Pierre Capital Journal
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Ryan Langford, an inmate in minimum security with the state prison, left his community work site in Sioux Falls early Friday, June 21, without authorization and was placed on "escape status," according to Michael Winder, spokesman for the Department of Corrections in Pierre. Langford, 28, has been in the Community Work Center in Sioux Falls serving a sentence of four years with one year suspended handed down May 21 in Huron for illegal possession of a "schedule I or II" drug such as methamphetamine, the Pierre Capital Journal reported.
PIERRE, S.D. — A 32-year-old former railroad engineer in Pierre was sentenced to 50 years in federal prison on Monday, June 17 on charges of the sexual abuse of twin 7-year-old girls and dealing in child pornography. Ricker was sentenced on two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of twin 7-year-old sisters in Texas; one count of traveling from South Dakota to Texas with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and four counts of transporting, distributing, receiving and possessing child porn.
PIERRE, S.D. - A member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribal Council had been indicted in federal court on three counts of sexual assault. Council Treasurer Roland Hawk Sr., 50, of Fort Thompson, was arrested Monday, April 15 on two counts of aggravated sexual abuse and one count of abusive sexual contact against a fellow member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, the Pierre Capital Journal reported .
PIERRE, S.D. - No horse racing will be held in Fort Pierre in 2019, interrupting a tradition dating to just after World War II. An official of the Verendrye Benevolent Association, which has organized the races at the Stanley County Fairgrounds along the Missouri River for decades, said on Thursday, March 27, that the Association wouldn’t be holding races this year.
BLUNT, S.D. - A 55-year-old woman was killed Monday in a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 14 northeast of Blunt in the central portion of the state. At about 1:44 p.m. March 18, a 2016 Jeep Compass headed east on Highway 14 drifted into the path of a westbound 2012 Kenworth W900 semi-truck, said Tony Mangan with the state Office of Public Safety. The Jeep struck the truck head-on and the driver, a 55-year-old woman, was pronounced dead at the scene.
SALEM, S.D. - An 85-year-old woman died Thursday, Jan. 17, after she was injured Wednesday, Jan. 16, when the van she was riding in rear-ended a John Deere tractor west of Salem, about 40 miles west of Sioux Falls. According to Tony Mangan, spokesman for the state Highway Patro, the crash happened 1 mile west of Salem at 5:48 p.m. on state Highway 38. A 72-year-old woman driving a 2013 Chrysler Town and Country van westbound rear-ended a 1998 John Deere 7810 tractor.
PIERRE, S.D. -- A former Chicago man charged with raping a Pierre woman on Sept. 9 pleaded not guilty on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at his arraignment in state court. Eleghba Lipsey, 45, charged with a count of third-degree rape of a 40-year-old woman when she was incapable of consent because of intoxication or other comparable reasons, faces up to life in prison if he were convicted. That’s because his long record of felony crimes in Chicago increases the possible penalty for this one, state Judge Mark Barnett told him.
PIERRE, S.D. -- A Massachusetts-based convenience store/gas station chain has expanded into South Dakota. The company, BW Gas and Convenience Retail, doing business as Yesway stores, has bought 22 Fresh Start stores in the state bringing its total to 29 in South Dakota, Wyoming and Nebraska, according to its website.
PIERRE, S.D. -- Dan Mosteller, who retired in 2010 after seven years as superintendent of the state highway patrol, was sworn in recently in Pierre as the U.S marshal for South Dakota. Mosteller succeeds Paul Thielen who held the post since October 2010.