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December 2, 2021

South Dakota woman sentenced in 1981 death of infant son

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota judge has sentenced a woman to 10 years in the state prison system for her infant son’s 1981 death that went unsolved for decades. Judge Bradley Zell called the sentencing of 60-year-old Theresa Bentaas a difficult decision. He says it was not clear whether her son died […]

December 2, 2021

Three new deaths in Pennington County listed in today’s COVID-19 report

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health reported 615 new cases of COVID-19 in their Thursday report with 143 of those listed under the probable category. Active cases increased by nearly 200 to 7,416. The number of people hospitalized was down slightly to 248. Six new deaths were reported, sending the state’s death […]

December 2, 2021

Spearfish man pleads not guilty to various meth charges

DEADWOOD, S.D. — A Spearfish man has pleaded not guilty to various meth-related charges in Lawrence County. Jesse James K. Houston, 49, of Spearfish was indicted by a Lawrence County grand jury July 28 and charged with distribution of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, a Class 4 felony. Houston is a repeat offender, after having been […]

December 1, 2021

Rapid City Police identify victims of weekend shootings

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City Police have identified the two victims of two separate shootings that took place over the weekend. Police say 19-year-old Jayden Russell of Rapid City was killed on Sunday, November 28 at a residence in the 400 block of Tamarack Drive. RCPD is still investigating the shooting and no arrests […]

December 1, 2021

South Dakota man pleads not guilty to killing 3, wounding 2

TYNDALL, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota man has pleaded not guilty to fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend, her father and another woman and wounding his ex-girlfriend’s mother and a young child. Forty-two-year-old Francis Lange entered the pleas Tuesday in Bon Homme County Circuit Court to charges that include first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault […]

December 1, 2021

Fifteen new COVID-19 related deaths listed in Wednesday report

PIERRE, S.D. – It was a deadly COVID-19 report Wednesday, as 15 new deaths were reported across the state. Of those 15 deaths, there were 2 out of Pennington County, and one each out of Lawrence and Meade. The state’s death toll reaches 2,349 today. New cases totaled 936 with 254 of those listed as […]

November 30, 2021

Authorities charge Kyle woman in connection with early Monday shooting

RAPID CITY, S.D. —  Police say a 22-year-old, Kyle, S.D. woman has been charged with one count of manslaughter and two counts of aggravated assault in relation to a shooting incident that took place on November 29 on Marquette Drive in Rapid City. The arrest follows an announcement earlier in the day Tuesday that they […]

November 30, 2021

2016 Pine Ridge reservation slaying draws 15-year sentence

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — One of three men accused in a fatal shooting on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 2016 has been sentenced in federal court after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors. Twenty-eight-year-old Estevan Baquera was given 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to accessory to first-degree murder in the death […]

November 30, 2021

Authorities identify teen killed in Codington County crash

FLORENCE, S.D. –  A Florence, S.D., male has been identified as the person who died Friday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash south of Florence. Preliminary crash information indicates that a 2006 Chevy Impala was westbound on 165th Street when it crossed the center line, went into the south ditch, and rolled. Taryn Sumner, the 16-year-old […]

November 30, 2021

Tuesday’s COVID-19 Report includes numbers from long Thanksgiving weekend

STURGIS, S.D. – South Dakota health officials reported 1,341 new cases of COVID-19 in their Tuesday report, with 221 of those listed under the probable category. Today’s report includes numbers from the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Active cases saw a decrease to 6,778, while the number of people hospitalized due to the virus jumped by […]