Crime

35-Year-Old Man Charged With Rape, Sexual Contact With Minor

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Pukwana man is facing rape and sexual contact charges in Minnehaha County. Court documents say the victim was only six years old at the time. 35-year-old Craig Rosenberger was taken into custody yesterday afternoon, however, the allegations of abuse date back to 2016. According to court documents, the victim told her parents about the abuse…

Jurors Watch Wittenberg’s Original Police Interview As Manslaughter Trial Continues

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Jurors at the Minnehaha County Courthouse watched two-and-a half hour condensed tape in court for the first time on Wednesday that revealed details about a fatal love triangle. Alex Wittenberg, a then 23-year-old, is facing manslaughter charges in the death of his girlfriend’s estranged husband. His lawyers are claiming self defense.  You can read more about the…

Man Accused Of Trying To Harm Officer Waives Extradition

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A man accused of trying to hit a police officer with his vehicle in North Dakota has waived extradition from South Dakota. Prosecutors say 22-year-old Ulises Villalobos-Alvarado is expected to appear in Burleigh County court early next week. Villalobos-Alvarado is charged with attempted murder and fleeing a peace officer during a probation search. The officer shot…

Disgraced Former Olympic Gymnastics Doctor Sentenced To 40-175 Years

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – A Michigan sports doctor has been sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for sexually assaulting gymnasts and other young women and girls, capping a remarkable seven-day hearing that brought more than 150 victims or their families to court, including Olympians. They made riveting statements while confronting Larry Nassar in a Lansing, Michigan, courtroom. He…

Vandal Damages Field Of Dreams Site In Eastern Iowa

DYERSVILLE, Iowa (AP) – A vandal has caused thousands of dollars in damage to the Field of Dreams by driving a vehicle onto the site made famous by the 1989 movie. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports that workers at the site outside Dyersville found the damage Tuesday morning and were still assessing the costs and needed repairs. Owner Denise Stillman…

Woman Tries Avoiding Hospital Bill By Using False Name

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A Rapid City woman has pleaded no contest to defrauding a Pierre hospital in 2014 by using a false name. Authorities say 44-year-old Debra Sigler used the name Debra Moreland while getting medical care including surgery at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital to try to avoid a $65,000 bill. The Capital Journal reports she pleaded no contest…

Keillor Responds To Sexual Misconduct Allegations

MINNEAPOLIS, M.N. (AP) – Minnesota Public Radio has released additional details of the sexual harassment allegations against humorist Garrison Keillor. The station says the former radio host was accused by one woman of dozens of sexually inappropriate incidents over several years, including requests for sexual contact, explicit sexual communications and touching. Keillor told the Star Tribune the woman’s account is…

Dell Rapids Man On Trial For Killing Girlfriend’s Estranged Husband

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Dell Rapids man is on trial in Sioux Falls for a 2016 manslaughter. Prosecutors say Alex Wittenberg shot and killed Jon Puttmann, but Wittenberg’s defense attorneys say it was self defense. All eyes were on Jamie Puttmann when she took the stand on Monday. She was Alex Wittenberg’s on-and-off girlfriend and Jon Puttmann’s estranged wife….

Aberdeen Businessman Kept Meth In Pawn Shop; Pleads Guilty

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – Sentencing has been scheduled March 7 for an Aberdeen businessman who recently admitted to keeping methamphetamine in the basement of his downtown pawn shop. The American News reports that 51-year-old Silas Wilson pleaded guilty last week to possessing meth and ingesting the drug. The charge stems from a police raid of Aberdeen Pawn in which authorities…

476 Pounds Of Marijuana Seized In North Dakota Traffic Stop

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) – Stutsman County authorities say they seized 476 pounds of marijuana during a weekend traffic stop on Interstate 94 in southeastern North Dakota. Sheriff Chad Kaiser says that men from Minnesota and Wisconsin were stopped for a traffic violation Sunday and arrested after a search of their vehicle. Bee Thor of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and Nhia Lee of…

Teen Injured & Charged In 3-Car Crash

SIOUX FALLS, SD – A three-car crash at Russell Street and Kiwanis Avenue led to several people being taken to the hospital. It happened around 5 p.m. Monday.  Police say an 18-year-old man rear-ended a pickup truck, lost control, went into the other lane and hit an SUV.  The people in the truck and SUV were taken to the hospital with…

Hartford Man Facing Felony Child Pornography Charges

Fred Albert Finch Jr., 38, is being held in Minnehaha County Jail on a $20,000 cash surety bond

HARTFORD, S.D. – A Hartford man is behind bars, facing two counts of possession of child pornography . Fred Albert Finch Jr., 38, is being held in Minnehaha County Jail on a $20,000 bond. Finch was taken into custody over the weekend. According to court documents, Finch’s wife notified officers about computer files containing child pornography videos. The papers say…

Jury Expected To Resume Deliberations On Dubuque Murder Case

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – A jury is expected to resume deliberations Monday about the fate of a Dubuque man accused of stabbing to death his girlfriend. Twenty-five-year-old Fontae Buelow is charged with cocaine possession and first-degree murder. He’s accused of killing 21-year-old Samantha Link on March 31 at a home in Dubuque. The jury members began their hard work Friday…

SD Charges Dropped For California Murder Suspect

Tosten Lommen, 30, fighting extradition

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Authorities in South Dakota have dropped local charges against a California man who they say was arrested with his mother’s body found in the vehicle he was driving. The procedural move by prosecutors clears the way for 30-year-old Tosten Walsh Lommen to be returned to California to face a murder charge in that state. However, Lommen…