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Pierre PD Investigating Swath Of Tire Slashing In Eastern Pierre

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Several tires were slashed on Tuesday evening into early Wednesday in the eastern part of Pierre.

Captain Derald Gross of the Pierre Police Department says there were twelve different victims. Eighteen vehicles were affected and twenty six tires were slashed.

Gross adds they do have some leads, but there have been no arrests. It is still an active case.

The tires were slashed predominantly on Buffalo Street and North Buchannan Avenue.  

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Official Date Set For Kennedy Elementary Open House

Friday, July 31, 2015

As anticipation to the first day of school in the brand new Kennedy Elementary School runs rampant across the capitol city, the general public is invited to attend an Open House to unveil the new school.

Anyone and everyone is invited to the open house on Monday, August 17th from 6:30pm to 8pm.

There will also be a Ribbon Cutting for the new school on Thursday, August 20th at 9am with all the kids and teachers on the first day of school. Both events are open to everyone. The school is located in northeast Pierre at 2306 Brookstone Loop.

The Pierre School district hopes all can attend to help them celebrate. 

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Wegner Auto Helps Raise Nearly Two Thousand Dollars For The Riggs Booster Club

Friday, July 31, 2015

Wegner Auto Company and the T.F. Riggs High School recently hosted a “Dodge Booster Club Fundraiser” and together they raised $1,820 for the Riggs High School Booster Club.

During the fundraiser, held in conjunction with the Baseball Game last Friday, the Dodge brand contributed $20 for each test drive taken in a new Dodge Durango, Dart, Grand Caravan, or Journey.

“It is very rewarding for Dodge to partner with our dealers on this wonderful program that gives thousands of dollars to local booster clubs to support their high school students,” said Jeffrey Kommor, Vice President - Sales Operations, FCA US LLC.

“It's a win-win program for parents, dealers and students alike, and a great way to showcase our exciting 2015 Dodge vehicle lineup.”

With the cooperation of local dealers like Wegner Auto Company Inc. in Pierre, the Dodge brand supports local schools and student enrichment programs in communities across the United States, and has helped raise over $6 million since 1993.  L

Last year alone, Dodge donated more than $725,000 to local high school organizations through the “Dodge Booster Club Fundraiser.”

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Presidential Disaster Decleration Approved For June Storms

Friday, July 31, 2015

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced Thursday that 12 South Dakota counties, including Stanley and Hughes, and three tribes will receive funding assistance to help recover from June storms that did an estimated $2.95 million in damage to public property

The public assistance is made available through a Presidential Disaster Declaration signed Thursday by President Obama.

Counties included in the declaration are Brule, Buffalo, Fall River, Haakon, Hughes, Jackson, Jerauld, Jones, Lyman, McCook, Oglala Lakota and Stanley. Also included are the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe as well as the Oglala Sioux Tribe that lies within Oglala Lakota County.

All of the counties and tribes included in the declaration were those included in the Governor’s request to the President earlier this month.

Various storms occurred between June 17 and 24. The weather events included an EF-2 tornado near Hayes, winds of 60 to 95 miles an hour in different storms, golf ball to baseball sized hail and heavy rains. Damage included downed power lines, debris from fallen trees and washed out roads and bridges.  

Gov. Daugaard requested a disaster declaration on July 22 following county-by-county damage inspections by FEMA, state and local staff members.

A disaster declaration authorizes the federal government to provide recovery assistance for up to 75 percent of the eligible costs. 

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Onida Red Cross Volunteer Returns Home Thursday

Friday, July 31, 2015

Onida resident Nancy McKenney, who has spent this past week helping with Red Cross disaster relief efforts in Illinois, returned home Thursday. 

 McKenney has been working to help citizens impacted by tornadoes and other emergencies in Peoria, Illinois.  The long-time Red Cross volunteer served as Government Liasion, where she helped storm victims with various needs to get them on the road to recovery.  The Red Cross offered meals to workers and local citizens, among other storm assistance.

McKenney was in Illinois for about a week and a half.

Besides Illinois, McKenney has also assisted victims of weather related disasters including the Delmont tornado among many other volunteer efforts.

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Oahe Inc Gave Away A Boat Package Thursday As Part Of Their Raffle Efforts

Friday, July 31, 2015

Oahe, Inc. gave away their $20,000 boat raffle package, which includes a brand new boat, motor and trailer, Thursday night. The lucky winner was Mary Weinheimer.

The boat package will be given away at the Steamboat Park on Thursday evening.

The boat was donated thanks to Fisher Rounds and Associates and the Pierre Sports Center. Congratulations goes out once again to Mary Weinheimer. 

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Fort Thompson Man Convicted Of Sexual Contact By Force

Friday, July 31, 2015

A Fort Thompson man convicted of Abusive Sexual Contact by Force was sentenced earlier this week.

22 year old Dillon Bagola was sentenced to 10 years in custody, followed by 5 years of supervised release. Bagola was indicted in August of 2014 and pled guilty in March of 2015.

The conviction stems from an incident in early August of 2014, when the victim was attending a birthday party. After the party, Bagola was to give the victim a ride home, but instead drove out to North Shore Road in Fort Thompson. He pulled over and forced the juvenile victim to engage in a sexual act with him.

Bagola was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshalls. 

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State Preparing For Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Friday, July 31, 2015

It hasn't officially begun yet -- but the 75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is already taking over the town.

As of 8:00 a.m. Thursday, the city of Sturgis reported 680 vendor licenses had been issued. This compares to 406 at the same time last year -- a sure sign this will be a banner year.

Main Street Sturgis has been closed to automobile and truck traffic since Wednesday, and motorcycles have been quick to take advantage of the parking on Main Street to browse the vendors that are open for business. Many of the side streets in downtown Sturgis also have traffic restrictions.

Even police have been busy. The Sturgis Police Department already reported three accidents Thursday -- one of them resulting in injuries. Illegal parking has also been a problem. At least 22 complaints have been filed so far.

There have also been three arrests so far for felony drug possession and five calls for an unwanted, intoxicated person. There have been two arrests for DUI. Open containers of alcohol on the street are an early problem.

When broken down, the latest report shows 16 nontraffic arrests, 9 traffic arrests and 22 parking citations. Seven people have been jailed.

The rally doesn't officially begin until Monday, but the city has decided to go ahead and start sending out statistics because of the expected large crowd arriving early this year.

Friday at the rally, the city will hold a Grand Opening Celebration for Harley-Davidson Rally Point at noon and the Harley-Davidson headquarters will open at the Sturgis Community Center.

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Water Main Break Reported In 300 Block Of West Pleasant

Friday, July 31, 2015

The Pierre Water Department has announced that they have a water break in the 300 block of West Pleasant.    


Emergency locates are being called in. Materials and equipment are headed to that location.  


There will be approximately 12 customers plus an apartment building out of service. Stay tuned to KCCR and we will update you when additional information is available.  

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West Nile Virus Detected In Hughes County

Friday, July 31, 2015

More than one case of West Nile virus among mosquitoes has been found in Hughes County.

To be exact, there were eleven positive pools of Wes Nile Virus throughout the county. The majority of those were in Pierre.

West Nile so far, has been detected in six counties across the state.

South Dakota State Epidemiologist Dr. Lon Kightlinger says every year they find West Nile in Hughes County…

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Kightlinger says immediate action should be taken so the West Nile virus does not spread to humans…

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Kightliner adds that it is crucial that you use mosquito repellant anytime you are out and about in the evenings to prevent West Nile. 

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