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Jury Reaches Verdict in McCahren Trial

WINNER, S.D. – A Tripp County Jury has reached a verdict in the Braiden McCahren trial. McCahren was found not guilty of First Degree Murder, guilty of Second Degree Murder, not guilty of Attempted First Degree Murder and guilty of Aggravated Assault. McCahren was lead away in handcuffs and a date for his sentencing...
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Braiden McCahren Case Now in the Hands of a Tripp County Jury

WINNER, S.D. – (DRG News) Jurors in the trial for Braiden McCahren of Pierre spent about a half an hour listening to a judge lay out jury instructions and almost two hours hearing closing arguments-before they were sent to consider the case. The 18-year-old is charged with First Degree Murder for the December 18,...
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Foreign Investment Money Helped One Dairy Start Big

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A Lake Norden couple that moved their dairy from Ireland to South Dakota says the EB-5 program helped them start with a larger barn. Dorothy Elliott says it was funded in part by four foreign investors who put up $500,000 each and in exchange, they are now U.S. citizens....
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Jury Listening to Closing Arguments in McCahren Trial

WINNER, S.D. – (DRG News) A jury is hearing closing arguments at this hour in the trial for Braiden McCahren of Pierre. The 18-year-old McCahren pleaded not guilty to First Degree Murder in the shooting death of 16-year-old Dalton Williams in 2012 at McCahren’s home. A third teen boy was also present in the...
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Former South Dakota Pastor Accused of Sex Crime

SELBY, S.D. (AP) – A former South Dakota pastor and educator is accused of having sexual contact with a minor six years ago. Authorities allege that 38-year-old Timothy Thompson had sexual contact with a boy younger than 16 in 2008, when he was a pastor at Cornerstone Community Church in Mobridge. Thompson also previously...
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Current, Past Govs Release Answers on Visa Program

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Former Gov. Mike Rounds and Gov. Dennis Daugaard have released their written answers to lawmaker questions about a federal job-creating program. Democrats quickly dismissed the documents put out Monday by the Republican politicians as incomplete and further proof that both men need to testify in person before a legislative...
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Judge Allows Surgery Scar Lawsuit to Move Forward

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A man who alleges Rapid City hospital workers abused him and intentionally carved the letters “KKK” into his abdomen during heart surgery has been allowed to pursue three of four claims in a federal lawsuit. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Viken has rejected Vernon Traversie’s medical negligence allegation. Viken, however,...
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Jury to Hearing Closing Arguments Today in McCahren Trial

WINNER, S.D. – (DRG News) The case of a Pierre 18-year-old charged with Murder could be before a jury sometime today. Braiden McCahren is being tried for the December 2012 shooting death of 16-year-old Dalton Williams. The incident at McCahren’s home was witnessed by another teen, identified by authorities as T.Y. The defense has...
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US Senate Hopeful’s Petitions Allegedly Colorful

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A former U.S. Senate candidate in South Dakota who has been indicted on election law violations allegedly submitted nominating petitions with the names of dead people, fictitious people and Hollywood celebrities. Clayton Walker is an independent who failed to make the November ballot. He’s now jailed without bond in...
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SD Inmate Pleads Not Guilty in Prison Slaying Case

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota inmate who authorities accuse of killing his cellmate at the state penitentiary in Sioux Falls has pleaded not guilty. The Argus Leader reports 28-year-old Douglas Ipsen on Monday entered his plea to alternate counts of first-degree murder, second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter for the death of...
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