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RAPID CITY (AP) — The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office says a 48-year old Rapid City man is dead after a construction accident. KEVIN-TV says the man died after falling from the roof of a rural county residence on Friday. The man was flown by helicopter to Rapid City Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The man's name is not being released until his family can be notified.
SPEARFISH (AP) — Authorities say a Spearfish man has died after crashing his all-terrain vehicle. The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office says the body of 68-year-old Paul Baker was found Wednesday in an agricultural area. Authorities tell KEVN-TV that Baker was using the ATV as part of his ranching operation. He was alone at the time of the accident.
SPEARFISH (AP) — The Spearfish City Council will consider an ordinance that would make it a misdemeanor to endanger a pet by leaving it unattended in a hot vehicle. The Black Hills Pioneer reports the proposal that the council is to discuss Monday would make violations punishable by a $200 fine. Officials say the only option now for prosecutors is to charge a pet owner with animal cruelty or neglect, a harsher charge that might not fight the crime and is more difficult to prosecute.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — An anonymous donor has come to the aid of a Sioux Falls family that had its camper stolen. Lance Jeschke posted on social media earlier this month that his family's 1979 Starcraft pop-up camper had been stolen while the family was out of town. He and his wife had saved up for months to buy the used camper and couldn't immediately afford to replace it, he told the Argus Leader.
DEADWOOD (AP) — Residents of Lawrence County will get the chance to vote on a proposed rock quarry that has run into opposition. County commissioners last month narrowly approved a permit for Rapid City-based Mountain View Ranches LLC, which is planning a 192-acre sand, gravel and rock quarry off Crook City Road. The 3-2 vote on June 9 to approve the project with dozens of conditions aimed at limiting the quarry's impacts on the surrounding area came after a public hearing that lasted three hours.
BROOKINGS (AP) — A suspect in a pair of armed robberies in South Dakota's Brookings County has been arrested in Iowa. The U.S. Marshals Service Northern Iowa Fugitive Task Force says 28-year-old transient James Harris was arrested without incident Thursday in Sioux City.
RAPID CITY (AP) — One of two men accused of being accessories in the alleged murder-for-hire of a Rapid City woman last year has pleaded guilty. Twenty-nine-year-old Garland Brown is accused of moving the body of 22-year-old Jessica Rehfeld after she was killed. He pleaded guilty Thursday and faces up to five years in prison when he's sentenced Aug. 25. Authorities say Rehfeld was stabbed to death in May 2015. Her body was found in a remote grave near Rockerville last month.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Crews battling a wildfire in Rapid City have mostly contained the blaze. The 13 ½-acre fire on what is known as M Hill is about 80 percent contained. KEVN-TV reports that only about 20 personnel remaining on scene to handle mop-up work. No one has been hurt and no structures have been threatened. KOTA-TV reports that residents of an apartment complex just hundreds of yards away from the flames turned out to watch the fire Thursday, prompting police at one point to block off streets in the area.
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota's congressional delegation is helping with Gov. Dennis Daugaard's plan for a new state park at Spearfish Canyon. U.S. Sen. John Thune introduced legislation Thursday that would authorize an exchange of nearly 2,000 acres of federal land in the areas of Spearfish Canyon and Bismarck Lake for almost 2,000 acres of state-owned land in separate parcels. Sen. Mike Rounds co-sponsored the bill, and Rep. Kristi Noem introduced its companion in the U.S. House.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Two institutions in South Dakota have received grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture meant to help connect rural communities with medical and educational services. Avera Health and Mount Marty College are each receiving one of the 81 grants that the USDA has awarded for distance learning and telemedicine projects.