Allison Royal

Some Children Receiving Two Flu Shots

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Your doctor may have recommended you get a flu shot this year. but have you ever heard of getting two flu shots in one season? It’s been a particularly concerning year for the flu in the United States. It has doctors in Sioux Falls on high alert as well, like doctor Aaron Zylstra from Sanford. “There have…

Fifth Graders Team Up to Revamp Community Park

MITCHELL, S.D. – Today is Veronica’s birthday, and it’s also Joclyn’s birthday. However, everyday is a celebrating when you walk into Mrs. Becker’s classroom at Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary in Mitchell. It’s Molly Becker’s first year teaching, and she wanted to do something special so that she would remember her first class forever. “It makes me excited to see someday you…

Kristi Noem Shares Her Thoughts on Gun Laws and Her NRA Invitation

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota representative Kristi Noem (R- South Dakota) is elaborating after inviting the National Rifle Association to host its convention in South Dakota. Her welcome comes less than a week after last week’s deadly shooting at a high school in Florida. 17 people died after a suspect allegedly shot them with a legally purchased assault rifle. Noem…

Lyft Drivers Gear Up for Pheasant Fest

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – 27,000 people are headed to the Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic in Sioux Falls this weekend. It’s impacting even those who won’t be attending.  Lyft drivers say the larges crowds mean big business. Tjere are over 300 lyft drivers in Sioux Falls. They use a Facebook page to keep in touch with one another, and many…

The Revolving Door: Meth Addiction

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Every year, many meth users leave incarceration only to circle back.  Some spend a few months locked up, but it takes their body much longer to recover from the drug.  That means when people get out of jail their addiction is often stronger than they are.  So, how can South Dakota stop this revolving door? If you…

Woman Turns 104 Years Old, Shares Secret to a Long and Healthy Life

SIBLEY, I.A. – A great-great grandmother is celebrating her 104th birthday in Sibley. “What’s the best part about being 104?” said Thiele. “ I don’t know I have to say I’ve never been there before.”> As Zita Thiele grows another year older, her world keeps getting bigger. She has 48 great-grand children and six great-great grandchildren, with two more on…

Law Enforcement Responds To Calls of Cars Crashing Into Buildings

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – There have been at least five reported car versus building crashes recently in Sioux Falls.   Sioux Falls police have been plenty busy lately with an abnormal trend: cars crashing into buildings. “The bigger factor here is that people aren’t following the traffic rules,” said officer Sam Clemens of the Sioux Falls Police Department. “If they’re running…

Two Inmates Nearly Die From Narcotics Overdose In Minnehaha County Jail

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Two Minnehaha county jail inmates nearly died yesterday after overdosing behind bars. Sheriffs say both were experiencing cardiac and respiratory arrest, clinging to life. It was a close call. Two inmates both overdosed on an unidentified narcotic. “We had two drug overdoses in our jail within minutes,” said Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead. The two received medical…

Preparing For Life After Prison

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Life may seem to pause when a person is in prison, but the world doesn’t wait for you while you’re behind bars. “The belief is that you’ll kind of jump right back into how life was and that’s not always the case,” said Jay Marchand. Jay Marchand from Lutheran Social Services says if you’re finishing your…

Dell Rapids Man Found Not Guilty of Murder

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A jury found Alex Wittenberg, 24-year-old Dell Rapids man, not guilty of killing his off-and-on girlfriend’s estranged husband, Jon Puttmann. Family members of both the defendant and the victim, including Jamie Puttmann, filled the courtroom Tuesday night to hear the verdict. Wittenberg was facing one count of second degree murder as well as three manslaughter charges. The…

Jury Deliberating Murder Case

On Tuesday, both the prosecution and defense presented their closing arguments to the jury at the Minnehaha Courthouse. Alex Wittenberg is facing one count of second degree murder and three counts of manslaughter for the fatal November 2016 Dell Rapids shooting of Jon Puttmann. KDLT has been following the trial closely in the courtroom. The closing arguments cleared up some…

Murder Suspect Takes The Stand

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Alex Wittenberg took the stand on Monday. The then-23-year-old Dell Rapids man is on trial for second degree murder and manslaughter for a November 2016 shooting, but his lawyers are claiming self-defense. KDLT was in the courtroom and has been following the trial at the Minnehaha Courthouse. Wittenberg remembers when he moved from Tennessee to Dell Rapids…