Man Holds Burglary Suspect Down Until Officers Arrive

A homeowner is credited with stopping a suspected garage burglar Thursday morning.

At around 2:30 a.m., a husband and wife woke up to a home alarm in the 2800 block of South Saint Charles Lane. The man went into his garage and spotted someone inside his pickup. According to Sioux Falls Police, he held the suspect down inside the garage until officers arrived.

Public Information Officer Sam Clemens believes that both the garage door and pickup were unlocked. Several items, including gift cards and money, were found on the suspect. Police think some of the items may connect him to other crimes.

Perry Allen Stark, a 55-year-old transient from Sioux Falls, was arrested and charged with first-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools, and resisting arrest.

Canadian Flight Lands In Sioux Falls For Medical Assistance

A plane headed to Canada made an emergency stop in Sioux Falls.

Just after 1 a.m. Thursday, a Sunwing Airlines B738 landed at Sioux Falls Regional Airport after a passenger needed medical assistance. The company said the plane stayed for around an hour before taking off. A local ambulance was called to the scene to help the passenger.

Sunwing Airlines said the flight originated out of Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba, and was headed for Calgary and Vancouver, Canada.

Education Bills On Thursday’s Legislative Agenda

A pair of education bills are on Thursday’s legislative calendar in Pierre.

Senate Bill 131 will have a second reading today.

SB 131 looks to set two goals for teachers: salary and teacher ratio. The measure would also form a school finance accountability board. It has a second reading Thursday.

Senate Bill 132, which like SB 131 looks to change some ways education is funded in the state, has its conference committee, but that committee has not yet reported.

Meade County Fugitive Arrested After Foot Chase In Spearfish

A man who fled after being handcuffed by sheriff’s deputies in Meade County over the weekend is back in custody.

Deputies tried to arrest 32-year old Kerri Nacey on Sunday for allegedly violating a court-ordered sobriety program. He was able to flee and remained on the lam until Wednesday afternoon, when Lawrence County deputies and Spearfish police arrested him after a foot chase in Spearfish.

Authorities say escape charges are pending against Nacey. The Black Hills Pioneer reports that he also faces felony drunken driving warrants from Butte County. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

Crews Respond To Early Morning House Fire In Estelline

Authorities in Estelline are investigating what caused an early morning house fire.

Just after 4 a.m. Thursday, a 911 caller heard a loud explosion and saw a home on fire in the 100 block of Fifth Street North. During the call, the Hamlin County Sheriff’s Office said it wasn’t clear if people were inside the house.

Crews later found that the residents had escaped to a neighbor’s home. The Salvation Army is assisting those affected by the fire.

The cause of the fire remains unknown and is under investigation.

The Estelline Fire Department, Estelline Ambulance, and the Hamlin County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene.

Romney Calling Trump ‘Phony,’ Urging Republicans To Shun Him

Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is charging into the increasingly divisive White House race with a verbal lashing of Donald Trump and a plea for fellow Republicans to shun the front-runner for the good of country and party.

Romney is branding the billionaire businessman as “a phony, a fraud” whose “promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University,” according to a speech Romney planned to give at the University of Utah on Thursday morning. The Associated Press obtained excerpts of his remarks in advance.

Trump, in turn, dismissed Romney as “a stiff” who “didn’t know what he was doing” as the party’s candidate in 2012 and blew a chance to beat President Barack Obama. “People are energized by what I’m saying” in the campaign and turning out in remarkable numbers to vote, Trump told NBC’s “Today.”

In ratcheting up the rhetoric, Romney cast his lot with a growing chorus of anxious Republican leaders — people many Trump supporters view as establishment figures — in trying to slow the New York real estate mogul’s momentum.

Indeed, there was a surge in turnout in Super Tuesday’s GOP primaries. While that could typically be a welcome sign for a party that has struggled to attract new voters in recent presidential elections, GOP leaders were privately grappling with the reality that some of those voters were in fact registering their opposition to the Republican establishment.

Trump padded his lead with victories in seven Super Tuesday contests, with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz claiming three states and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio picking up his first victory of the 2016 race.

Despite Trump’s strong night, he was not yet on track to claim the nomination before the party’s national gathering in July, according to an Associated Press delegate count. He has won 46 percent of the delegates awarded so far, and he would have to increase that to 51 percent in the remaining primaries.

“Trump had a good night, but he left the door open,” said David Winston, a Republican pollster.

GOP strategists cast March 15 as the last opportunity to stop Trump through the normal path of winning states and collecting delegates. A win for Rubio in his home state of Florida would raise questions about Trump’s strength, as could a win for Ohio Gov. John Kasich on his home turf.

The candidates have a high-profile opportunity to make their case to voters in Thursday night’s prime-time debate. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson all but ended his bid Wednesday, saying he would skip the debate and declaring he did “not see a political path forward.”

The GOP mayhem contrasted sharply with a clearer picture on the Democratic side, where Hillary Clinton was drawing broad support from voters and her party’s leaders. Rival Sen. Bernie Sanders vowed to keep up the fight, though his path to the nomination has become exceedingly narrow.

Republicans, meanwhile, looked for a wise man to calm the jitters and point the way.

Romney suggested he might try to fill that role. The former Massachusetts governor announced plans to speak on the “state of the 2016 presidential race” Thursday in Utah. Romney has moved aggressively to take on Trump in recent days, saying the billionaire’s unreleased tax returns might contain “bombshells.” But he was not expected to endorse a candidate or announce a late entry into the race himself.

The Associated Press has asked Republican governors and senators if they would support Trump if he becomes the party’s nominee. Of the 59 respondents, slightly fewer than half could not commit to backing him in November. A handful of officials, including Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, have said they would not support Trump in November, though it was unclear what alternatives they would have.

One long-shot idea rumbling through power corridors in Washington was the prospect of a late third-party candidate to represent more mainstream conservatives. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been approached by “a mixture of people” about being part of a third-party bid, according to Jeff Miller, who managed Perry’s failed GOP presidential campaign. But Miller said Perry found the idea “ludicrous.”

A more likely, though still extraordinarily unusual, scenario being discussed is a contested convention. Perhaps unsurprisingly, that idea has the most support among those working for opponents’ campaigns. Others in the party express concern about the image of the GOP establishment using arcane rules to thwart the will of voters.

There’s also little consensus about the party’s goals in a contested convention, beyond stopping Trump.

“The goal is this: Let’s get to the convention in Cleveland and figure it out there,” said Former New Hampshire Gov. John H. Sununu.

Gearing Up For A Summit League Run

Summit League teams are making their final adjustments before heading to Sioux Falls for this weekend’s tournament.

This year’s tournament kicks off in just two days and coaches at both SDSU and USD are preparing their teams for a run at the Summit League tournament championship.

Five seniors will lead the way when the USD women take the court on Saturday to kick off the Summit League tournament. Head coach Amy Williams says their leadership is just one of the keys to the Coyotes’ number one seed in the tournament.

“That experience coupled with some really good depth and production off of our bench has really provided us the spark we need to have success,” Williams said.

Following that game, the #2-seed SDSU women will take on the #7-seed IPFW. Head coach Aaron Johnston says when it becomes tourney time, he’s a firm believer that it’s important to be clear about what can happen.

“You win you keep playing. You lose, you’re done. I just think that’s a good message for players to get their arms around. We don’t change what we do in practice. We don’t go in with different game plans. We don’t do different prep. But the mentality has got to be different,” Johnston said.

Opening up the men’s session, USD will take the court as the eight seed. They’ll play number one seeded IPFW. Head coach Craig Smith says he’s starting to see some of his teams adjustments on the court.

“And all of our other guys have really bought in and stayed the course and stayed mentally tough. When things start going south some teams will cash it in and I can’t fault our team’s effort and the way that we’ve shown up everyday for practice,” Smith said.

Capping off night one, #2-seed SDSU will play #7-seed Oral Roberts. Despite the Jacks final regular season game being against Oral Roberts, head coach Scott Nagy says they’ll be focused on the game ahead.

“To me it doesn’t really matter. You’re going to play a good basketball team and I don’t know what the difference is unless you make things up in your mind which can hurt you. We’re going to play a good basketball team,” Nagy said.

All four coaches agree, this weekend’s tournament is set to be another championship filled atmosphere in the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.

Rice Street Reopened After Early Morning Crash

Authorities have reopened a east Sioux Falls street after an early morning crash.

At around 5:30 a.m. Thursday, Sioux Falls Police tweeted a photo from the scene near Rice Street and Lowell Avenue.

Police said a vehicle crashed, knocking down a pole onto the street. An hour later, the crash scene was cleared and all lanes of Rice Street were reopened.

South Dakota Governor Bucks Party Line With Transgender Veto

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s veto of a bill that would have required transgender students to use bathrooms matching their sex at birth wasn’t his first break with elements of his Republican Party.

The same governor who orchestrated a massive cut in state spending to eliminate a deficit early in his first term has since won a pair of tax increases for roads and teachers.

He has also weighed expanding Medicaid in South Dakota, where Republicans hold every statewide office. Daugaard has taken flak from some conservative members of his party.

Confidants say the moves aren’t surprising for a thoughtful governor who charts his own course.

Daugaard says he was elected to do what he believes is right. He says other Republican governors have raised taxes or expanded Medicaid.

Thursday Morning Business Brief – March 3

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 34.24 points, or 0.2 percent, to 16,899.32. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index gained 8.10 points, or 0.4 percent, to 1,986.45. The Nasdaq composite index added 13.83 points, or 0.3 percent, to 4,703.42.

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Labor Department will release the weekly jobless claims numbers today. It’ll also release fourth-quarter productivity data. The Commerce Department will report on factory orders for January and Freddie Mac will release the weekly mortgage rates. The Institute for Supply Management will also issue its service sector index for February.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – The NBA and Oklahoma City Thunder are mourning the death of Aubrey McClendon, the former energy executive and part owner of the Thunder who died in a car crash.  The wreck happened a day after a federal grand jury indicted McClendon for allegedly conspiring to rig bids for oil and natural gas leases in northwest Oklahoma.

NUIQSUT, Alaska (AP) – Oil has begun to flow from an Alaska reserve that was set aside nearly a century ago. ConocoPhillips is the first oil company to draw crude from the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. The area is the size of Indiana and was dedicated as an emergency oil supply for the U.S. Navy in 1923.

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) – Africa’s leading e-commerce platform Jumia says it has won funding of more than $325 million from French, German, South African and U.S. companies eager to invest in one of the continent’s fastest-growing online economies. Parent company Africa Internet Group says the investment boosts its value to nearly $1.1 billion.