Jill Johnson

Parole Absconders From Sioux Falls Arrested In Lyman County, SD

Police say two parole absconders from Sioux Falls are now behind bars. Police say 28-year-old Nathaniel Johnson and 29-year-old William Fralick left early Thursday morning, but were later arrested two hours west of Sioux Falls. They say deputies from Lyman County received a tip that the two were at a gas station in Reliance. Police believe they stole a running…

Renner Man Shoots Himself In Abdomen In Overnight Standoff In Sioux Falls

An overnight standoff ended after a Renner man shot himself outside a home in southeast Sioux Falls. Police say 58-year-old Roger Stansell pulled into the driveway of his ex-girlfriends home near South Bahnson Avenue and East Dawley Court at around 9 p.m. The 57-year-old woman called police, concerned that he might be stalking her. Police say they saw that Stansell…

Pharmacist Weighs In On Senate Bill Aimed To Curb Controlled Substance Abuse

A South Dakota Senate Committee passed a bill Wednesday in an effort to help curb controlled substance abuse. Under the bill, that effort would fall on the shoulders of doctors and pharmacies. But as KDLT’s Jill Johnson explains, many of them are already doing their part. “Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, OxyContin, to a lesser extent Tramadal.” Pharmacist Dan Peterson says some people…

SF Woman Sentenced To 25 Years In Prison For The Death Of 2-Year-Old Foster Child

A Sioux Falls woman accused of killing her 2-year-old foster child in January of last year has been sentenced to 25 years in prison. As part of a plea deal, Mary Beth Jennewein pleaded guilty to aggravated battery of an infant. Jennewein was originally charged with 2nd degree murder and alternate counts of manslaughter in the death of Miles Stead….

First Of Its Kind, One Stop Shop Child Advocacy Center Planned For Northeast South Dakota

It’s estimated that around 4,000 children are victims of sexual abuse in South Dakota each year. When a case is reported, many counties don’t have the resources necessary to deal with them. But that could soon change for the northeast portion of the state. In 2015, there were 188 reported cases of child sexual abuse in northeast South Dakota; 49…

Funeral Home Expansion Underway In Sioux Falls, Current Building To Come Down

Construction has now started on what will be the new George Boom Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Sioux Falls. While the death rate has stayed generally the same, the funeral home says the growing community has caused them to outgrow their facility.  KDLT’s Jill Johnson takes a look back at its rich history in the city, and what the…

SFPD Detective: Backpage Suspending Adult Section Is a Win In Fight Against Human Trafficking

For years, Attorneys General across the nation have alleged that Backpage.com has allowed criminal activity to happen on their website. On Monday, the single largest advertiser of adult escort services on the web suspended its adult content section. “It’s not something that you ever get used to. It’s part of what we have to look at, and what we have…

Proposal Has Residents Paying For On-Street Parking Permits Due To Congestion Near SDSU’s Campus

The Brookings City Council has proposed a way to fix parking concerns near SDSU’s campus. Residents would have to buy permits to park on the street in some areas near campus. “It’s a guessing game. Every single day, you really just kind of have to watch. If you can’t find a spot you just kind of have to drive around…

SF Police: Attempted Robbery Suspect Displays Note At Business, Arrested When He Arrives Home

One man is behind bars after police say he tried to rob a Sioux Falls business Monday night. They’re looking at whether he could be connected to another robbery. Thirty-year-old Ronqwell Fondren of Sioux Falls was arrested for attempted second degree robbery. Police responded to the Taco John’s on the 1100 block of south Minnesota Avenue just before 9:30 p.m….

PREMIER Center Beats Out Regional Venues In Touring Ticket Sales

Pollstar Magazine Ranked The Events Center At #88 In The World In 2016

For the second year in a row, 2016 Pollstar Magazine ranks the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in the top 100 in the world when it comes to touring ticket sales. The PREMIER Center jumped 12 spots from the year before for ticket sales, coming in at number 88 in 2016. The Denny sold nearly 171,000 tickets last year, compared to…

Sioux Falls Murder Suspect’s Bond Set At $1 Million

The man accused of murdering a Sioux Falls woman on New Years Day appeared in court for the first time. The judge set 25-year-old Joshua LeClaire’s bond at $1 million dollars. In court, Joshua LeClaire asked for a court appointed attorney where he was also read his charges Tuesday afternoon. LeClaire is charged with 1st and 2nd degree murder as…

Video Identifies SF Murder Suspect: ‘It shows him as the only person to enter and leave.’

25-Year-Old Man Charged In Stabbing Death Of Sioux Falls Woman On New Year's Day

A 25-year-old man is facing 1st and 2nd degree murder charges as well as two counts of 1st degree manslaughter in the stabbing death of a Sioux Falls woman. Police found her body nearly a week after they believe she died. Sioux Falls Police say the city’s first homicide investigation of 2017 began Friday night. That’s when they got a…

District Doesn’t Want Another Vote: ‘Folks get really emotional when you talk about the school calendar.’

Superintendent Asking For Public Input For 2018-2019

While it may not impact the community for a couple of years, the Sioux Falls School District is already thinking about the 2018-2019 school year. The calendar won’t be set in stone until April, but given it’s controversial past, the district is asking for public input. Sioux Falls School District Superintendent Dr. Brian Maher said, “It impacts family time, and…

Sanford Health Home To New Stem Cell Clinical Trial

First Of Its Kind Clinical Trial In The U.S. Will Focus On Healing Shoulder Injuries

Sanford Health is home to a new FDA-approved clinical trial. The trial includes using the body’s natural healing process to treat shoulder injuries; the first of its kind in the United States. “Most people will say it feels like their shoulder has a tooth ache. It’s a dull achy pain that won’t go away,” said Sanford Health Orthopedic Surgeon Dr….

City of Sioux Falls To Harvest 50 Deer In 2017

139 Deer Killed Last Year By Cars In The City

For the third year in a row, Sioux Falls Police and Animal Control will harvest deer within city limits. As part of a deer management plan, they have removed 75 deer in the northeast and southeast parts of the city in the last two years. This year, South Dakota game, Fish and Parks has given them the green light to…

Sports Talk Radio Host Reacts After Watching DAPL Protest Unfold At Vikings Game

Three people have been arrested following a disturbance at US Bank Stadium during the Vikings vs. Bears game Sunday afternoon. Cell phone video and pictures from fans show two people dangling from a truss in the stadium next to a banner protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. Craig Mattick, the Director of Sports at KWSN Radio, is also a Minnesota Vikings…

USD Student Practicing Her Wave, Will Appear On Float At Rose Parade

A University of South Dakota student was chosen to ride on one of 40 floats in the Tournament of Roses Parade. She will be representing the Occupational Therapy profession in celebration of its 100th Anniversary. For months, even years, organizations across the nation raise money and create floats for the Annual Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. “I think it’s going…

South Dakota’s Largest Lifestyle Centre: Plans For Live, Work, Play Booming At Lake Lorraine

Mike Van Buskirk: "The attention it's getting is just amazing."

A commercial development on the west side of Sioux Falls is booming with plans for future businesses. The developers say the 85-acre site near 26th Street and Marion Road will not only feature national and local retailers, but lofts, restaurants, and hotels. “The attention it’s getting is just amazing,” said Van Buskirk Companies Director of Land Development Mike Van Buskirk….