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DCI completes probe into officer-involved shooting

The state's Division of Criminal Investigation has completed its probe into an incident in Charles Mix County that involved shots fired by a sheriff's deputy.

Attorney General Marty Jackley says no injuries occurred as a result of the shots fired by the deputy. Jackley adds 40-year-old Russell Turner Jr., who was originally arrested on outstanding warrants, has now been charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and various drug counts.

Authorities say the deputy was responding to a disturbance call near Dante last week when he approached a pickup truck with two people inside. The incident escalated and the deputy fired into the vehicle, which fled the scene.

Authorities say Turner tried to strike the deputy with the pickup.

A minor was a passenger in the vehicle. Turner wasn't injured by gunfire.


SD dentists offering cash for Halloween candy

A group of dentists in South Dakota is offering trick-or-treaters cash for their candy.

The Argus Leader reports the Sioux Falls clinics have given children $1 per pound of Halloween candy. The candy will be shipped to American troops overseas as part of Operation Gratitude care packages.

A clinic has already collected more than 145 pounds of candy through the Halloween Candy Buyback program.

Elisabeth Olsen with Sensational Smiles says children don't need to eat all those sweets and dentists would like them to spread the candy around.


Cleanup wrapping up at reservation bombing range

Seventy-two years after it began using the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation for target practice, the federal government is nearly finished cleaning up a dangerous section of the mess left behind.

The Corps of Engineers will host a public meeting Wednesday night at the Lakota Prairie Ranch Resort near Kyle to present a proposed next step for the cleanup of three former target areas within the old Pine Ridge Gunnery Range.

The government created the range in 1942, displacing 125 reservation families.

During World War II, warplanes on practice runs pummeled the range with shells and bombs. Over the next few decades, the Air Force and National Guard used the range. Most of the land has since been returned to the Oglala Sioux Tribe.


Tuesday is General Election

November 4th is the general election and there are just a couple of local races to be decided by the vote on Tuesday.

Valentine residents will decide on two new councilmen as Don Nelsen and Gary Sadi did not re-file for the positions. Those running for the two spots on the council include Wally Balliet, Dave Dent Otradovsky, Kevin Pettigrew and Neil Wescott.

The other contested race is for the Valentine School Board, where five are running to fill three positions. Those running include incumbents Will Fischer and Susie Beel. Challengers are Kurt Arganbright, Greg Gass and Jerry Reynoldson. Polls will open at 8 am and close at 8 pm on Tuesday, November 4th at the Cherry County 4-H Building.


Mission Woman Sentenced

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Mission, South Dakota woman was charged with Assaulting, Resisting, or Impeding a Federal Employee pled guilty to and was sentenced on October 23, 2014 by U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno.

Twila Two Strike, age 56, was sentenced to 6 months of unsupervised probation and assessed $25 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

The conviction stems from an incident that took place on April 14, 2014, when a Rosebud Sioux Tribe Realty Officer went to Two Strike's home to investigate community complaints regarding a padlocked gate impeding cars from accessing the Blue Thunder Cemetery. While the Realty Officer was speaking with a member of Two Strike's family through a screen door, Two Strike approached him from outside his peripheral line of vision and threatened to physically assault him if he did not get off their land. Two Strike swung her hand toward the Realty Officer in an attempt to strike him.

Two Strike was released after sentencing.


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