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11 30, 2022

Attorney General Mark Vargo announces hiring of a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Coordinator and a Human Trafficking Coordinator

Attorney General Mark Vargo announced he has filled two new positions at the Attorney General’s Office: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Coordinator and Human Trafficking Coordinator.
 

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11 28, 2022

Attorney General Mark Vargo to introduce Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Coordinator and Human Trafficking Coordinator

Attorney General Mark Vargo will announce he has filled two new positions at the Attorney General’s Office: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Coordinator and Human Trafficking Coordinator. Both of the new

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11 22, 2022

Attorney General Mark Vargo announces the 183rd graduation class of the South Dakota Basic Law Enforcement Certification Course

Attorney General Mark Vargo has announced that 39 students completed the Basic Law Enforcement Certification Course at the George S. Mickelson Criminal Justice Center in Pierre, S.D.

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11 15, 2022

Attorney General Mark Vargo announces historic settlement over Google location tracking practices

Attorney General Mark Vargo today announced that South Dakota, along with 39 other states, has reached a $391.5 million multistate settlement with Google over its location tracking practices relating to Google Account settings. This is the largest multistate Attorney General privacy settlement in the history of the U.S.

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11 09, 2022

ATTORNEY GENERAL RELEASES EXPLANATION FOR PROPOSED INITIATED MEASURE ON FOOD AND DRINK

South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo has released the following Attorney General’s ballot explanation for a proposed Initiated Measure entitled: An Initiated Measure Prohibiting Taxes on Anything Sold for Eating or Drinking. 

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11 09, 2022

ATTORNEY GENERAL RELEASES EXPLANATION FOR PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE SOUTH DAKOTA CONSTITUTION ON FOOD AND DRINK

South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo has released the following Attorney General’s ballot explanation for a proposed Constitutional Amendment entitled: An Initiated Amendment Prohibiting Taxes on Anything Sold for Eating or Drinking. 

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11 08, 2022

Elias Richard sentenced to life in prison for a Christmas Eve murder in Rapid City

Elias Richard was sentenced Monday to life in the South Dakota State Penitentiary for killing Vernall Marshall on Christmas Eve in 2020. Richard, 23, was convicted of Second Degree Murder by a Pennington County jury in July following a four-day trial.

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11 07, 2022

South Dakota Supreme Court upholds murder conviction in Pierre infant battery case

The South Dakota Supreme Court has upheld the murder conviction of Tristan Larson for causing the death of his then-girlfriend’s two-year-old son.

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11 04, 2022

Attorney General, DCI Release Sioux Falls Police Department Officer involved shooting summary

South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo and the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Friday released a summary of the non-fatal September 9, 2022, Sioux Falls Police Department officer involved shooting.

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11 03, 2022

Attorney General, DCI, DPS mark re-opening of Emergency Vehicle Operation Course

Attorney General Mark Vargo today joined the Division of Criminal Investigation and the South Dakota Department of Public Safety’s Division of Highway Patrol in hailing the re-opening of the state’s Emergency Vehicle Operation Course (EVOC) in Pierre, S.D.

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10 28, 2022

DCI, Yankton Police and Yankton County Sheriff’s Office seize $100,000 worth of marijuana and marijuana concentrates

Division of Criminal Investigation agents, Yankton Police Department officers and deputies form the Yankton County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at a Gayville, S.D., residence on Wednesday, Oct. 26, that resulted in the seizure of 22 pounds of marijuana, 751 grams of concentrated marijuana wax, 95 Nerds Rope Marijuana edible packages, Suboxone, a Ruger SR-556 rifle, a Glock 48 9mm pistol and $6,250 in cash.

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10 24, 2022

ATTORNEY GENERAL RELEASES DRAFT EXPLANATION FOR PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE SOUTH DAKOTA CONSTITUTION

South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo has released an Attorney General’s ballot draft explanation for a draft Constitutional Amendment entitled: An Initiated Constitutional Amendment Prohibiting Taxes on Anything Sold for Eating or Drinking.

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10 24, 2022

ATTORNEY GENERAL RELEASES DRAFT EXPLANATION FOR PROPOSED INITIATED MEASURE

South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo has released an Attorney General’s ballot draft explanation for a draft Initiated Measure entitled: An Initiated Measure Prohibiting Taxes on Anything Sold for Eating or Drinking.
 

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10 18, 2022

Attorney General Mark Vargo joins bipartisan coalition to regulate pharmacy benefit managers

South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo today joined a bipartisan coalition of 35 attorneys general from across the country in an amicus brief to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals supporting Oklahoma’s laws that regulate pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs).

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10 07, 2022

Attorney General, DCI Release Rapid City Police Department Officer involved shooting summary

South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo and the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Friday released a summary of the July 26, 2022, Rapid City Police Department officer involved shooting. The report found that Marvin Moran Jr. had discharged a firearm in the direction of a police officer before two officers fired and that the officers were justified in using lethal force.

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09 30, 2022

Sully County man sentenced in cases involving multiple rape charges

Attorney General Mark Vargo announced today that Kenden Ronald Rivenes was sentenced on Friday to the South Dakota State Penitentiary after he pleaded guilty in cases involving Sully County rape and attempted rape charges.

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09 29, 2022

Attorney General Mark Vargo applauds USDA’s move to increase competition enforcement in agriculture

Attorney General Mark Vargo today applauded the news that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is making $15 million available to state attorneys general to increase collaboration with USDA on antitrust enforcement.

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09 21, 2022

Lakota drum group helps usher in Attorney General’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons office

South Dakota’s top law enforcement officials welcomed Rapid City’s Wambli Ska Society to Pierre on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022, for song and ceremonies to help launch the Attorney General’s new position for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons.
 

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09 20, 2022

Three sentenced in cases tied to Mitchell fatal shooting

Attorney General Mark Vargo and Davison County State’s Attorney James Miskimins announce that all three defendants who faced charges in cases surrounding the shooting death of Adalberto Ferrer-Machado in Mitchell, S.D., have been sentenced to the state penitentiary.

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09 15, 2022

Attorney General, DCI Release Highway Patrol Trooper involved shooting summary

South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo and the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Thursday released the summary of the July 14, 2022, Highway Patrol Trooper involved shooting that occurred in Madison, S.D.

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09 12, 2022

DCI conducting investigation into Butte County Structure Fire and Death

On Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022, at around 5:30 A.M., Belle Fourche Fire Services were dispatched to a residence at 19145 Canyon Lane in Butte County for a structure fire.

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09 09, 2022

Attorney General Mark Vargo announces that Hughes County State’s Attorney Jessica LaMie will investigate Government Accountability Board complaint

The South Dakota Government Accountability Board has informed the Office of the Attorney General that it has voted to refer Complaint No. 2021-04 involving South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem to the Attorney General’s office for investigation by the Division of Criminal Investigation.

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09 08, 2022

Attorney General, DCI Release Sioux Falls Police Department shooting summary

South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo and the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Thursday released the summary of the July 11, 2022, officer involved shooting that occurred in Sioux Falls, S.D., 309 North Cleveland Avenue by two Sioux Falls Police Department (SFPD) Officers.

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09 07, 2022

Attorney General Mark Vargo Announces Settlement of JUUL Youth Vaping Suit

South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo announced today a $438.5 million agreement in principle between JUUL Labs and 34 states and territories resolving a two-year bipartisan investigation into the e-cigarette manufacturer’s marketing and sales practices.

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09 02, 2022

Attorney General, DCI Release Sioux Falls Police Department shooting summary

South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo and the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Friday released the summary of the June 22, 2022, officer involved shooting that occurred in Sioux Falls, S.D. near 4208 West 41st Street by a Sioux Falls Police Department (SFPD) Detective.

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08 31, 2022

Attorney General Mark Vargo announces settlement of Medicaid kick-back suit

South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo announced today that South Dakota has joined 34 other states in settling allegations of kickbacks paid to referring providers against Essilor International, Essilor of America Inc., Essilor Laboratories of America Inc., and Essilor Instruments USA (Essilor), headquartered in Dallas.

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08 30, 2022

DCI Forensic Examiner honored for work fighting human trafficking

DCI Forensic Examiner Hollie Strand has earned the Freedom Fighter Award for her work combatting human trafficking by the advocacy group Freedom’s Journey.

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08 26, 2022

Attorney General, DCI Release Sioux Falls Area Drug Task Force shooting summary

South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo and the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Friday released the summary of the August 9, 2022, officer involved shooting of Jacob Michael James of Sioux Falls, 21, by a Sioux Falls Police Department (SFPD) Detective and a Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Investigator after he (James) pointed a firearm and shot at the MCSO Investigator multiple times.  The report found that the officers involved in the shooting were justified in<

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08 25, 2022

ATTORNEY GENERAL RELEASES EXPLANATION FOR PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE SOUTH DAKOTA CONSTITUTION ON ABORTIONS

South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo has released the following Attorney General’s explanation for the November 2024 general election.

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08 19, 2022

Attorney General, DCI Release Sioux Falls SWAT Team Involved Shooting Summary

South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo and the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Friday released the summary of the officer involved shooting of Glenn Nisich of Sioux Falls, 57, by a Sioux Falls Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team member on July 3, 2022 in Sioux Falls.

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08 17, 2022

Jerauld County Man Sentenced in First Degree Manslaughter Case

Attorney General Mark Vargo and Jerauld County States Attorney Dedrich Koch announce that Mitch LeRoy Caffee, Wessington Springs, 39, pled guilty to one count of first degree manslaughter, a Class C felony, and one count of Aggravated Assault, a Class 3 Felony and was sentenced today to life in the state penitentiary on the first degree manslaughter conviction and 15 years in the state penitentiary on the aggravated assault conviction, with the sentence to run concurrent.

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08 05, 2022

ATTORNEY GENERAL RELEASES DRAFT EXPLANATION FOR PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE SOUTH DAKOTA CONSTITUTION

South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo has released the following Attorney General’s ballot draft explanation for the November 2024 general election.

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07 29, 2022

Attorney General, DCI Release Rapid City Police Department Officer Involved Shooting Summary

South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo and the Division of Criminal Investigation Friday released the summary of the officer involved shooting of Shania Watkins, 32, of Rapid City by a Rapid City Police Department (RCPD) officer on May 31, 2022 in Rapid City. 

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07 28, 2022

New South Dakota’s Missing Persons Clearinghouse Website Released

An updated South Dakota Missing Persons Clearinghouse website is now operational according to the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office.

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07 25, 2022

DCI, State’s Attorney Charge Two Suspects In Pursuit, Officer Involved Shooting

South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo and Lake County State’s Attorney Wendy Kloeppner say the two suspects arrested July 14 in connection with a high-speed pursuit and officer involved shooting have now been indicted on four different counts, including two counts each of attempted first-degree murder.

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07 19, 2022

Chad Mosteller Named Division of Criminal Investigation’s Interim Director

South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo has named Chad Mosteller as the interim Director of the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) effective immediately.

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07 15, 2022

DCI, State’s Attorney Charge Two Suspects In Pursuit, Officer Involved Shooting

South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo and Lake County State’s Attorney Wendy Kloeppner say two men have been charged today (Friday) in connection with the high-speed pursuit and officer involved shooting that took place Thursday in Lake, Minnehaha and Moody Counties.

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06 29, 2022

New Attorney General Praises Staff In First Meeting

On his first day in office, South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo encouraged his new staff Wednesday to keep doing what they are doing for the people of South Dakota.

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06 16, 2022

SOUTH DAKOTA AND MALLINCKRODT SETTLE LAWSUIT ALLEGING UNDERPAYMENT OF MEDICAID DRUG REBATES

The Office of the South Dakota Attorney General announced today that South Dakota has joined with 49 other states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the federal government to settle allegations of fraud against Mallinckrodt ARD, LLC

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06 15, 2022

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL RECOGNIZES WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY

The Office of the Attorney General is recognizing World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and asks all citizens to take a moment to learn about the resources available to combat this growing problem.

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06 14, 2022

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL DISPUTES FEDERAL DIRECTIVE TO WITHHOLD NUTRITION ASSISTANCE FOR SCHOOLS AND PROGRAMS NOT ADHERING TO NEW “GENDER IDENTITY”/“SEXUAL ORIENTATION” POLICY

The Office of the Attorney General, along with 20 Attorneys General, is calling on President Joe Biden to withdraw the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new guidance on sex discrimination for schools and programs that receive federal nutritional assistance.

 

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05 20, 2022

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND DIVISION OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION RELEASE SIOUX FALLS POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING SUMMARY

The Office of the Attorney General and the Division of Criminal Investigation today released the summary into the officer involved shooting involving Cody Wade Kelly, 41, Sioux Falls, SD, on March 31, 2022, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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05 20, 2022

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE WARN OF NEW CAR SELLING SCAM

The Office of the South Dakota Chief Attorney General, the Consumer Protection Division, and South Dakota Department of Revenue Secretary Michael Houdyshell are warning consumers to be aware of fraudulent websites that have been established to mimic active South Dakota Dealerships.

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05 19, 2022

COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST FORMER RAPID CITY POLICE OFFICER

The office of the South Dakota Attorney General announced today that a Complaint and Information charging Aggregated Second Degree Petty Theft, has been filed against former Rapid City police officer Matthew R. Hower, 41 of Rapid City.

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05 16, 2022

SOUTH DAKOTA CONSUMER PROTECTION URGES CAUTION IN AFTERMATH OF SEVERE STORMS

The Office of the South Dakota Attorney General through its Consumer Protection Division is urging residents to be vigilant of transient contractor scams following the severe weather the state has encountered.

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05 04, 2022

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND DIVISION OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION RELEASE RAPID CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING SUMMARY

The Office of the Attorney General and the Division of Criminal Investigation today released the summary into the shooting of Barney Leroy Peoples, Jr., 51, Rapid City, SD, on March 26, 2022, in Rapid City, South Dakota.

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05 03, 2022

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND DIVISION OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION RELEASE SOUTH DAKOTA HIGHWAY PATROL OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING SUMMARY

The Office of the Attorney General and the Division of Criminal Investigation today released the summary into the shooting of Ryan John Waldner, 41, Spencer, SD, on March 19, 2022, in rural Hanson County, South Dakota. 

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02 25, 2022

DRUG DISTRIBUTORS AND JOHNSON & JOHNSON COMMIT TO $26 BILLION OPIOID SETTLEMENT

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced today the final approval of the $26 billion opioid agreement with the nation’s three major pharmaceutical distributors – Cardinal, McKesson, and AmerisourceBergen – and Johnson & Johnson.

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02 22, 2022

APPLY NOW FOR THE HEROES WELLNESS GRANT

The office of the South Dakota Attorney General is currently accepting applications for the Heroes Wellness Grant. 

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02 16, 2022

ATTORNEY GENERAL, NATIVE HOPE, AND ST. JOSEPH’S INDIAN SCHOOL ANNOUNCE MAJOR MMIP FUNDING

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced today that in cooperation with St. Joseph’s Indian School and Native Hope, Inc., a grant has been made to aid in the funding of the Office of Liaison for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons.

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01 19, 2022

SHERIFF KURT HALL RECOMMENDED BY ATTORNEY GENERAL TO BOARD OF PARDONS AND PAROLES

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced today the recommendation of Sheriff Kurt Hall of Faulkton, S.D. to the Board of Pardons and Paroles.

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01 13, 2022

ATTORNEY GENERAL COMMENTS ON TODAY’S RULING FROM THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced today that the United States Supreme Court has sustained the application for stays in the case of National Federation of Independent Business, et al v. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, et al, a case South Dakota brought as part of an 11 state coalition in early November of 2021.

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12 23, 2021

SOUTH DAKOTA AND MEDTRONIC USA, INC. SETTLE MEDICAID CASE

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced today that South Dakota has reached a settlement agreement with Medtronic USA, Inc.

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12 21, 2021

US DISTRICT COURT HALTS BIDEN ADMINISTRATION’S FEDERAL CONTRACTORS AND SUBCONTRACTORS VACCINE MANDATE

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced today that the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri has sustained the motion for a preliminary injunction on the Biden Administration’s vaccine mandate for federal contractors and subcontractors in the plaintiff-states of South Dakota, Missouri, Nebraska, Arkansas, Kansas, Iowa, Wyoming, Alaska, North Dakota, and New Hampshire.

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12 21, 2021

ATTORNEY GENERAL RAVNSBORG JOINS 24-STATE LAWSUIT TO BLOCK BIDEN’S HEAD START MANDATES

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg has joined a multi-state lawsuit against President Joe Biden’s overreaching COVID mandates. The suit led by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, takes aim at the President’s unlawful requirements of masks on toddlers and COVID-19 shots for staff and volunteers in Head Start Programs.

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