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The leader of the fundamentalist Mormon church who escaped authorities nearly a year ago is in jail in South Dakota. Officials in Utah say Lyle Jeffs likely faces a felony charge for escaping custody in addition to food stamp fraud charges.

South Dakota authorities discovered Lyle Jeffs Wednesday evening near Yankton. A tip the day before included a description of late model Ford F-150. FBI Special Agent in Charge Eric Barnhart in Salt Lake City says that identified the FLDS leader.

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South Dakotans can now report tips about illegal drugs through text messages. Project Stand Up is a statewide campaign that collects anonymous tips about drug crime. Authorities say the program is part enforcement and part deterrent.

With one word and five numbers, people who suspect illegal drug activity can report it. South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says cell phone users text "drugs" to 82257.

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Law enforcement officers soften their stern authority to better serve people experiencing mental health crises. Training in Sioux Falls tests their ability by simulating real-life scenarios. Twenty-five officials learn new policing strategies in Crisis Intervention Training.

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More state and local law enforcement authorities are talking about their feelings. It’s happening in part through a course on emotional intelligence. The State of South Dakota mandates it during training for city police, county officers, and state troopers.

Almost nothing is visible in the blackness when a trainer’s voice echoes through the dark. He instructs recruits to use a light technique of their choice. He gives the command, and recruits pull their guns and prepare to shoot.

In The Moment ... January 30 2017 Show 019 Hour 2

Guests: SDPB's Kealey Bultena, Senate Bill 55; Karl Jegeris, Rapid City chief of police, talks 2016 crime statistics; SDPB's Karl Gehrke, talks about first jazz recording on record; Richard Carlson, photographer, images of the past

In The Moment ... January 24 2017 Show 015 Hour 2

Guests: SDPB's Lee Strubinger; Beth Kaltsulas, 2017 SD teacher of the year; Matt Burns, Sioux Falls Police Chief; Hugh Weber, The Potluck Society

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Erik Bringswhite is a former Rapid City gang member who now works to stop meth use in South Dakota.  Bringswhite uses Lakota culture and spirituality to reach out to those who are struggling with addiction.

Bringswhite is a meth prevention coordinator with the Oglala Sioux Tribe.   He stopped by the Rapid City studio for an interview with a group of individuals working to curb the use of the addictive drug in the state.

Dakota Digest July 15, 2016

Jul 15, 2016
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On this week's edition of Dakota Digest, the people of Sioux Falls are showing support to the local police force.  Also, Governor Dennis Daugaard has called upon the Drought Task Force - as most of the state is dealing with drought and/or abnormally dry conditions. Artists are gathering on the Pine Ridge Reservation, learning alternative ways to express themselves.

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State Attorney Marty Jackley joins Dakota Midday to continue Tuesday's discussion on law enforcement.

He discusses the protocols and investigations that go into South Dakota officer-involved shootings. He also talks about citizens' views of law enforcement and how these event effect it.

Charles Michael Ray

The shootings in Dallas where 5 police officers died and many others were injured have sparked conversations about tension between citizens and law enforcement. What does it all mean for South Dakota?

Dakota Midday is joined by Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jegeris, community advisory board member Vaughn Vargas and Officer Tim Doyle. Doyle was severely injured after responding to a routine call of people drinking alcohol in a park. Two of Doyle’s fellow officers were killed in the shooting.

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Lori Walsh speaks with James Jacoby, writer/producer/director of the new FRONTLINE documentary “Policing the Police.” 

Jacoby examines Newark, New Jersey’s history of police abuses and the deep-rooted challenges of fixing a broken relationship with the community. More than a year in the making, it’s a provocative journey inside one of many police departments across the country that’s now being forced to reform by the Justice Department.

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A Pierre man is alive because first responders used a medication to reverse the effects of a drug overdose. Officials credit the drug Narcan for saving the man’s life.

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says emergency crews responded to a call in Pierre Monday night for a man who needed medical attention.

Rapid City Police Work To Increase Force Diversity

Apr 18, 2016

In Rapid City the police force is made up primarily of Caucasian men. Police officials want the force to better reflect the diversity in the community.

Technology changes every job, and with every change, comes challenges. Kelly Fuller is the Chief of Police in Deadwood. His department has been researching the use of body cameras for law enforcement officers. Chief Fuller discusses the technical specifics of the cameras and how law enforcement officers today strive for transparency, accountability, and officer safety.

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A Sioux Falls Police officer says a weekend shooting involving federal authorities is one example of local law enforcement collaborating with other agencies. The FBI is leading an investigation into a South Carolina murder suspect killed by a US Marshal Saturday in Sioux Falls.  

Police Plan To Release Study In Open Forum On Race Relations

Nov 2, 2015
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The Rapid City Police Department is planning a community meeting aimed at improving race relations.  

Police officials intend to reveal the findings on a recent study completed by University of South Dakota researchers and commissioned by the Police Department.   

Police Chief Karl Jegeris says he is working hard to find a positive way forward.

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Leadership in the Sioux Falls police department changes next month. The current assistant chief is taking over as chief, and the mayor has appointed a new second-in-command. Both men share a similar vision that emphasizes community.

The faces of top law enforcement in Sioux Falls are familiar, but their titles are changing – even to Mayor Mike Huether.

"But it is probably why it was such an emotional day when Galen – I’m sorry. I’ll call you Galen just for only the one time," Huether says. "But you’ve earned Captain, and you certainly have earned Assistant Chief, Galen."

Former Police Chief Charged With First Degree Murder

Sep 9, 2015

The former Harrisburg police chief has been indicted on a first degree murder charge.

A Gregory County grand jury indicted 63 year old Russell Ray Bertram on charges that he murdered his fiancé Leonila Stickney in 2009.  

Shortly after the incident investigators stated Stickney was shot during a hunting accident.   But this grand jury indictment alleges the shooting was not accidental.  

The State Attorney General Marty Jackley says this is a cold case that turned around thanks to continued work of investigators.

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Assistant Police Chief Matt Burns is the mayor’s choice for the next leader of the Sioux Falls Police Department. Current chief Doug Barthel is leaving the force after more than 12 years in command. The newly-announced chief already has priorities for his tenure.

Matt Burns has spent almost 19 years with Sioux Falls Police. He became assistant chief in March. Now Mayor Mike Huether says Burns is his pick to lead the department.

Rapid City Police Warn Against Aggressive Panhandling

Jun 22, 2015

A group called The Rainbow Family is planning a large gathering in the Black Hills that could bring thousands of people to the area. The gathering is set for early July but local law enforcement say they are concerned about increased panhandling and soliciting that may come alongside the event.

Brendyn Medina is the community relations specialist for the Rapid City Police Department. He says the department is preparing for what could be thousands of people in the Black Hills for the Rainbow Gathering.

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Officials have released the names of people involved in Thursday’s shooting at a Lennox business. Police say the shooter argued with a Sioux Steel Pro-Tec worker at 9:30 a.m. He came back with a gun that afternoon.

Law enforcement officials say 45-year-old Jon Richter of Lennox was shot and killed Thursday while he was working in an office area at Pro-Tec around 2 p.m. Lincoln County Sheriff Dennis Johnson says, that morning, the shooter argued with Richter about a trailer that needed to be driven to another state before the shooting in the afternoon.

Standing Room Only At Rapid Race Relations Forum

Feb 10, 2015

A forum on race relations in Rapid City took place on Monday night in the wake of an alleged hate crime against Lakota middle school kids.  The meeting filled a local church.  

The Rapid City Mayor and Police Chief were on hand to hear community concerns.  

Police Shooting In Beresford

Jan 15, 2015
Larry Rohrer

Authorities say police in Beresford shot and injured a 21 year old man after being called to a local residence Thursday afternoon.

Law enforcement shut off some streets around the incident while they conducted an investigation into the shooting.   

Christopher Lee Heuer of Sioux Falls was shot in the incident.   The extent of his injuries are unknown.  

State law enforcement officials are investigating and will release a report.

Native Community Organizes Following Tragedy

Jan 7, 2015

Several members of Rapid City's Native American community are coming together to form a new organization aimed at improving race relations.

The move follows a police shooting last month involving Allen Locke, a Native American man in Lakota homes.  The shooting occurred about 24-hours after Locke attended a rally against police brutality.

Family Calls For Peace At Prayer Vigil

Dec 24, 2014

If social media is any indication racial tension in Rapid City is on the rise following a police related shooting of a Native American man over the weekend.

Both members of law enforcement and the Native community point out a number of inflammatory posts on Facebook and Twitter.
 
The Family of Allan Locke, a Native man who was shot and killed in an incident with a Rapid City police officer on Saturday are calling for community calm and peace in the wake of the incident.

"Erosion Of Confidence" 15 Years Later

Dec 22, 2014

This story examines police and race relations in Rapid City 15 years after the US Civil Rights Commission came to South Dakota and issued this report citing a lack of trust in law enforcement by Native Americans.

Listen to the story here:

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Race relations and allegations of police brutality are among the top national headlines this year, from Ferguson, Missouri to New York City scenes like this are playing out in mass protests.

Agreement Reached On Anti Police Brutality Rally

Dec 18, 2014

An anti-police brutality march and rally now has a green light from city officials. 

Police Brutality Protest Permit Denied

Dec 16, 2014

Rapid City Police officials say they received a request for a permit for a “Police Brutality Awareness Walk”  through downtown.   The event was set to take place this Friday starting and ending at the Rapid City Civic Center.

The Lakota Nation Invitational is also taking place at the Civic Center.  In a press release Chief Karl Jegeris says the demonstrators planning this event also organized a past protest against the Regional Hospital. Police officials say numerous public safety issues arose at that event.  

Police Seek Assault Suspects In Cell Phone Video

Sep 18, 2014

Rapid City police are seeking the public’s help in identifying suspects in an aggravated assault over the weekend that was caught on a cell phone video.

The video contains violence and graphic language – it depicts several subjects attacking a male victim.

Police officials say the incident occurred at 1 a.m. on Sept. 14, outside Teddy’s Bar on Main Street in Rapid City.   The subjects also allegedly took a handgun from the victim during the assault.

Rapid City Police Chief To Retire

May 21, 2014

Rapid City Police Chief Steve Allender is set to retire on May 30.  He was hired as a patrol officer in May, 1985.  Mayor Alan Hanks appointed Allender to Chief of Police in July, 2007.  Allender joined guest host Cara Hetland to talk about his career with the Rapid City Police Department and share stories from his 29-year career.

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