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CHADRON, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska grand jury has cleared officers involved in a chase that led to the death of a South Dakota woman. Chadron station KCSR reports that the Dawes County jury said officers broke no laws in the Feb. 23 chase that ended with a collision between a police cruiser and the vehicle being pursued. Thirty-four-year-old Kerry Peters, of Pine Ridge, South Dakota, died at the scene. Two of her passengers and a tribal police officer were injured.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A Sioux Falls developer looking to build a large apartment complex on the site of a century-old urban farmstead plans to seek a compromise with neighbors who aren't pleased with the idea. Lloyd Companies is buying the Lacey Estate and earlier asked the city to rezone the property to make way for an apartment complex with six buildings and up to 143 units. More than 150 property owners in the area formed an opposition group, citing concerns about such things as increased traffic.
PIERRE (AP) — Residents of Pierre will vote in November on whether the capital city should build a $14.5 million recreation and event center. The City Commission on Tuesday voted unanimously to put the matter to a public vote during the Nov. 8 general election. Ballot language will be finalized by mid-August, detailing exactly what the vote entails.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Four Pennington County commissioners have publicly reprimanded a fellow board member for allegedly bullying and harassing Planning Department staff. The decision to suspend George Ferebee was made Tuesday in closed session. Commissioners said Ferebee had a conflict of interest. The Rapid City Journal reports Ferebee's attorney objected to the move, calling it "unconstitutional." Commissioners say Ferebee created a hostile work environment at the Planning Department and violated the county's code of ethics.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Sioux Falls police say a drunken driver was arrested after a wild ride through the city. Authorities say the driver about 1 a.m. Wednesday hit an unoccupied vehicle, three phone and cable utility boxes, two satellite dishes, a fence and a tree. The vehicle after leaving the roadway went through a business lot, several lawns and a hay field. The 34-year-old male driver eventually was arrested for drunken driving and failing to report accidents. No injuries were reported.
REDFIELD (AP) — Organizers of a federal effort to assess whether nuclear waste can be stored in 3-mile-deep holes have abandoned Spink County as a potential site because of resistance from local officials, a project spokesman said Tuesday.
PIERRE (AP) — Agriculture officials in South Dakota are advising residents to hold off on treating their ash trees. The recommendation comes less than two weeks after officials announced the discovery of the emerald ash borer in Omaha, Nebraska. State forester Greg Josten says treatments for trees in South Dakota "are still premature."
PIERRE (AP) — State Fire Marshal Paul Merriman is urging people who celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks to be safe. Fireworks sales in South Dakota are legal from June 27 until July 5. Merriman says fire officials want people to have fun while also exercising caution. Hot weather has increased fire danger in some areas of South Dakota. He says fireworks cause a few injuries and unintentional fires every year.
HARRISBURG (AP) — Authorities have arrested a Harrisburg man accused of exposing himself to a woman from a neighboring apartment building. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday that 29-year-old Anthony Steuck faces charges including indecent exposure, stalking and marijuana possession. He was arrested after authorities investigated a report of a man exposing himself outside of an apartment building. It wasn't immediately clear if Steuck has an attorney.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Authorities say three handguns have been taken from unlocked vehicles at different locations in Sioux Falls. Sioux Falls police spokesman Sam Clemens says a handgun was stolen from a Jeep, a truck and a car in an open garage. The Argus Leader reports the thefts happened Sunday night. KELO-TV reports that Clemens says people should remove valuables, especially guns, from their vehicles and lock them. He says police don't want people to get guns without any checks.