Arielle Zionts / Rapid City Journal
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A 63-year-old Rapid City man learned in court that in addition to being accused of trying to kill a doctor, he's under investigation for allegedly threatening the judge and a witness in the case. William Thoman is under investigation for allegedly asking inmates at the Pennington County Jail if they could help him "take care" of Judge Jane Wipf Pfeifle and the witness who reported him to the police, said Trevor Thielen, a prosecutor with the Attorney General's Office, in court April 25.
RAPID CITY — In an unusual move, a federal judge overturned a Rapid City jury's decision to convict a Pine Ridge man for making a false statement related to an alleged brutal assault.
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A Rapid City man was sentenced Thursday to 45 years in prison for taking the life of a young man over what the judge and prosecutor called a "minor" and "petty" dispute. "I'm so tired of sentencing young men who carry weapons" and use them inappropriately, Judge Jane Wipf Pfeifle said April 18 before handing down her sentence to Maricelo Garcia at the state court in Rapid City. The 22-year-old was sentenced after pleading down to first-degree manslaughter for killing 20-year-old Clinton Farlee. Garcia was initially charged with first-degree murder.
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. - Andrea Norton, a 20-year-old from Hot Springs, "was larger than life," her mother, Tamera, said Monday. "Her passion was saving the planet" and she believed science and her faith in God went hand in hand. Andrea died Saturday, April 13, after falling off a cliff in Arkansas while on an environmental science class trip with friends from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa, her mother said.
RAPID CITY, S.D. - When the owner of the Hemporium in Rapid City read the attorney general's recent proclamation about hemp and CBD oil, he felt "shock." Jason Ravnsborg wrote that "hemp and CBD oils remain illegal in South Dakota" but at another point writes that just "industrial hemp illegal and all forms of CBD oil illegal." The March 25 press release was "so detrimental to so many businesses," Leonard Vandermate of the Hemporium said.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — A Rapid City woman pleaded guilty Friday, April 5, to attempted child abuse after being accused of pepper spraying her 11-year-old son last April. As part of the plea deal, prosecutors will drop charges of child abuse, simple assault (domestic abuse) and nonsupport of child by parents. Ashley Ellis, 33, could be sentenced to up to five years in state prison, but prosecutors said they will agree to ask the judge for local jail time and probation. If she had been found guilty of child abuse, she could have spent up to 10 years in prison.
CUSTER, S.D. — A Pringle man will spend the rest of his life in prison after raping and kidnapping his ex-girlfriend in 2017 in Custer County. Harry David Evans, 61, was sentenced March 22 at the state courthouse in Custer by Judge Jeff Davis after a jury found him guilty of first-degree kidnapping, second-degree rape, first-degree burglary, aggravated assault, stalking and violating a protection order.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Ellsworth Air Force Base will be the sole training center and first site to receive the new B-21 bomber, which will be capable of launching thermonuclear weapons. The next-generation bomber, also called the Raider, will bring "hundreds" of new airmen, support personnel and their families as well as a building boom to the Rapid City area once construction begins in Fiscal Year 2021, Sens. John Thune and Mike Rounds said Wednesday, March 27, of the Air Force's announcement.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The owner of a Rapid City pet store raided last fall after being accused of animal abuse must pay $40,000 to the Humane Society of the Black Hills and surrender all of her animals except two personal pets, according to a plea and settlement agreement released by the city. The agreements were reached Tuesday, March 26, in a case that pitted Rapid City against Marinda Parks, owner of the Pitter Patter Pet Store.
STURGIS, S.D. - A stuffed pink unicorn with lilac hoofs sits on Serenity Dennard's neatly made bed with its arms open wide, waiting for the missing girl to return home. Hanging above the unicorn, which was donated by school children after Serenity went missing, is a red and silver sign that reads "Serenity" in cursive letters. It was handmade by Serenity's great-grandfather, or "pop" as she calls him.