Crime

Authorities: 2 Arrested, 2 Wanted for Kidnapping, Assault

Ronald Lee WebbSIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls police are searching for two people in connection with a kidnapping and assault. 38-year-old Ronald Lee Webb and 35-year-old Christopher Allen Yahola both have arrest warrants out. Police say the incident happened in the area of South West Avenue and West Sioux Street and involved a 38-year-old man. 56-year-old James Hanna and…

Midwest Farmers to Be Sentenced in Largest US Organic Fraud Case

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – Four Midwestern farmers who cheated organic food customers are scheduled to be sentenced for the largest fraud scheme of its kind in U.S. history. Federal prosecutors say the farmers are responsible for a seven-year scheme that tricked thousands of customers into paying premium prices for products that were marketed as organic but were not. Prosecutors…

Authorities: Money Lab for Making Counterfeit Cash Found in Iowa

CLERMONT, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say they’ve found a home lab being used to make counterfeit cash in northeast Iowa. Fayette County deputies serving a search warrant at a Clermont residence say they found computers, printers, special paper and thousands of counterfeit bills in denominations of $5, $10, $20 and $50. They say they also found drug paraphernalia and prepaid…

Nebraska Teen Takes Plea Deal in Council Bluffs Slaying

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A 16-year-old Nebraska boy has pleaded guilty in the slaying of a 38-year-old Council Bluffs man. Pottawattamie County District Court records say Xavier Smith-Catchings, of Omaha, entered a written plea Wednesday to a charge of second-degree murder. Prosecutors lowered the charge in exchange for his plea. He and three men were charged with killing Adam…

Suspect Identified in Hours-long Philadelphia Standoff

Police remain on the scene after a gunman was apprehended following a standoff Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Philadelphia. A gunman who opened fire on police Wednesday as they were serving a drug warrant in Philadelphia, wounding several officers and triggering a standoff that extended into the night, is in police custody, authorities said. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A…

Minneapolis Children’s Theatre Says 6 Sex Abuse Victims Settle Lawsuits

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis says it has settled lawsuits filed by six individuals who say they were sexually abused by the former artistic director and two former employees decades ago. The theatre company says terms of the settlement are private. Seventeen plaintiffs have filed lawsuits since 2015 alleging that sexual abuse took place at the theater….

Charges Filed in Fatal Pedestrian Hit-and-Run Crash

HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) – Prosecutors in Dakota County say a driver who struck and killed a pedestrian and left the scene said she thought she had hit a deer, even though the victim’s head struck the windshield. Felony charges were filed against 30-year-old Breyona Cotton Tuesday. She’s accused of leaving the scene of the deadly crash in Inver Grove Heights…

Man Already Sentenced in Iowa Also Gets Nebraska Prison Time

PAPILLION, Neb. (AP) – A man already sentenced to prison for firing at an Iowa sheriff’s deputy during a chase has been given Nebraska prison time as well. The Omaha World-Herald reports that 29-year-old William Stanfill III was sentenced Tuesday at the Sarpy County Courthouse in Papillion to 30 to 45 years. He’d pleaded guilty in June to attempted assault…

10 Men Arrested for Enticing Minors at Sturgis Rally

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) – Federal court records show 10 men were arrested in an undercover sting operation targeting people using the internet to meet minors for sex at the Sturgis motorcycle rally. The sting conducted this month involved law enforcement posing as girls and a boy age 15. The Rapid City Journal says it was conducted by the South Dakota…

Man Gets 25 Years in 3-Year-Old Boy’s Beating Death in Eagan

HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) – The boyfriend of a Minnesota foster mother has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the fatal beating of a 3-year-old boy in her care. Twenty-eight-year-old Charles Homich was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty earlier to second-degree murder in the June 2017 death of Zayden Lawson. The Star Tribune reports Homich’s girlfriend, 32-year-old Zeporia Fortenberry,…

Record Use of Solitary Confinement In Minnesota Last Year

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A record number of Minnesota prison inmates were placed in solitary confinement last year. The Minnesota Department of Corrections placed inmates in solitary more than 8,000 times in 2018. Minnesota Public Radio News reports the number of solitary sentences has been going up steadily for the last two years. Last session, the Minnesota Legislature passed…

Police: Woman Driving 3 Children Arrested for DWI, Assault

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A 27-year-old Sioux Falls woman is facing DWI, child abuse, sliming, and assault charges following a crash Monday afternoon. Police say 27-year-old Kara Alexis Corbett was driving three children heading westbound on West 12th Street near Garfield at around 4:15 p.m. Monday. Corbett struck a stopped vehicle at the intersection causing it to strike another vehicle….

Hit-and-Run Driver Injures Teen in Lincoln County

CANTON, S.D. – Authorities say a hit-and-run driver struck a teenage girl along the interstate in Lincoln County, leaving her with life-threatening injuries. Sheriff’s officials say the 15-year-old girl was either walking or standing along the northbound lanes of Interstate 29 when she was struck near the Tea-Harrisburg exit. A passer-by saw the injured girl about 3 a.m. Monday and…

Man Pleads Not Guilty to Killing Girlfriend’s Baby Boy

OSKALOOSA, Iowa (AP) – A November trial has been scheduled for a man accused of killing his girlfriend’s baby son in Oskaloosa. Mahaska County District Court records say 21-year-old Johnny Dale Jr. filed written pleas of not guilty Monday to a charge of first-degree murder and child endangerment resulting in death. His trial is set to begin Nov. 19. A…

Epstein Death Shifts Federal Focus to Possible Conspirators

(New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP)NEW YORK (AP) – Federal prosecutors are turning their attention to possible charges against anyone who conspired with the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein in his alleged sexual abuse of underage girls. Two days after Epstein’s apparent suicide in jail, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said Monday that any co-conspirators in the sex-crimes case…

Iowa Pastor Arrested in Minnesota, Faces Omaha Sex Abuse Charges

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Authorities in Minnesota have arrested an Iowa pastor on charges that he sexually assaulted two girls at a home in Omaha, Nebraska. Police in Carlton County, Minnesota, arrested 44-year-old Emanuel J. Rodriguez on Saturday morning on a Douglas County, Nebraska, arrest warrant that charged him with two counts of third-degree sexual assault of a child. The…

Minnesota Father Charged in Death of His Baby Son

STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota prosecutors say a Woodbury father intentionally dropped his 5-month-old son headfirst on the floor because the baby was crying and fussy. Thirty-five-year-old Matthew Hoisser is charged with second-degree murder in the April death of his son, Gus. Hoisser’s bail was set at $350,000 on Friday. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports a Washington County judge…