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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Another suspect wanted in connection with a double homicide in Sioux Falls has been arrested. Police say a citizen tip led them to Maria LeClaire in Red Wing, Minnesota, on Thursday. She was arrested without incident on a charge of first-degree robbery. It wasn't known if she has an attorney. Police are still searching for Manuel Frias, who is wanted on a first-degree murder charge in the Jan. 5 shooting deaths of 28-year-old Samuel Crockett and 30-year-old Corey Zephier. Police say the drug-related incident happened outside an apartment building.
REDFIELD (AP) — Spink County officials are seeking the public's input on the idea of building a $1.5 million law enforcement center next to the courthouse in Redfield. The American News reports the County Commission will host an informal meeting Tuesday evening to provide information on potential building plans, funding options and law enforcement issues. Sheriff Kevin Schurch says a new law enforcement center would provide a safer environment for inmates, county workers and the public.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Two Chicago man have been sentenced in federal court for conspiring to distribute heroin in South Dakota. Forty-eight-year-old Robert Lockhart was sentenced to just under nine years in prison and Clifton Odie was ordered to serve 20 years. Lockhart and Odie were among four men indicted a year ago. All four eventually pleaded guilty. Co-conspirators Raleigh Thomas and Stephen Harris both were sentenced last October to five years behind bars.
BROOKINGS — Mike Daum scored 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and South Dakota State defeated Oral Roberts 78-75 on Thursday night to take sole possession of first place in the Summit League. Reed Tellinghuisen added 24 points and David Jenkins Jr. 15 for the Jackrabbits (15-5, 3-0 Summit), who have won six straight. The Jackrabbits made 10 of 27 from behind the arc, including four by Daum, who notched his 20th career double-double. Chris Miller scored 14 points, Javan White 13 and Albert Owens 12 for the Golden Eagles (7-12, 3-1).
FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Trey Burch-Manning, Tyler Hagedorn and Tyler Peterson each scored 12 points, as South Dakota won its first Summit League road game of the season, downing Fort Wayne, 68-58 on Thursday night. South Dakota swept the home-and-home season series last year and has won three straight against the Mastodons for the first time in the series.
SPEARFISH (AP) — A city in western South Dakota has sued the community's volunteer firefighter association amid questions over whether taxpayer money has been misused. The city of Spearfish filed the lawsuit Monday after learning that the Spearfish Volunteer Firefighters' Association transferred $1 million to create an endowment fund, the Black Hills Pioneer reported. City officials question whether the transfer contains taxpayer funds.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A man who was knocked out after slipping on some ice outside a Sioux Falls bar is suing the establishment's owners. Matt Holzwarth says he was worried he would freeze to death when he fell outside the Liebrary Bar in December 2016. The lawsuit filed recently in Lincoln County claims M & J Ventures, the bar owner, and Thompson Properties, the property owner, failed to clear the sidewalk and parking lot of ice and snow.
BROOKINGS (AP) — Two executives of a company with plans to build an aquaponics farm in Brookings have been indicted on wire and mail fraud. Federal prosecutors say Tobias Ritesman and Timothy Burns misled potential investors about the viability of Global Aquaponics. An indictment says investors were told that a nearly $11 million high-tech farm would be built in Brookings to grow fish and shrimp. The water from the fish tanks would be used to grow vegetables.
PIERRE (AP) — Pierre Police Chief Dave Panzer Jr. is retiring after 28 years with the department. The 49-year-old Panzer plans to call it a career on March 9. Panzer joined the Pierre force in 1989 and was appointed chief about four years ago.
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers this session will attend sexual harassment training and plan to re-examine anti-harassment rules. The moves come after news reports about women who experienced sexism and harassment around the statehouse. The training for lawmakers and their staff — it's only required for staff — will happen in January.