Crime

Judge Orders Mental Capacity Report From Berget’s Counsel

Death row inmate dropped appeal of death sentence in September

SIOUX FALLS – There are new developments in the case of a South Dakota death row inmate. A judge has ordered Rodney Berget’s counsel to submit a report about whether he is mentally disabled. Last September, Berget chose to waive his right to appeal his death sentence for the 2011 killing of corrections officer Ronald Johnson. Berget’s counsel advised against…

Wagner Man Facing Third Degree Rape Charges

SIOUX FALLS – Authorities have arrested a Wagner man wanted for allegedly raping an unconscious woman. Yesterday, the Sioux Falls area fugitive task force arrested 18-year-old Jubal Grant at a home in Vermillion. Authorities say Grant went to the woman’s home after a party in November. She told authorities she was intoxicated and went to sleep, but when she woke…

Judge Allows Defendant’s Statement In Child Assault Case

A Rapid City woman charged with assaulting a 4-year-old girl in her care has failed in her attempt to exclude statements she gave to law enforcement and the victim’s family. Seventh Circuit Judge Robert Mandel denied Ashlee Goldsmith’s request to exclude those statements in the case against her. The 27-year-old Goldsmith is charged with two counts of first-degree rape. Prosecutors…

Sioux Falls Man Arrested After Doctors Say Baby’s Broken Arm Came From A “Snapping” Motion

SIOUX FALLS – A Sioux Falls man is behind bars on felony child abuse charges after a baby was brought to an area hospital with a broken arm. Police say the one-year-old baby began fussing around 2 a.m. Wednesday morning when Glen Wanna, Jr., 27, got up to attend to the baby. Police say he woke the baby’s mother after pulling…

Sioux Falls Police Look Out For Drunk Driving

Saturation Patrols Try To Keep Streets Safe On One Of Deadliest Driving Days of Year

AAA ranks the New Year’s holiday as one of the most deadly timeframes for drunken driving accidents. For Officer Jason Christensen with the Sioux Falls Police Department, the goal of their saturation patrols is prevent someone from getting behind the wheel intoxicated. “It’s a decision they have to live with for the rest of their life if they make that…

Nearly Two Pounds Of Meth Seized From Sioux Falls Home

Parole agents find drugs when conducting random check at residence

Two men have been arrested after police discovered nearly two pounds of methamphetamine in a Sioux Falls home Wednesday afternoon. Sioux Falls Police Officer Sam Clemens says three parole agents were conducting a random check at a house in the 200 block of S. Elmwood Ave. when they discovered baggies containing 1.8 grams and 3.3 grams of marijuana and several…

SF Man Arrested After Allegedly Kidnapping, Strangling, Biting Girlfriend

A Sioux Falls man was arrested after police say he kidnapped, strangled and bit his girlfriend. Among other charges, 28-year-old Anthony Bissell was arrested for simple and aggravated assault domestic, kidnapping and false imprisonment. Police say Bissell had been arguing with his girlfriend all day on Saturday. When she tried to leave at around 8 p.m., police say Bissell took…

Two Men Arrested For Using Counterfeit Bills At SF Business

Two men were arrested after trying to use counterfeit bills at a Sioux Falls business. Thirty-seven-year-old Senthong Noy Phiengsai and 29-year-old Brendan Xaysee Kue are charged with possession of a forged instrument, which is a felony. Police say the men were playing video lottery at a business on North Potsdam Avenue, near East Benson Road and East 39th Street North…

As Real As It Gets: Organization Uses Media To Demonstrate Impacts Of Impaired Driving

Prairie View Prevention Director: 'It's a long-term impact on your life'

Last year, there were 283 alcohol-related crashes in Sioux Falls. As a result, 137 people were injured. With increased drinking around the holidays, Prairie View Prevention Services wanted to use the media to show others just how much impaired driving can impact your life. KDLT’s Jill Johnson was our test subject. Today, I’m no longer Jill Johnson the reporter, but…

Frederick McAbee Agrees To 50 Years In Prison

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A man accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in Sioux Falls has agreed to serve at least 50 years in state prison. 42-year-old Frederick McAbee pled guilty to second degree rape and commission of a felony rape with a firearm in Minnehaha County court this afternoon. McAbee was originally charged with 16 counts including attempted murder…

Sioux Falls Police Respond To Record 100K Calls For Service In 2016

Chief Of Police: 'That's certainly a milestone'

The City of Sioux Falls hit a big milestone over the weekend. Sioux Falls Police took their 100,000th call for service; the most they’ve ever seen. KDLT’s Jill Johnson talks with the Chief of Police about how much the calls and the department have grown with the city. “That’s certain ly a milestone for us,” said Sioux Falls Police Chief…

Police Urge Caution Around Snow Plows Following 2 Crashes, DWI Arrests

Sioux Falls Police are urging motorists to use caution around snow plows after two people were arrested in two separate accidents over the weekend. Police say on Saturday at around 2 a.m., an officer was driving on North Career Avenue near Benson Road, when she had to slow down for a snow plow. In her rear view mirror, the officer…

Man Accused In Reservation Slaying Pleads Not Guilty

RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Colorado man accused of killing a woman on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in September has pleaded not guilty. Thirty-four-year-old Orlando de Macias is charged with second-degree murder in the Sept. 29 death of 34-year-old Annie Colhoff. Authorities say she was shot in Pine Ridge village. Villanueva de Macias was arrested in Colorado in…

Day County Man Arrested For Grand Theft Charges

PIERRE, S.D. – Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Gary Podzimek, 58, Bristol, has been indicted by a Day County Grand Jury on one count of grand theft by deception, class 4 felony, punishable by up to 10 years in the state penitentiary and/or $20,000 fine, one count of attempted grand theft by deception, punishable by up to 5…

Suspect In Slaying On Pine Ridge Reservation In Custody

1/1 Show Caption Hide Caption RAPID CITY, S.D. The suspect in a fatal shooting on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation late last month is in custody. Authorities issued an arrest warrant for second-degree murder against 26-year-old Thomas Brewer after the slaying of Shawn Stevens on Nov. 30. The FBI earlier this month included Brewer on its most-wanted list. Rapid City…

Police Look For Kidnappers In Bizarre Rapid City Case

RAPID CITY – Rapid City police are looking for two men they say kidnapped two other men outside of a convenience store at gunpoint, forced them into the trunk of their own car, then requested their help pushing the car out of a ditch when it became stuck. Authorities say the two victims were able to flee and contact police…

Rodney Berget 2012 Death Sentence Still On Hold

Judge Says Decision On Sentence Appeal Waiver Will Come At The End Of December

Rodney Berget was sentenced to death in 2012 for killing South Dakota prison guard Ronald Johnson during an escape attempt. On Thursday, Judge Doug Hoffman made no decision regarding Berget’s September decision to waive the right to appeal his sentence. In august, Berget wrote a letter to Judge Hoffman, choosing to move forward with his 2012 death sentence while going…

Spearfish Police Ask For Help Indentifying A Burglary Suspect

Spearfish Coins And Antiques Offer $500 Reward For Information Leading To Arrest

SPEARFISH, S.D. – On December 5, 2016 the Spearfish Police Department investigated a report of a burglary at Spearfish Coins and Antiques located at 414 N. Main Street. A female suspect entered the business through a broken window and took an undisclosed amount of antique jewelry and coins. The burglary occurred in the early morning hours of December 4, 2016….