Jill Johnson

Project NICE And KEEP Underway In Sioux Falls, Mayor Lends A Hand

For the 28th year, the city is cleaning up several Sioux Falls neighborhoods. Project NICE and KEEP began after the city noticed an increase in the number or nuisance calls each year. The city now identifies several older neighborhoods or areas where people don’t have the means to take their unwanted items to the landfill. This year, crews are picking…

Man Arrested For Terrorist Threat Appears In Court On Meth Charge

A Sioux Falls man is facing serious charges in two counties. Ehab Jaber is charged with making a terrorist threat and possession of a controlled substance after he posted a Live Video to Facebook earlier this month. A warrant was issued for Jaber’s arrest on Friday. Police say he turned himself in without incident. The 45-year-old posted a video to…

Lake County Looking To Revive Dive Team

The Lake County Commission narrowly passed a measure this week to bring back their dive team that the county disbanded just six months ago. Last fall, the commission said the team failed to comply with necessary paperwork regarding standard operating guidelines. For 28 years, Lake County has had a volunteer Search and Rescue Team for land and water emergencies. But…

Avera Health Begins New Construction With Demolition Of Old Tower

Avera Health started the process of building its new health campus in Sioux Falls with the demolition of an old tower Wednesday morning. Some in the small crowd shouted, “Any minute now.” In order to start construction of the largest building project in the city’s history, crews had to take down a 300 foot tower first. The tower on 69th…

New Program Helps VA Reach Out To At-Risk Vets

REACH VET Aimed At Preventing Suicides

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says they’re trying to reach at-risk veterans before it’s too late. The VA says 20 veterans die by suicide every day. Their new program called ‘REACH VET’ is aimed at providing preventative care and support before a Veteran even has suicidal thoughts. REACH VET analyzes existing data from Veterans’ health records to identify those…

Someone You Should Know: Watertown Man Indulges In Pizza, Earns National Recognition

When we think of amazing pizza, places like Chicago, New York and, of course, Italy come to mind. But one restaurant family is trying to put South Dakota on the map when it comes to good pie. KDLT’s Jill Johnson shows us why one Watertown man is ‘Someone You Should Know’. Dempsey’s Brewery, Pub & Restaurant in Watertown got its…

SF Police Deliver 285 Citations, Arrest 2 For DWI In Weekend Saturation Patrol

During a weekend saturation patrol, Sioux Falls Police say they handed out 285 citations. Police say they had 17 extra officers out patrolling 67 different complaint zones across the city on Saturday. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., they arrested two people for DWI. Police say in one of those cases, the driver was initially pulled over for speeding, traveling…

Police Frustrated That Message Isn’t Being Heard: 6 Guns Stolen From Unlocked Vehicles

Sioux Falls Police say they’re frustrated that an important message isn’t getting through to the public. They continue to have to urge people to lock their vehicles after six guns were stolen from unlocked cars over the weekend. “It’s very frustrating. We keep hitting this message over and over again,” said Sioux Falls Police Officer Sam Clemens. In no particular…

FULL STORY: Police Put Domestic Violence In Spotlight After Woman Allegedly Strangled, Raped

Police are highlighting a case of domestic violence after they say a Sioux Falls woman was strangled several times and raped by her boyfriend. He is currently behind bars, but police say the victim’s situation is similar to what they see all the time. “We’re just glad she finally did call police,” said Sioux Falls Police Officer Sam Clemens. Police…

Senior Living Community Opens Boxing Studio To Help Patients With Parkinson’s Disease

A senior living community in Sioux Falls is the first and only facility in South Dakota to feature a program aimed at helping patients with Parkinson’s Disease. The Inn on Westport opened a studio specifically for the program called ‘Rock Steady Boxing’. The nonprofit organization was started in 2006 by a patient in Indianapolis with early onset of the disease….

Police: Sioux Falls Woman Arrested For DWI After Crashing Into Utility Pole

A Sioux Falls woman is behind bars after police say she crashed her car into a utility pole while intoxicated. Twenty-four-year-old Samantha Kaye Wesselink was arrested for DWI and Hit and Run. Police say Wesselink crashed into the pole near 22nd Street and Kiwanis Avenue just after 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, causing residents in the area to lose power. Police say…

Police: Statements Made To Medical Staff After Crash Led To Homicide Suspect’s Arrest

Judge Sets 43-Year-Old Irving Jumping Eagle's Bond At $1 Million

A Sioux Falls murder suspect appeared in court for the first time Wednesday afternoon. Forty-three-year-old Irving Jumping Eagle is charged with 1st and 2nd degree murder as well as four counts of manslaughter in the stabbing death of his wife. About a dozen of the victim’s family and friends were in the courtroom as a judge read the charges against…

Court Documents Reveal Victim Was In The Process Of Divorcing Husband Charged In Her Murder

FULL STORY: A 43-year-old Sioux Falls man has been arrested for murdering his wife. Irving Duane Jumping Eagle is charged with 1st and 2nd degree murder as well as manslaughter. Authorities began looking for him after they found his wife dead inside their apartment early yesterday afternoon. Police say it was a few days ago that a relative began worrying…

Cost Of Borrowing Increasing: Credit Counseling Service Offers Ways To Pay Off Cards

The Federal Reserve has increased interest rates twice already in 2017 and is expected to raise them two more times this year. With the cost of borrowing going up, experts say it’s time to start thinking about paying off those credit cards. Lutheran Social Services Certified Credit and Housing Counselor Jesse Hall said, “People cut them up and get rid…

SF Man Arrested On Child Abuse Charges After Allegedly Dropping Baby While Drunk

A Sioux Falls man has been arrested on felony child abuse charges after police say he dropped his baby while intoxicated. Twenty-five-year-old Angelo High Pipe is charged with abuse or cruelty to a minor under the age of seven. Police say High Pipe checked into a hotel on the southwest side of town with his 1-year-old child on Friday. Police…

Teen Siblings Team Up With Father, DWU To Research Cure For Cancer In Dogs

PLANKINTON, S.D. – Two South Dakota teens are showing us that anything is possible with hard work. A brother and sister from Plankinton have been working together to try to cure cancer in man’s best friend. They’ve had some amazing results, earning them recognition and even scholarship money at a South Dakota University. Eighteen-year-old Emma and 16-year-old Noah Heezen are…

As Cases Of Mental Illness Increase, Avera Health And Police Ban Together

Both Sioux Falls Police and Avera Health say they’ve seen an increase in cases involving mental health in Sioux Falls. Since Avera’s Behavioral Health Center opened more than 10 years ago,  the number of inpatient stays has nearly doubled. KDLT’s Jill Johnson talked to experts about the increase, and how the two groups are working together to curb future problems….