Jill Johnson

City Council On Mission To Get To Bottom Of Denny Sanford PREMIER Center Panels

Request For Proposals For Independent Contractor Sent Out Wednesday

The Sioux Falls City Council is on a mission to get to the bottom of the flawed metal panels on the outside of the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. They’re looking for an independent contractor to find out if the panels are actually doing their job. The request for proposals went out Wednesday. From the beginning, people have questioned how it…

Effects Of K2: SF Couple Admitted To Smoking Synthetic Marijuana Before Leaving Baby Outside

The synthetic drug, known as K2, is in the spotlight after a Sioux Falls couple admitted to smoking the drug before allegedly leaving their baby outside overnight. We brought you the story two weeks ago: a 2-month-old baby boy found abandoned in a car seat outside of a Sioux Falls church. Police say he was wearing just a onesie, and…

SF Police Hope Ride Sharing Company Will Help Improve Safety, Cut Down On DWI Arrests

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.– With Lyft possibly in route to Sioux Falls, police are hoping the ride sharing company helps improve public safety and will cut down on the number of DWI arrests they make each year. For the last three years, Sioux Falls Police have arrested more than 11-hundred people for DWI each year in the city. So far this…

Court Documents: Mother & Father Of Infant Left Outside Overnight Admitted To Smoking K2

Mother Of Baby Charged With Abuse, Neglect Following Father's Arrest

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.– The mother of the infant found abandoned outside of a Sioux Falls church overnight has now been charged. It comes after she admitted to police that she and the child’s father had been smoking K2. Twenty-eight-year-old Mary Louise Jennesse is charged with felony child abuse and neglect. An employee at Faith Family Church found the 2-month-old boy…

City Officials: Ride Sharing Company ‘Lyft’ En Route To Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.– Hailing a cab with the press of a button could soon become a reality in Sioux Falls. A ride sharing company has taken the first step necessary to operate in South Dakota. The Department of Revenue confirmed Monday that they’ve issued a state sales tax license to Lyft. “It gives you a big city feel,” said Sioux…

Boy Scouts To Allow Girls: Local Program Will Welcome Change With Open Arms

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.– Boy Scouts of America made a monumental decision this week. The organization announced it will begin allowing girls as early as next year. KDLT’s Jill Johnson talked to the local program based in Sioux Falls. The Sioux Council says they will welcome the change with open arms. Inside the Sioux Council Office is more than 70 years…

AAA Travel: Caribbean Islands Now A Go Following Hurricanes Irma And Maria

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.– AAA Travel says some of the world’s most popular travel destinations are open for business again following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. They say the Caribbean Islands are mostly unscathed and airlines have lifted travel bans. “This year has just been a really weird year. I mean, it’s just one after another after another and that’s what’s caused…

Police: SF Cab Driver Charged With Aggravated Assault After Pointing Gun At Other Driver

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls cab driver is behind bars after police say he pulled a gun on another cab driver. Fifty-eight-year-old Jozef Barszcz is charged with aggravated assault. Police say Barszcz was parked behind another driver at the Sioux Falls Regional Airport last night. When the light turned green for the other driver to move forward to pick…

Police: 14-Year-Old Sioux Falls Teens Led Authorities On Interstate Chase In Stolen Vehicle

Teens Also Charged With String Of Car Vandalisms

Two Sioux Falls teens are facing more charges after police say they led authorities on a high speed chase in a stolen vehicle. Police believe the 14-year-old boys are responsible for vandalizing nearly 40 vehicles in central Sioux Falls. On Sunday night into early Monday, police say they received nearly 40 reports of car vandalisms. They say car windows had…

So Far, Improvements Have Washed Away Problems At Flood Prone Intersection In SF

49th Street & Louise Avenue Is The Only Intersection In The City With Water Sensors

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.– On days like today, one of South Dakota’s busiest intersections would be pooling with water. Forty-ninth Street and Louise Avenue had the tendency to flood even with small amounts of rainfall. But with new improvements, are city officials noticing a difference? KDLT’S Jill Johnson has more on how they’re keeping the water at bay. In heavy rainfall,…

FULL STORY: Father Arrested For Child Abuse, Neglect After Infant Left Outside Overnight

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.– Police say the father of the infant left outside of a Sioux Falls Church has been arrested. The 38-year-old is charged with felony child abuse and neglect. Police say the 2-month-old baby was left outside overnight earlier this week. Police say they got the call Tuesday morning. An infant had been found in a car seat abandoned…

Someone You Should Know: SD Barrel Racer Headed To Vegas For 11th National Finals Rodeo

She just finished competing at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center for the Sioux Falls PREMIER Rodeo. For many, the event was their last chance to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo or the Superbowl of their sport. But one South Dakota resident had nothing to lose. For the 11th consecutive year, the Professional Barrel Racer had already earned her…

Child Advocacy Center That Gives Victims A One-Stop Shop Now Open In SD

WATERTOWN, S.D.– At least 4,000 children are sexually abused in South Dakota each year. And experts believe there are additional cases that never get reported. When they do, they say many counties don’t have the resources to deal with them. But that has now changed in the northeast portion of the state. “Each and every day I’m working on a…

Patterson Appeals Conviction To SD Supreme Court: ‘There was no evidence of a disciplinary event’

Patterson Was Sentenced in 2015 To Life In Prison For Death Of Adrian Peterson's Son

VERMILLION, S.D.– The Sioux Falls man convicted of killing former Minnesota Viking Adrian Peterson’s biological son appealed his conviction to the South Dakota Supreme Court. Joseph Patterson’s case was heard at USD’s School of Law on Monday, where the defense argued that there was no motive or evidence to support his conviction. It’s been nearly two years since a jury…

Sioux Falls Pulling Mosquito Traps: Expert Looks Back At Season And West Nile Virus

South Dakota Has Seen 66 WNV Cases So Far This Year, 151 Reported in 2016

Sioux Falls is done testing mosquito populations for the season. While people are still feeling the bite from mosquitoes, the city says we’ll see a lot less in the coming weeks. City of Sioux Falls Health Program Coordinator Denise Patton said, “I know that people are still seeing mosquitoes, and the last week-and-a-half is still really fresh in people’s minds,…

Helpline Center: 5 Percent Of Suicides In U.S. Involve Homicides, Women Perpetrators Rare

Mental Health Therapist In Sioux Falls Says Suicidal Clients Very Common

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.– While South Dakota has seen several murder-suicides in the last two years, the Helpline Center says they’re rare. According to the organization, there were around 44,000 suicides in the United States last year. Among those, just five percent involved homicides. Kerry Ford says suicide is what drove her professionally. The Clinical Mental Health Therapist at Stronghold Counseling…

FULL STORY: Sheriff On Officer Involved Shooting: ‘This is what the officer was up against’

Suspect Involved In Domestic Dispute Allegedly Raised Pellet Rifle At Officers Before Deputy Shot Him

MINNEHAHA COUNTY, S.D.– We continue to learn more about the officer involved shooting that took place just north of Sioux Falls over the weekend. The Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office says the suspect in a domestic dispute raised a pellet rifle at a deputy before the deputy shot him. The call began as a domestic dispute early Saturday morning. “Not only…