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Body found in burned vehicle in remote area of Pennington County

PENNINGTON COUNTY, S.D. (KELO) — An investigation is underway following the discovery of a body in a vehicle destroyed by fire in western South Dakota. It was just before 9:45 p.m. on Thursday when a witness reported hearing a loud popping sound and then seeing a fire in a remote area off Foster Gulch Road in the Rockerville area.
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Unidentified body found in aftermath of Rockerville wildfire

ROCKERVILLE, S.D. — The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in the investigation of a vehicle fire that resulted in the discovery of a fatality. At 9:41 p.m. Thursday evening, firefighters were called to a remote area off Foster Gulch Road in the Rockerville area. According...
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Drowning victim recovered from Pactola Reservoir

UPDATE (7/29/21 @ 4:30 a.m.): The body of the drowning victim was recovered around 11 p.m. Wednesday night. Agencies responding to the incident included Pennington County Search and Rescue, Rapid City Pennington County Water Rescue, Game, Fish and Parks, Johnson Siding Volunteer Fire Department, U.S. Forest Service, Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, and the Rapid City Fire Department.
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57-year-old Rapid City man identified as drowning victim

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KELO) — Pennington County authorities say a Rapid City man drowned at Pactola Reservoir on Wednesday. The Sherriff’s Office shared on Twitter that the victim was 57-year-old Terry Westergaard of Rapid City. Authorities used technology to locate Westergaard’s body at a depth of more than 100 feet...
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Recovery underway for drowning victim at Pactola Reservoir

UPDATE (7/29/21 @ 4:30 a.m.): The body of the drowning victim was recovered around 11 p.m. Wednesday night. UPDATE (7/28/21 @ 9:20 p.m.): The victim has been located at a depth over 100 feet. However, first responders are saying that it may take several hours, possibly into the early hours...
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Black Hills helicopter tours in high demand

Black Hills Aerial Adventures is seeing three to four times its regular summer business numbers this season. In response, pilot Seth Lockwood said the business has increased its number of pilots so they are able to take more breaks. The company has nine helicopters and 20 pilots. He said the increased number of pilots helps give people time off and rotate days for employees more.
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Law enforcement searching for drowning victim at Pactola Reservoir

PENNINGTON COUNTY, S.D. (KELO) — Authorities in Pennington County are searching for a drowning victim at Pactola Reservoir. The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office says they received a call Wednesday afternoon for a report of a man who was swimming near his boat, went underwater and never resurfaced. Authorities are asking...
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UPDATE: Body located, law enforcement working on recovery

The Pennington County Sheriff's Department wrote on Twitter late Thursday evening that it had located the body of an individual who drowned earlier in the day at Pactola Reservoir. Using technology, searchers located the body at a depth of more than 100 feet, but in the statement noted that it could take several hours, or even into Thursday, to bring the body to the surface.
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Judge dismisses case involving illegal drug seizure

U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey Viken on Tuesday granted a motion to dismiss the indictment of a man charged with health care fraud and acquiring and possessing controlled substances after a Pennington County officer seized empty drug vials from the man’s home in 2019. The defendant, former paramedic Dane Arredondo,...
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Law Enforcement on search for drowning victim

Pennington County, SD (KEVN) – At around 2:15pm Wednesday, July 28, law enforcement were alerted to a drowning at Pactola Reservoir. The report said that a man had been swimming near his boat when he disappeared under the water and did not re-surface. His location was in a portion of the reservoir that is 100-feet-deep.
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