Man admits to using coke and giving meth to girl A man convicted of manslaughter in Rapid City now acknowledges he used cocaine and gave meth to a 15-year-old girl. Charles Birdshead pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of distribution of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, to a minor and one count of possession of a controlled substance, cocaine. In exchange for his guilty pleas, prosecutors agreed to ask that his drug sentences run at the same time as his sentence for manslaughter. Birdshead was convicted in August for the January shooting death of Eustacio Marrufo in the South Dakota Rose parking lot during a drug transaction. He'll be sentenced on Jan. 6.
SD man gets 7 yrs. for New England, ND bank heist A federal judge in Bismarck sentenced a South Dakota man to seven years in prison for his role in a North Dakota bank robbery. Jurors convicted 20-year-old Colt Schneider, of Rapid City, in August of bank robbery and using a firearm during a crime of violence. Schneider got one day in prison for the robbery conviction and seven years for the gun crime. He also must pay $4,000 in restitution. Another man, 29-year-old Johnner Ward Jr., of Abilene, Texas, was sentenced in August to 11 years for his part. Authorities say the two men wore black ski masks and carrying guns entered American Bank Center in New England in October 2012 and ran away after grabbing money from a bank employee.
Congress honors code talkers, including SD tribes Congress is honoring the service of American Indians who used their native language to outwit the enemy and protect American battlefield secrets during World Wars I and II, including several South Dakota tribes. Members of Congress and hundreds of others gathered in the U.S. Capitol's Emancipation Hall on Wednesday for a ceremony awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to so-called code talkers. Among 33 tribes who received formal recognition were the Yankton Sioux Tribe, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, the Oglala Sioux Tribe, the Sisseton Whapeton Oyate Tribe, the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and the Yankton Sioux Tribe. Congress earlier awarded the Gold Medal to code talkers in 2000 and 2008. Wednesday's ceremony was for more than two dozen tribes not included in that initial honor.
Legislator wants audit of EB-5 program in SD A Democratic state legislator is calling for an independent fiscal audit of South Dakota's participation through a private corporation in a federal investment-for-green-cards immigration program. Rep. Kathy Tyler, of Big Stone City, says she tried to put the issue on this week's legislative Executive Board meeting agenda, but her request was voted down. Tyler says there are foreign investments and loans and money going back and forth to the Cayman Islands, and the public deserves answers about the money flow. Executive Board chairman Ryan Maher, a Republican from Isabel, says the board already had a full agenda, and legislators would not be able to get any answers while the EB-5 program remains under a state and federal investigation. He says the issue could be considered in December.
Gray buys TV stations from Hoak, including in SD The station group that broadcasts ABC programming in eastern South Dakota has been sold. Gray Television Inc. and Excalibur Broadcasting LLC say they've reached a series of deals to acquire a total of 15 stations in seven markers from Hoak Media LLC and Parker Broadcasting Inc. for about $335 million in cash. South Dakota TV stations Gray is buying from Excalibur include KSFY in Sioux Falls, KABY in Aberdeen and KPRY in Pierre.
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