Watertown Police Drug Dog Bono Deployed To Help Make Drug Arrests

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Watertown, SD --  On June 25th, at approximately 11 AM, a Watertown Police Department K9 Officer conducted a traffic stop in the 3500 block of 9th Ave SE, Watertown, SD. During the traffic stop, the officer observed indicators of criminal behavior. The departments K9 dog  “Bono” was deployed and alerted to the presence of illegal drugs inside the motor vehicle. A search was conducted of the two adult male occupants and the motor vehicle. WPD Officers seized over $4,000 cash, a loaded handgun, 1.5 ounces of methamphetamine, one ounce of marijuana, prescription pills, THC oil and numerous items of drug paraphernalia to include scales and packaging.

Mr. Jordan Bachmann (DOB 5/17/1990) of Huron, SD was arrested for the following:

 Possession with intent to distribute controlled substance-Class 3 Felony (enhanced by weapons charge)

 Possession with intent to distribute marijuana more than one ounce but less than one-half pound-Class 5 Felony

 Possession of a controlled substance-Class 5 Felony

 Ingestion of controlled substance-Class 5 Felony

 Possession of a concealed weapon with prior drug charge-Class 6 Felony

 Possession of drug paraphernalia-Class 1 misdemeanor

Mr. Timothy Elrod (DOB 09/12/1984) of Dell Rapids, SD was arrested for the following:

 Possession with intent to distribute controlled substance-Class 3 Felony (enhanced by weapons charge)

 Possession with intent to distribute marijuana more than one ounce but less than one-half pound-Class 5 Felony

 Possession of a controlled substance-Class 5 Felony

 Ingestion of controlled substance-Class 5 Felony

 Possession of drug paraphernalia-Class 1 misdemeanor

Bachmann and Elrod are both being held on a $10,000 cash bond at the Codington County Detention Center.

The seized cash and motor vehicle are pending the asset forfeiture process.

South Dakota Dams Failing

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The wettest 12 months on record for South Dakota have put more stress

on the state’s aging dams, creating the potential for flooding, loss of life,

destruction of property and the need for expensive repairs. The aging

reservoirs behind the dams are aging too, threatening the state’s multimillion dollar fishing and boating industries.

Here is South Dakota News Watch reporter Nick Lowrey with a report.

Across South Dakota and the Great Plains, extensive snow melt and

heavy rains have eroded spillways, plugged outflows, caused leaks and

led a few dams to fail completely.

The wet weather has exposed weaknesses in the state's system of dams

that in many cases are aged and worn.

The issue of aging dams and reservoirs isn’t unique to South Dakota.

In March, the 90-year-old Spencer Dam on the Niobrara River in

Nebraska failed and washed out homes, farms, businesses and

infrastructure downriver; one man remains missing.

Estimates by the Association of State Dam Safety officials peg the cost

of needed maintenance for the country’s more than 87,000 non-federal

dams at roughly 66 billion dollars.

Around 15,500 of those dams, if they failed, could cause serious damage

to property or could kill people.

Just fixing the nation’s state-managed “high-hazard” dams would come

at a cost of around 20 billion dollars.

There are more than 2,500 dams in the state that qualify for listing on the

National Inventory of Dams.

Nationally inventoried dams generally hold more than 50 acre feet of

water — about 16.25 million gallons — or have the potential to kill

people or cause significant property damage if they fail.

Most dams in South Dakota were built more than 60 years ago as part of

a decades-long boom in dam construction that swept the country

beginning around the year 1900.

The maintenance problem has been slowly building over decades and it

comes with another, potentially more expensive wrinkle.

The lakes behind the dams are deteriorating too, placing the state’s $271

million recreational fishing industry and its roughly $85 million boating

industry in jeopardy.

A combination of decayed flooded vegetation, sedimentation and too

many nutrients flowing in from upstream is changing the way lakes

function. Often the changes lead to decreased water quality and fish

carrying capacity.

The process takes decades but if left unaddressed, a lake can be rendered

nearly lifeless and full of toxic bacteria, experts say. South Dakota

Game, Fish and Parks Biologist Jason Jungwirth says the department is

working on a plan to reverse the trend.

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PIERRE, S.D. – More than 200 South Dakota cities, counties and tribes will share in $500,000 in grants intended to control mosquitoes and prevent West Nile virus (WNV), the Department of Health announced today.  Watertown receives more than 8,600 dollars and Milbank more than 2,400 dollars.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency is updating flood plain maps across the state. Marc Macy with the South Dakota Office of Emergency Management says most east river counties will see the updates.

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Watertown, SD --  Some logistical changes are in play for this year’s big fireworks show at the Redlin Art Center July 3rd and Cookin On Kampeska July 19 and 20. Mayor Sarah Caron and other city officials are encouraging the public to utilize the free shuttle services that will be available …

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Huron, SD --  Stalls have been set up all over the South Dakota State Fairgrounds in Huron as contestants arrive for the 15th annual National Junior High Finals Rodeo that starts Sunday. State Fair assistant manager Candi Briley says over 1000 kids are registered to compete in the week long …

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South Dakota Highway Patrol Major Rick Miller will be promoted to Colonel and will officially take the helm of the Patrol during a state Capitol Rotunda ceremony tomorrow (Fri.) morning. Miller takes over from Craig Price who is now the Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

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Pierre, SD --  Three months to the day after the first semi versus train bridge accident in Pierre, another accident happened Thursday morning. An 18 wheeler tried, but failed to pass under the notoriously low Pierre Railroad Viaduct Thursday morning. Pierre Police Captain Bryan Walz says th…

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The announcement from President Trump this week that he is officially running for re-election and twenty some democrats pursuing the same office means “Campaign 2020” is underway. South Dakota Senator John Thune says he worries that all the rhetoric could derail important legislation.

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Watertown, SD --  A nice group gathered yesterday afternoon at the Watertown Boys and Girls Club for the annual fundraising raffle “Support A Child Win Something Wild” event. Prior to the drawing for a 2018 Jeep Wrangler Sport and 2019 Sea-Doo Spark 2 UP Jet Ski with trailer Boys and Girls C…

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Listen below to hear Watertown Mayor Sarah Caron on KXLG's From The Desk Of The Mayor for Wednesday June 19, 2019.  The  brought to you by Borns Group and Bruggeman Insurance of Watertown. On this week's program Mayor Caron updates the Ice Arena, discusses more budget matters, and talks abou…

Watertown, SD -- Although the turnout was low the vote to approve a city manager form of government in Watertown was overwhelming. Voters by a margin of 1431 in favor to 435 against said yes to a city manager form of government. Kyle Lalim who chaired the Home Rule Revision Commission said h…

Watertown SD --  Former Watertown State Senator Ried Holien has won a seat on the Watertown City Council in Ward A. He was competing against Kay Solberg and Stephen Tjaden. The vote totals were Holien with 507 votes, Solberg with 158 and Tjaden with 35. Ried talked with KXLG News after the v…

During the evening of June 15, 2019, a brief tornado occurred 5.5 miles to the northeast of Estelline, SD. The tornado lasted less than a minute (at around 6:05 PM CDT) and knocked down 7 trees at a farmstead. The tornado was moving in an easterly direction and the tornado tossed tree branch…

Life size, bronze statues of three more governors were unveiled today in Pierre. This year’s additions are Govs. Samuel Elrod (5th), Archie Gubbrud (22nd) and Dennis Daugaard (32nd). Gov. Kristi Noem says all three men provided strong leadership for the state.

Watertown, SD --  The Watertown Airport Board has approved a contract with Rovar LLC to operate a car rental company at the airport under the Avis or Budget franchise, or both. The Watertown operation would make available for rent at the airport between 15 and 40 vehicles depending on initia…

Pierre, SD --  The Pierre Police Department has released the name of the person found inside a car that was submerged in the Missouri River. She is Pierre resident 30 year-old Corrine White Thunder. Her vehicle was recovered after a South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks side-scan sonar united de…

Watertown, SD --  When the Watertown Airport Board meets 11 a.m. Thursday one of the agenda items will be a car rental agreement at the terminal. One of the companies competing is Rovar LLC which was established in October of 2000 and has been operating car rental operations at airports sinc…

Washington, DC --  A report this week from Bloomberg said that the ongoing trade wars and tariffs will wipe out most of the benefits from the tax cuts of 2017. Research (from the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center) shows the average middle earner got a tax cut of about nine hundred thirty dol…

ABERDEEN, S.D. (HubCityRadio.com) - A brother went into a burning mobile home and rescued his little sister Tuesday morning at Park Village. A fire broke out around 8 a.m. and was noticed by a highway patrol officer who happened to be passing by on Highway 281. Stacy Vrchota, Battalion Chief…

HURON, SD- What started out as a mission to provide more information about cooperatives and value added agriculture opportunities in the state, has become the state’s one stop shop for technical assistance.

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WATERTOWN, S.D. –The 23rd Annual Hospital Hill Run on June 8 featured a 5K run, 5K walk and a one-mile walk for all ages. Proceeds from the Hospital Hill Run benefit the Prairie Lakes Caring Club House and Watertown DASH.