SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Sioux Falls woman accused of trying to drown her baby plans to plead not guilty by reason of insanity. An attorney for Julia Jacquelyn Alzoubaidi made the statement in a court filing before her trial scheduled for September. Judge Susan Sabers this week granted a prosecution request for a mental health evaluation. Troopers responding to a crash off Interstate 229 near the Big Sioux River found her face down in the water and her 6-month-old infant near the bank. Both survived.
PARKSTON, S.D. (AP) — A 15-year-old has died and three other teens have suffered life-threatening injuries in a crash near Parkston. The South Dakota Highway Patrol says a girl driving a pickup truck was killed when she swerved to avoid a pothole, but landed in the ditch where the vehicle rolled several times and caught fire. The driver died at the scene Thursday. The patrol says the three passengers suffered life-threatening injuries when they were thrown from the pickup.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Three men are accused of brutally beating a man and holding him hostage in a Sioux Falls basement for two days, claiming he owed them money. Court documents say the victim went to the home of one of the men to collect payment for repairing a door. The documents say the men grabbed the victim, beat him and burned his face and hair with a blow torch. An affidavit says he was ordered to take off his clothing and forced into the basement where he was kept for two days before he was let go.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota leaders are considering legislation to prevent the state from carrying the financial responsibility of closing abandoned gas wells. The state recently found itself on the hook for nearly $1 million to plug 40 abandoned wells in northwestern South Dakota. State minerals and mining administrator Mike Lees says North Dakota has never faced this problem before and has no established policy as a result.