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Jury selected, testimony begins today in McCahren trial

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A jury of five men and nine women will decide the fate of a Pierre youth who is accused of shooting a classmate.

Braiden McCahren goes on trial starting this morning on charges of first degree murder in the shooting death of Dalton Williams. McCahren has pleaded not guilty in the December, 2012 incident that occurred at the McCahren home in Pierre.

Both McCahren and Williams were 16 years old at the time. Another 16-year-old male also was present at the time. Ironically, all three should be Riggs seniors this week celebrating homecoming.

The 14 jurors were chosen Tuesday afternoon after almost two days of jury selection in Winner. The jury selection began with 100 potential jurors. Before the case goes to the jury, the number of jurors will be limited to 12.

Opening statements begin at 9 a.m. today  in the Tripp County Courthouse. The prosecution is scheduled to start presenting its case later on Wednesday and be finished by Friday. The defense is expected to start its case on Monday.
 
The trial was moved to Winner because of pre-trial publicity in Hughes County. It is scheduled to take two weeks. McCahren could face a maximum sentence of life in prison if found guilty.

KCCR News will have updates through the day on KCCR, on our website at www.todayskccr.com, as well as our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

 

Monster Dash fundraiser planned

A committee looking to build a water park in the city of Pierre is hosting a fundraiser with a Halloween theme.

The Monster Dash is a 5K fun walk/run being held November 1 in Steamboat Park.  There will be a single person 5K option or a three-person three-mile relay option.

Registration is 9 a.m. with the run beginning at 10 a.m.  Prizes will be awarded for best costumes.

Fee is $20 if pre-registered by October 19 and $25 afterwards. Proceeds will go to an effort to raise enough funds for a water park.

Registration Form and Flyer are also available at www.pierrewaterpark.com

 

Commission to work on budget

They are getting closer, but Pierre City Commissioners still have some tough decisions to make on the new budget.

The commission was told Tuesday night that the budget deficit has now been trimmed to $453,488. Commissioners are meeting Friday morning to work on the budget again.

City Administrator Leon Schochenmaier says city staff continue to meet to look for budget savings. He says there is still a list of options – such as closing a fire station, not having the library open on Sunday and eliminating garbage pickup – that still has to be considered.

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The budget has to be finalized in two weeks – September 30.

United Way campaign tonight

Details of this year’s Capital Area United Way fund-raising campaign are being announced today.

The goal, theme and honorary chairpersons will be unveiled. The new campaign video also will be shown.

United Way Executive Director Christina Oey (wee) says in the past, there has been strong support among businesses, organizations and offices for the United Way. She is hopeful for that again this year.

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The announcement starts at 5:30 p.m. at Capital University Center.

Riggs homecoming week continues

It is another dress up today for Pierre Riggs High School students as they continue to celebrate homecoming.

It is Life Cycle Day where students will dress up in various stages of life.

The homecoming parade is set for 6 p.m. Thursday. The route has been changed because of construction on Upper Pierre Street.

The route this year is the Riggs parking lot, west to Broadway Avenue, south on Highland Avenue, west on Pleasant Drive, and finally turning south on Pierre Street, ending at the American Legion Cabin. Groups and businesses wanting to have an entry in the parade can call the Riggs school office at 773-7350.

Pre-registration requested for Stanley County parade

Pre-registration is being requested for those groups and businesses planning to have an entry in next week’s Stanley County High School homecoming parade.

The parade is 2:30 p.m. Friday, September 26. The theme is “Stampeding Through the Decades.”

Organizers would like to have as many entries pre-registered as possible prior to the parade. Those wanting to be involved can contact Leah Peterson at leah.peterson@k12.sd.us.

Essential Air Service now possible in Pierre

A request for proposals from interested air carriers willing to provide Essential Air Service to Pierre has been issued by the federal Department of Transportation.

The request, made public at Tuesday night's Pierre city commission meeting, wants such proposals submitted by October 15. The EAS service could be offered with or without financial subsidy support.

City officials have been pushing for such a federal designation for several months because of the lack of reliability of service offered by Great Lakes Airlines. The service, consisting of flights to both Denver and Minneapolis, has been hampered most of this year by new requirements increasing the number of flying hours for pilots. When the pilots don't have enough hours, flights have been delayed or cancelled.

Such problems have caused problems for local travelers. While officials say the situation has improved, there still have been too many cancellations in recent months.

In the EAS request, the DOT is asking for proposals that adequately describe the type of service and the amount of subsidy, if any, to be requested. The proposals would offer flights to a major hub, either Denver or Minneapolis.

In the past, Great Lakes has used 19-passenger planes, but that has been reduced to nine-passenger flights for the daily trips to Denver and Minneapolis. Starting Wednesday, 30-passenger planes will be used for one daily flight to Denver throughout the hunting season.

The DOT proposal requests that if planes of 34 passenger or more are used, 12 round trips a week are expected; 30-passenger planes, 18 round trips a week; and 19-passenger planes, 24 round trips a week.

City Commissioner Jeanne Goodman, who is the airport commissioner, says the DOT decision is good news for the city. She says securing EAS funding is only one piece of a comprehensive effort to secure reliable air service for the city.

Safety reminder of Gov mobiles

Pierre Police are not telling Riggs High School students that they can’t have Gov mobiles for this homecoming week. They just want students with Gov mobiles to be careful.

Gov mobiles are starting to show up on city streets for this week’s school homecoming week. While the vehicles are a homecoming tradition, there are reports each year of some of the vehicles being involved in cases involving vandalism most notably egg throwing. The vehicles have been banned from the Riggs High School parking lot this year.

Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says those owning Gov mobiles need to remember that the vehicles need to be properly insured and licensed.

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All rules of the road, Blemaster says, applies to Gov mobiles. He says that includes wearing seat belts and not throwing items from the vehicles.

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Blemaster says officers will be watching for violators. He says those driving Gov mobiles also need to be respectful to all other motorists on the streets as well.

GAO absolves Corps of blame for 2011 flood

A new General Accountability Office report says the 2011 Missouri River Flood was unavoidable and that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was not at fault for its handling of the situation.

The report, issued last week, indicates that there were a number of factors that led to the flood, which overwhelmed portions the areas along the Missouri River, including Pierre-Fort Pierre. Among those was extreme rain in the upper bases as well as soil already saturated by heavy snow.

Those conditions, according to the corps, led to a runoff in 2011, that was 25 percent greater than the previous high. The report concludes the Corps had to implement record reservoir releases which led to the flooding.

While not blaming the Corps for the flood, the report does suggest that new forecasting techniques be used in the future to better prepare for such situations. The Corps has said since the flood that it has implemented such safeguards.

The Corps had long said it was not to blame for the flood because it was so unforeseen.

View the full GAO report here, http://tinyurl.com/…


CategoriesLocal News,

Monster Dash fundraiser planned

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A committee looking to build a water park in the city of Pierre is hosting a fundraiser with a Halloween theme.

The Monster Dash is a 5K fun walk/run being held November 1 in Steamboat Park.  There will be a single person 5K option or a three-person three-mile relay option.

Registration is 9 a.m. with the run beginning at 10 a.m.  Prizes will be awarded for best costumes.

Fee is $20 if pre-registered by October 19 and $25 afterwards. Proceeds will go to an effort to raise enough funds for a water park.

Registration Form and Flyer are also available at www.pierrewaterpark.com


CategoriesLocal News,

City Commission working on budget

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

They are getting closer, but Pierre City Commissioners still have some tough decisions to make on the new budget.

The commission was told Tuesday night that the budget deficit has now been trimmed to $453,488. Commissioners are meeting Friday morning to work on the budget again.

City Administrator Leon Schochenmaier says city staff continue to meet to look for budget savings. He says there is still a list of options – such as closing a fire station, not having the library open on Sunday and eliminating garbage pickup – that still has to be considered.

The budget has to be finalized in two weeks – September 30.


CategoriesLocal News,

United Way campaign announcement tonight

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Details of this year’s Capital Area United Way fund-raising campaign are being announced today.

The goal, theme and honorary chairpersons will be unveiled. The new campaign video also will be shown.

United Way Executive Director Christina Oey (wee) says in the past, there has been strong support among businesses, organizations and offices for the United Way. She is hopeful for that again this year.

The announcement starts at 5:30 p.m. at Capital University Center.

 


CategoriesLocal News,

Riggs homecoming week continues

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

It is another dress up today for Pierre Riggs High School students as they continue to celebrate homecoming.

It is Life Cycle Day where students will dress up in various stages of life.

The homecoming parade is set for 6 p.m. Thursday. The route has been changed because of construction on Upper Pierre Street.

The route this year is the Riggs parking lot, west to Broadway Avenue, south on Highland Avenue, west on Pleasant Drive, and finally turning south on Pierre Street, ending at the American Legion Cabin. Groups and businesses wanting to have an entry in the parade can call the Riggs school office at 773-7350.

 


CategoriesLocal News,

Pre-registration requested for Stanley County parade

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Pre-registration is being requested for those groups and businesses planning to have an entry in next week’s Stanley County High School homecoming parade.

The parade is 2:30 p.m. Friday, September 26. The theme is “Stampeding Through the Decades.”

Organizers would like to have as many entries pre-registered as possible prior to the parade. Those wanting to be involved can contact Leah Peterson at leah.peterson@k12.sd.us.


CategoriesLocal News,

Essential Air Service now possible in Pierre

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A request for proposals from interested air carriers willing to provide Essential Air Service to Pierre has been issued by the federal Department of Transportation.


The request, made public at Tuesday night's Pierre city commission meeting, wants such proposals submitted by October 15. The EAS service could be offered with or without financial subsidy support.

City officials have been pushing for such a federal designation for several months because of the lack of reliability of service offered by Great Lakes Airlines. The service, consisting of flights to both Denver and Minneapolis, has been hampered most of this year by new requirements increasing the number of flying hours for pilots. When the pilots don't have enough hours, flights have been delayed or cancelled.

Such problems have caused problems for local travelers. While officials say the situation has improved, there still have been too many cancellations in recent months.

In the EAS request, the DOT is asking for proposals that adequately describe the type of service and the amount of subsidy, if any, to be requested. The proposals would offer flights to a major hub, either Denver or Minneapolis.

In the past, Great Lakes has used 19-passenger planes, but that has been reduced to nine-passenger flights for the daily trips to Denver and Minneapolis. Starting Wednesday, 30-passenger planes will be used for one daily flight to Denver throughout the hunting season.

The DOT proposal requests that if planes of 34 passenger or more are used, 12 round trips a week are expected; 30-passenger planes, 18 round trips a week; and 19-passenger planes, 24 round trips a week.

City Commissioner Jeanne Goodman, who is the airport commissioner, says the DOT decision is good news for the city. She says securing EAS funding is only one piece of a comprehensive effort to secure reliable air service for the city.

 

 


CategoriesLocal News,

Report absolves Corps of blame for 2011 flood

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

GAO absolves Corps of blame for 2011 flood

A new General Accountability Office report says the 2011 Missouri River Flood was unavoidable and that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was not at fault for its handling of the situation.

The report, issued last week, indicates that there were a number of factors that led to the flood, which overwhelmed portions along the Missouri River, including Pierre-Fort Pierre. Among those was extreme rain in the upper basin as well as soil already saturated by heavy snow.

Those conditions, according to the corps, led to a runoff in 2011, which was 25 percent greater than the previous high. The report concludes the Corps had to implement record reservoir releases which led to the flooding.

While not blaming the Corps for the flood, the report does suggest that new forecasting techniques be used in the future to better prepare for such situations. The Corps has said since the flood that it has implemented such safeguards.

The Corps had long said it was not to blame for the flood because it was so unforeseen. A group of land owners along the basin, including some in Pierre-Fort Pierre, have filed suit against the Corps for the flood.

View the full GAO report here, http://tinyurl.com/…


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Testimony of witness key focus in McCahren case

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


The credibility of the only witness to a fatal shooting was the focus of this morning's opening arguments in the Braiden McCahren first-degree murder trial in Winner.

McCahren has pleaded not guilty in the shooting death of Dalton Williams. Both were 16 years old at the time of the shooting which took place December 18, 2012.  A third juvenile at the time, initials T.Y., was the only witness to the shooting that happened at the McCahren home in Pierre.

In his opening statement, special prosecutor Michael Moore told the jury of nine women and five men that T.Y. will testify that McCahren intentionally loaded the shotgun with a single shell and pointed the gun both at him and then Williams. Moore says T.Y tried to get out of the house because McCahren was pointing the gun at him. Moore says McCahren shot Williams in the chest from about six or seven feet away

Moore told the jurors that McCahren is responsible for Williams being shot. He says it was not an accident as the defense will claim.

But defense attorney Michael Butler asked the jury to listen to only the facts, He said T.Y. has maintained throughout the entire time that it was only an accident. Butler said the evidence will show that this was just three juveniles "messing around" and something tragic happened. Butler said the actions of both T.Y. and McCahren in the immediate aftermath demonstrate that they responded as it was an accident, not a murder.

The state has now begun to present its case. The case is being held in Winner after being moved from Pierre because of pre-trial publicity.

About 50 people attended the opening statements. That included family members of those involved and a government class from Colome High School.

Security is tight at the Tripp County Courthouse. Those attending the trial need to pass through a metal detector before entering the courtroom which is on the top floor. A yellow barricade also has been placed in front of the courtroom.




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State begins presenting case in McCahren case

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
A forensic pathologist testified Wednesday that Dalton Williams was struck twice by the same shotgun blast.

Dr. Donald Happe was one of the first prosecution witnesses in the Braiden McCahren murder case being held in Wednesday. McCahren has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the 2012 shooting death of Dalton Williams. The two were classmates at Pierre Riggs High School.

Happe told jurors that Williams, who was 16 years old, was hit by one shotgun blast, perhaps two or three feet away. The shooting took place in the McCahren home. The state argues that the shooting was intentional while the defense claims it was an accident.

The blast initially hit Williams in the right wrist, according to Happe. He said the wrist was raised in a defensive posture. Happe said the shot went through the front of the wrist, exited the back of the wrist and then into the chest. 

Several autopsy photos also were shown. Members of the Williams family looked away when the photos were displayed for the jurors. 

Happe said the wound was about 1.8 centimeters in size. He said the wound was consistent with a shot gun blast.

Also testifying Wednesday morning was an emergency dispatcher who received the 9-1-1 call from the one witness to the shooting, a then-juvenile named T.Y. On the tape, the court could hear T.Y. frantically asking for help saying that someone had been shot. 

As the afternoon session began, T.Y. was called to the stand. KCCR News will have more updates throughout the trial. 
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