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Custer Cleans Up After Heavy Rain, Flood Shut Down SD City  

CUSTER, S.D. – Residents of Custer are cleaning up after what an emergency services official calls a hundred-year flood that shut down the southwestern South Dakota city. The National Weather Service says thunderstorms stalled over Custer on Friday afternoon and dumped more than 5 inches (13 centimeters) of rain in 2-3 hours. Rainwater swelled French Creek, causing severe flooding that…

One Person Injured When a Sightseeing Helicopter

CUSTER, S.D. – One person was injured when a sightseeing helicopter on a training flight crashed north of Custer. Authorities say the Bell 47 chopper lost power just before landing and came up short of a helipad Thursday morning. It clipped a van, came down on a highway and flipped into a ditch. A 30-year-old person in the helicopter suffered…

Man Dies in Motorcycle Crash

CUSTER, S.D. – A 63-year-old man is dead after crashing his motorcycle west of Custer. The Highway Patrol says the man failed to negotiate a turn on U.S. Highway 16 shortly before 1 p.m. Monday, and his motorcycle collided with a guide rail. The man died at the scene. He wasn’t immediately identified. Categories: Local News, News Tags: Custer, Fatal…

Custer State Park: South Dakota Wildfire Fully Contained

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) – Officials say a wildfire that has burned more than half of South Dakota’s Custer State Park is completely contained. The park tweeted Tuesday that staff are busy fixing fences, removing hazard trees and monitoring park wildlife. The tweet says that park burros, which had been burned in the fire, are “holding their own” and remain under…

Custer Park Fire Likely Fully Contained Soon

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) – A Custer State Park official says firefighters expect a western South Dakota wildfire to be fully contained by the end of crews’ Monday shift. Kobee Stalder, the park’s visitor services program manager, says the fire consumed more than 84 square miles (218 square kilometers) in the park and beyond its borders. He says slightly more than…

Custer Park Officials Expect Fire Containment To Increase

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) – Custer State Park officials expect containment of a South Dakota wildfire to increase after day shift crews complete their rotation. The park said in a statement Friday that the fire remains at 50 percent containment. The blaze has consumed than 84 square miles. Officials say snow is predicted Saturday across the Black Hills. They have demobilized…

South Dakota Wildfire Containment Lines Hold Overnight

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) – A Custer State Park official says a western South Dakota wildfire hasn’t spread past fire containment lines overnight. Park spokeswoman Lydia Austin said the fire has consumed more than 73 square miles and is 10 percent contained. She says a fresh estimate will come later Thursday. Austin says the blaze didn’t expand last night past fire…

Custer Park Wildfire Grows Dramatically Overnight

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) – Officials say a wildfire that started in western South Dakota’s Custer State Park has grown dramatically overnight. They say the fire grew from about 6 square miles on Tuesday to about 55 square miles on Wednesday and is 7 percent contained. They say no homes or park buildings have been destroyed and an effort to protect…

Auction Of Former STAR Academy Solicits No Bids

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) – The auction of a former state-run juvenile corrections facility near Custer solicited no bids. The State Treatment and Rehabilitation Academy closed in April 2016 because of a significant drop in the number of juveniles being sent there by the courts. It was put up for sale Wednesday. The state Board of Appraisal earlier this year appraised…

STAR Academy Auction To Be Held Despite Lawmaker Concerns

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) – The auction of a former state-run juvenile corrections facility near Custer is going on as scheduled, despite protests from some lawmakers. The State Treatment and Rehabilitation Academy closed in April 2016 because of a significant drop in the number of juveniles being sent there by the courts. A group of South Dakota lawmakers on Tuesday asked…

Former Custer City Official Sentenced For Child Sex Crimes

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) – A former Custer city official has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for child sex crimes. Former planning administrator Scott Simianer was accused of inappropriately touching a pre-teenage girl and taking pornographic photos of her in 2015. He reached a deal with prosecutors earlier this year and entered an Alford plea, not admitting guilt but…

$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…

Former Custer City Official Pleads To Child Sex Charges

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) – A former Custer city official has pleaded guilty to child sex charges under a deal with prosecutors. The Rapid City Journal reports that former planning administrator Scott Simianer was accused of inappropriately touching a pre-teenage girl and taking pornographic photos of her in 2015. He entered an Alford plea on Thursday, not admitting guilt but acknowledging…

State Of South Dakota Seeks Request To Repurpose STAR Academy

PIERRE, S.D. – The State of South Dakota is soliciting interest from qualified respondents for repurposing the State Treatment and Rehabilitation (STAR) Academy which is located South of Custer. STAR Academy was closed in the spring of 2016 because of the reduction in juvenile commitments. “The State of South Dakota is committed to ensuring that the STAR Academy property emerges…