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After U.S. Supreme Court Delay, South Dakota Executes Charles Rhines

He was scheduled to be executed at 1:30 for the killing of 22-year-old Donnivan Schaeffer

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — South Dakota has gone through with the execution of Charles Rhines after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected three appeals to delay his execution. Rhines was given a lethal injection around 7:35. He was scheduled to be executed at 1:30 for the killing of 22-year-old Donnivan Schaeffer during a burglary in 1992 in Rapid City. But the…

Search For Young Children’s Home Runaway Halted Due To Weather

It has been more than a week since anyone has heard from Serenity Dennard

ROCKERVILLE, SD —┬áThe search for a missing nine-year-old South Dakota girl has been put on hold due to rough winter weather. It has been more than a week since anyone has heard from Serenity Dennard. The young child ran away from the Black Hills Children’s Home in Rapid City and disappeared into the woods near Rockerville. Officials say snow and…

Searchers Look For Young Girl Who Walked Away From Children’s Home Society

9-Year-Old Serenity Dennard Left Sunday Morning Without A Coat in Rapid City

UPDATE: 02/04/2019 8:10 p.m. Investigators want to speak with a couple who reportedly last a missing 9-year-old girl, Serenity Dennard. Pennington County Sheriff’s Office says the couple was cutting wood nearby and spoke with Children’s Home staff Sunday around the same time the girl ran away. **ORIGINAL STORY BELOW** RAPID CITY, SD —┬áThe search is on for a missing 9-year-old…

Two Principals Placed On Leave Pending An Investigation

Rapid City School District Calls It A "Personnel Matter"

Greg McNabb And Holly YamadaRAPID CITY, S.D.– Two Rapid City-area elementary school principals have been suspended for undisclosed reasons. Principals at Black Hawk Elementary and Valley View Elementary have been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation by school district officials. A school spokeswoman declined to comment on the reasons, calling it a “personnel matter.” She did say there…

The Biz: Toys R Us Stores in South Dakota, Minnesota Closing, Starbucks Employees Get Good News

Chairman and CEO Dave Brandon said tough decisions are required to save Toys R Us

NATIONAL — The Toys R Us store in Fargo will remain open but the store in Rapid City, South Dakota is closing. It is among 180 stores being closed around the country. Four locations in the Twin Cities also made the closure list. Toys R Us is being squeezed by Amazon.com and huge chains like Walmart. It will begin closing…

Former Moorhead Man Accused of Torturing Cats Suspected of Looking for New Pets

Jalen Greer now lives in the Rapid City area

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Police in South Dakota are investigating whether a former Moorhead man accused of torturing and killing cats has been attempting to adopt more pets. Jalen Greer now lives in the Rapid City area. A Craigslist ad there warns that Greer tried to adopt a pet from the Sturgis/Meade County Animal Shelter. He was sentenced to two…

California Man Fighting Extradition on Murder Charges in Death of His Mother

A hearing is scheduled for February 20

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The California man, who was arrested in South Dakota after a police chase, is fighting extradition to his home state where he is facing murder charges in the death of his mother. Tosten Lommen, 30, is charged with murdering his mother, 58-year-old Michelle Walsh, whom authorities found in the back seat of his car after a…

New Details Released in Death of Woman Found During High Speed Chase

Preliminary results show 58-year-old Michelle Walsh died from head and neck injuries

RAPID CITY, SD — An autopsy confirms the death of a California woman found in the back seat of her son’s SUV is a homicide. Preliminary results show 58-year-old Michelle Walsh died from head and neck injuries. Her body was discovered after South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers chased and stopped the SUV driven by her son, 30-year-old Tosten Lommen. He’s…

High Speed Chase Leads to Discovery of Dead Body Near Rapid City

State authorities are investigating the suspicious death

  RAPID CITY, SD — A woman’s body was found in a vehicle following a high-speed chase in South Dakota. A court complaint says 30-year-old Tosten Lommen of Santa Cruz, California faces charges including aggravated eluding and drunken driving. State authorities are investigating the suspicious death. Bond has been set at $2.5 million. A trooper caught Lommen going more than…

Former Moorhead Man Accused of Torturing, Killing Cats Makes Plea

Greer entered the plea to a charge of mistreatment and torture of animals

MOORHEAD, Minn. — A former Moorhead man accused of torturing and killing three cats at an apartment in January has entered an Alford plea. That means Jalen Greer isn’t admitting guilt, but says if he went to trial, he would lose. Greer entered the plea to a charge of mistreatment and torture of animals. Two other charges against him were…