Associated Press

Milford Man Dies In Snowmobile Crash In Northwestern Iowa

WEBB, Iowa (AP) – Authorities in northwestern Iowa say a 39-year-old Milford man has died in a snowmobile crash. The Sioux City Journal reports that Justin Robert Stahly died Thursday night after the snowmobile he was driving north along the Little Sioux River crashed into a tree. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office says first responders were sent to the crash…

Judge Denies ‘Bachelor’ Star’s Fatal Accident Law Challenge

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa farmer-turned-reality television star is fighting to avoid prison after driving his pickup into the back of a tractor and killing a neighbor. Chris Soules became known as “Prince Farming” during his 2015 appearance on “The Bachelor” and also appeared on “The Bachelorette” and “Dancing With The Stars.” He lost a legal battle Friday…

Judge Won’t Delay Dakota Access Shooting Suspect’s Trial

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A judge is refusing to delay the upcoming trial of a Denver woman accused of shooting at law officers during protests in North Dakota against the Dakota Access pipeline. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland also is limiting the scope of the trial for Red Fawn Fallis. He isn’t allowing discussion about treaty agreements, protest activity in…

Officials Report Iowa Flu Toll 6 Since October

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa officials have reported four more influenza-related deaths, bringing the state total to six since October. Iowa Public Health Department spokeswoman Polly Carver-Kimm said Friday the department recorded three flu-related deaths for the same period last year. The department says three of the four were at least 81 and one was age 61 to 80….

Police Say 4-Year-Old In Stolen SUV Found Safely

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a 4-year-old child has been found safe inside a sport utility that had been stolen in Sioux City. The owner of the vehicle told police that the child was inside the running SUV when it was taken early Friday morning near Briar Cliff University. The vehicle was soon found abandoned, and the child…

2017 Building Permit Valuations In Spearfish Set City Record

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) – Building permit valuations in Spearfish in 2017 set a city record. City building official Tom Paisley tells the Black Hills Pioneer that Spearfish issued 439 permits for building projects with a value of $52 million. The previous record was in 2014, with 513 permits and a total valuation of about $49 million. Permits are typically required…

Rapid City Sears Among Dozens Nationwide Being Closed

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Sears Holdings Corp. is closing more than 100 stores around the country, including the Sears in Rapid City. The company says employees at 64 Kmart stores and 39 Sears stores were notified Thursday that it was closing the stores between early March and early April. Company officials say liquidation sales could start as early as…

Man Sues Iowa County Over Wrongful Arrest, 2-Month Jail Stay

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – An Arizona man who was arrested, transported cross-country and jailed for a robbery that he didn’t commit is suing the Iowa prosecutor responsible for charging him. Joseph McBride spent two months in custody after authorities arrested him in Phoenix in August. The 23-year-old was among three people charged for a Jan. 1, 2017, home invasion…

2 GOP Lawmakers Want Sessions To Quit, Say He’s Lost Control

WASHINGTON (AP) – Two Republican House members are calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign, and they’re criticizing his Justice Department for not cooperating with Congress and for leaks related to its Russia investigation. Mark Meadows of North Carolina and Jim Jordan of Ohio are making their views known in an opinion column published Thursday on the Washington Examiner’s…

Out-Of-State Money Ban For Initiatives To Appear On Ballot

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s chief elections official has cleared a measure that would ban out-of-state fundraising for citizens’ initiatives to appear on the November ballot. Secretary of State Shantel Krebs’ office said Thursday the ballot question will be named Initiated Measure 24. The measure’s approval could be challenged. The initiative would prohibit contributions to ballot question committees from…

Governor Seeks Extension Of Special Session Lake Use Law

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard is asking South Dakota legislators to extend a law set to expire this summer that governs the use of lakes on private land for recreation. Lawmakers during a special legislative session last year approved a compromise on so-called nonmeandered waters that sunsets in June 2018, meaning lawmakers will have to revisit the issue…

Death Penalty Not Sought In Mitchell Man’s Murder Trial

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – Prosecutors have decided against pursuing the death penalty against a Mitchell slaying suspect should he be convicted. Forty-nine-year-old Anthony Lewis is charged with murder in the stabbing death last August of 30-year-old Quinn Schleuning during a confrontation outside of an apartment complex. Police say the two men knew one another and had an adversarial relationship. Lewis…

County Commissioner Gets New Trial On Ordinance Violation

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Pennington County commissioner convicted of violating a county zoning ordinance has been granted a new trial. Seventy-seven-year-old George Ferebee disagrees with government oversight of septic systems. A magistrate court judge last September found him guilty of maintaining on his rural Hill City property a septic system that lacked an operating permit. Ferebee was fined…

Woman Accused Of Helping Slaying Suspect Set For Trial

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A 19-year-old woman accused of being an accomplice in a Rapid City slaying last fall has been scheduled for trial next month. Authorities allege Cierra Walks helped 21-year-old Maricelo Garcia evade authorities after Garcia allegedly shot and killed 20-year-old Clinton Farlee last October. The Rapid City Journal reports Walks is scheduled for a four-day trial…