SD man sentenced for scuffle with arresting officers A South Dakota man has been sentenced to 17 months in prison in connection with a scuffle with two arresting officers outside a casino last year. Acting U.S. Attorney Randolph Seiler says 26-year-old Tony St. John was also ordered to spend two years on supervised release. The Fort Thompson man earlier pleaded guilty to assaulting, resisting and impeding a federal officer. Federal authorities say St. John kicked an officer in the face while another officer attempted to handcuff him during an arrest on September 2014 outside the Lodestar Casino in Fort Thompson. They say St. John also tried to grab an officer's gun. Authorities say officers arrested St. John after he was identified as the man who had tried to get a casino patron to give him her car keys.
Mobridge, Keystone to assess pedestrian-friendliness The communities of Mobridge and Keystone are getting a state Department of Health grant to help assess the Sioux Falls towns' pedestrian-friendliness. Chronic disease prevention and health promotion administrator Linda Ahrendt says an average of just 22 minutes a day of physical activity, such as brisk walking, can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Ahrendt says the department regularly works with communities to encourage physical activity. Pierre, Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Burke received walk audit grants in 2014. The department has also partnered with SDSU's Landscape Architecture Program to help Huron, Mitchell, Salem and Volga take a more detailed look at streets, sidewalks and other parts of their built environments to see just how conducive they are to walking and biking.
SD grand jury indicts student accused of shooting principal CANTON, S.D. (AP) — A grand jury has indicted the 16-year-old South Dakota student accused of shooting his high school principal. The indictment charges Mason Buhl with first-degree attempted murder and commission of a felony while armed with a firearm. Buhl is accused of confronting Harrisburg High School Principal Kevin Lein with a handgun in his office Wednesday and firing a single shot that lightly wounded the educator in the arm. Buhl was subdued by other school officials and no one else was hurt. Buhl is being held without bond. His attorney, Mike Butler, didn't immediately return a call seeking comment on the charges. Buhl's father, Rodney Buhl, told The Associated Press Wednesday his son has been very quiet over the past year and thinks he's "just mad at everybody."
Husband of ex-US Senate candidate Annette Bosworth indicted SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The husband of former U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth has been indicted on election law violations in connection with his wife's problematic 2014 campaign. A Hughes County indictment charges Chad Haber with one count each of offering false or forged instrument for filing and perjury. Authorities say Haber turned in a petition nominating his wife Annette Bosworth that included false or forged signatures. A former candidate for state attorney general, Haber, says he received the court summons Saturday and is expected to appear in court later this month. He says the charges are unfounded. A jury in May found Bosworth guilty of six counts each of perjury and filing false documents in connection with her campaign petitions. She avoided serving prison time when a judge handed down a suspended sentence.
4 injured after helicopter crashes in SD fertilizer plant PARKSTON, S.D. (AP) — Four people have being hospitalized after the helicopter they were in crashed in the property of a South Dakota fertilizer plant. AgLand Co-op Fertilizer general manager Bill Pape tells the Argus Leader (http://argusne.ws/1Q28ejD ) the helicopter took off from the Parkston plant, but never made it off the property before it crashed and came to rest against the building. Authorities say the incident happened around 11:30 a.m. Monday. The three passengers and pilot were airlifted to hospitals. Avera Health spokeswoman Lindsey Meyers says two of the victims were taken to Avera St. Benedict in Parkston and are in "good condition." The conditions of the two other victims were not immediately clear. Pape says the three passengers were AgLand employees. The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed the crash but declined to comment further.
Memorial ceremony held in South Dakota for ex-Gov. Miller PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard is among the speakers who have eulogized former Gov. Walter Dale Miller during a memorial ceremony being held at the state Capitol in Pierre. The ceremony Monday followed a public viewing at the Capitol. Miller died Sept. 28 at age 89. In 1993, he stepped in as the state's leader after a plane crash killed his predecessor, Gov. George Mickelson. Miller served as the state's 29th governor through 1995. Daugaard says Miller was "the right man at the right time," as he took the oath of office as governor during a period of sadness and loss. Daugaard says "the seasoned, steady cowboy, Walter Dale Miller, was cool in a time of crisis." Miller's funeral is scheduled for Wednesday in Rapid City.
4 injured after helicopter crashes in SD fertilizer plant PARKSTON, S.D. (AP) — Four people have being hospitalized after the helicopter they were in crashed into a shed in a fertilizer plant in South Dakota. The Hutchinson County Sheriff's Office says the incident happened around 11:30 a.m. Monday in Parkston. The conditions of the victims were not immediately clear. Their identities have not been released. Authorities say the helicopter crashed into the shed in the back of the AgLand Co-op Fertilizer Plant.
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