Crime

Codington County Deputy Injured During Arrest

WATERTOWN, S.D. – A Codington County Deputy Sheriff was dragged by a vehicle while conducting a traffic stop Saturday night. The Codington County Sherriff’s Office says just before 9 p.m., a deputy stopped Jacob Engelhart, 19, for a minor traffic violation near the 1400 block of Highway 20. During the traffic stop, the deputy began a narcotics investigation. Engelhart attempted…

Prison Inmate Placed On Escape Status

RAPID CITY, S.D.-A state prison inmate has been placed on escape status after failing to return to his assigned housing unit on Friday.  26-year-old Zachery Yellow Boy, was due back at the Rapid City Community Work Center just before midnight on Friday. Escape procedures were enacted when he failed to return on time. Yellow Boy is Native American, he is 5…

FULL STORY: Father Arrested For Child Abuse, Neglect After Infant Left Outside Overnight

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.– Police say the father of the infant left outside of a Sioux Falls Church has been arrested. The 38-year-old is charged with felony child abuse and neglect. Police say the 2-month-old baby was left outside overnight earlier this week. Police say they got the call Tuesday morning. An infant had been found in a car seat abandoned…

Police Searching For Armed Suspect After Overnight Robbery

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Officers responded to the area of East 6th Street and North Cleveland Ave. regarding a possible larceny. Upon arrival, officers determined that a male subject entered the business and shoplifted an 8-pack of Budweiser. The suspect exited the store and was followed by the clerk who confronted the suspect, at which time the suspect produced a silver…

Child Advocacy Center That Gives Victims A One-Stop Shop Now Open In SD

WATERTOWN, S.D.– At least 4,000 children are sexually abused in South Dakota each year. And experts believe there are additional cases that never get reported. When they do, they say many counties don’t have the resources to deal with them. But that has now changed in the northeast portion of the state. “Each and every day I’m working on a…

SF Woman Thankful To Be Home, Police Prepared After Las Vegas Shooting

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The mass shooting in Las Vegas has shaken the nation, including people right here in the Sioux Empire. With the entertainment destination being a short plane trip away, many locals were visiting and are now thankful they’re back home. “I jumped on Facebook and saw what had happened and was in utter shock,” says Bridget Hartung….

Former Custer City Official Sentenced For Child Sex Crimes

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) – A former Custer city official has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for child sex crimes. Former planning administrator Scott Simianer was accused of inappropriately touching a pre-teenage girl and taking pornographic photos of her in 2015. He reached a deal with prosecutors earlier this year and entered an Alford plea, not admitting guilt but…

16 Busted in Illegal Bird Trafficking Sting

Arrests underscore tragic ongoing black market for eagle parts

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Federal authorities in South Dakota are preparing to announce more charges stemming from a two-year undercover investigation into the illegal trafficking of eagle parts. U.S. Attorney Randy Seiler will hold a news conference in Rapid City on Friday to announce several new indictments and 16 new defendants. Prosecutors announced indictments against 15 people in April for…

Eliminating Disability Fraud

The State is partnering with the U.S. Social Security Administration

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced a partnership Wednesday with the U.S. Social Security Administration, to help eliminate disability fraud. The program, called the Cooperative Disability Investigations Unit, or CDI, is already implemented in 30 other states. Through four criminal investigators and one intelligence agent, the program will go after those who claim to be…

Lennox Community Coping With Tuesday Murder-Suicide

LENNOX, S.D. – Police have released the name of the suspect involved in Tuesday’s murder-suicide. Strong evidence is showing that 35-year-old Stephanie Hoover shot herself, along with a male and an 8-year-old boy. There are two things that happen in a small town when tragedy strikes. “We all are there for each other, and we can almost just look at…

Helpline Center: 5 Percent Of Suicides In U.S. Involve Homicides, Women Perpetrators Rare

Mental Health Therapist In Sioux Falls Says Suicidal Clients Very Common

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.– While South Dakota has seen several murder-suicides in the last two years, the Helpline Center says they’re rare. According to the organization, there were around 44,000 suicides in the United States last year. Among those, just five percent involved homicides. Kerry Ford says suicide is what drove her professionally. The Clinical Mental Health Therapist at Stronghold Counseling…

Full Story: Two Adults, One Child Dead In Murder-Suicide

LENNOX, S.D. – The Lennox community is in shock Tuesday night after a tragic discovery. Three people, all family members, were found dead in their home in the small town. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office says strong evidence indicates it was a murder-suicide. The Sheriff’s Office is not releasing the names of the victims Tuesday, but they say it was…

FULL STORY: Sheriff On Officer Involved Shooting: ‘This is what the officer was up against’

Suspect Involved In Domestic Dispute Allegedly Raised Pellet Rifle At Officers Before Deputy Shot Him

MINNEHAHA COUNTY, S.D.– We continue to learn more about the officer involved shooting that took place just north of Sioux Falls over the weekend. The Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office says the suspect in a domestic dispute raised a pellet rifle at a deputy before the deputy shot him. The call began as a domestic dispute early Saturday morning. “Not only…

Authorities: Three Bodies Found With Gunshot Wounds In Lennox Home

LENNOX, S.D. – Lincoln County officials say three bodies were found inside a residence on South Main Street in Lennox this morning. Officials say one male, one female, and an 8-year-old boy were found with gun shot wounds. Officials say the shooting happened around 10 a.m. Tuesday morning and that a relative found the bodies. Lincoln County Sheriff Dennis Johnson says…

Police On Standoff In Downtown SF: ‘This turned out exactly the way we wanted it to’

Parole Absconder Was Behaving Erractically But Surrendered Peacefully

Sioux Falls Police say a parole absconder arrested following a hours long standoff was behaving erratically and likely on drugs. Forty-three-year-old Jeremy Hoeft is charged with possession of a controlled substance, paraphernalia, marijuana and is being held in jail on a parole detainer.  Police say parole services contacted metro communications that a parolee out of Rapid City was in the…

NCAA Coaches Among 10 Charged With Fraud And Corruption

From left, Tony Bland, Emanuel Richardson, Lamont Evans and Chuck Person.NEW YORK (AP) – Federal prosecutors have announced charges of fraud and corruption in college basketball, including against four coaches. The coaches work at Oklahoma State, Auburn University, Arizona and the University of Southern California. They were among 10 people charged in New York City federal court. Others included managers,…