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11/23/15 08:24 AM
Spark up the holiday spirit with the annual Festival of Lights Parade in Rapid City, South Dakota, which brings over 30,000 people to downtown Rapid City for a dazzling nighttime event. Featuring glowing floats covered in thousands of lights, horse-drawn carriages, animated scenes on flatbed trucks, sparkling vehicles, animals adorned in holiday decor, marching bands, and even a full-size
11/18/15 01:46 PM
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Zachary Bader suffered serious non-life threatening injuries when he was assaulted Oct. 24 while making a traffic stop east of Rapid City.
Trooper Bader has issued the following public statement:
“I would like to take this time to extend my heartfelt and sincere thank you to those who have done so much for my family
11/18/15 01:26 PM
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A former South Dakota county prosecutor accused of child rape has pleaded guilty to federal charges.

Thirty-five-year-old Christopher Jansen, of Selby, was accused of child rape in Hughes County involving three boys ages 5 through 13, and having child pornography on his computer.

The former Walworth County state's attorney was indicted in state
11/12/15 05:00 PM
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A homicide in Rapid City this week has made 2015 a particularly violent year in the city.

Police say 56-year-old Michael Crawford was gunned down late Tuesday. No arrests were immediately made.
The slaying is the seventh reported homicide in Rapid City this year. There also was a fatal shooting of a suspect by a police officer and another homicide just a few
11/12/15 04:47 PM
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department is reminding residents who come across trapping equipment or furbearers in traps not to disturb the animals and equipment.

GF&P wildlife damage program administrator Keith Fisk says trappers will be checking the traps in accordance with state regulations. He says traps and snares are designed to
11/09/15 11:55 AM
11/03/15 05:01 PM
CANTON, S.D. (AP) — A former police officer in South Dakota has been found guilty of raping a minor.

A jury in Lincoln County returned the verdict against Marty Banghart Tuesday. The Lincoln County State's Attorney's office says Banghart was found guilty of first-degree rape of a victim under the age of 13 and acquitted on accompanying charges.

11/03/15 04:53 PM
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against the South Dakota Department of Social Services alleging that it repeatedly discriminated against well-qualified Native American job applicants because of their race.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Rapid City states that over two years beginning in 2010, the state agency posted 18
11/03/15 04:31 PM
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The first large-scale exercise in a huge bomber training area over the Northern Plains is scheduled for early next month.

Officials at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota say the exercise is scheduled Dec. 2-3 in the 35,000-square-mile Powder River Training Complex over the Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming.

The military says people in the
11/03/15 03:53 PM
An Associated Press investigation into sexual misconduct by law enforcement officers in the U.S. identified some 1,000 in six years who lost their licenses for sexual assault or other sex offenses or misconduct, including possession of child pornography, voyeurism and sex on duty. The findings are based on an analysis of state records for an administrative process called decertification, but the
10/30/15 01:21 PM
The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs announced earlier this week that move-in day for the Michael J. Fittzmaurice Veterans Home in Hot Springs has been delayed. South Dakota Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs Larry Zimmerman says there were unexpected delays during construction.
10/29/15 04:37 PM
PIERRE, S.D. – An investigation continues into what caused the rear window of a South Dakota Highway Patrol vehicle to shatter Wednesday night on Interstate 29 near Castlewood.
The window shattered after the trooper completed a traffic stop on I-29. The trooper heard a loud pop and the rear window shattered.
Wednesday’s incident was reported at about 7:30 p.m. A
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