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RAPID CITY (AP) — A Rapid City man accused of trying to get a gun to kill a doctor who treated his wife is facing an attempted first-degree murder charge. The Rapid City Journal reports that 62-year-old William Thoman allegedly said he wanted to kill the Rapid City Regional Hospital doctor for incorrectly treating his wife, who recently died of cancer.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A teenager being tried as an adult in a fatal shooting in Rapid City has pleaded not guilty. The Rapid City Journal reports the 16-year-old boy is charged with aiding and abetting and aggravated assault in the death of 43-year-old Nathan Graham. He could face life in prison if convicted.
ABERDEEN (AP) — An Aberdeen man who was shot twice by a police officer two years ago has been declared competent to stand trial. The American News reports that 23-year-old Ehkhu Poe faces drug and aggravated assault charges in the August 2016 incident in which he allegedly threatened family members and the officer.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Winter wheat seeding in South Dakota has surpassed the halfway point. The federal Agriculture Department in its weekly crop report says 53 percent of the crop is in the ground, ahead of the average pace. Winter wheat is seeded in the fall, goes dormant over the winter and is harvested the following summer. Meanwhile, the late-season harvest continues to progress. Five percent of the corn crop and 12 percent of the soybeans are harvested. The sunflower and sorghum harvests are just getting underway.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — No one was injured when a boa constrictor somehow escaped from a Sioux Falls store and slithered into a nearby laundry business. Officers responded to the laundry Tuesday night. Police spokesman Sam Clemens says the snake was captured and taken to the Sioux Falls Humane Society. It wasn't clear how big the snake was, but police records indicate an officer tussled with it. The snake's owner later called police after discovering it was missing, and reclaimed the reptile. No charges were filed.
PIERRE (AP) — Two men have pleaded not guilty to assaulting federal officers in unrelated incidents on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation. The U.S. attorney's office says 31-year-old John Johnson of Dupree is accused of assaulting an officer on Aug. 2, and 45-year-old Roderick Dupris of Howes is accused in a May 24 incident. A trial date was not immediately set in either case.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A Pennsylvania man who bailed out a failing wild horse sanctuary in South Dakota by purchasing its ranch is now suing the nonprofit for nearly $135,000 in allegedly delinquent rent. John Fine filed a lawsuit Aug. 29 against nonprofit International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros and Karen Sussman, the society's president, the Rapid City Journal reported. Sussman didn't return the newspaper's requests seeking comment.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Police have made two arrests in Sioux Falls in connection with a homicide earlier this week. Authorities arrested 29-year-old Henry Little Long and 23-year-old Kelsey Roubideaux Thursday in Sioux Falls. Both are due in court Friday.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Sheriff's officials say the death of a man whose body was found in a ditch in Minnehaha County is being investigated as a homicide. Minnehaha County Sheriff's Capt. Jason Gearman said Wednesday the homicide is apparently drug related. No one is in custody. Gearman says they've developed some leads in the case and are conducting interviews. He would not disclose how the man died or his identity.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court has overturned an earlier ruling that said a South Dakota county must give Native American parents more rights during initial hearings of child-removal cases. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals focused on jurisdictional issues in its Friday ruling, saying the Pennington County case is a state issue and shouldn't have gone to federal court, The Rapid City Journal reported .