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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The case of a man accused of killing his mother and nephew in Sioux Falls is on hold until the court determines whether he's competent to stand trial. Attorneys for 25-year-old Heath Otto say a doctor has found him incompetent. The Argus Leader reports a hearing will eventually be held on whether Otto is able to understand the nature and consequences of the case against him.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Declining numbers in a new monthly survey of bankers suggests the economy remains weak in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states. The overall economic index for the region dropped to 46.8 this month, compared with the December reading of 47.8. The November figure was 44.7. Survey organizers say any score below 50 suggests a shrinking economy in the months ahead.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A Piedmont man who admitted shooting his friend and leaving him paralyzed has been sentenced to serve 30 years in prison. Forty-nine-year-old Michael Wisecarver pleaded guilty late last year to aggravated assault and a weapons charge in the shooting of Chad Arnold in the driveway of his Rapid City home last July. KEVN-TV reports he was sentenced Wednesday.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Commercial construction climbed to another record-breaking year in Sioux Falls. Building permits issued in 2017 for commercial projects reached $739 million. City leaders say it's the fifth year in a row that construction has reached record-breaking levels.
HURON (AP) — A Beadle County jury has convicted a man of killing another man with a baseball bat in eastern South Dakota last year. Kevin Krueger was charged with first-degree murder in the May 2017 beating death of 49-year-old Keith Houck at a rural Cavour home. The jury convicted him after less than two hours of deliberations Wednesday, following a two-day trial. He faces a mandatory sentence of life without parole when he's sentenced Friday.
CANTON (AP) — Longtime Lincoln County Sheriff Dennis Johnson says he plans to retire at the end of the year. He's been the top law enforcement official in South Dakota's third-largest county for the past 20 years. The 59-year-old Johnson has served more than 40 years in law enforcement. He says he has no specific plans for his retirement. The public will elect a new sheriff in November.
PIERRE (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard's bill to extend an expiring law that governs the use of lakes on private land for recreation passed its first legislative test on Thursday. The Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee voted 7-2 to advance the bill to the chamber's floor. It would move the law's June sunset date to 2021. The new law was the product of a special legislative session in June on so-called nonmeandered waters.
SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (AP) — Authorities in northeast Nebraska have arrested a man suspected in two South Dakota slayings. Police say Manuel Frias was taken into custody a little before 10 p.m. Tuesday in South Sioux City, following a brief standoff. South Sioux City Police Chief Ed Mahon says the U.S. Marshals Service notified his department just after 6:30 p.m. that Frias was in the South Sioux City home.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The city of Sioux Falls will sell a historic building that once was a fire station and library. The building, which has served the city in various capacities since 1920, will be purchased by Stone Group Architects, which plans to invest up to $1 million to restore it and convert it to office space.
BERESFORD (AP) — Authorities have identified a Beresford man who died in a single-vehicle crash in Lincoln County over the weekend. The Highway Patrol says 25-year-old Mark O'Hara Jr. was driving a car that went off a rural road northeast of Beresford and rolled about 5:30 p.m. Saturday. O'Hara died later at a Sioux Falls hospital. He was the only person in the car.