Crime

Watertown Police Seize Three Ounces of Meth in Drug Investigation

WATERTOWN, S.D. – Watertown Police have arrested two people on drug charges after police searched a residence and found more than three ounces of meth. Police say during an ongoing investigation they searched a residence at 800 3rd Street in Northeast Watertown. During the search police found more than three ounces of meth. Police arrested Nathan John Schussler and Logan…

Sioux Falls Man Loses $10K in Facebook Messenger Scam

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A 58-year-old Sioux Falls man was scammed out of $10,000 after he thought he won nearly a million dollars through Facebook Messenger. Police say the man received a Facebook message from a friend. The message said he won an $800,0o0 prize. The man was instructed to purchase thousands of dollars worth of iTunes and Walmart gift…

Accused county worker sentenced to jail on drug charge

IPSWICH, S.D. (AP) – An Edmunds County Highway Department worker caught dumping drug paraphernalia at a county gravel pit has been sentenced to 30 days in jail. The American News reports that 33-year-old David Becker, of Northville, received credit Thursday for 17 days he’s already served behind bars. He was placed on probation for two years and fined $864. Authorities…

Arrest Made in Keystone Fatal Shooting

KEYSTONE, S.D. – Authorities have made an arrest in a fatal shooting in Keystone and identified the person who died. The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office says 19-year-old Ty Scott of Keystone died from a single gunshot wound Wednesday. The incident happened at a residence. An 18-year-old Rapid City man was arrested on a manslaughter charge. It wasn’t clear if he…

Lincoln County Officials Warn Residents of Mail Theft

LINCOLN COUNTY, S.D. – The Lincoln County Sheriff’s office is warning residents after multiple people reported stolen mail. The say several mailboxes were rummaged through last night in the Lake Alvin area. Authorities are instructing residents to remove mail from mailboxes as soon as possible during the day, and to report any suspicious activity. Anyone with home surveillance that my…

Driver accused of hitting children on Minneapolis playground in court

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A driver accused of running over two children on a Minneapolis playground as he was being chased by Minnesota state troopers is due in court on multiple charges. Prosecutors say 27-year-old Kabaar Powell was driving at speeds of more than 80 mph through residential streets Monday before plowing through a park and striking 2-year-old Kayden Peltier and…

2 more people sentenced in deadly Spearfish drug ring

DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) – Two more Spearfish residents have been sentenced for their roles in the illegal and deadly drug trade in the city. The Black Hills Pioneer reports that 26-year-old Marcus Pelletier was sentenced to serve a year in prison for drug distribution. Thirty-four-year-old Jeffrey Duex was sentenced to 15 days in jail and three years of probation for…

Charges: Driver didn’t slow before he hit kids at Minneapolis playground

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – An unlicensed driver who was being chased by Minnesota state troopers did not use his brakes or slow down when he plowed through a basketball court, running over two children who were playing with their father and siblings, prosecutors say. Twenty-seven-year-old Kabaar Powell was charged Wednesday with multiple counts, including criminal vehicular operation. Prosecutors say Powell was…

Sioux Falls Police Investigating Monday Night Burglary

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls police are investigating a burglary in Sioux Falls that has left a business without tens of thousands of dollars worth of tools and equipment. Police say the burglary happened at around 11:3o p.m. on Monday night at a business in the 3600 block of North Potsdam Avenue. They say surveillance video shows someone breaking…

Former postmaster ordered to pay more than $353,000

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota man has been ordered to pay a civil judgment of more than $353,000 for defrauding his employer – the U.S. Postal Service. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Craig Christeson, while he was employed as a postmaster, falsely certified receipt of spoiled postage meter strips, printed and cashed money orders, and kept the money….

Man Accused Of Killing Child Pleads Not Guilty

Thirty-one-year-old Kenneth Chase faces murder, child abuse and child neglect charges in federal court

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A McLaughlin man accused of abusing and killing a child on the South Dakota side of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation has pleaded not guilty. Thirty-one-year-old Kenneth Chase faces murder, child abuse and child neglect charges in federal court. He waived his right to a detention hearing and remains in custody. His trial is scheduled to…

Brown County Standoff Ends Peacefully

53 year old man refused to leave barn after alleged domestic assault

CLAREMONT, S.D. (AP) – A standoff involving law officers and an armed man holed up in a barn in Brown County ended peacefully after nearly 20 hours. The incident involved a 53-year-old man who refused to leave the barn southwest of Claremont after an alleged domestic assault. It started Monday night and ended with his arrest Tuesday afternoon. No injuries…

Nebraska woman gets new trial date for Iowa murder trial

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A trial has been rescheduled for a Nebraska resident accused of stabbing to death a woman in northwest Iowa. Court records show the attorney for 20-year-old Melissa Camargo-Flores, of Dakota City, Nebraska, wanted more time to prepare her defense. The new trial starting date set Tuesday is Sept. 18 in Woodbury County District Court. The…

Felony Drug Busts Skyrocket Along I-29 Corridor

While South Dakota remains one of the least populated states in the nation, people are moving here in record numbers. The state has seen nearly 80,000 new residents over the past ten years. A good share of them are located somewhere along the I-29 corridor. They are coming to the state because there is a quality of life here that…

Police Warn Against Peddling Scams in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Police are warning Sioux Falls residents about door to door peddling scams. Police say two men sold a debit card to pay for oil changes to a 62-year-old victim in the 700 block of East 73rd Street. The victim says he never received the card the salesman claimed would be sent to him. Police say door-to-door…