SIOUX FALLS HOMICIDE
Homicide shakes quiet Sioux Falls neighborhood
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Residents of a Sioux Falls neighborhood where a woman was found dead say their sense of security has been shattered.
Police have arrested a man in the death, but neighbors stay they're still shaken. Heather Elg tells KELO-TV that there's never been serious trouble in the neighborhood before - and she's going to be keeping a closer eye on her children and herself now.
Authorities did not immediately identify the 53-year-old woman who died in what they have labeled a drug-related homicide, or the suspect who is in custody. He was not immediately charged.
Faye Jacobs and her husband live two houses away from the crime scene. She tells the Argus Leader newspaper that the incident has surprised and frightened her.
More Wagner residents indicted on meth charges
WAGNER, S.D. (AP) - Authorities are continuing efforts to crack down on the methamphetamine trade on the Yankton Sioux Reservation in southeastern South Dakota.
U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says a federal grand jury has indicted a group of seven people on drug charges including conspiracy to distribute meth. A group of five people was indicted last December.
The effort to crack down on meth use on the reservation picked up steam in 2012 when a 2-year-old girl died in a home where authorities said meth was prevalent.
Then-Wagner Police Chief Jim Chaney also resigned that year for covering up his girlfriend's meth use.
SD jailer set for September trial on rape charge
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota jailer accused of raping a female inmate is scheduled to stand trial in early September.
Judge Robert Mandel reserved September 2-4 for the trial of 30-year-old Anthony Peet, of Oral.
Peet was arrested Feb. 16 in Bryan, Ohio, after authorities in Fall River County issued a warrant for his arrest on a charge that he raped the inmate in January. He has pleaded not guilty.
The Rapid City Journal reports that Mandel also has lowered Peet's bond from $2 million to $500,000 but stipulated that Peet must remain under house arrest if he posts bond.
Poodle puppies pilfered from Mitchell pet store
MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - Police in Mitchell say someone pilfered two poodle puppies from a local pet store.
Authorities say someone broke into Ed's Pet World early Tuesday and took the poodles worth nearly $600 each. Business owner Ed Anderson says the masked thief also took cash from the store. The thefts were captured by the store's surveillance cameras.
Anderson says the eight-week-old puppies were just weaned from their mother, and he worries the thief won't properly care for them.
A $250 reward is being offered in the case.
EXERCISE BALL LAWSUIT
South Dakota man sues over burst exercise ball
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Sioux Falls man who claims he was permanently injured by an exercise ball that burst is suing the product's manufacturer for negligence.
The Argus Leader newspaper reports that 70-year-old Darold Borman is seeking unspecified money damages from Easton Bell Sports of Van Nuys, Calif. Company spokeswoman Erin Griffin says the company doesn't comment on pending litigation.
Borman claims in his lawsuit that the exercise ball he was using during a workout session in June 2011 burst and toppled him to the floor, leaving him temporarily unable to use his arms and legs and permanently handicapped. He says he had multiple surgeries, endured months of physical therapy and was forced to remodel his home because of his injuries.
SOLAR ENERGY HONOREE
Pine Ridge man honored for solar energy projects
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The man behind a renewable energy company on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota will be one of ten White House honorees this week.
Ten people on Thursday will be honored at a White House Solar Summit for their efforts to expand the production and use of solar energy.
Henry Red Cloud is the owner and founder of Lakota Solar Enterprises. His company employs tribal members who manufacture and install solar heating systems for Native Americans.
Red Cloud also runs a renewable energy center that provides green job training. The White House says his sustainable energy projects offer Native Americans "a new way to honor the old ways."
President Barak Obama has encouraged the development of solar power technology. Its production has grown more than ten-fold since 2008.
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