Custer County

Man Accused in Polygamists Attempted Burglary Pleads Guilty

CUSTER, S.D. – One of two men accused of trying to steal from a polygamous compound in southwest South Dakota has pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine in a plea agreement with prosecutors. Twenty-nine-year-old Wade Bird and a co-defendant were accused of trying to steal trailers and other items from the compound in rural Custer County in January 2018. In exchange…

2 Sentenced For Stealing From Rapid City-Based Nonprofit

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) – Two Custer County residents have been sentenced to serve 10 days in county jail and three years on probation and pay restitution for stealing from a nonprofit riding group. Authorities say 25-year-old Tiffany Thovson and 75-year-old Jerry Smedshammer collected money from Rapid City-based SunCatcher Therapeutic Riding Academy after submitting fake bills for veterinary services and supplies…

$1 Million Bond In Assault And Kidnapping Case

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) – Bond is set at $1 million for a man accused of kidnapping, assaulting and burglarizing a woman in Custer County. Authorities say Harry Evans was armed with a gun and a knife when he broke into the house of an acquaintance Wednesday night, sexually assaulted her and kidnapped her. The 59-year-old Pringle man appeared in court…

Grass Fire Spreads To Home In Fairburn, Kills Woman

FAIRBURN, S.D. (AP) – A woman is dead after a grass fire spread to a home in the Custer County town of Fairburn. Authorities did not immediately identify the 26-year-old woman whose body was found Tuesday morning. Custer Fire Chief Joe Harbach tells the Rapid City Journal that the grass fire had the potential to destroy the small town. It…

67-Year-Old Man Dies In Custer County Fatal Crash

HERMOSA, S.D. – One man died Monday morning in a one-vehicle crash that occurred south of Hermosa. The name of the 67-year-old man has not been released pending notification of family. He was the only occupant. A 2005 GMC Sierra pickup was southbound on South Dakota Highway 79 when the driver lost control. The vehicle went into the west ditch and…