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Watertown Police Make Another Meth Related Arrest

Watertown Police have made another methamphetamine related arrest as part of an ongoing investigation.  A search warrant was executed at 601 3rd St SE today (Thursday) and 22 year old Sara Jo Waldner was arrested and charged with; possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of controlled substance, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, distribution

Arrests Made in Watertown Meth Bust

Watertown Police made multiple arrests yesterday (Wednesday) involving the use and distribution of methamphetamine.  26 year old David Hanson and 44 year old Perry Cordell, both of Watertown, were arrested in the Post Office parking lot after an unrelated search warrant was served at 111 9th St NW.  Police say in that search warrant they seized methamphetamine drug paraphernalia and

Henry Man Sentenced in Rape of 4 Year Old Daughter

A 33 year old Codington County man found guilty by a jury on 2 counts of 1st degree rape in October was sentenced to the South Dakota State Penitentiary today (Wednesday). Kevin Heustess of Henry was charged with having sexual contact with his then 4 year old daughter in 2006 and 2007. 
Court documents show the child reported the incidents to a school counselor after watching a

Native American students reportedly harassed at hockey game

     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Officials at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City are investigating the reported harassment of a group of Native American students who attended a Rapid City Rush hockey game over the weekend.
     Meanwhile, the president of Rapid City beer distributor Eagle Sales has released a statement of apology, saying people who

South Dakota's interim health secretary gets job full time

     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's interim health secretary is getting the job full time.
     Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he's appointing Kim Malsam-Rysdon to the position permanently. He named her to the job on an interim basis late last year.
     She'll replace Doneen Hollingsworth, who retired after nineteen years

Proposed egg farm drawing complaints in Turner County

     PARKER, S.D. (AP) - A Sioux Falls-based company hopes to more than double the number of egg-laying hens in South Dakota by opening a large chicken operation near Parker.
     Sonstegard Foods hopes to put 6 million birds on a farm in Turner County. Supporters say the project could boost grain prices and give farmers a steady source of fertilizer while

Judge in murder trial to allow evidence from 2008 rape case

     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Sioux Falls judge has ruled that similarities in a 2008 assault and rape of a woman and the slaying last year of Kari Anne Kirkegaard can be presented at the trial of the man accused of killing Kirkegaard.
     Forty-one-year-old Christopher Kryger has pleaded not guilty to murder, rape and burglary charges in the slaying of

Former college football player sentenced for tax fraud

     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A former University of South Dakota football player has been sentenced to 28 months in prison for his role in an identity theft scheme that fraudulently collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax refunds.
    Marquis Butler was sentenced Monday on one count each of aggravated identity theft and conspiracy to defraud the

Lighted domes to be installed on Mitchell's Corn Palace soon

     MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - The mayor of Mitchell expects a renovation project at the Corn Palace to be done by April.
     Ken Tracy says the most visible part of the project will be new $650,000 domes with LED lighting, which should be installed next month.
     The iconic domes and turrets were removed last year as part of the

FBI: 'No criminal activity' in death of 8-year-old girl

     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The FBI has found no criminal activity during its investigation into the November dog-attack death of an 8-year-old girl on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
     FBI spokesman Kyle Loven said Monday that the inquiry into Jayla Rodriguez's death is closed.
     Tribal police have said that Jayla was

Police: Boy fatally shot playing 'cops and robbers'

     EAGAN, Minn. (AP) - Police in Minnesota say a 15-year-old boy unintentionally fatally shot his 13-year-old brother while playing "cops and robbers."
     Police and paramedics responded to an Eagan home Sunday morning after the 15-year-old reported his brother was unresponsive and bleeding.
     The 15-year-old told

South Dakota Senate passes juvenile justice overhaul

     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Senate has approved a proposal that attempts to shift juvenile offenders toward community-based services and significantly decrease the number committed to the care of the state Department of Corrections.
     The chamber voted unanimously Monday to send the measure to the state House, where it will be heard in

Judge: Sioux Falls ambulance contract bidding process 'fair'

     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - An administrative hearing judge has ruled that the process used by Sioux Falls officials to award a contract for an ambulance service provider is "fair and equitable."
     The ruling announced Monday allows the city to continue contract negotiations with Paramadics Plus, the provider the city chose in November over

South Dakota fishing, hunting licenses expire Saturday

     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Licenses allowing people to hunt and fish in South Dakota expire Saturday.
     Fishing, small game, furbearer, predator/varmint and combination licenses will no longer be valid starting Feb. 1.
     Officials with the state's Game, Fish and Parks Department say new permits can be purchased online and at

Suspects in standoff that wounded trooper in SD indicted

     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A grand jury has indicted a father and son on charges stemming from a standoff near Kimball in which a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper suffered gunshot wounds and another was fired upon.
     South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says 42-year-old Donald London was indicted on two counts of attempted first-degree murder and

Milbank Businesses Receive Scam Calls

Several Milbank businesses have received calls from someone claiming to be a cheerleader from the Milbank School seeking monetary donations.  The caller says the donations will be used to purchase t-shirts to be thrown into the audience at high school games.
Milbank School officials say they don’t have any program of the kind and to hang up without giving any personal

Ticket sold in Watertown wins $102,417 Dakota Cash jackpot

     WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) - A ticket sold in Watertown has won the $102,417 Dakota Cash jackpot.
     South Dakota lottery officials say the ticket matched all five numbers in the Saturday drawing to win. Winning numbers are 11, 18, 22, 26 and 29.
     The odds of winning the Dakota Cash jackpot are 1 in about

Federal trial delayed for former Walworth County prosecutor

     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Trial in federal court has been delayed for a former South Dakota county prosecutor accused of child rape.
     Former Walworth County State's Attorney Christopher Jansen was to stand trial in federal court starting Feb. 10. The trial has been delayed two months to give his attorney more time to prepare. Prosecutors did not

Plan to add human traffickers to sex offender list advances

     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota legislative panel has approved a proposal that would require convicted human traffickers to register as sex offenders. 
     The state Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to send the measure to the chamber's floor.
     Attorney General Marty Jackley says that first-degree human

Officers bust house, find drugs, stolen property, runaway

     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Sioux Falls police say they found marijuana, a missing teenager and stolen electronics while executing a search warrant at a suspected drug house.
     The city's drug task force began monitoring the house in December. Eight people face various charges after the monthlong investigation.