Highway Patrol

Youth Trooper Academy Provides Unique Experience

Jun 25, 2016

This week in Pierre, the fifth annual Youth Trooper Academy hosts 24 teens from across the state. The Academy has become a competitive and popular experience for those seeking realistic Highway Patrol training and lifelong leadership.

Officials with the South Dakota Highway Patrol are trying to recruit more women. Currently in the state there are five female troopers and two in training. Seminars are planned in June for women to learn about the agency. Trooper Deanna  Johnson says the goal is to show that women can be successful in the Highway Patrol.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

At least one person is dead in a shooting at a southeast South Dakota business. It happened Thursday afternoon in Lennox. Police are withholding the names of three people hurt in the shooting and the identity of a body found in a burned semi truck a few miles from town. 

At about 2 p.m. Thursday, the sole police officer on duty in Lennox responded to a call in the town’s industrial park. In the Pro-Tech building owned by Sioux Steel, law enforcement from several agencies found two people shot and a third physically assaulted by a gunman.