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Colorado man dies from Sturgis rally motorcycle crash

JOHNSON SIDING, S.D. (AP) — A Colorado man is the third motorcyclist to die from injuries suffered during this year’s Sturgis motorcycle rally in South Dakota.

Officials say 67-year-old Tony Weber of Yuma, Colorado, crashed Friday near Johnson Siding. Weber lost control of his motorcycle while approaching a bridge, slid into a ditch and struck a barbed wire fence.

The South Dakota Department of Public Safety says Weber died at a Rapid City hospital on Sunday. He was not wearing a helmet.

The 10-day rally wrapped up Sunday. Four people died in crashes at last year’s rally. Another person died at this year’s rally from a suspected case of carbon monoxide poisoning.


Police capture 4 suspects after shooting near Wounded Knee

WOUNDED KNEE, S.D. (AP) — Police from the Oglala Sioux Tribe have captured four suspects following a shooting near Wounded Knee.

KOTA-TV reports the teens were captured after citizens helped police find them at a home in the Wounded Knee housing area.

Tribal police chief Robert Ecoffey says an officer responded to a call of shots fired on Tuesday morning. When the officer tried to stop the suspects, they took off in a stolen car.

Ecoffey says the officer came across the car in a ravine, and when he got out of his patrol car and approached the suspects, a gun was fired at him but the officer was not hit.

No one was hurt in the earlier shooting.


This story corrects that gun was fired at officer, not at patrol car, and deletes reference to high-powered rifle.


No charges in raid of CBD oil containing THC

(Information from: Rapid City Journal,

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Prosecutors in Pennington County have declined to issue charges resulting from a police seizure of hemp-derived CBD oil which contained THC, the compound in marijuana that produces a high sensation.

Officers raided a health food store in Rapid City in May and seized 16 individual or bundled packages of CBD oil products worth about $3,000. The raid was the result of an earlier purchase by a Rapid City police officer who had a CBD product tested and found it was positive for THC.

The Rapid City Journal reports state’s attorney Mark Vargo says he chose not to charge the owner of Staple and Spice Market because it would be difficult to prove she knew the CBD products she was selling contained THC. The manufacturer, Plus CBD Oil, says on its webpage that its products contain less than 0.3% THC.



Man pleads not guilty to threatening to kill fed prosecutor

(Information from: Rapid City Journal,

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A 36-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to charges he threatened to kill a federal prosecutor and burn down a South Dakota courthouse during a courtroom outburst.

Steven Shane McCann entered his plea Tuesday in federal court in Rapid City. McCann faces one count of threatening to murder a federal law enforcement officer and two counts of contempt.

The Rapid City Journal reports McCann was arrested in July in Colorado. He is accused of threatening to kill Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Kelderman in December when McCann was sentenced for violating a condition of his supervised release.

McCann also is accused of yelling in front of a federal judge and saying, “When I get out, I’m going to burn this place to the ground” as he was escorted from the courtroom.



Sturgis vehicle traffic down slightly in 2019

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — Traffic for the annual Sturgis motorcycle rally was down slightly this year.

The South Dakota Department of Transportation says just under 500,000 vehicles entered Sturgis during the 10-day rally that ended Sunday. That’s down 1% from the 2018 tally of more than 505,000 vehicles.

Thursday saw the biggest drop, with 51,540 vehicles entering the rally, a decrease of 8.5% percent from Thursday last year.

The first Sunday of the rally recorded 55,551 vehicles entering, a jump of 6.5% from the same day a year ago.

Traffic was counted at nine locations. The full report will be available next week at the SDDOT website.


Hit-and-run driver injures teen in Lincoln County

(Information from: Argus Leader,

CANTON, S.D. (AP) — Authorities say a hit-and-run driver struck a teenage girl along the interstate in Lincoln County, leaving her with life-threatening injuries.

Sheriff’s officials say the 15-year-old girl was either walking or standing along the northbound lanes of Interstate 29 when she was struck near the Tea-Harrisburg exit.

A passer-by saw the injured girl about 3 a.m. Monday and called authorities. Sheriff Steve Swenson says he doesn’t know when the teen was hit.

The Argus Leader reports investigators found some pieces of evidence at the scene.


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