Crime

2 arrested after 2-state chase; Iowa trooper hurt in crash

BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) – Authorities say a police chase that began in suburban Omaha and wound south through southwest Iowa ended with a crash and the arrests of two people. Bellevue police investigating a reported drive-by shooting Tuesday night say a man in a vehicle fired at officers early Wednesday and then fled into Iowa. None of the officers was…

Authorities Searching for Mitchell Gas Station Robbery Suspect

MITCHELL, S.D. – Authorities are searching for a teenage suspect in a Mitchell gas station robbery. 18-year-old Montez McLain is wanted on 2nd degree robbery charges. The incident happened around 9:15 p.m. on April 12th, at the Easy Come Easy Go gas station. Police say McLain threatened the clerk with a gun, though he never revealed a weapon. They say…

Rapid City Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Federal Custody in Medical Laser Scheme

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – An 83-year-old Rapid City man convicted in a nearly $17 million illegal medical laser scheme has been sentenced to 12 years in federal custody. Larry Lytle was sentenced on Friday. Judge Roberto Lange recommended that Lytle be evaluated for possible placement in a federal medical facility because of Lytle’s age and health. Lytle admitted to…

Death penalty withdrawn for 2nd man in murder-for-hire case

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Pennington County prosecutors have withdrawn the prospect of the death penalty for a second suspect in an alleged murder-for-hire case. The Rapid City Journal reports that prosecutors have announced they will not seek capital punishment against 37-year-old Richard Hirth should he be convicted of fatally stabbing 22-year-old Jessica Rehfeld in 2015. Her body was found…

Man gets 5 years in prison for stealing grain from family

MOUNT VERNON, S.D. (AP) – A Mount Vernon man accused of stealing $400,000 worth of grain from a Davison County farm family has been sentenced to serve five years in prison and pay restitution. Authorities alleged that 48-year-old Merle Northrup over a span of five years sold loads of corn and soybeans under his own name while working for the…

Former day care worker pleads not guilty to child abuse

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A woman accused of physically abusing children at the Sioux Falls day care where she worked has pleaded not guilty to 28 counts of child abuse. Authorities allege 31-year-old Teresa Gallagher and another female employee at Little Blessings Learning Center were caught on surveillance video slamming children to the ground, yanking them by their arms…

Mother charged with child endangerment for death of son

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A Des Moines woman has been charged for the death of her 6-month-old son. Court records say 33-year-old Latyia Johnson was arrested Monday and is charged with child endangerment resulting in death. The records don’t list the name of an attorney who could comment for her. Medics were sent in January to a Des Moines…

Police: Sioux Falls Man Arrested for Threatening People with Broomstick

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A 37-year-old Sioux Falls man is behind bars after police say he used a broomstick to threaten people and damage property. Emmanuel Jimmylimmy Mila was booked into the Minnehaha County jail last night. He’s facing charges of aggravated assault domestic, simple assault. felony intentional damage to property and violation of a no contact order. Police say…

Police: Sioux Falls Man Arrested After Stabbing, Carjacking

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls police have arrested a man after they say stabbed another man during a carjacking. Police say at around 1:30 p.m., the suspect was outside a home in the 800 block of South Regal Place. The suspect demanded the 21-year-old victim’s vehicle before stabbing him and taking off with the vehicle. A detective saw the…

Aberdeen Police Arrest Man After Hours-Long Standoff

ABERDEEN, S.D. – A man who barricaded himself inside an Aberdeen residence is in custody. Police responded to a home in the 500 block of North Main Street about 8 p.m. Wednesday night, after a report of a man threatening a family member with a knife. Authorities believe 27-year-old Nathan Little had up to five firearms inside the home. Authorities…

Sioux Falls Day Care Worker Arrested for Allegedly Abusing Children

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls police have arrested a 62-year-old daycare worker after surveillance cameras showed her abusing children. Police say a mother of one of the three victims was watching security cameras in a room at the Boys & Girls Club of the Sioux Empire’s Eastside Early Learning Center and noticed the worker striking her child. The mother…

Aberdeen police use tear gas, stun gun to end standoff

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – A man who barricaded himself inside an Aberdeen residence is in custody. The American News reports police responded to the residence about 8 p.m. Wednesday after a report of a man threatening a family member with a knife. Authorities believe the man also had other weapons. Negotiations continued for a couple of hours before officers used…

Plea withdrawal motion filed in medical laser scheme

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Rapid City man convicted in a nearly $17 million illegal medical laser scheme is trying to withdraw his guilty pleas. Larry Lytle’s motion cites ineffective counsel among other things. Lytle pleaded guilty in January to the crimes of contempt and conspiracy and is awaiting sentencing. Lytle admitted to selling hundreds of QLasers from 2005…

3 Arrested in Connection with Fatal Stabbing in Watertown

WATERTOWN, S.D.- It’s quiet now, but Monday night this neighborhood on the Southwest side of town had emergency responders on the scene outside of a residence. “Law enforcement got a call of a stabbing that had occurred at the 900 block of 39th Street Southwest,” said Watertown Sheriff, Brad Howell. The stabbing victim, 28-year-old Christopher Spotts, was taken to the hospital…