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PIERRE — Highway traffic fatalities in South Dakota last year were up about 11 percent over 2016. The Department of Public Safety says there were 129 fatalities in the state in 2017, up 13 from the previous year. Office of Highway Safety Director Lee Axdahl says the state was on target to finish the year with fewer than 100 traffic fatalities for the first time in history, but there were 42 fatalities in the last three months of the year — about one-third of the yearly total.
BROOKINGS — South Dakota State University football coach John Stiegelmeier has pleaded no contest to drunken driving. Stiegelmeier was arrested Jan. 27 and later apologized for what he said was a poor decision. Brookings County prosecutor Teree Nesvold tells the Argus Leader that Stiegelmeier pleaded no contest in a March 5 court appearance, and the judge granted a suspended imposition of sentence. If Stiegelmeier complies with the terms of probation, the case eventually will be wiped from his record. Nesvold says the arrangement is common with first-offense DUIs.
PARMELEE — The FBI says a tribal officer has fatally shot a man on the Rosebud Sioux reservation in Parmelee. The Argus Leader reports the officer was confronted by a man with a weapon just before midnight Wednesday and when he failed to respond to commands he was shot. The man later died of his wounds. The FBI says there are no other injuries and there is no further danger to the public. FBI spokesman Jeffrey Van Nest said Friday there are no other details the agency is releasing.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The father accused of leaving his infant outside overnight in Sioux Falls has pleaded guilty to child abuse. Thirty-nine-year-old Ronald Harrison entered the plea Thursday to abuse or cruelty to a minor under 7. Harrison and the child's mother are accused of leaving the baby outside the Faith Family Church for 18 hours in October 2017.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Below is some keys to the West Region first-round game at the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament in Boise, Idaho Thursday, with No. 5 Ohio State (24-8) taking on No. 12 South Dakota State (28-6).
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Some Shindler area families who successfully sued South Dakota for a poorly designed highway that flooded their homes are petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court in hopes of forcing the state to pay attorney's fees in the case. A jury awarded the five families $1 million in 2014. Jurors found the state failed to heed warnings by its own engineers about possible flooding if it built culverts on Highway 11 that were too narrow.
PIERRE (AP) — The city of Pierre has named Jason Jones as police chief. The longtime member of the Pierre Police Department will officially assume the role Friday. Jones is replacing Dave Panzer Jr., who has retired. Jones serves now as the department's administrative captain. He started with Pierre police in 2000 and holds a degree from the University of South Dakota.
PIERRE (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard has ordered state Capitol flags to be flown at half-staff Tuesday in honor of former state Rep. Hal Wick. Daugaard's office says the 73-year-old Wick, of Sioux Falls, died March 7. He served 20 years over several stints in the House of Representatives from 1977 until 2014.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — One person is hospitalized after an apartment fire in Sioux Falls. The fire department says the blaze broke out in a third-floor unit shortly before 10 p.m. Monday. The building was evacuated. Firefighters who entered the apartment where the fire started found a person inside in need of help. The person was taken to the hospital with undisclosed injuries. No one else was hurt.
PIERRE (AP) — Secretary of State Shantel Krebs' office has instituted a "legal firewall" separating Krebs from information about the South Dakota U.S. House election in which she's running. The office says Krebs instituted the policy to protect the "integrity of her office and the election process." All office employees have signed it.