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South Dakota man charged with manslaughter in loss of fetus

Oct. 17, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota man has been charged with second-degree manslaughter after police say he negligently shot his pregnant wife, killing the fetus. Sheldon Pettibone, 22, of Sioux Falls told police he was cleaning his gun Sunday when it fired, shooting his wife, Melanie, who was about...

Jury convicts man of stalking Sioux Falls mayor

Oct. 16, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A jury has convicted a man of stalking the Sioux Falls mayor. The Minnehaha County jury convicted 58-year-old Christopher Bruce after deliberating nearly three hours Wednesday. Bruce declined to comment after his conviction. He faces up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine. Mayor...

Sioux Falls teacher surprised with $25K as a top US educator

Oct. 16, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Alison Ter Horst meant to be a guidance counselor, not a teacher, but once she tried student teaching she couldn't bear to leave the classroom. On Wednesday, Ter Horst was surprised with a $25,000 check at Washington High School in Sioux Falls as one of the nation's top teachers,...

Police say Iowa slaying suspect arrested in Georgia

Oct. 14, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Georgia authorities have found a man suspected in an Iowa slaying. Fort Dodge police say in a news release that 19-year-old Damion Chavez was spotted by a sheriff's deputy in Lowndes County, Georgia, on Saturday in a vehicle on Interstate 75. The vehicle was pulled over and Chavez...

Lack of Sioux Falls police diversity creates challenges

Oct. 14, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Mark Blackburn knows the clock is ticking. The Sioux Falls Police Department has talked about the desire to increase demographic diversity on its force for decades, but the numbers don't add up. A lack of racial and gender representation reflecting the growing Sioux Falls community...

Police ID man killed in Fort Dodge shooting; make arrest

Oct. 12, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Fort Dodge police have identified a man shot to death in the north-central Iowa city. The Messenger reports the shooting happened around 8 p.m. Friday, when police were called to the scene on the west side of the city for reports of a shooting. Officers and paramedics found the man,...

South Dakota prosecutor apologizes for 'personal struggles'

Oct. 10, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The prosecutor of South Dakota's most populous county is apologizing after a report raised issues about his behavior. Minnehaha County State's Attorney Aaron McGowan was absent from work without explanation from mid-July through mid-September. Gov. Kristi Noem asked the attorney...

Police shoot suspect in Sioux Falls

Oct. 7, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sioux Falls' police chief says an officer-involved shooting began with a call involving an assault with a weapon. Chief Matt Burns said at a briefing Monday two officers are on administrative leave as a result of the shooting Sunday night in which the suspect was wounded. No...

Sioux Falls libraries aim to be more baby friendly

Oct. 7, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sioux Falls area librarians are spending the next three years with one major goal in mind: to increase early childhood literacy skills across the city in measurable ways by 2022. And the best way to make that happen is by breaking social norms and making libraries engaging, fun and...

Tumor discovery gives business owner new outlook on life

Oct. 7, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — "If I was going to die today, would I go to Hell or to paradise?" That's the question that ran through Luca Papini's mind shortly after learning the seizures he'd been having were a sign of something much more serious — a brain tumor that would require surgery. "You are...