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PIERRE (AP) — A Pierre man accused of struggling with police officers and striking one in the head is behind bars. Police say the 25-year-old man had taken a number of bottles of alcohol from a business early Tuesday. Authorities say when police caught up with him, the man smashed his head into an officer's head and then struggled with officers before he was restrained. Dakota Radio Group says the officer was taken to Avera St. Mary's Hospital and later released. The suspect was taken to the Hughes County Jail.
PINE RIDGE (AP) — Recent documents show that the government's decision to cut off Medicare and Medicaid payments to an Indian Health Service hospital in South Dakota was motivated by the case of a patient who the government says died after an inaccurate assessment. A review by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Pine Ridge Hospital inaccurately determined the severity of a patient's condition, which allegedly led to delays in appropriate emergency care and his death.
WOLSEY — An 18-year-old Tulare woman died in a two-vehicle crash last week, officials say. Kennedy Tomsha was identified Tuesday as the driver of a 2010 Ford F-150 involved in a crash with a freightliner semi truck Friday three miles north of Wolsey. Tomsha was transported to a Huron hospital where she died of her injuries, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.
PIERRE — South Dakota voters won't have the chance to legalize physician-assisted dying or recreational marijuana in 2018, but they could decide whether to allow patients to use cannabis medically — plus a raft of other proposals on Election Day. Initiative groups hoping to go before voters in 2018 faced a crucial Monday deadline to turn in signatures to the secretary of state. Campaigns for eight measures have submitted petitions for review. Initiated measures need nearly 14,000 valid signatures, while constitutional amendments require almost 28,000 valid names.
DEADWOOD (AP) — A hotel and casino in the western part of South Dakota has filed for bankruptcy protection just two months after actor-director Kevin Costner shuttered the doors on his area casino. The Celebrity Hotel and Casino filed documents seeking protection from creditors last week in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of South Dakota. The hotel is owned by Rolling Hills Farms Investments Inc., the Rapid City Journal reported .
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota ballot question groups hoping to put a slew of initiatives before voters next year are hitting a crucial campaign deadline. Campaigns must turn in thousands of signatures by 5 p.m. Monday to the secretary of state. Supporters have been gathering names on issues ranging from legislative redistricting to establishing open primary elections. Plans to loosen marijuana laws, cap the price state agencies pay for prescription drugs and ban out-of-state contributions for ballot questions are also among the dozen measures approved for petitioning.
SPEARFISH (AP) — Authorities have identified a Whitewood man who died after a one-vehicle crash in Lawrence County. The Highway Patrol says 47-year-old Richard Griffith was driving a pickup truck that hit the side of a bridge on a rural road east of Spearfish Wednesday morning. The pickup went into the ditch and rolled. Griffith was flown to a Rapid City hospital, where he died the next day.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Sioux Falls police say a man is dead after an early morning shooting. Officers were called to the shooting at a residence early Sunday. When police arrived they found a 34-year-old Sioux Falls man dead. Police say everyone involved has been located and there is no danger to the public. The man's name was not released. The investigation continues.
PIERRE (AP) — A Mission man has been sentenced to two years in prison for assaulting a federal officer on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation. Authorities say a bat-wielding 23-year-old Richard Peneaux came at a tribal officer who had responded to a disturbance report on the Sinte Gleska University campus on March 23. The officer pepper-sprayed Peneaux, who then fled but was later apprehended.
WOLSEY (AP) — A two-vehicle crash in Beadle County late last week killed one person and seriously injured another. The Highway Patrol says a semitrailer failed to stop at a junction of U.S. Highways 14 and 281 north of Wolsey and collided with a pickup truck Friday afternoon. The 18-year-old woman driving the pickup died at a Huron hospital. An 18-year-old female passenger suffered life-threatening injuries. The 24-year-old semi driver suffered what the patrol described as minor injuries. Charges are pending against the man.