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RAPID CITY, S.D. -- A 44-year-old Rapid City man has been sent to federal prison for more than 14 years for stealing more than $1 million from a used car dealership in the western South Dakota city. Brent Bednarz was sentenced Monday, July 9, after his convictions on federal bank fraud and tax evasion charges and was also ordered to pay $1.49 million in restitution.
SIOUX FALLS -- A 59-year-old Sioux Falls man who is accused of taking a woman home from the bar, sexually assaulting her and then refused to let her leave for days has been arrested for kidnapping. Sioux Falls police said Friday, July 6, that Kermit Lee Lewis was arrested by the SWAT team on Thursday night at a west Sioux Falls apartment. Crisis negotiators were also used in the operation. Lewis was taken into custody without incident.
MILBANK, S.D. – A third person has now died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash that occurred June 18, four miles north of Milbank. Gerald Boerger, 82, of Milbank, was driving a 1994 Mack dump truck westbound and failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection with South Dakota Highway 15, said the South Dakota State Patrol. The truck collided in the intersection with a 2016 Chevrolet Equinox that was northbound on the highway.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Two people were indicted in South Dakota, a 35-year-old Wagner man and an Idaho woman, as part of the largest-ever health care fraud crackdown across the nation. A total of 601 defendants across the U.S. are accused of more than $2 billion in false billings to Medicare, Medicaid and other federal health care programs or for their role in prescribing more than 13 million illegal doses of opioids and other dangerous narcotics. In Minnesota, the U.S attorney’s office said there were no arrests made as part of the operation in the state. A call to the U.S.
YANKTON, S.D. – Five people died and another person was seriously injured early on the Fourth of July in a two-vehicle crash three miles east of Yankton in far southern South Dakota. Names are not being released pending notification of families.
ABERDEEN, S.D. – An 86-year-old Aberdeen man has died from injuries sustained in a June 23 crash a half-mile west of Aberdeen. Herman Pfeiffer was driving a 1999 Chevrolet Blazer when it stopped at the stop sign at the intersection with U.S. Highway 12. The vehicle then proceeded across the westbound lanes of U.S. 12, colliding with a westbound 2002 Chevrolet Silverado.
SPEARFISH, S.D. -- Officials are still determining if straight-line winds or a tornado uprooted and snapped off pine and aspen trees for a 15-mile stretch through the northern Black Hills, causing roads and trails to close. Steve Kozel, district ranger for the Black Hills National Forest in the area, said on Tuesday, July 3, he didn’t know how many trees were lost but he said there “wouldn’t be enough fingers in the city of Spearfish to count all of them.”
SIOUX FALLS—A 49-year-old Sioux Falls man has been arrested in a national undercover operation targeting illegal vendors on the underground internet called the "darknet." John Edward Monette is charged with illegally exchanging bitcoins for U.S. currency in the amount of about $19,000 and also receiving numerous international mail packages containing the hallucinogenic and stimulant pills called ecstasy.
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ABERDEEN, S.D. -- A 30-year-old Moorhead, Minn., man has been sentenced for failing to appear as a witness in a sexual abuse trial of a man on the Sisseton-Wahpeton reservation in far northeast South Dakota. Jack Moore entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to two days in jail, which he already served, on Tuesday, June 26, in federal court in Aberdeen.