CONVENIENCE STORE ROBBERY
Suspects in eastern SD robbery turn themselves in
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Authorities say a woman and a girl suspected of robbing a store at a Sioux Falls gas station this week turned themselves in.
The Argus Leader reports that 19-year-old Kelli Schlotterback and a 17-year-old girl turned themselves in to authorities in connection with the robbery of the store at the Cubby's station.
Schlotterback appeared in court Thursday on charges of first-degree robbery, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The robbery charge is punishable by up to 25 years in prison. Her bond was set at $10,000.
The 17-year-old girl's case isn't public because she's a juvenile.
Police say the pair and a third person left the store with an undisclosed amount of cash on Tuesday. Police first reported the suspects were boys 13 and 14 years old.
Man accused of kidnapping daughter found in Idaho
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - An Oregon man accused of kidnapping his daughter in southeast South Dakota has been arrested in Idaho.
Lieutenant Matthew Burns with the Sioux Falls Police Department says 24-year-old Jared Swets was arrested in Boise, Idaho on kidnapping charges Wednesday. The 2-year-old girl was found unharmed.
Burns says the man from Grants Pass, Oregon did not return the girl to her mother after he visited Sioux Falls during the Easter weekend.
The girl's mother contacted police Tuesday. Detectives on Wednesday learned that Swets might have left South Dakota and two warrants for his arrest were issued.
Burns says the girl is in the custody of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and will be reunited with her mother soon.
Swets is awaiting extradition at the Ada County jail.
Car drives into SD home; family displaced
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Sioux Falls family has been displaced after a motorist drove into their house.
Police responded to the scene around 1:20 a.m. Thursday. Authorities say the car crashed into the house and through a garage, hitting the bedroom of the family's two children.
The children were sleeping in the room at the time of the crash but weren't injured.
Sergeant Matt Burns says 21-year-old Givara Paulo Zaki has been cited with reckless driving. Burns says Zaki resides at the home and was not under the influence of alcohol when the incident occurred.
The Red Cross is assisting the family of four with temporary housing.
The relationship between Zaki and the children was not immediately clear.
SD lottery board relaxes promotional policy
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Lottery's oversight board has voted to relax the promotions policy that governs licensed lottery operators.
The Lottery Commission approved the change this week on a 6-1 vote.
The new policy allows lottery operators to target specific groups with their promotions. They could host a "ladies night" under the rule change.
Promotions still have to be done in "good taste" and not reflect "adversely" on the lottery or the state.
Commissioner Doyle Estes opposes the rule change. He says the criteria on the promotions are too subjective, and some promotions could end up making the lottery look bad.
Supporters of the measure say lottery operators will use their judgment and common sense.
Giveaways will no longer be calculated as part of the operator's payout.
New swine facility draws students, funds into SD
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - College students and dollars are flowing into South Dakota from neighboring Iowa and Minnesota, boosting the state's swine industry.
Industry groups from outside the state have pledged hundreds of thousands of dollars toward a new $5.5 million swine facility at South Dakota State University.
The Legislature earlier this year gave final approval and a $3 million blessing to the project.
The SDSU dean of agriculture says the donations indicate a broad network of alumni supporters in the region.
Dusty Compart is a junior at SDSU studying animal science. The Minnesota native says he chose SDSU over other swine programs in neighboring states. He says the program he is enrolled in is presenting new opportunities for students while other schools are trimming their offerings.
Number of deer hunting licenses could be reduced
BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - The number of deer hunting licenses available in South Dakota for the upcoming season could be significantly reduced.
Tony Leif is the wildlife director of the state's Game, Fish and Parks. Leif says times are changing when it comes to deer management.
KBRK-AM in Brookings reports that the state for a long time tried to reduce the number of deer across South Dakota. Now, state officials are trying to protect the doe population.
State wildlife officials are expected to present proposals for the upcoming deer seasons to the Game Fish and Parks Commission in May.
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