Crime

Mitchell Authorities Searching for Armed Robbery Suspect

MITCHELL, S.D. – Authorities are searching for an armed robbery suspect. It happened on Sunday, just after midnight at the I-90 Travel Center truck stop. Police say the suspect walked up to the victim next to a semi-truck, threatened him with handgun and demanded money. They say the suspect got away with almost $200. The suspect is described as a…

Victims of Iowa coach can still come forward, agent says

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – An investigator who helped uncover the sexual exploitation of 400 boys by an Iowa basketball coach says victims can still come forward to share their information. Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation agent Ryan Kedley said Monday that state and federal investigators have attempted to contact all 400 known victims of former Iowa Barnstormers Coach Greg…

Prison Counselor Arrested for Allegedly Attempting to Deliver Gun to Inmate

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A state penitentiary counselor has been arrested for attempting to provide an inmate with a gun, according to Attorney General Marty Jackley. 68-year-old Willard Allen Dathe has been arrested and charged with attempted possession of authorized article with intent to deliver to prisoner, a class six felony, punishable by up to one year in the state…

Russian woman charged with US election-meddling

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Russian woman has been charged with interfering in American elections, including next month’s midterms, through a vast social media effort aimed at trying to sway American public opinion. It’s believed to be the first federal case alleging Russian interference in this year’s election. The Justice Department disclosed the criminal complaint soon after U.S. intelligence agencies said…

Iowa coach admits to having nude photos, videos of 400 boys

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – A prominent youth basketball coach in Iowa has admitted to possessing nude photos and videos of 400 boys, including former players and their friends. Former Iowa Barnstormers Coach Greg Stephen pleaded guilty Thursday to sexually exploiting minors and possessing and transporting child pornography. He acknowledged in a plea agreement that police discovered files on his…

Repeat Sex Offender Sentenced to 22 Years in Prison for Child Porn

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A judge has sentenced a repeat sex offender to nearly 22 years in prison for child pornography. 27-year-old Maksim Stefanyuk was sentenced for distributing and receiving child pornography, as well as failing to register as a sex offender. Stefanyuk pleaded guilty to having child pornography in 2014. After he was released in 2016, Stefanyuk reported that…

Court Docs: Mother Attempted to Kill Herself, 6-Month-Old in Rollover Crash

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Court documents released on Wednesday say the mother in a rollover crash Tuesday morning attempted to kill herself and her six-month-old son. The documents say 34-year-old Julia Alzoubaidi took her six-month-old with her in the early morning hours on Tuesday. While on I-229, Alzoubaidi sped up to 70 mph before intentionally driving into the ditch, just…

Officials Investigating Threat Towards Brookings Schools

BROOKINGS, S.D. – The Brookings School District closed all schools Tuesday after a threat was discovered at the high school on Monday. The school district made the announcement on their website stating, “All schools in the Brookings School District will be closed on Tuesday, October 16 to allow for collaboration with the Brookings Police Department.  A threat was found at…

Postcards ask judge to limit defense for Iowa murder suspect

MONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) – Supporters of a right-wing group are asking a judge not to grant a “deluxe legal defense” for a Mexican national charged with killing an Iowa college student. More than 200 people have sent postcards to Judge Joel Yates protesting his decision to authorize $5,000 for an investigator to work with Cristhian Bahena Rivera’s defense. The postcards…

January trial set for man charged with killing golf champ

AMES, Iowa (AP) – A judge has scheduled a January trial for a 22-year-old Iowa drifter charged with killing a top amateur golfer from Spain. District Judge Bethany Currie ruled Monday that Collin Richards will stand trial Jan. 15 for first-degree murder in the death of Iowa State University student Celia Barquin Arozamena. Richards entered a written not guilty plea…

Police investigating Spanish golfer’s death find 3 knives

Celia Barquin ArozamenaAMES, Iowa (AP) – Court records indicate police in Iowa have recovered three knives in an investigation into the killing of a top amateur golfer from Spain. Collin Richards is charged with first-degree murder in the Sept. 17 stabbing of Celia Barquin Arozamena, an Iowa State University standout, at a golf course in Ames, Iowa. Search warrant documents…

“God is Great. That’s All I Have To Say” – Jury Finds Stacy Phelps Not Guilty

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – At long last, the “Gear Up” trial is over for Stacy Phelps. A jury says the former CEO of AIII is not guilty on all counts. Phelps was acquitted of charges of falsifying evidence by backdating contracts. Phelps admitted to backdating contracts, but the defense says it was for legitimate reasons. The prosecution tried to prove that…

UPDATE: Jury Finds Final “Gear Up” Defendant Not Guilty

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Minnehaha County jury finds Stacy Phelps not guilty on all counts.  That decision was announced just after 10:30 p.m. Thursday.  The jury began deliberating Phelps’ charges of falsifying evidence and conspiracy Thursday afternoon.  We’ll bring you reaction from the courthouse as we get it. Earlier we reported… After more than a week of testimony, a jury…

3 Iowa farmers to plead guilty in organic grain fraud scheme

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Three farmers have agreed to plead guilty to fraudulently marketing non-organic corn and soybeans as certified organic as part of a lengthy, multi-million-dollar scheme. Documents filed in federal court in Iowa show that Tom Brennan, James Brennan and Michael Potter each intend to plead guilty to wire fraud. All three are identified in court papers…

Minnesota AG Sues Florida Charity Over Allegedly Misleading Donors

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota’s attorney general has sued a Florida charity, alleging it misled donors who believed they were helping families of fallen police officers. The lawsuit filed Wednesday by Attorney General Lori Swanson alleges American Federation of Police and Concerned Citizens, Inc., collected $425,000 in donations from thousands of Minnesotans from 2011 to 2017 for a fund to help…