalanche in western Wyoming. The Sublette County Sheriff's Office says three men from Utah were snowmobiling in the Lead Creek drainage when the avalanche occurred about 3:50 p.m. Wednesday and buried one of t...
February 8, 2018

South Dakota bison herds injured after winter wildfires
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Winter wildfires in South Dakota's Custer State Park and Bear Butte State Park didn't cause any direct casualties to the parks' bison herds, but some may have possibly fatal injuries. Custer State Park's Herd Manager Chad Kremer says no bison herd casualties w...
February 8, 2018

Scottsbluff man accused of mailing opioid patches to inmate
SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. - A Scottsbluff man has been charged with three felonies after investigators say he mailed opioid patches to a woman jailed in Wyoming. The Scottsbluff Star-Herald reports that 51-year-old Douglas Boyce has been charged with possession of a controlled substance...
February 8, 2018

Bill to bar people in US illegally from SD colleges rejected
PIERRE, S.D. - A legislative committee has rejected a bill aiming to ban people who are living in the U.S. illegally from enrolling at South Dakota's public colleges. The Senate Education Committee voted 5-2 Thursday against the bill. Republican Sen. Stace Nelson's bill would ha...
February 8, 2018

State lawmakers reject push to extend legislative terms
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota lawmakers have rejected a plan that would have asked voters to double their current two-year terms in office. The House State Affairs Committee voted Wednesday to defeat the resolution. Republican Rep. Chris Karr, the sponsor, says it would strengthen...
February 8, 2018

Craft brew bills pit beer distributors against microbrewers
PIERRE, S.D. - Competing bills overhauling rules for craft brewers are pitting beer distributors against microbreweries at the South Dakota Legislature. The Senate State Affairs Committee voted 7-2 Wednesday to approve a distributor-backed bill. A panel passed Gov. Dennis Daugaa...
February 8, 2018

Sioux Falls teen pleads guilty in fatal crash
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A Sioux Falls teen accused of manslaughter and murder in a fatal crash has pleaded guilty to criminal charges as part of an agreement with prosecutors. Seventeen-year-old Alexander Lingor was initially charged with at least 15 counts, but on Wednesday aftern...
February 8, 2018

Belle Fourche councilwoman pleads not guilty to charges
BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. - Belle Fourche City Councilwoman Toni Moncur has pleaded not guilty to witness tampering and simple assault. The 55-year-old Moncur was indicted by a Butte County grand jury on Dec. 18, the same day she was sworn in to office. Authorities say the charges st...
February 8, 2018

SD panel moves to curb out-of-state money for initiatives
PIERRE, S.D. - Republican lawmakers fighting out-of-state influence in ballot question campaigns are pushing to restrict the flow of money from outside South Dakota for the second legislative session in a row. The House State Affairs Committee voted 7-6 Wednesday to move the bi...
February 7, 2018

South Dakota lawmakers advance bill ending university union
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota lawmakers have advanced a bill that would end collective bargaining at the state's public universities. The House State Affairs Committee voted Wednesday to send the bill to the chamber's floor. It hasn't yet passed through the Senate. House Speaker ...
February 7, 2018

Fire destroys structure near Wanblee
WANBLEE, S.D. – Fire officials are investigating a blaze that destroyed a structure near Wanblee. The Wanblee Volunteer Fire Department, Pennington County 911, Kadoka Volunteer Fire Department, Long Valley Volunteer Fire Department, Oglala Sioux Tribe Emergency management ...
February 7, 2018

Plea deal reached in deadly convenience store robbery
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The second of two men facing charges in connection with a robbery that turned deadly at a Rapid City convenience store last year has reached a plea agreement. Twenty-year-old Cody Grady pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery in court Tuesday afternoon. KOTA-T...
February 7, 2018

Impending winter storm could bring tough travel Thursday
STURGIS, S.D. - Another shot of snow could hamper travel beginning Wednesday night, and lasting until Friday. Right now, the National Weather Service says the Northern Hills and northeasy Wyoming will be the hardest hit areas. A Winter Storm Watch is up for late Wednesday night...
February 6, 2018

Tapio resolution calls opponents enemies of the state
PIERRE, S.D. - State Republican Senator Neil Tapio of Watertown has introduced a concurrent resolution in Pierre, calling fundamental Islam the cause of the war on terror; and anyone who doesn't support his resolution is an enemy of the state. Tapio, who is running for the U.S....
February 6, 2018

South Dakota lawmakers advance under-21 tobacco sales ban
PIERRE, S.D. - A South Dakota House panel has approved a bill that would raise the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21. The House Health and Human Services Committee voted 8-4 Tuesday to advance the plan to the chamber's floor. Megan Myers, a lobbyist for the American Heart...
February 6, 2018

Citizen survey results released
RAPID CITY, SD –  Citizens in Rapid City were asked if there was an extra $1,000 in the city budget, how would they spend it. The Citizen Priority Budget Survey garnered 2,000 responses by mail and on line where  citizens were also asked to rank program and servic...
February 6, 2018

Montana woman charged with murder wants statements thrown out
STURGIS, S.D. - A woman accused of murder is trying to get statements that she made during questioning tossed before trial. Stormy Marsh, 38 of Montana, is accused of killing 49-year-old Phyllis Mastin at Mastin’s Summerset home last August. Monday, at an evidentiary supp...
February 6, 2018

No public vote on emergency services funding in Meade County
STURGIS, SD – Efforts to find the ways to fund fire and ambulance services in the greater Sturgis area continues to be the focus of discussions. Among the issues are past and current agreements between the City of Sturgis and the Meade County Commission for ambulance servic...
February 5, 2018


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