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RAPID CITY (AP) — A Rapid City woman who pleaded guilty to stealing money from military veterans has been sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to repay at least $45,000. The Rapid City Journal reports reports 41-year-old Cassandra Koscak worked as a representative of veterans who receive benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Koscak pleaded guilty in federal court to misappropriation by fiduciary, which is punishable by up to five years in prison. Authorities say she transferred money from at least two veterans' accounts to her own.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A South Dakota lawmaker says he still disapproves of President Donald Trump a year after he expressed disdain against the Republican National Convention's support for the then-candidate. Republican Rep. Isaac Latterell of Sioux Falls was among the nearly 30 delegates who cast South Dakota's votes for Trump at the July 2016 convention, the Argus Leader reported. But the lawmaker made it clear he wasn't happy about the party's decision when he rolled his eyes and put his hand over his face in an act of protest at the convention.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Ron Parsons, a Sioux Falls attorney who has specialized in appellate and constitutional law, has been nominated by President Donald Trump for U.S. attorney for South Dakota. The White House announced the nomination, subject to confirmation in the Senate, on Friday.
RAPID CITY (AP) — An Arizona man has been sentenced to five years of probation for airmailing a package of hazardous mercury that leaked at a South Dakota airport. The Rapid City Journal reports that 45-year-old Darren VanHouten pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of mailing a dangerous substance. VanHouten admitted mailing a package containing about 10 pounds of mercury from the post office in Kingman, Arizona, to an address in Hill City, South Dakota, in 2015. It leaked at a mail-sorting facility at the Sioux Falls airport.
PIERRE (AP) — A Brookings man has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for conspiring to distribute large amounts of illegal drugs. Authorities began investigating 20-year-old Luis Cabrera last year when they intercepted packages linked to him that contained more than 2 pounds of heroin and about 5 pounds of meth. U.S. Attorney Randolph Seiler says Cabrera pleaded guilty in April to drug conspiracy and was sentenced this week to 15 years and eight months in prison.
ABERDEEN (AP) — A McLaughlin-area woman accused of beating her 5-year-old daughter to death last year has pleaded guilty to murder. The American News reports that 26-year-old Desarae Makes Him First appeared in federal court in Aberdeen on Thursday. She could face life in prison when sentenced on Oct. 30. Makes Him First and Matthew St. Pierre were charged last October in the killing on the South Dakota side of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. St. Pierre is still scheduled for trial next month.
WAGNER (AP) — A Yankton Sioux Tribe official says a general council meeting to discuss legalizing marijuana for recreational and other uses has been postponed. Councilwoman Roseanne Wade says she isn't aware of a new date for the tribal-members only meeting that had been scheduled for Friday at the Fort Randall Casino Bingo Hall. Wade referred a request for additional details to tribal Chairman Robert Flying Hawk, who hasn't answered repeated telephone calls from The Associated Press.
PIERRE (AP) — An Eagle Butte man has been sentenced to 7 ½ years in prison for assaulting another man with a gun. Authorities say 48-year-old Kirk Johnson in January became upset with a man he believed was sleeping with his wife. Johnson went to the man's house, threatened him and his family, pointed a gun at the man's face, fired about half a dozen shots into the ground at the man's feet and then pistol-whipped him.
ABERDEEN (AP) — Fire in a three-unit apartment building in Aberdeen prompted the evacuation of seven residents. The American News reports that the blaze broke out about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. Fire and Rescue Battalion Commander Joel Weig says a bathroom ceiling fan overheated, and flames spread to nearby insulation and attic trusses. No injuries were reported. The evacuated residents were put up at a hotel overnight. Weig says the apartment where the fire occurred needs repairs, but the residents of the other two units will be able to return.
PIERRE (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court has reversed some but not all of former Republican candidate Annette Bosworth's convictions stemming from her unsuccessful 2014 U.S. Senate bid. A jury in 2015 found Bosworth — a Plankinton native — guilty of six counts each of perjury and filing false documents, and Bosworth appealed. The high court in a ruling filed Wednesday vacated her convictions for perjury. She avoided serving prison time when a judge handed down a suspended sentence provided she completed three years of probation and 500 hours of community service.