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Pierre Business Fire Occurs Saturday

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Fire crews are battling a fire at the Branding Iron Bistro in Pierre.

Pierre Police Captain Derald Gross on scene stated on scene that preliminary reports indicate that fire started inside of the Branding Iron Bistro, located at 420 West Sioux Avenue. Branding Iron Bistro Owner Pam Metzinger was on scene. 

Significant smoke on scene could be seen coming out of the business and the next door business Pottery To Paint. Pierre Police Department has blocked off the entire 400 block of West Sioux Avenue in Pierre.

Pierre/Fort Pierre Fire Department responded to the fire around 8:30 P.M. Saturday evening.

This is a developing story. Stay tuned to KCCR for the latest. 

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Pierre Business A Complete Loss After Saturday Fire

Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Branding Iron Bistro in Pierre is considered a complete loss after a Saturday evening fire.

Pierre Police Captain Derald Gross, in collaboration with Pierre Assistant Fire Chief Cory Hoffragge, says that the call came in at 8:18 P.M. stating that heavy smoke was coming from the business, located at 420 West Sioux Avenue. Upon arrival of fire crews, the business was fully engulfed in flames. Crews made entry to the business and knocked down the fire at 9:30 P.M.

Branding Iron Bistro Owner Pat Metzinger was on scene, along with building owner Mike Weisgram.

Significant smoke on scene could be seen coming out of the business and the next door business Pottery To Paint. Pierre Police Department has blocked off the entire 400 block of West Sioux Avenue in Pierre for about 45 minutes. Pottery To Paint experienced a significant amount of smoke damage.

The Fire Marshall’s Office has been called to determine a cause of the fire. All the businesses were closed at the time of the fire. 


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Pierre Woman Arrested After Biting Officer

Friday, June 23, 2017

A Pierre woman has been arrested for biting a Pierre Police Officer.

On Wednesday at 7:18 P.M, Pierre Police officers responded to a report of an intoxicated subject walking east within the roadway near the 2100 block of East Park Street. Officers then made contact with a 20 year old female along the street and the female was identified as Toni Ladeaux of Pierre.

Pierre Police Captain Jason Jones says an active Hughes County warrant for Ladeaux was confirmed on scene and Ladeaux was arrested for that warrant. She was additionally charged with underage consumption of alcohol. Ladeaux then began to resist arrest and bit a Pierre Police Officer as Ladeaux was being further detained for transport to jail.

Ladeaux was ultimately charged with Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest, Simple Assault - Against Law Enforcement Officer, Underage Purchase or Possession of Alcoholic Beverages and the local Warrant.

Jones says the Pierre Police Officer was not seriously injured. 

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Blunt Awarded Loan For Wastewater System Improvements

Friday, June 23, 2017

The state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved $20 million for water and waste projects. The board met Thursday in Pierre. The $20 million total includes $3,894,500 in grants and $16,106,500 in low-interest loans, with $157,000 in principal forgiveness.

Loans were awarded to area towns include Blunt, in the amount of a $710,000 loan for wastewater system improvements.

The grants and loans were awarded from DENR’s Consolidated Water Facilities Construction Program, Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program and Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program.

The Consolidated Water Facilities Construction Program, funded in part by revenues from the Petroleum Release Compensation Tank Inspection fee and the sale of lotto tickets, provides grants and loans for water, wastewater and watershed projects.

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Pelle Promoted To Sergeant Of Pierre PD

Friday, June 23, 2017

A Pierre Police Detective has been promoted to the Sargent ranks.

Dave Panzer, Chief of the Pierre Police Department, announced the promotion and reassignment of Detective Dusty Pelle. Effective July 9th, Pelle will be promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Pelle is being assigned to serve as a Patrol Sergeant in the Police Department's Patrol Division.

Sergeant Pelle started his career in Law Enforcement as a Deputy for the Haakon County Sheriff’s Office in March of 2003. He was then hired with the Pierre Police Department as a Police Officer in December of 2004 and was promoted to Detective in June 2010, where he served until his current promotion and reassignment.

Pelle obtained a diploma for Computer Information Systems Support Specialist from South East Technical Institute, which was completed in the fall of 2001.

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Rawlins Library Hosting Magic Show Today

Friday, June 23, 2017

Rawlins Municipal Library in Pierre is hosting the Jonathan May Show at 1:00 p.m. today.

May is an Iowan magician known for his humorous, family-friendly magic shows. He will perform outdoors at the library, and attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets for seating. The event is open to the public and no registration is required.

For more information, visit rawlinslibrary.org

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Party For Gill, Schochenmaier To Be Held

Friday, June 23, 2017


The City of Pierre is hosting a going away party for Mayor Laurie Gill and City Administrator Leon Schochenmaier next week. The public is encouraged to attend.

The open house is June 30th from 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce.  Light refreshments will be served.

After serving nine years as mayor, Gill did not seek re-election this year. Mayor-elect Steve Harding will be sworn in as Pierre’s new mayor on July 5th.

Schochenmaier has served as Pierre’s City Administrator since 2006. He will retire on June 30th. Brad Palmer, City Utility Director, will serve as the interim City Administrator until a permanent replacement is named.

Gill and Schochenmaier will be live on KCCR Wednesday morning at 8:30 AM. 

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Drought Aid Coming To Area Counties

Friday, June 23, 2017


PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - U.S. Sen. John Thune says drought aid is coming to ranchers with cattle in six counties of South Dakota.

Thune said Thursday the U.S. Drought Monitor indicates those counties are now categorized as being in extreme drought. That triggers three months of payments under the Livestock Forage Program to eligible producers with grazing livestock.

The counties are Campbell, Dewey, Walworth, Potter, McPherson and Edmunds.

Thune says grazing livestock producers who experience extreme drought need quick assistance to provide additional feed and grazing.

The Republican senator co-authored the Livestock Forage Program which was first included in the 2008 farm bill and later in the 2014 farm bill.

U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem says she's urging the USDA to quickly provide producers relief. Drought conditions have prompted many ranchers to sell off cattle.

(Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Witten Man Admits To Stealing From Grain Elevator

Friday, June 23, 2017

WITTEN, S.D. (AP) - A Witten man has admitted stealing from the grain elevator where he worked.

54-year-old William Whitaker was accused of loading $9,000 worth of milo onto another person's truck without his supervisor's consent in February.

Whitaker pleaded guilty Thursday to grand theft by embezzlement. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine when he's sentenced in August.

The truck operator is charged with grand theft by receiving stolen property and is scheduled to appear in court in July.

(Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Skull Fragment Found In Pierre

Thursday, June 22, 2017

A human skull fragment was found in Pierre Wednesday.

At approximately 3:00 PM, the Pierre Police Department received a call from a crew working on the beautification of the landscaping at the brick wall and flag pole area near the S Curve in Pierre. 

Pierre Police Captain Derald Gross says that the crew was removing the old aggregate and replacing the shrubbery at that area of town and reported that they may have uncovered part of a human skull. Investigation revealed that the skull fragment was identified as being human and it appears that it most likely was in the load of rock that was put in place during the original landscaping of that area in 2000, as no new excavation was taking place during this discovery. 

Gross says that an Archeologist with the State Historical Society was brought to the scene and the remainder of the site. The aggregate that had already been removed from the site was searched with no further findings. The artifact will be taken to the South Dakota Forensic Laboratory where arrangements will be made to have it sent to an expert in Kansas for analysis and aging.   

Agencies involved in the investigation were the Pierre Police Department, the South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigation and the South Dakota State Historical Society.

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