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HARRISBURG (AP) — Authorities say an 86-year-old man died in a crash west of Harrisburg, in Lincoln County. The Highway Patrol says the accident happened about 1 p.m. Friday when the man who was killed turned his vehicle in front of a semi with no trailer attached. He died later at a Sioux Falls hospital. The semi driver was not injured. A passenger in the semi suffered injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A Hermosa man has been sentenced to nearly 4 years in prison for fraud and identity theft. Forty-year-old Tobin Nettifee was convicted of access device fraud and aggravated identity theft. KOTA-TV reports Nettifee used another person's identity to get three credit cards he used to make $19,000 in purchases. He also stole a gift card from a mailbox to make additional purchases.
PIERRE (AP) — The South Dakota attorney general says a Corsica man is facing up to 10 years in prison for exploiting money from an elderly family member. Attorney General Marty Jackley said Friday 48-year-old David Anthony Stetson has pleaded guilty to felony theft by exploitation. Authorities say Stetson must pay restitution of more than $27,000. The felony is also punishable by a fine of up to $20,000.
RAPID CITY (AP) — South Dakota's Water Management Board has approved a temporary water permit for an exploratory gold drilling project in the Black Hills despite opposition from Native American tribal officials and environmental groups.
PIERRE (AP) — A South Dakota firefighter who died in the line of duty a year ago is being honored Sunday at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Fifty-four-year-old Presho Fire Chief Donald Manger died after suffering a medical condition while fighting a fire in rural Lyman County on Oct. 14, 2017. He had served as chief for 23 years, and had 36 years of experience as a firefighter.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A Rapid City woman has been convicted of fraudulently obtaining about 1,700 opioid pills. The U.S. attorney's office says 37-year-old Daphne Janis obtained 3,500 Tramadol pain pills between March 2016 and April 2017, about half of them fraudulently by not telling health care providers of previous prescriptions she had obtained. A federal jury recently convicted her of three felonies that each carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. She's to be sentenced. Dec. 21.
BROOKINGS (AP) — Work will soon begin on the $46 million Raven Precision Agriculture Center on the South Dakota State University campus. A ground-breaking ceremony is scheduled Saturday afternoon in Brookings. Ground work at the site is to begin this fall, with construction starting next spring. SDSU offers both a bachelor's degree and a minor in precision agriculture. Dean John Killefer says the 129,000-square-foot facility will foster innovation in agriculture, engineering, and food and environmental sciences.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A Sioux Falls man who pleaded guilty to aggravated assault for choking his ex-girlfriend and mutilating her breasts is appealing his sentence to the South Dakota Supreme Court. Tony Ledbetter's attorney, David Stuart, told the justices Wednesday that the circuit court erred when it failed to sentence Ledbetter to 30 years or less as laid out in a plea agreement. Ledbetter was sentenced to 45 years in prison in Lincoln County last November.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Pennington County Commissioners are calling for a fellow member's resignation following months of spotty attendance and speculation that he violated a state law when he changed his address on a voter registration card.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A South Dakota death row inmate who pleaded guilty in a homicide case wants the Supreme Court to grant him a new trial. Lawyers for Briley Piper argued before the high court this week that Piper had poor legal advice after he was charged in the death of Chester Poage. The 19-year-old was kicked, beaten and stabbed to death in Higgins Gulch near Spearfish in March 2000.