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ABERDEEN, S.D.—A 26-year-old Milwaukee, Wis., man who had been visiting and staying with extended family on the Sisseton-Wahpeton reservation in far northeast South Dakota has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for sexually assaulting two girls under the age of 12. Dashown Raymond Keys, once out of prison, will be on a lifetime of supervised release. He was found guilty Dec. 7 by a federal jury after a three-day trial in Aberdeen of four counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child and two counts of abusive sexual contact with a child.
ROSEAU, Minn.—A Warroad, Minn., man faces numerous charges for allegedly threatening to kill police and kicking the face of an officer, giving the officer a bleeding mouth. The Warroad Police Department arrested Justin James Johnson, 22, Friday after they were called to an apartment complex for a domestic report, according to court documents. Johnson initially ran from Officer Brendan Sandy but then stopped, the documents say.
MINOT, N.D. -- A 25-year-old Berthold woman has been accused of stealing a $599 puppy from the Pet Parade store in Minot. The store on Tuesday, April 3, about 6:30 p.m., was called and investigated the theft by a female suspect. The suspect was later identified as Tori J. Francis. Officers made contact with her at a Minot home and found the stolen puppy.
ST. PAUL -- Anyone living near bear habitat is reminded to be aware of bears this spring and check their property for food sources that could attract bears. Bear habitat stretches as far south as central Minnesota. As bears emerge from hibernation, their metabolism gradually ramps up and they will begin looking for food at a time when berries and green vegetation can be scarce. Pet food, livestock feed, bird seed, compost or garbage can attract bears.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Sioux Falls police are putting out a call for help in a cold case from 37 years ago where a newborn baby boy was left to die in the cold in a ditch in Sioux Falls. It was Feb. 28, 1981, when the abandoned baby was found dead in the ditch near a field south of East 26th Street and South Sycamore Avenue in southeast Sioux Falls. At the time, police exhausted all possible leads but were not able to find the mother. The baby appeared to have a normal childbirth and the coroner determined he died of exposure.
An adult male was declared deceased at Bill's Gun Shop & Range at roughly 2 p.m. Wednesday, the victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Officers and first responders converged on the indoor shooting range, situated on Excelsior Road near the intersection of Highway 371, upon reports of a gunshot wound on the premises.
CUSTER, S.D. -- An estimated 230 firefighters appear to be getting a handle on the wildfire that has been raging across Custer State Park in the southern Black Hills as of Friday, Dec. 15, with snow in the forecast for the weekend. The Legion Lake fire that has burned an estimated 53,875 acres since Monday was listed as 53 percent contained, a big improvement since the figure was at only 7 percent on Wednesday.
FLANDREAU, S.D. — A Marshall, Minn. woman and her accomplice from Minneapolis will be spending time in prison for stealing mail from affluent Minneapolis neighborhoods, creating fake checks and cashing them at convenience stores and casinos in Minnesota, Iowa and South Dakota. Angelica Marie Hatch-Pequin, 27, will spend almost three years in prison for her federal convictions for conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, said U.S. Attorney for South Dakota Randy Seiler on Tuesday, Nov. 28.
AMHERST, S.D. -- TransCanada Corp. has announced its Keystone Pipeline that runs across eastern North Dakota and South Dakota and ruptured near the state line almost two weeks ago will start flowing again at a reduced rate on Tuesday, Nov. 28. The company said its repair and restart plans have been reviewed by the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration with no objections, permitting a controlled return to service.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota firearms hunters registered 161,057 deer through the third weekend of deer season, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Preliminary results through the third weekend show that the number of deer registered was up 16 percent from 2016. Of the deer harvested, 53 percent were bucks, compared to 63 percent during the same period in 2016.