Howes man fined $10,000 for killing bald eagle
A western South Dakota man avoided jail time but must pay more than $10,000 for killing an eagle.
Federal prosecutors say 42-year-old Cody Weyer, of Howes, pleaded guilty to unlawful taking of a bald eagle and was sentenced to a year of probation, a $500 fine, $10,000 in restitution and $25 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
The case started Jan. 21 when a South Dakota Game Fish and Parks officer responded to a complaint of dead deer in Meade County. While looking for the carcass, the officer found a dead adult bald eagle in a bull pasture leased by Weyer, who acknowledged killing the bird.
Ex-prosecutor pleads not guilty to rape charges
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A former South Dakota county prosecutor has pleaded not guilty to child rape charges.
Former Walworth County State's Attorney Christopher Jansen on Tuesday entered his plea at the federal court in Pierre.
KCCR-AM reports Jansen was indicted last week on one count each of sexual exploitation of a child and distribution of material involving the sexual exploitation of minors. A trial has been scheduled for Oct. 21.
Prosecutors accuse the 34-year-old Selby resident of molesting a boy from Hughes County. Court records show Jansen did legal work for some of the family members.
Jansen last week was also indicted in state court in Hughes County on six counts of first-degree rape.
Jansen is being held at the Hughes County Jail.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INVESTIGATION
Democrats call for Daugaard, Rounds subpoenas
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Democratic lawmakers are calling on a legislative committee to issue subpoenas for Gov. Dennis Daugaard, former Gov. Mike Rounds and others involved in the state's program that administered an investment-for-green-card program.
Lawmakers say the Government Operations and Audit Committee should issue the subpoenas to seek answers regarding allegations of financial misconduct at the Governor's Office of Economic Development.
A state audit found that before Richard Benda left his job as head of that office in 2010, he tacked on an extra $550,000 to a grant agreement to help a struggling beef plant. A report from Attorney General Marty Jackley showed the same amount was improperly diverted to SDRC Inc., Benda's new employer.
SDRC administered the state's investment-for-green-card program.
Benda committed suicide in October.
Both governors are Republican.
SCHOOLS REPORT CARD
SD: 90 percent of students finished high school
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's Department of Education has put out this year's report card on school performance.
It found that 90 percent of eligible students finished high school, with just under 83 percent doing so in four years. Both of those figures are about the same as last year.
The report also found that just over 67 percent of students who took the ACT met the South Dakota Board of Regents' benchmark in math and just over 75 percent met the benchmark in English. The state says those figures showing college readiness are slightly lower than last year.
Report card results for school districts are online at http://doe.sd.gov/reportcard .
Noem, Robinson don't agree on Keystone XL pipeline
MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem and her democratic challenger in November's election Corinna Robinson disagree on the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Noem and Robinson expressed their differences during a debate Tuesday at the annual DakotaFest farm show in Mitchell.
The Argus Leader (http://argusne.ws/1pGXvjx ) reports Noem got the loudest applause of the day after voicing her support for the pipeline's construction.
Robinson told the audience she sees the pipeline as a long-term mistake because it would jeopardize water supplies with potential leaks.
Keystone is intended to transport over 800,000 barrels of Canadian tar sands oil a day to refineries on the Gulf Coast.
Supporters say the pipeline will aid energy independence. Environmentalists warn of possible spills and say tar sands oil is especially "dirty" and will contribute to global warming.
DAY CARE PROVIDER-CHARGES
Police: Day care provider charged for injuring boy
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Police in Sioux Falls say a day care provider is facing a felony charge after injuring a 4-month-old boy while under her supervision.
Police spokesman Sam Clemens says 59-year-old Karen Leraas has been charged with abuse or cruelty to a minor under 7. She is expected to appear in court Tuesday afternoon.
Clemens says Leraas injured the boy at her in-home day care Aug.7. Doctors contacted authorities after deeming the boy's injuries suspicious. He is still at a local hospital.
Clemens says the boy is "doing better."
Leeras' day care license has been suspended.
SIOUX FALLS SHOOTING-PLEAS
2 teens plead guilty in Sioux Falls drug slaying
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Two Watertown teenagers involved in a December slaying in Sioux Falls have pleaded guilty to assault and manslaughter.
Nineteen-year-old Brian Anderson and 18-year-old Trevor Kruthoff entered their pleas on Tuesday. They could face life in prison in the death of 20-year-old Jordan LeBeau.
Authorities say LeBeau was killed when Anderson and Kruthoff broke into the marijuana dealer's home to steal what they thought would be $100,000 in drug money. Kruthoff on Tuesday admitted firing the shots that killed LeBeau and injured LeBeau's father.
In July, 21-year-old Kevin Rice pleaded guilty to manslaughter. He admitted showing the teens where LeBeau lived and giving them the loaded handgun. Authorities say Rice and LeBeau were partners in the drug trade.
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