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RAPID CITY (AP) — Late-summer hail storms caused September building permit figures to spike in Rapid City. The most serious storm was Aug. 14, when the city was pounded with hail up to 2 inches in diameter. The Rapid City Journal reports that nearly 400 permits were issued last month for roofing repair work. That bumped total permits to 631, the eighth-highest number of permits issued in a month since 2000. The total permit valuation for September surpassed $12 million.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A Sioux Falls cab driver was arrested after allegedly pointing a handgun at another cab driver during a dispute near the airport. Police say the two drivers clashed Wednesday evening over a parking space, and officers responded. The driver who allegedly pulled the gun was arrested on an aggravated assault charge.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A Sioux Falls man with a Napa Valley connection is fearful the wildfires that have killed 11 people and caused widespread devastation will consume his business in wine country. Dan Blue co-owns Jessup Cellars in Yountville near where the fires burned Tuesday. Blue tells The Associated Press the winery tasting room has lost power, as has much of the community. One of his partners, as well as their winemaker, have evacuated their homes.
WEBSTER (AP) — Testimony is beginning this week in the trial of a man accused of fatally shooting another man in his Roslyn home two years ago. A jury was selected last week to hear the case of 46-year-old Jason Lewandowski, who faces murder and other charges in the death of 33-year-old Jeremy Hendrickson in late 2015. Defense attorney Tom Sannes tells the American News that Lewandowski maintains his innocence and will not mount an insanity defense.
PIERRE (AP) — A new government watchdog board that has the power to investigate statewide officeholders and executive branch employees has received its first complaint. A spokeswoman for the state Attorney General's office said Tuesday that the complaint was filed July 26. But Attorney General spokeswoman Sara Rabern says details including the person who filed the complaint, whom it was filed against and its substance currently aren't public information.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Former British Prime Minister David Cameron drew a crowd when he visited the Black Hills. Cameron indulged a 51st birthday wish by horseback riding through the Black Hills on Monday. He later spoke to about 1,800 people at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, touching on topics including Russian President Vladimir Putin and the United Kingdom's ongoing exit from the European Union. The Rapid City Journal reports his talk was part of the John T. Vucurevich Foundation's annual speaker series.
WEBSTER (AP) — Testimony is beginning this week in the trial of a man accused of fatally shooting another man in his Roslyn home two years ago. A jury was selected last week to hear the case of 46-year-old Jason Lewandowski, who faces murder and other charges in the death of 33-year-old Jeremy Hendrickson in late 2015. Defense attorney Tom Sannes tells the American News that Hendrickson maintains his innocence and will not mount an insanity defense.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A state prison inmate serving a life sentence for a Lawrence County murder conspiracy has died following an illness. State corrections officials say 82-year-old Donald Wiegers died Saturday at a Sioux Falls hospital. An autopsy will be conducted. The Rapid City Journal reports that Wiegers was sentenced to life in 1983 for conspiracy to commit murder in the 1981 contract killing of Deadwood businessman Russell Keller.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Huge balloons made by a Sioux Falls company are headed to Puerto Rico where they'll provide crucial cellular service to the hurricane-ravaged Caribbean island. The Federal Communications Commission has granted a temporary license to Google to deploy the experimental high-altitude balloons, called Project Loon, in the skies above Puerto Rico. The balloons are made by the Aerostar Division of Raven Industries, based in Sioux Falls.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration office in South Dakota plans to add another inspector after its first year of operation because of the volume of inspections it's handling. The five-person office conducted 105 inspections in the last fiscal year, which runs from October to September. OSHA area director Shelia Stanley says for a relatively new crew, that's a significant amount of inspections.