South Dakota councilwoman indicted on day she takes office
BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. (AP) — The newest member of the Belle Fourche City Council was indicted on felony charges on the same day she was sworn in.
Court documents show that 55-year-old Toni Moncur was indicted Monday on charges of witness tampering and simple assault. She also took office Monday.
Moncur’s attorney, Matthew Kinney, told the Rapid City Journal on Friday that “there appear to be political implications with this prosecution,” but did not elaborate further.
The Butte County State’s Attorney’s Office says the charges stem from an altercation involving her son and another man last month. The police report for Toni Moncur’s role in the incident has not been made public.
The newspaper reports that it’s unclear whether the mayor or other council members knew of the indictment before Moncur was sworn in.
Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com