Pennington County

Priest Accused Of Stealing Back In Pennington County

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Rapid City Catholic priest accused of stealing more than $150,000 from area churches is back in the custody of local authorities. Father Marcin Garbacz has been transferred from federal custody to the Pennington County Jail. Garbacz was intercepted by federal agents at the Seattle airport in May. He had booked a one way ticket…

Saturday Search Organized for Missing Girl

Serenity Dennard courtesy PCSOROCKERVILLE, S.D. – The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office says it will conduct another search this weekend for a 9-year-old girl who went missing in the Black Hills area more two months ago. The sheriff’s office has organized numerous searches for Serenity Dennard since she ran away from the Black Hills Children’s Home on Feb. 3. Some of…

County Prosecutor Says He Won’t Prosecute CBD Oil Cases

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The top prosecutor in Pennington County says he won’t prosecute cases involving hemp and CBD oil, contradicting a decision by the South Dakota attorney general. State Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg recently sent a release that said industrial hemp and all forms of CBD oil remain illegal in South Dakota. Pennington County State’s Attorney Mark Vargo tells…

Motorcycle Driver Killed in Pennington County Crash

HILL CITY, S.D. – A weekend crash in Pennington County involving a motorcycle and a sport utility vehicle killed the driver of the motorcycle. The Highway Patrol says the 57-year-old man lost control of the bike on U.S. Highway 385 north of Hill City on Sunday afternoon and it went into the oncoming lane. The SUV ran over both the…

Arrest Made in Keystone Fatal Shooting

KEYSTONE, S.D. – Authorities have made an arrest in a fatal shooting in Keystone and identified the person who died. The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office says 19-year-old Ty Scott of Keystone died from a single gunshot wound Wednesday. The incident happened at a residence. An 18-year-old Rapid City man was arrested on a manslaughter charge. It wasn’t clear if he…

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…

Man Convicted Of Trying To Kill South Dakota State Trooper

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A man accused of trying to kill a South Dakota state trooper following a traffic stop has been convicted of attempted murder. A Pennington County jury found 35-year-old Donald Willingham guilty on Thursday. The Rapid City Journal reports the verdict comes two years after Trooper Zachary Bader stopped an SUV along Interstate 90 near Box…

Black Hawk Woman Dies From Injuries In Motorcycle Crash

NEMO, S.D. (AP) – A Black Hawk woman has died from injuries she suffered in a motorcycle crash earlier this month. The Highway Patrol says 48-year-old Diana Fast crashed her motorcycle on a Pennington County road 10 miles west of Rapid City the afternoon of Sept. 17. She died at a Rapid City hospital on Friday. Categories: Local News, News…

Pennington County Commissioner Fined For Violating Ordinance

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Pennington County commissioner who disagrees with government oversight of septic systems has been convicted of violating a county zoning ordinance. Seventy-seven-year-old George Ferebee after a five-hour trial on Monday was found guilty by a judge and fined $200 for maintaining on his rural Hill City property a septic system that lacked an operating permit….

Man Accused Of Killing Girlfriend Acquitted

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A jury in Pennington County has acquitted a man accused of killing his girlfriend. Brian Duncan walked out of the courthouse Wednesday night as a free man after spending the last 14 months in jail. He had been charged with second-degree murder, which carries a possible sentence of life without parole. A Rapid City pathologist…

SD Attorney Jackley Says Officer-Involved Shooting Justified

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota attorney general says a deputy-involved shooting in Pennington County was justified. The state Division of Criminal Investigation was asked to review a July 31 shooting in which a 21-year-old Rapid City man was shot and wounded during a warrant check. The man who was shot, 21-year-old Cruz Deleon, and 30-year-old Cassandra Quiver were…

Authorities ID Third Victim Of Rapid City Mobile Home Fire

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office has identified the last of three people who died in a mobile home fire in Rapid City. Authorities say 52-year-old Thomas Milner was identified through DNA testing. Nine-year-old Landon Gayton and 37-year-old Kelli Archer were identified earlier this week through fingerprints and dental records. Preliminary autopsy results indicate all three…

Oglala Sioux, Law Enforcement Work On Policing Agreement

KYLE, S.D. (AP) – Law enforcement leaders from the Oglala Sioux Tribe and Pennington County are working on an agreement to make it harder for violent offenders to escape justice by fleeing to another jurisdiction. Tribal leaders met with the Pennington County sheriff and states attorney and the Rapid City police chief Thursday night in Kyle. Oglala tribal member Dave…

$1 Million Cash Bond In Slaying Of Retired Teacher

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Bond has been set at $1 million cash for a man accused of escaping from custody in South Dakota and killing a retired teacher in Rapid City. Andrew Eastman is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 64-year-old Larry Mintzlaff. Authorities say Eastman escaped from an inmate job site in Rapid City on June…

Suspect In Killing Wants Jail Cell Search Evidence Rejected

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Sturgis man accused of plotting his ex-girlfriend’s killing in 2015 is asking the court to throw out any evidence gathered during a search of his jail cell last year. Twenty-seven-year-old Jonathon Klinetobe has pleaded not guilty to multiple felonies including first-degree murder in the May 2015 stabbing death of 22-year-old Jessica Rehfeld. Her body…

Tribe Planning Extradition Agreement With Outside Police

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) – Oglala Sioux Tribe officials hope a mutual-aid agreement between the tribe and outside authorities could help curb violent crime in South Dakota. The Rapid City Journal reports that tribal leaders have met with officials from the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office and Rapid City Police Department to discuss sharing emergency and police resources through a proposed…

Name Released In Pennington County Fatal Crash

RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Black Hawk, S.D., man has been identified as the person who died Saturday afternoon in a motorcycle-pickup crash that occurred on Nemo Road near Rapid City. Patrick Lofswold, 36, was driving a  2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle eastbound on Nemo Road when he tried to pass a van in a no passing zone area. The motorcycle collided…

Areas for vacation home rentals expanded in Pennington County

Some residents concerned for potential tourist influx

Courtesy: South Dakota Dept. of TourismRAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Some South Dakota residents are worried about an influx of tourists in their neighborhoods after Pennington County commissioners expanded the areas where vacation home rentals may be located. County commissioners approved some changes to the vacation home rental ordinance Tuesday to include allowing rentals in neighborhoods zoned suburban residential district….