Crime

Police: Man Assaults Officer During Burglary Arrest

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A 31-year-old man is facing multiple charges after police say he assaulted an officer while being arrested for burglary. Police say while working at a house in south Sioux Falls in December, Nathan Williams saw an object he believed to have some ceremonial significance. At around 2:30 Tuesday morning, Williams and 36-year-old Rodney Whitemouse returned to…

Washington Man Arrested On Drug Charges In Minnehaha County

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A large drug bust has landed a 43-year-old Federal Way, Washington man behind bars in Minnehaha County. South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers stopped a vehicle on I-29 near the I-29 interchange Friday night. The vehicle was initially stopped fro a traffic violation, but a search of the car unveiled a large amount of marijuana inside. Guocheng…

SDSU Student Facing Terrorist Threat Charge

BROOKINGS, S.D. – Brookings police arrested a South Dakota State student on multiple charges after students say he made comments about shooting up a school. 19-year-old SDSU student Alexander Peterson was arrested on a terrorist threat charge for comments he made to other students. On February 28, the Residential Housing Director at SDSU contacted police. Students informed officials that Peterson…

Trial set to begin for woman accused of killing stepfather

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A trial is scheduled to begin Monday for a woman accused of killing her stepfather in Des Moines. Twenty-nine-year-old Sera Alexander has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder. Alexander is accused of shooting to death Anthony Hartmann. A judge has refused to let Alexander use Iowa’s new “stand your ground” defense against the charge, noting…

Omaha man sentenced in Iowa in fentanyl trafficking case

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A 35-year-old Omaha man has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute a powerful synthetic opioid that led to the 2015 death of a Council Bluffs man. Federal prosecutors say Walter O’Donohue III was sentenced Tuesday in Council Bluffs. Besides his prison sentence, he was fined $50,000 and ordered to…

Minnesota man gets 17 years for South Dakota sex crime

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A Minnesota man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for traveling to South Dakota with the intent of having sex with girls at a Sioux Falls hotel. Authorities say 60-year-old Roger Blaisdell, of Pipestone, Minnesota, arranged to have sex with what he thought were 10- and 13-year-old girls in October 2016 through an…

Convicted embezzler pleads guilty to embezzling again

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A Pierre woman who admitted embezzling from the Fort Pierre Development Corp. in 2015 has now pleaded guilty to stealing from a church group. The Capital Journal reports 61-year-old Joni Boub was accused of embezzling $46,000 from the Dakota Association of the United Church of Christ, where she worked in 2015 and 2016. The association is…

County worker accused of hauling drug items to gravel pit

County worker accused of hauling drug items to gravel pit Eds: APNewsNow. IPSWICH, S.D. (AP) – Bond has been set at $10,000 cash for an Edmunds County Highway Department worker accused of manufacturing methamphetamine and dumping drug paraphernalia at a county gravel pit. The American News reports that 33-year-old David Becker, of Northville, was arrested Tuesday and made his first…

Police Release New Photos In Cold Case

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Everyday people drive through the intersection of East 26th and Sycamore in Sioux Falls. It’s decorated with big businesses and traffic lights, but on February 28th 1981, it was a different site. “It looked a whole different back then than it does now,” said Officer Sam Clemens of the Sioux Falls Police Department. These photos paint a…

Father, son plead guilty to fatal shooting in Martin

MARTIN, S.D. (AP) – A father and his adult son have pleaded guilty to fatally shooting a man in Martin in 2016. The South Dakota Attorney General’s Office says 57-year-old Daniel Ceplecha and 23-year-old Rangler Ceplecha each pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the death of Moses Red Bear. Firefighters found Red Bear’s body while extinguishing a grass fire in…

Two Hit-And-Run Crashes End In Drug Arrests

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Two men are behind bars on Monday after what police are calling yet another drug deal gone bad. 32-year-old Boru Wako Jr., and 19-year-old Austin Ridley are facing multiple charges. Police say they received a tip and attempted to pull the two men over Saturday afternoon near 18th and Minnesota. The vehicle sped off at a…

Mission Couple Plead Not Guilty To Wire Fraud

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A man and woman from Mission have pleaded not guilty to federal wire fraud charges. Mark Edward O’Leary and Sharli Colombe, both 35, were indicted by a federal grand jury earlier this month. KOTA-TV reports the indictment alleges that from February 2011 and June 2017 the two passed at least 544 checks drawn on a…

Sioux Falls Police Investigating Morning Armed Robbery

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls police say a person was robbed at gun point on Minnesota Avenue early this morning. Police say the victim was walking near 37th and Minnesota Avenue around 6 a.m. this morning when they were approached by a suspect in a blue sedan. The suspect showed a gun, and demanded money before taking off south on…

Colorado Couple Indicted In SD Elder Financial Abuse Case

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A grand jury in South Dakota has indicted a Colorado couple on charges of financial elder abuse. Attorney General Marty Jackley said Tuesday that 62-year-old Sandra Lee Pazen and 63-year-old Paul Damon Pazen, both of Fort Collins, were indicted by a Butte County grand jury. Sandra Pazen faces one felony count of theft by exploitation with…

Additional Charges For Man Suspected In Multiple Area Burglaries

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The man police say used a green pick-up truck to commit several burglaries in Minnehaha County earlier this month was in court on Tuesday. Sean Ruegge was arraigned on unrelated charges. He’s facing possession of a controlled substance, domestic abuse, stalking, and drug paraphernalia charges. Ruegge was arrested last week after authorities asked for the public’s…