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South Dakota State Prison Inmate Placed On Escape Status

RAPID CITY, S.D.- A state prison inmate has been placed on escape status after failing to return to his assigned minimum-security housing unit today. Inmate Daniel Fresquez was allowed to leave the Rapid City Community Work Center this morning to search for a work release job. Escape procedures were enacted when he failed to return to the Community Work Center…

Federal Officials Charge 15 With Eagle Trafficking

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Federal officials in South Dakota say 15 people have been indicted for illegally trafficking eagles and other migratory birds after a two-year undercover operation. U.S. Attorney Randy Seiler said Monday that officials expect “significant” additional federal charges in the case. Seiler says the investigation focused on trafficking of eagles and eagle parts such as feathers…

Minnesota House To Vote Bills Boosting Abortion Restrictions

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – House Republicans are considering a pair of bills to boost restrictions on abortions. The two bills up for a final vote in the House Monday would bar the use of state funds for abortion services and creating a state permitting system for abortion facilities. Republicans argue that taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to help fund abortions…

Authorities ID Rapid City Hunter Who Accidentally Shot Self

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Authorities have released the name of a Rapid City man who accidentally shot and killed himself while hunting over the weekend. The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office says 63-year-old Timothy Coats was found dead Sunday on U.S. Forest Service land off of South Dakota Highway 44. His family says Coats did not return from turkey hunting…

Rapid City Man Sentenced To 15 Years For Fatal Shooting

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Rapid City man will serve 15 years in prison for fatally shooting another man last June. 34-year-old Mark Heinen received the maximum sentence Monday after pleading guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the death of 23-year-old Kiawe Walker. Heinen earlier admitted to shooting Walker while high on methamphetamine after Walker hit him. Heinen said the…

Family of South Dakota Man Run Over By Train Sues Railway

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The family of a BNSF Railway employee killed in an accident in western South Dakota is suing the railroad, alleging it failed to protect him from being hit by a train while he was clearing snow and ice from a track. The Rapid City Journal reports 35-year-old Richard Lessert died of injuries he sustained in…

Police Find More Than A Pound Of Marijuana After Traffic Stop

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls Police arrested a man after finding more than a pound of marijuana in his car during a traffic stop. On Saturday afternoon, around 2 p.m., officers stopped a car near 10th and Duluth Ave because the driver was suspected of having warrants.  Police say they smelled marijuana coming from the car and found that…

City Kicks Off Annual Neighborhood Clean-Up Projects NICE/KEEP

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Sioux Falls Environmental Health Division and its partnering departments announced the first day of cleanup activities for this year’s NICE (Neighborhood Improvement Complaint Easement) and KEEP (Keep Environmental Enhancement Permanent) projects. The 2017 Project NICE includes two areas: Area A is an area contained within the boundaries of South West Avenue on the west, South…

Obama To Deliver First Post-Presidency Speech In Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) – Former President Barack Obama will lead a panel discussion with students as the first public event of his post-presidential life. The discussion is scheduled for Monday at the University of Chicago, where Obama’s presidential library is planned. Students from area colleges and at least one high school are attending the discussion, with Obama expected to appear on…

Astronaut Breaks Record For Most Time In Space By American

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – Astronaut Peggy Whitson has another record under her space belt. Early Monday, the International Space Station commander surpassed the record of 534 days, two hours and 48 minutes for most accumulated time in orbit by an American. That record was set last year by Jeffrey Williams. Whitson already was the world’s most experienced spacewoman and…

Sioux Falls Man Charged With Terrorism Threat After Facebook Live Video

PIERRE, S.D.– Attorney General Marty Jackley and Lincoln County State’s Attorney Tom Wollman confirm today that Ehab Abdulmutta Jaber, 45, Sioux Falls, has been arrested by the Sioux Falls Police Department and charged with one count of terrorist threat, class 5 felony, punishable by up to 5 years in the state penitentiary and/or $10,000. During a search of Jaber’s residence…

Sioux Falls Celebrates 10 Years Of Single Stream Recycling

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – This year marks the 10th anniversary of single stream recycling in Sioux Falls. Since the program began in 2007, the weight of material collected by the local recovery facility, Millennium Recycling, Inc., has increased by 65% annually. The anniversary follows the recent City announcement that Sioux Falls recycles nearly half of its waste, which can be…