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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — South Dakota voters enthusiastically passed "Marsy's Law" in 2016, joining several states that embraced the constitutional amendments giving crime victims such rights as being notified of developments in their cases. Now voters are being asked to support changes to the amendment to help police and prosecutors cut down on unforeseen bureaucratic problems it has created.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Rapid City officials seek to regulate secondary housing units, such as an attic or a pool house equipped with cooking, sleeping and sanitation facilities. Many "accessory dwelling units" already exist throughout Rapid City, though they're technically illegal per city code in residential areas.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Authorities say a man was found dead inside a burned camper near downtown Rapid City after firefighters doused the blaze. The Rapid City Journal reports officers responded to the scene early Friday afternoon after receiving a report of a suicidal person who may be armed. Police say the man had entered a nearby camper with a gas canister.
PIERRE (AP) — A judge has pushed back a jury trial for one of three people accused in an embezzlement scheme that helped spark South Dakota's GEAR UP scandal. Attorney General Marty Jackley says trial for former Mid-Central Educational Cooperative Director Dan Guericke that was scheduled for July 9 has been moved to Oct. 1, over Jackley's objection. Jackley had argued that "justice requires a resolution" in the case.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A small South Dakota Army National Guard unit that served overseas will be welcomed home next week. The Rapid City-based 216th Engineer Detachment is a three-member firefighting team. The soldiers served nine months in Romania, supporting U.S. and international operations in Europe. They returned to the U.S. earlier this month and are going through the demobilization process at Fort Bliss in Texas.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Attorney General Marty Jackley says a federal jury has cleared two South Dakota corrections officials accused of deliberate indifference to an inmate's medical needs and retaliation. James Shaw is serving time at the State Penitentiary for attempted murder and aggravated assault. Last fall he sued Associate Warden Troy Ponto and Unit Manager Al Madsen, alleging cruel and unusual punishment.
WAUBAY (AP) — Authorities have a suspect in custody in the late-night shooting of a school custodian on the Lake Traverse Reservation. A 19-year-old custodial worker was checking the perimeter of the Enemy Swim Day School near Waubay in northeastern South Dakota on May 3 when he was struck in the chest by a bullet just before 10 p.m.
PIERRE (AP) — Two men have been sentenced in federal court in South Dakota in unrelated methamphetamine trafficking cases. The U.S. Attorney's Office says 31-year-old David Gunville of Eagle Butte and 26-year-old Antonio Foster of Tucson, Arizona, both conspired with others to distribute the drug in South Dakota last year or earlier.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — No foul play is suspected in the death of a man whose body was found in Lake Alvin. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says someone putting a boat in the water Wednesday afternoon discovered the body and notified authorities. A cause of death was not immediately released.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Planting of corn and soybeans is getting underway in South Dakota. The federal Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that 1 percent of the soybeans is seeded and 6 percent of the corn is in the ground. Both are behind the average pace.