South Dakota News

Teen accused in Sioux Falls beating death charged as adult
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The 16-year-old suspect in what Sioux Falls police say was a beating death over the weekend is being charged as an adult. Wilson Hughes is charged with first-degree manslaughter in the death late Friday or early Saturday of 18-year-old Arick Strauser. Hughes appeared in court on Monday but did not enter a plea. A judge set bond at $500,000 cash. Hughes' defense attorneys declined comment to the Argus Leader newspaper. Authorities say Strauser died late Friday or early Saturday after an altercation with a group of teenagers. Police allege that Hughes beat Strauser to death with his hands and feet. Police say a video posted on social media showing a group of teenagers encountering Strauser helped the investigation, and that more arrests are possible.

Sturgis jailbreak thwarted; 2 guards suffer minor injuries
STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — Charges are pending against four inmates who tried to escape from the Meade County Jail in Sturgis, injuring two guards in the process. The sheriff's office says the inmates assaulted the two correctional officers while they were checking cells about 2 a.m. Monday. Two of the inmates were quickly stopped by staff while two others made it into a hallway and unsuccessfully tried to break through two windows in a visitation area. The two guards were treated for minor injuries and released from medical care. The inmates were in jail on charges ranging from burglary to drug possession.

Brookings man killed in motorcycle-truck crash identified
GETTYSBURG, S.D. (AP) — Authorities have identified a motorcycle driver who died after a collision with a pickup truck in Potter County. The Highway Patrol says 23-year-old Luke Kleinlein, of Brookings, died after the truck collided with his bike on U.S. Highway 212 about 6 miles east of Gettysburg late Sunday. The 59-year-old pickup driver was not hurt. Authorities are still investigating the crash.

Shooting at Rapid City apartment kills 1, injures 1
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — One person is dead and another injured after a shooting at a Rapid City apartment building. Police officers responded to a report of shots fired about 7:30 p.m. Monday and found the two wounded males. Authorities believe one male was shot inside an apartment, and the male suspected of doing the initial shooting was himself shot outside the building. Authorities have not said who was responsible for the second shooting. The department did say no officers were involved in the shooting, and that a private security guard was at the scene. Both males were taken to a hospital, where one died and one was in unknown condition. Police Chief Karl Jegeris says both guns involved in the shooting have been recovered, and there is no threat to public safety.

South Dakota Democratic delegates unify around Clinton
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention are unifying around Hillary Clinton as the party's standard-bearer. State Democratic Party Chairwoman Ann Tornberg said Monday the goal is for a strong message of party unity to make sure GOP nominee Donald Trump is defeated this fall. Cully Williams, a delegate for primary rival Bernie Sanders, says the senator's supporters from South Dakota are starting to fall in line behind Clinton, who triumphed in the state's June presidential primary. Tornberg, a superdelegate supporting Clinton, says she will be more competitive than Democrats have been in red South Dakota during recent presidential cycles. Democrats are also trying to overcome anger from Sanders supporters over leaked emails indicating staffers at the Democratic National Committee favored Clinton over Sanders.

Legal team for activist Peltier urges Obama to grant release
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The legal team for imprisoned American Indian activist Leonard Peltier is hoping President Barack Obama will grant his release before he leaves office. Peltier is serving two life sentences for the 1975 shooting deaths of two FBI agents during a standoff on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. He's now 71 and in frail health, and his next parole hearing isn't until 2024. Peltier and his supporters say he was framed — a claim the FBI denies. He's unsuccessfully appealed his conviction numerous times, and former President Bill Clinton left office without acting on a clemency request. The Argus Leader reports Peltier's legal team recently filed a clemency petition with Obama. Attorney Cynthia Dunne says the team hopes Obama will "look at the case with fresh eyes."

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