Arielle Zionts / Rapid City Journal
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Pennington County sheriff can be sued over the state's new pipeline protest law since he has discretion over how to enforce the law, the South Dakota ACLU argues in a new court document. The ACLU filed the document Tuesday, May 20, in response to Kevin Thom's motion to dismiss himself from the ACLU's lawsuit against him, Gov. Kristi Noem and Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg. Thom argued he can't be sued over laws he is required to enforce.
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The man who died after allegedly assaulting people, breaking into a car and motel room, hitting his head against a vehicle, and being pepper sprayed and subdued with a stun gun by Rapid City police has been identified as a boxing coach. Jeremiah Janis, a 38-year-old from Rapid City, died Monday, May 6 at Regional Health, the Rapid City Police said in a news release. An autopsy has been completed but the department is awaiting further tests to determine the cause of death.
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Service members are trained to follow strict rules and act with honor. But like civilians, they too can make mistakes. "You're going to have people that do unfortunately break the law," federal officer Robert Rybak said as he drove his patrol car around Ellsworth Air Force Base last month.
ROCKERVILLE, S.D. — Dogs have alerted to a cadaver scent during several April recovery searches for the 9-year-old girl who ran away from the Black Hills Children's Home nearly three months ago. "We have cadaver scent and these dogs are highly qualified, well-trained dogs from a variety of states," Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom said when asked if the dogs alerting means it's certain that a dead person is in the area. "We have high confidence in the dogs."
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- The Pennington County Sheriff can't be sued for enforcing state laws, attorneys wrote in response to a federal lawsuit challenging laws aimed at potential protests against the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A 63-year-old Rapid City man learned in court that in addition to being accused of trying to kill a doctor, he's under investigation for allegedly threatening the judge and a witness in the case. William Thoman is under investigation for allegedly asking inmates at the Pennington County Jail if they could help him "take care" of Judge Jane Wipf Pfeifle and the witness who reported him to the police, said Trevor Thielen, a prosecutor with the Attorney General's Office, in court April 25.
RAPID CITY — In an unusual move, a federal judge overturned a Rapid City jury's decision to convict a Pine Ridge man for making a false statement related to an alleged brutal assault.
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A Rapid City man was sentenced Thursday to 45 years in prison for taking the life of a young man over what the judge and prosecutor called a "minor" and "petty" dispute. "I'm so tired of sentencing young men who carry weapons" and use them inappropriately, Judge Jane Wipf Pfeifle said April 18 before handing down her sentence to Maricelo Garcia at the state court in Rapid City. The 22-year-old was sentenced after pleading down to first-degree manslaughter for killing 20-year-old Clinton Farlee. Garcia was initially charged with first-degree murder.
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. - Andrea Norton, a 20-year-old from Hot Springs, "was larger than life," her mother, Tamera, said Monday. "Her passion was saving the planet" and she believed science and her faith in God went hand in hand. Andrea died Saturday, April 13, after falling off a cliff in Arkansas while on an environmental science class trip with friends from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa, her mother said.
RAPID CITY, S.D. - When the owner of the Hemporium in Rapid City read the attorney general's recent proclamation about hemp and CBD oil, he felt "shock." Jason Ravnsborg wrote that "hemp and CBD oils remain illegal in South Dakota" but at another point writes that just "industrial hemp illegal and all forms of CBD oil illegal." The March 25 press release was "so detrimental to so many businesses," Leonard Vandermate of the Hemporium said.