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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Two men have died in a shooting in a high-crime area in northern Sioux Falls and police are seeking a man and woman who may be armed and are of interest in the killings. Police said that on Friday, Jan. 5, about 5:35 a.m. someone called police after hearing gunshots outside of an apartment at 700 West Rice Street. Officers found two men with gunshot wounds. One man was pronounced dead at the scene and the other was taken to a hospital where he later died from his injuries. Both victims are believed to be in their 20s and detectives were working to identify both men.
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Women’s Network, a statewide advocacy group focused on improving the lives of women, has named Kristie Wolff as its new executive director. Wolff said she found her true passion when she began working in the nonprofit sector, where she has spent nearly half of her career. Most recently, she managed a tobacco prevention program at a statewide nonprofit organization.
MINOT, N.D. -- A 23-year-old New Town man is in jail, accused of burglarizing a Minot business and then starting a fire in it early Thursday morning, Jan. 4. Anthony Carl Frederick is in the Ward County Jail awaiting his first appearance in court and facing charges of burglary, criminal mischief, endangerment by fire and unlawful enter into a motor vehicle, all felonies.
MINOT, N.D. -- A 22-year-old Minot man faces felony shoplifting charges, accused of putting $4,000 in merchandise from Hobby Lobby in a shopping cart over a seven-hour period, fleeing the Minot store and then running from the parking lot when his cart got stuck in the snow Dustin Johnson was arrested in the incident and is in the Ward County Jail awaiting his first appearance in court..
BISMARCK -- A 41-year-old California man will spend 25 years in federal prison after he was sentenced Tuesday for meth trafficking in North Dakota. Antonio Avila Medrano of Los Angeles had been found guilty by a federal jury last July and was sentenced in federal court by Judge Daniel Hovland in Bismarck.
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota is taking a multi-pronged approach to address drug and opioid use, particularly as both arrests and overdose deaths continue to rise. Statewide, overdose deaths jumped from 32 in 2013 to 51 in 2016, the most recent year data was available, while drug arrests increased 147 percent between 2007 and 2016. Marty Jackley, the South Dakota attorney general, said large shipments of opioids on the black market pose a major problem and contributes to accidental overdoses.
AGENCY VILLAGE, S.D.— Meth use, sometimes called an epidemic on the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate reservation, is getting most of the attention these days as the tribe takes on that addiction. However, Clarice Bear Hill of the tribe's Dakota Pride Treatment Center in Sisseton thinks opioid use is often overlooked on the reservation that includes seven counties straddling the border of northeast South Dakota and southeast North Dakota.. "It is a really big problem," she said.
AMHERST, S.D.—Although studies are continuing, a preliminary report said a problem that started during construction of the Keystone pipeline almost 10 years ago may have led to the leak of 210,000 gallons of crude oil in a prairie grass field near the South Dakota-North Dakota border in November. A report said the pipeline rupture may have been caused by a half-moon-shaped concrete weight placed on the 30-inch pipeline to hold it in place in the field near Amherst in northeast South Dakota where there was shallow groundwater.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota’s Game and Fish Department has closed the mountain lion hunting season in the western part of the state in Zone 1 immediately. The zone’s late-season harvest limit of either seven total cats or three females was reached Friday morning, Dec. 29, after the third female was taken.
McLAUGHLIN, S.D. – A 37-year-old man was killed Wednesday morning in a one-vehicle crash about four miles east of McLaughlin on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in far north-central South Dakota.. The name of the deceased is not being released pending notification of family. He was the only occupant.