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Patrol: Driver in crash that killed 3 was going 147 mph

Nov. 13, 2020 9:28 AM EST

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — The driver killed along with two passengers in an interstate crash near Sturgis was going about 147 mph before hitting the back of a semi, according to the South Dakota Highway Patrol. Twenty-one-year-old Jaden Olson, of Rapid City, was driving the Maserati on Interstate 90 on Oct. 6...

Wing warden: Black Hills State student rescues butterflies

Oct. 26, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) — In late September the news of planned construction on the Kathryn Johnson Life Sciences Laboratory at Black Hills State University sent one student scrambling to rescue the chrysalises of monarch butterflies. Butterfly enthusiast Kara Whalen, 28, of Spearfish, who is studying nursing...

Shelter officials say 35 rescued dogs were starving, inbred

Oct. 19, 2020 9:12 AM EDT

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) — Shelter officials say 35 dogs rescued near Whitewood last week were starving and inbred. “They’re skinny, they’re bloated with worms, they have diarrhea, they were fighting over food to survive,” Jennifer McCambridge, senior kennel tech at the Western...

Authorities seize 24 dogs after animal neglect complaint

Oct. 15, 2020 6:09 PM EDT

WHITEWOOD, S.D. (AP) — Authorities say they rescued 24 dogs after responding to a complaint at a home near Whitewood, in far western South Dakota. The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office says deputies discovered several neglected animals at the residence on Tuesday and eventually seized two dozen of the dogs....

Authorities release names of 3 killed in crash near Sturgis

Oct. 10, 2020 1:05 PM EDT

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota authorities have released the names of three men who died in a crash near Sturgis earlier this week. The three men died when the Maserati Ghibli they were in rear-ended a semi-truck on Interstate 90 on Tuesday. The South Dakota Department of Public Safety identified the...

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Justices reject South Dakota's only death row inmate's case

Oct. 5, 2020 1:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court refused on Monday to take up an appeal from South Dakota’s only death row inmate, who pleaded guilty to taking part in a torture killing 20 years ago. The court did not comment in leaving in place the death sentence for Briley Piper, 39, of Anchorage, Alaska, who...