Crime

Man Pleads Guilty to Robbing Bank in Northwest Iowa

LE MARS, Iowa (AP) – A Sioux City man has pleaded guilty to robbing a bank in northwest Iowa. Records say 33-year-old Phillip White entered the plea Thursday in U.S. District Court in Sioux City. Prosecutors say White robbed Iowa State Bank in Le Mars on Dec. 12 and was driven away in a U-Haul van by Karen Merrick, also…

Two Women Wanted In Connection To Deadly Shooting Arrested

REXBURG, IDAHO – The two women wanted in connection to the deadly shooting in Sioux Falls last weekend are being held in an eastern Idaho jail. According to the Madison County Jail in Rexburg, Idaho authorities arrested 30-year-old Martece Saddler and 22-year-old Christina Haney and brought them to the jail around midnight or 1 a.m. Thursday.  Idaho State Police found them…

Sioux Falls Police Issue Arrest Warrant for Suspect in Fatal Shooting

Ramon Deron Smith Courtesy: Minnesota Department of CorrectionsSIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls Police have issued an arrest warrant for a man in connection with Saturday’s fatal shooting. Police issued an arrest warrant for 34-year-old Ramon Deron Smith. Police say Smith is suspected of shooting three people, one fatally, on Saturday. The warrant is for Murder Second Degree, Manslaughter First…

Police: Material Witness Warrants Issued for Three in Weekend Shooting

Ramon Deron Smith Courtesy: Minnesota Department of CorrectionsSIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Police have issued material witness warrants for three people in connection with Saturday’s fatal shooting in Sioux Falls. Police say they are searching for 34-year-old Ramon Deron Smith, 30-year-old Sioux Falls resident Martece Arielle, and 22-year-old Sioux Falls resident Christina Haney. Smith is described as a 6’0″ 200-pound African-American male with long…

Trial for Sioux Falls Woman Charged in Cold Case Moved to September

The trial for a Sioux Falls woman charged in a nearly 40 year cold case that was scheduled to begin today, has been postponed to September 3, 2019. 57-year-old Theresa Bentaas faces murder and manslaughter charges after allegedly leaving her baby outside to die in 1981. Back in March, Bentaas pleaded “not guilty” to those charges and a judge set…

Sioux Falls Police: One Person Killed in Weekend Shooting

Ramon Deron SmithCourtesy: Minnesota Department of Corrections UPDATE: SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Police have issued material witness warrants for three people in connection with Saturday’s fatal shooting in Sioux Falls. Police say they are searching for 34-year-old Ramon Deron Smith, 30-year-old Sioux Falls resident Martece Arielle, and 22-year-old Sioux Falls resident Christina Haney. Smith is described as a 6’0″ 200-pound African-American male with long…

Police: “Multiple Victims” In Afternoon Sioux Falls Shooting

SIOUX FALLS, SD – Sioux Falls police are investigating after a shooting just east of downtown. Police were called to the area of 9th Street and Cliff Avenue around 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon for a report of gunshots.  Details are limited.  According to investigators, several males got into an altercation.  The suspect then pulled out a handgun and fired at…

Madison Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Killing Fiancee

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Madison man will spend the next 15 years in prison after admitting to killing his fiancee. A judge sentenced Joseph Schmitz on Friday in the 2016 shooting death of Corina Booth at their Lake Madison home. Schmitz told authorities he acted in self-defense when booth tried to stab him with a knife. Booth was found…

Sioux Falls Police Warning of Returning Payroll Check Scam

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A warning from Sioux Falls Police about a scam that could be returning to the area. Police have received word of groups making counterfeit checks in Fargo. Police say the groups travel across the country, stealing paychecks out of mailboxes. Then, they make a counterfeit check and cash it at a bank. Police say they had…

Iowa Man Charged After Scores of Live, Dead Cats Found

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Authorities charged a man with animal neglect and other crimes after an animal rescue group removed around 100 cats from horrid conditions at his central Iowa property, where around 200 cat carcasses were found. Polk County court records say 65-year-old Dennis Carlson is charged with three counts of failure to dispose of a dead animal…

Authorities Arrest Man for Indecent Exposure at Sioux Falls Park

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Police arrested a man who was allegedly exposing himself to the public at a Sioux Falls Park on Thursday. 26-year-old Isaiah Beckette was taken into custody last night after reportedly removing his clothes and touching himself at Harmodon Park. Witnesses noticed Beckette talking to himself, before heading to the parking lot and removing his clothing. Authorities…

Rapid City Teacher Accused of Abusing Student

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Rapid City teacher has been arrested and accused of abusing a disabled student. The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office says 25-year-old Shea Lindsey was arrested Thursday on child abuse charges. Authorities say they began an investigation into the alleged abuse May 14, but did not specify what they believe happened. The alleged victim is a…