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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — An 18-year-old Sioux Falls man has been charged with manslaughter after he discharged his newly acquired shotgun in his basement and struck and killed a friend that was visiting on Labor Day, police said. The suspect, Stasck Alsxandr, hit the victim in the back when the gun discharged, the police said. Alsxandr called 911, but lifesaving measures were unsuccessful, according to a police statement on Tuesday, Sept. 4.
GETTYSBURG, S.D. — A north-central South Dakota man has been indicted on charges he was selling meth and possessing illegal firearms and bomb-making materials. Adam Westphal, 34, of Gettysburg pleaded not guilty to the charges on Wednesday in federal court in Pierre. He faces life in prison.
SISSETON, S.D.—Three men have been charged or convicted this summer of aggravated sex abuse of a child under 12 in far northeast South Dakota in cases that date back at least 10 years. In cases investigated by the FBI or the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe's law enforcement, it was not known if they were connected, as an email to the U.S. Attorney's office wasn't returned as of Thursday night, Aug. 30.
SUMMIT, S.D.—Someone craving a beef roast in Minnesota may have to wait a little bit longer after two semis crashed in far northeast South Dakota this past weekend. More than 31,000 pounds or almost 16 tons of beef roasts were destroyed after the semis collided in foggy conditions about three miles west of Summit near the Minnesota border about 7:20 a.m. on Saturday.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — A $10,000 reward has been offered for information into the Wednesday, Aug. 22, burglary where 20 to 20 firearms were stolen from a Rapid City sporting goods store. In the burglary in the early morning hours, police said suspects broke into The Rooster store on Main Street.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The first farm bill conference committee meeting has been set for Sept. 5. The conferees from the House and Senate will try to iron out differences between their two bills in the panel, which includes all of North Dakota’s congressional delegation — Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer and the state’s two U.S. senators Democrat Heidi Heitkamp and Republican John Hoeven.
PIERRE, S.D. - Six people accused of attempting to have sex with minors have been arrested in a Sturgis Motorcycle Rally sex sting, state officials said in a release Tuesday, Aug. 15. An undercover operation taking place at the annual rally in the Black Hills for the past five years has netted arrests of people from across the world, according to Ace Crawford of the U.S. attorney's office for South Dakota.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- South Dakota Department of Transportation workers apparently saved the life of a suicidal, disorderly runaway youth who jumped off an Interstate 90 bridge in northwest Sioux Falls on Wednesday, Aug. 15, and then tried running into traffic on the roadway. The four workers, according to the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Department, first alertly diverted traffic and attempted to help the runaway as they saw him climb onto the interstate overpass about 2 p.m.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A 24-year-old Sioux Falls man accused of shooting two men at a large barbeque late Sunday night during an argument near Falls Park close to downtown Sioux Falls is on the run. Witnesses said they say Abraham Darsaw pull out a pistol and fire it, hitting two men. The two were taken by family members to a local hospital where a 25-year-old man died and the other man, who is 22, is listed in stable condition.
STURGIS, S.D.—Although an estimated road count of visitors won't be released until Tuesday, Aug. 14, attendance at the rally was soaring throughout the week. The 78th annual rally in the Black Hills of South Dakota also turned out to be one of the safer ones as deaths were cut in half from last year and injury accidents were also down. The state Department of Public Safety said there were four deaths in the Black Hills region during this year's rally, compared to eight last year. Injury accidents also fell from 69 last year to 56 this year.