Allison Royal

Three Face Charges in Major Sioux Falls Meth Bust

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Three people are facing drug charges after what police are calling a “major meth bust” in Sioux Falls this week. Authorities say the bust comes after a four-month-long investigation. In September of last year, authorities say they found hundreds of grams of meth inside the home of 51-year-old Diane Lynn Thomsen’s home on North Cliff Avenue in…

Retiring Sheriff Dennis Johnson Talks Life Lessons Learned from Law Enforcement

CANTON, S.D. – Dennis Johnson is a South Dakota symbol, a sheriff that’s been keeping South Dakota safe for 41 years. Now, he tells KDLT he’ll retire soon. Many Canton and Lennox residents are still haunted by the name Gary Mulder, the man who killed his ex-wife’s boyfriend in 2005. Sheriff Johnson recalls getting the phone call that authorities picked…

Someone You Should Know: The Only Woman Firefighter in Town

CANTON, S.D. – Canton, South Dakota is a one-stop light town. “The one and only,” said Solem. The only town 25-year-old Andrea Solem has ever called “home.” ”You know everybody and if something were to happen, everybody comes together.” By night, Andrea is a firefighter. In fact, she’s the only woman firefighter in the whole department. “I took it as a…

Brandon Fills Empty Seat On City Council

BRANDON, S.D. – Controversy is brewing in Brandon- after a packed city council meeting Tuesday night. Recently, a Brandon City Council member resigned for health reasons.  Three residents were vying for the open seat in the city’s 3rd ward. Chuck Parsons, James Starzl, and Tim Wakefield Junior applied for the position.  Bryan Read, the city administrator, says the council chose the…

Sioux Falls Family Shares Special Connection to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Monday is Martin Luther King Junior Day, a nationally recognized holiday that celebrates the historic civil rights activist that spoke out against racial discrimination. In 1961, his mission for equity led him here to Sioux Falls. It was a night Emma Armstrong would never forget. Armstrong and some other family members gathered at St. John Baptist…

Manhunt Heats Up For Pair Wanted In Connection With Double Homicide

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A manhunt for Manuel Frias and Maria LeClaire has turned up plenty of suspects, except for Frias and LeClaire. Police are investigating and along the way, they’ve stumbled upon a seven other people wanted for different crimes, such as harboring a fugitive, outstanding warrants, and possession of a controlled substance. The Sioux Falls Police Department suspects…

Sioux Falls Man Wanted on Child Pornography Charges Arrested in Nashville

NASHVILLE, T.N. – For more than two months, Michel Lloyd Smith, a 27-year-old man from Sioux Falls, has been on the run from police. On Wednesday, the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department arrested Smith at a Home Depot in Nashville, Tennessee.   He’s accused of exchanging nude photos and graphic messages with a 13-year-old girl over Facebook. According to court documents…

Someone You Should Know: Main Street Living

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – If you’re ever flipping through the channels on Sunday mornings, you may catch Main Street Living. Every Sunday, there’s a new pastor preaching a religious Lutheran service. “Always our joy and delight is proclaiming God’s love for the world and saying ‘hey here is God’s love and salvation and it is for you! Here you go,’”…

Raven Industries Announces $5 Million Donation to SDSU

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Raven Industries is donating $5 million dollars to South Dakota State University. The money will help establish a “Precision Agriculture” facility in Brookings. The facility allows for collaboration of multiple areas of learning including engineering, agronomy, and horticulture. Raven Industries officials say the facility will help South Dakota lead the nation in precision agricultural education, research, and…

Irving Jumping Eagle Sentenced to 100 Years in Prison For Stabbing Wife to Death

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Minnehaha County judge sentenced Irving Jumping Eagle to 100 years behind bars for the fatal stabbing of his wife Alicia last year. KDLT’s Allison Royal was inside the courtroom where the father and veteran took the stand on Monday. “Justice was served,” said Katie Lovstad, Alicia’s sister. “The states did an awesome job.” “We’re just…

Sioux Falls Police Respond to Another Armed Robbery

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – On Friday evening just before 8pm,  the Sioux Falls Police Department responded to the SpringHill Suites Marriot near 41st street and West Empire place for an armed robbery. KDLT was on the scene. Police say the suspect is a black male, and 5’8″ to 5’10” tall. Police alleged he was wearing a blue over black coat…

City Councilors Speak Up About Parking Ramp Project and Transparency Concerns

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls city councilors are speaking up after last night’s decision to continue with the controversial $50 million downtown parking project and more importantly who’s behind it. The city has spoken: Aaron Hultgren of Legacy Development is out and Village River LLC is in for the public-private parking ramp project that’s making headlines. Still, the public…