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SD Court System Moves to Electronic Filing

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Prosecutors and defense lawyers will be able to submit filings in South Dakota courts online by the end of January. The move to optional electronic filing in criminal cases will be followed in March by the online filing in civil cases, such as divorces, lawsuits or protection orders. State...
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SD Highway Patrol Gets $8,500 to Buy Drug Dog

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Highway Patrol is getting $8,500 to buy a police service dog that will be used in drug investigations. Attorney General Marty Jackley says the money comes from the state Drug Control Fund, which holds money taken from people engaged in criminal activities. Jackley says the addition of...
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US spy court: NSA to keep collecting phone records

WASHINGTON (AP) — A secretive U.S. spy court has ruled again that the National Security Agency can keep collecting every American’s telephone records every day, in the midst of dueling decisions in two other federal courts about whether the surveillance program is constitutional. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Friday renewed the NSA phone collection...
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Bullhead Man Sentenced For Domestic Assault By A Habitual Offender

PIERRE, S.D. – (USDOJ) United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Bullhead, South Dakota, man convicted of Domestic Assault by a Habitual Offender was sentenced on December 30, 2013, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann. Derek Archambault, a/k/a John Martinez, age 31, was sentenced to 46 months in custody, 3 years of...
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McLaughlin Woman Sentenced For Larceny

PIERRE, S.D. – (USDOJ) United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a McLaughlin, South Dakota, woman convicted of Larceny was sentenced on December 30, 2013, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann. Tabitha Good House, age 27, was sentenced to 5 years of unsupervised probation, $16,761 in restitution, and a $100 special assessment to...
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McLaughlin Man Sentenced For Assault Resulting In Serious Bodily Injury

PIERRE, S.D. – (USDOJ) United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a McLaughlin, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury was sentenced on December 30, 2013, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann. Lehi James Demarrias, Sr., age 31, was sentenced to 57 months in custody, 3 years of Supervised...
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Investigation Into Wednesday Fire Rules the Blaze Accidental-Pierre Man in Home Hospitalized in St. Paul

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre’s Deputy Fire Chief says the investigation into a Wednesday fire at a Pierre home is complete.  The blaze at 1319 West Capitol was reported about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.  A man in the home, identified as 41-year-old Mike Zolnowsky, escaped the fire but suffered burns and injuries.  Deputy Chief...
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Pierre PD Says Semi Truck Damaged Following Collision with Pierre Train Bridge

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Texas driver’s semi truck was damaged yesterday after the unit struck the train bridge in Pierre.  Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says officers were told that a semi cab had collided with the train bridge in central Pierre about 6:15 a.m. Thursday morning.  Blemaster says 27-year-old Jose Cresp...
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Wind and Winter Weather Advisories Now Mentioned in Forecasts in DRG Listening Area Through Saturday Morning

ABERDEEN, S.D. – (DRG News) The National Weather Service in Aberdeen has issued a Wind Advisory for several counties, including Stanley, Sully, Hughes, Hyde, Hand, Jones, Lyman and Buffalo.  The advisory is in effect from 6:00 p.m. Central this evening to 6:00 a.m. Central Saturday morning.  The NWS says the area can expect strong...
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Sunday to Bring Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at New Stanley County Elementary School

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be held Sunday at Stanley County’s new Elementary School.  The $4.3 million dollar building will officially open to elementary students next week following the Christmas break.  Ground was broken for the 36,594 square foot building in October of 2012.  It...
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