Crime

2 Take Plea Deals In Slaying Of 15-Year-Old Davenport Girl

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – Two people accused of killing a teenage girl in Davenport have taken plea deals. 19-year-old Trevor Owens pleaded guilty Friday to involuntary manslaughter and other crimes. A 15-year-old boy pleaded guilty as a youthful offender to attempted murder. Both had been charged with first-degree murder. They’re scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 1. As a youthful offender,…

Sioux Falls Man Leads Police On Pursuit In Multiple Stolen Vehicles

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Law enforcement officials have arrested a 37-year-old man leads law enforcement on a pursuit in multiple stolen vehicles. Capt. Mike Walsh says the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Department received a call that a stolen truck was being tracked by OnStar. OnStar disabled the vehicle before deputies arrived. Officials say they saw the suspect walking in a field…

3 People Face Charges After Large Drug Bust In North Dakota

WAHPETON, N.D. (AP) – Three people from Minnesota are facing charges after a drug bust in Wahpeton. Members of the Southeast Multi County Agency Drug Task Force who searched a home Tuesday say they seized about 2 pounds of marijuana, along with methamphetamine and heroin. The drugs are worth an estimated $17,000 on the street. Authorities also seized $7,200 in…

Man Arrested In Colorado On Iowa Cold Case Murder Charge

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) – A man who was married to a southeast Iowa woman who went missing in 2000 has been arrested and charged with killing her. The Iowa Public Safety Department says 52-year-old Michael Lee Syperda was taken into custody Thursday in the Glenwood Springs area of Colorado. A Henry County grand jury indicted him Wednesday on a…

Former Pierre Business Leader Pleads Not Guilty To Felonies

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A former downtown business leader in Pierre has pleaded not guilty in state court to felony charges of theft and forgery. 37-year-old Jeanine Maskovich is a former president of the Historic Pierre Street Association. She’s accused of forgery and theft of $3,122 while working for Pierre Monument Company. She faces up to 10 years in prison…

Inmate Pleads Not Guilty To Killing Escapee

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A state prison inmate has pleaded not guilty to killing another inmate who had walked away from a minimum security facility in Rapid City. Thomas Lucero is charged with first-degree murder and an alternative second-degree murder count in the death of Moses Dubray. His body was found last January along state Highway 89 in southwestern South…

Police Make Third Arrest In Connection With November Homicide

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – 33-year-old Nathan MacTaggart was arrested for aggravated assault, stemming from a November 3rd incident on the 800 block of North Teal Place in Sioux Falls. Court documents say two girls, ages 16 and 17, were repeatedly punching the victim in the face when MacTaggart was called to break up the fight. One witness told police that…

Woman Sentenced For ID Theft, Bank Fraud In 3-State Region

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A Marshall, Minnesota, woman has been sentenced in federal court in South Dakota to nearly three years in prison for an identity theft and bank fraud scheme. Authorities say 27-year-old Angelica Hatch-Pequin and co-conspirator Jason Fagin would steal mail from mailboxes in Minneapolis to obtain personal banking information of other people. They would use the information…

Guilty Plea In Shooting That Left Victim Paralyzed

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Piedmont man has pleaded guilty to shooting his friend, causing injuries that left him paralyzed. Forty-nine-year-old Michael Wisecarver pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated assault and commission of a felony with a firearm in a plea agreement with the state. Wisecarver says he doesn’t remember shooting Chad Arnold in the driveway of his home in…

NBC News Fires Matt Lauer Over Inappropriate Sexual Behavior

NEW YORK (AP) – NBC News says longtime “Today” show host Matt Lauer has been fired for “inappropriate sexual behavior.” Lauer’s co-anchor Savannah Guthrie made the announcement at the top of Wednesday’s “Today” show. Guthrie read a statement from NBC News chairman Andy Lack, stating that the company has received a detailed complaint from a colleague Monday night “about inappropriate…

Police Release Surveillance Video From Friday Robbery

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls police have released surveillance video from a robbery that occurred Friday at a Sioux Falls business in hopes of someone recognizing the suspect. Police were dispatched to a business located near the intersection of West 26th Street and South Sertoma just before noon on Friday. Police say a male wearing a United States Postal Service…

Iowa School District Settles Lawsuits Over Students’ Classroom Sex Abuse

MARION, Iowa (AP) – The Marion school district has settled lawsuits filed by three of four families who alleged that their children had been sexually abused by a 15-year-old classroom volunteer. District documents say each family received $600,000 for dropping their lawsuits against the district and the classroom teacher. Court documents say the families filed their dismissal actions in Linn…

2 University Of North Dakota Students Facing Drug Charges

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) – Two University of North Dakota students from the Twin Cities are facing drug charges after police say a search of their house turned up 60 pounds of marijuana, $70,000 in cash and some pills. The 21-year-old sophomore from Plymouth and a 20-year-old student from Minnetrista appeared in Grand Forks County District Court on felony drug…

Police Searching For Two Juveniles After Breaking Windows

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls police are looking for two juveniles they say broke a homeowner’s window with a rock. Police responded to East 6th Street and North Locust Avenue this afternoon for an original call of a weapons violation indicating someone had shot at a window. Through an investigation, police discovered the incident to be a dispute between…