Suspect arrested in homicide in Yankton
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) - Authorities have arrested a suspect in a homicide investigation in Yankton.
Police on Friday morning announced a search for 28-year-old Joshua Hudson, who they said should be considered armed and dangerous and was believed to be in the Sioux City, Iowa, area, where he has relatives.
Yankton Police Chief Brian Paulsen issued a statement a short time later saying Hudson was in custody.
Paulsen gave no details about the arrest, or about the killing that happened about 7:30 a.m. Friday. The victim's identity has not been released.
OLD MURDER-DNA TESTING
SD murder convict says DNA test proves innocence
ARMOUR, S.D. (AP) - A man convicted of a 1985 murder in South Dakota has been ruled out as the source of two hair samples taken from the victim, but it's uncertain if that's enough to clear him.
Lewis Ashker and Kurt Novaock, both of Wayne, Neb., were sentenced to life in prison for killing Jerry Plihal while trying to steal his gun collection. Authorities said Plihal was stabbed 21 times.
Ashker requested the hairs be tested using DNA technology that became available a few years ago. He's now asking Judge Bruce Anderson to overturn his 1986 conviction.
Deputy Attorney General Bob Mayer acknowledges Ashker isn't the source of the hair samples but says other evidence in the case must be taken into account.
The Daily Republic reports Anderson will rule later.
DAY CARE DEATH-PLEA
SD day care provider pleads guilty in child death
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A former Sioux Falls day care provider has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor child neglect in the case of an infant who died in her home.
Four-month-old Meredith Ulmer died on June 30, 2011. Authorities say 53-year-old provider Constance Edwards had taken nine children to a water park that day and left 15 others including Ulmer in the care of two teenage girls.
Edwards also pleaded guilty to lying to police about how many children she had in her care. The number was more than allowed by the city.
She faces up to 10 days in jail, a $2,000 fine and a ban on operating a day care under terms of her plea agreement with prosecutors that drops a felony child abuse charge.
Repeat of 2011 Missouri River flooding unlikely
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Corps of Engineers official says the mountain snowpack in the Missouri River's upper basin is close to levels seen before 2011 flooding on the river. But she says flooding this year is still far less likely.
Jody Farhat with the corps says drought in 2012 has resulted in a one-third increase in water storage capacity in the three Missouri River reservoirs in the Dakotas and Montana. And she says there is not as much snow accumulation on the plains as there was three years ago.
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he still wants government officials and residents to be diligent about monitoring flood potential this year. He says in 2011, information on river conditions came too late.
BLACK HILLS JEWELERS
Major Black Hills jewelers announce purchase deal
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A company that has been making Black Hills gold jewelry for 136 years has been sold to another Black Hills jeweler.
Rapid City-based Riddle's Group Inc. has purchased Landstrom's Original Black Hills Gold Creations' manufacturing and wholesale division for an undisclosed price. Landstrom's also is based in Rapid City.
Riddle's did not acquire the rights to Landstrom's name, but has agreed to license it and use it. Riddles Chief Financial Officer David Westergaard says Landstrom's name recognition was a major reason Riddle's wanted to make the deal.
Robert Lemley, grandson of founder Ivan Landstrom, retains the rights to the Landstrom's name.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INVESTIGATION
SD lawmakers begin look at development programs
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota legislative panel is holding its first hearing on the state's economic development agency and its involvement in issues related to a failed beef packing plant.
The Government Operations and Audit Committee will review two reports from private auditing firms and one from the state Department of Legislative Audit.
Those reports found flaws in some financial procedures and the handling of documents by the Governor's Office of Economic Development.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard ordered the reviews after finding about alleged misconduct in the development agency before he took office in 2011. A federal investigation also is being conducted into the failed Northern Beef Packers plant in Aberdeen and the use of the federal EB-5 program, in which foreign investors can secure permanent residency in exchange for $500,000 investments.
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