Jill Johnson

Texas Mom Arrested After Baby Drowns In Bathtub

Authorities Say The Mother Was On Social Media

(NBC) – Police in Reno, Texas say a six-month-old baby drowned in the bathtub while her mother was on social media. Twenty-one-year-old Cheyenne Summer Stuckey was arrested and charged with injury to a child. Parker County investigators say Stuckey initially told them she left the child in the tub for only a couple of minutes and returned later to find…

South Dakota County Plans Program To Keep Youth Out Of Jail

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – A judge has approved a program that Davison County’s lead prosecutor hopes will keep more juveniles out of the court system. State’s Attorney Jim Miskimins says he’ll base the program off a model in New Jersey that directs youth away from the justice system while still holding them accountable for their actions. Judge Steven R. Jensen’s…

Nebraska Firework Sellers Scramble For New Business In Iowa

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska fireworks retailers are scrambling into Iowa after that state’s sales ban ended last month and brushing aside concerns that the new policy could hurt sales for their existing shops along the border. Retailers say they’re excited to expand into the new market after former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed a law last month to legalize…

South Dakota Courts Cope With Judicial Vacancies

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – One-third of the judgeships in South Dakota’s 14-county First Judicial Circuit are vacant, creating a challenge in coping with the caseload. Circuit Judges Paul Eng and Tim Bjorkman retired earlier this month, creating the rare situation of two judgeship vacancies at the same time. A state official says Gov. Dennis Daugaard hopes to fill the two…

2 LSU Researchers Get Nearly $1M To Study Honeybees In South Dakota

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Two Louisiana State University researchers are getting nearly $1 million for a two-year study of how stress affects honeybee health. The LSU AgCenter says in a news release that Kristen Healy and Daniel Swale are working with U.S. Department of Agriculture honeybee researchers in Baton Rouge and the nation’s largest beekeeper . They’ll be studying…

Texas Mom Arrested After Leaving Kids In Hot Car To Teach Them A Lesson

Children Found Dead Locked Inside Car

(NBC)- Authorities say a Texas woman left her two young children in a hot car as punishment. The children were later found dead locked inside the car. Cynthia Randolph of Weatherford, Tex. was arrested Friday on two counts of causing serious bodily harm to a child. The incident happened in late May. Then she initially told authorities the children locked…

Defenders Seek $350,000 For South Dakota Death Penalty Case

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The Pennington County Public Defender’s Office is asking the county for about $350,000 to help defend a man facing the death penalty for the alleged murder of his ex-girlfriend. The extra costs in Jonathon Klinetobe’s case involve expert evaluations, travel expenses and witness fees. The 27-year-old Klinetobe, of Sturgis, is charged with first-degree murder for…

Shrimp In Minnesota: Company Announces Harbor Coming To Luverne

Americans consume more than 1.5 billion pounds of shrimp every year, and about 80 percent of it is imported from Southeast Asia. But a Minnesota company is hoping to change that in the next few years. Tru Shrimp Systems announced Monday that they’re bringing their first ever commercial shrimp harbor to Luverne. “The whole world is watching what we’re doing….

More Than 90 Conservation Officers With GFP Now Equipped With Body Cameras

Conservation Officers and Park Rangers with South Dakota Game, Fish, & Parks have a new tool. More than 90 officers are now using body cameras statewide; the same cameras used by the LAPD. South Dakota Game Fish & Parks Law Enforcement Training Supervisor Brandon Gust explained, “We’re towards the back portion of Lake Herman State Park.” Gust says their officers…

Safety Tips For Paddlers From An Instructor: ‘Everyone will swim at one point or another’

We first told you about a water rescue at Wall Lake Tuesday. A camp counselor was kayaking, when authorities say the kayak took on water. The group she was with called 911 when they couldn’t see her. She was found in the water a short time later uninjured. Authorities say the life jacket she was wearing possibly prevented a tragedy…

SF Animal Control Asks Residents To Vaccinate Pets: ‘The chances of recovering from rabies are slim’

Sioux Falls Animal Control wants to remind residents to go to the vet and vaccinate their pets for rabies. They say they’ve had concerns recently about whether pets that have been bitten by wild animals were protected against the disease. Animal Control Supervisor Julie DeJong said, “As the weather warms up, people are outside more with their pets, they’re taking…

Church Sign Changed After Members Show Support For LGBT Community

Church Minister: 'Loving Someone Is Not Wrong'

As thousands of people marched for pride across the country on Sunday, a Sioux Falls church says someone used the sign outside of their building to spread a different message. After showing their support for the LGBT Community, their sign was changed. ‘Love Everyone’. These are the words that decorate the sign in front of All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church…

Owner: It’s Business As Usual Following Fire At Thornton Flooring Storage Building

One day after a fire destroyed one of their storage buildings, Thornton Flooring in Tea says it’s business as usual. The owner says thankfully their customers haven’t been affected at all. “It looks like a bomb went off,” said Tea Fire Dept. Asst. Chief Steve Oberle. “You know there’s piles of metal there’s piles of debris.” Along with several others,…

Iowans Can Now Buy And Sell Fireworks For First Time In Decades

'It's Lit Fireworks' Near Spirit Lake Officially Open For Business

For the first time in decades, Iowans will be able to purchase fireworks in the state. Some fireworks stands were allowed to start selling them on June 1. But for those hoping to cash in on the new law, it has proved to be easier said than done. The State Fire Marshal has been overwhelmed with applications for permits. The…