Crime

Mom Speaks Out After Daycare Provider Charged With Manslaughter: ‘I don’t look at her as this horrible monster’

A Sioux Falls daycare provider has been charged with 1st degree manslaughter after police say an infant died while in her care in September of last year. Police say the child died of positional asphyxia or was in a position where he wasn’t able to breathe. KDLT’s Jill Johnson has reaction from a mom who took her child to that…

North Dakota Man Arrested In SF On Pimping Charges

SIOUX FALLS – A North Dakota man is facing pimping charges in South Dakota thanks to a tip received by law enforcement. 23-year-old Cody Haman of Minot was arrested last night at around 6:30. Sioux Falls Police say they got a tip that prostitution may be taking place at a hotel on the northeast side of town. When an officer…

Student Stabbed In SDSU Dorm Room

The suspect told authorities he was acting in self-defense

BROOKINGS, S.D. – South Dakota State University officials say a student was stabbed on campus over the weekend and had to be airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital. The suspect is a former student who told authorities he was acting in self-defense. This comes as a shock to many in Brookings. “This is pretty significant as far as assaults go…

Four More People Face Charges Following Fatal Crash

Others Involved In High Speed Chase, Suspect's Parents Arrested Friday

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— There are now six people facing charges following a marijuana deal gone wrong and a high speed chase that left Kareem Cisse, 15, dead early Wednesday morning. Sioux Falls Police arrested Christian Walberg, 18, on distribution of illegal drugs, misprision of a felony and hit and run charges. “We believe Christian was a third passenger from the…

Police Searching For Armed Robbery Suspect

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The Sioux Falls Police Department are investigating an armed robbery after officers were dispatched to a hold up alarm at a business in Southwest Sioux Falls at around 8:20 p.m. Thursday night. Arriving officers reported that business appeared to look normal when they arrived. The officers then contacted employees and were told the business had been robbed. The…

Teen Facing Murder Charges Following Fatal Crash

Police Say Alexander Lingor, 16, Ran Sedan Off Road With Pickup Truck

Sioux Falls, SD–Alexander Lingor, 16, facing second degree murder charges as well as first and second degree manslaughter charges after a car crash left another teenager dead. Sioux Falls Police say Kareem Cisse, 15, was killed early Wednesday morning when a sedan he was a passenger in went off the roadway and struck a tree near 24th Street and Western…

Witness Who Dialed 911 Recounts Deadly Car Crash

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-  An early morning crash in central Sioux Falls left one teenager dead and two other people injured.  Police say one car crashed, but another car also driven by a teenager was involved. According to police speeding and drugs were a factor in the early morning crash that involved three juveniles. At around 4 a.m. police arrived at 22nd…

Woman Charged In Reservation Death Accepts A Plea Deal

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP)– A woman charged with killing a woman on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota has agreed to plead guilty to murder charges. Twenty-four-year-old Elizabeth Ann LeBeau has signed an agreement with prosecutors that allows her to plead guilty to second-degree murder. She had been charged with first-degree murder. The Rapid City Journal reports LeBeau’s…

Police Search For Those Involved With Weekend Church Robberies

SIOUX FALLS – Police are searching for the persons responsible for stealing from two Sioux Falls churches, and attempting to break into another. Police say the burglaries occurred overnight on Sunday and were reported on Monday morning. They say someone forced their way into a church on the northeast side and southeast side of town, where a felony amount of…

Minnehaha Co. Sheriff Opposes Concealed Carry Permit Bill Sent To House Floor

Bill's Main Sponsor Says People Who Are Denied Permits Won't Get Rid Of Guns

A South Dakota House Committee recently approved a bill that would allow people to carry a concealed handgun without a permit. The bill passed through the State Affairs Committee in a 7 to 6 vote Wednesday, sending it to the house floor. Todd Epp of Harrisburg said, “I probably fired a rifle when I was seven or eight years old…

Two SF Men Arrested For Assault Over Loaned Vehicle

SIOUX FALLS -Sioux Falls Police arrested two men after they reportedly pulled out a shotgun after two other men confronted them about a stolen vehicle. The victims, two males from Sioux Falls, say they were driving around the Southwest area of Sioux Falls looking at apartments. They say that they recognized a vehicle parked on Mayfair Dr. and W. 37th…

Widow Of Murdered Correctional Officer Has Case Heard By SD Supreme Court

It’s been nearly six years since the murder of Correctional Officer Ronald ‘RJ’ Johnson during a failed escaped attempt by two inmates at the South Dakota State Penitentiary. Tuesday, his wife’s appeal of a wrongful death lawsuit against the South Dakota Department of Corrections was heard in front of the state Supreme Court. About a year after Ronald Johnson’s murder,…

Burglary Suspect Left Trail Of Blood Leading To Arrest

SIOUX FALLS – Sioux Falls Police arrested a 19-year-old from Sioux Falls for burglary charges after following a trail of blood leading to his home. Early Friday morning Sioux Falls Police responded to an alarm at a business near 6th and Menlo Ave. When police arrived on scene there was a broken window and missing alcohol. There was blood found…

Accident Or Arson? Fire Inspector Explains How They Make The Determination

Nine Vehicles Have Been Damaged By Fire Since Sunday, Two Have Been Ruled Arson

Sioux Falls Fire investigators have been busy after several car fires in less than a week. At least nine vehicles have been damaged since Sunday. Some of them were no accident. Two of the vehicle fires have been declared arson, while the cause of the others are still under investigation. KDLT’s Jill Johnson tells us how fire inspectors make those…

Yankton Parole Violator Charged With Aggravated Assault On An Officer After Car Chase

YANKTON, S.D.–A Yankton parole absconder has been charged with multiple felonies, including aggravated assault on an officer, after a car chase crossed state lines. It happened just after 5 p.m. Thursday. The driver, James Lee Colman of Yankton, fled from the Yankton Police Department and was stopped in Lynch, Nebraska with police use of spike strips. Colman was charged with…

Claims By Dr. Jonathan Cohen’s Defense Disputed By State’s Attorney

Dr. Cohen's Defense Claims Blackmail and Extortion, State's Attorney Claims Lack Of Evidence

Dr. Jonathan Cohen had all 21 charges, including human trafficking and child pornography, were dropped this week. However, both sides are still arguing the case. In a statement, Dr. Cohen’s defense attorney, Michael Butler, claims Cohen was a victim of a blackmail and extortion scheme. Butler says his client’s accuser, a female who claimed to be 16 years old, set…

Platte Man Pleads Guilty To Grand Theft

PIERRE, S.D.– Attorney General Marty Jackley and Brule County States Attorney David Natvig confirm that Brian William Biehl, 48 of Platte, has pleaded guilty to one count of grand theft by law enforcement of seized property. The charges stem from money taken while Biehl was employed as a law enforcement officer with the South Dakota Highway Patrol. Biehl could face…

SFPD Investigating Armed Robbery

Suspects describe as slender white men between 6'0" and 6'2"

SIOUX FALLS – Sioux Falls police are searching for two men involved in an armed robbery Monday night at a west side business. Police say just after 8 p.m., two white men walked up to an employee at a business in the 2400 block of S. Carolyn Ave. and demanded cash. One of the men showed a weapon. Police say…