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Federal judge orders IHS to release report on abusive doctor

Jan. 15, 2021 11:45 AM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered Indian Health Services to release a report investigating how one of its doctors was able to sexually abuse boys on Indian reservations in South Dakota and Montana. Stanley Patrick Weber, the former pediatrician, was sentenced last year to five consecutive...

Third murder charge filed in South Dakota slayings

Jan. 13, 2021 12:07 PM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A New York man already charged with a double murder in a South Dakota city last August is now charged with a third homicide in that state. A Pennington County grand jury has indicted Arnson Absolu on a first-degree murder charge in the death of 22-year-old Dakota Zaiser. His body...

Guilty plea expected for failing to report Pine Ridge murder

Jan. 12, 2021 10:43 AM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A woman accused of helping a murder suspect avoid police and then failing to report the crime in Pine Ridge is expected to plead guilty to criminal charges. According to court documents, Jamie Ann Richards, is expected to enter the plea to failing to report a felony Wednesday in...

Bar association warns attorneys about counseling pot sellers

Jan. 6, 2021 11:49 AM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota State Bar Association is advising attorneys against providing legal services to businesses seeking to produce or sell marijuana in the state. South Dakota voters approved legalizing both recreational and medical pot on the same ballot in November. In the State...

Indiana woman pleads guilty to climbing Mount Rushmore

Jan. 5, 2021 11:19 AM EST

KEYSTONE, S.D. (AP) — An Indiana woman has pleaded guilty to climbing Mount Rushmore, a federal violation. Molly Venderley, 20, entered the plea at a hearing in federal court in Rapid City, South Dakota Monday. Two other misdemeanor charges were dropped as part of a plea deal. Venderley, from...

Not guilty plea entered in fatal Christmas Eve shooting

Jan. 5, 2021 8:54 AM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A man charged in a fatal shooting in Rapid City on Christmas Eve has pleaded not guilty to charges. Elias Richard, 21, entered the plea Monday to second-degree murder in the death of Vernall Marshall. The 31-year-old Rapid City man was killed during a robbery, according to police. ...

Man sought in fatal Rapid City shooting is arrested

Jan. 4, 2021 10:42 AM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Police in Rapid City have arrested a man wanted for a fatal shooting on Christmas Eve. Elias Richard, 21, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of 31-year-old Vernall Marshall. Richard was arrested over the weekend. It's not clear whether he has hired an attorney...

Man sentenced to time served for theft from tribal college

Dec. 30, 2020 11:29 AM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A Pine Ridge man has been sentenced to time served and ordered to pay restitution after pleading guilty to stealing from the Oglala Lakota College. The Rapid City Journal reports 33-year-old John Jay Hussman III was sentenced earlier this fall at the federal court in Rapid City...

Arguments filed in suit against legal pot in South Dakota

Dec. 29, 2020 10:01 AM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — More arguments are being filed in a lawsuit seeking to overturn a citizen-approved constitutional amendment legalizing marijuana in the state. Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom and South Dakota Highway Patrol Superintendent Rick Miller filed a lawsuit last month challenging the...

Police identify man killed in Christmas Eve shooting

Dec. 29, 2020 7:48 AM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A Rapid City man killed in a shooting on Christmas Eve has been identified. Police identified the victim as 21-year-old Vernall Marshall. Rapid City Police spokesman Brendyn Medina says no arrests have been made. Police responded to the shooting at about 11 p.m. Thursday and found...