Crime

Four Sioux Falls Teens Arrested On Attempted Robbery Charges

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Four Sioux Falls teenagers are now facing attempted robbery charges after they tried to breaking into a home Wednesday morning. Sioux Falls police say a homeowner in the 2500 block of South Center Avenue heard some loud banging coming from his garage door. The homeowner called police when he realized there were people trying to kick…

Hundreds Of Animals Seized From Eastern Iowa Home

VINTON, Iowa (AP) – Authorities have seized hundreds of animals from an eastern Iowa residence that’s also home to four children. Officials executed a search warrant around 9:10 a.m. Tuesday at the Vinton house and garage. The animals found included rabbits, rats, mice, hedgehogs, turtles, birds, guinea pigs, gerbils and a hall python. Several carcasses were scattered through the residence…

Brandon Woman Facing Terrorism, Child Abuse Charges Makes Initial Court Appearance

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Brandon woman charged in two Iowa shootings appeared in Minnehaha County court today, after authorities discovered a stockpile of weapons in her home late last month. 50-year-old Artis Kattenberg is charged with felony child abuse, she’s also facing terrorism and terrorism charges in Iowa. Her bond was set today at $100,000. Kattenberg was arrested following…

Jury Selection To Begin In Dell Rapids Man’s Manslaughter Trial

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Dell Rapids man facing manslaughter charges from 2016 will soon know his fate. The jury selection process is slated to begin tomorrow morning in Alex Wittenberg’s trial. Wittenberg is accused of shooting and killing 39-year-old Jonathan Puttnam. Authorities say back in November 2016, Wittenberg and his girlfriend, who was Putman’s estranged wife, were waiting to…

2 Man Get Long Prison Terms For Dealing Meth In Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Two Sioux Falls men will serve lengthy federal prison sentences for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine in the city. Twenty-five-year-old Cody Baade recently was sentenced to 17 ½ years in prison, and 29-year-old Corey Roelfsema was ordered to spend 20 years behind bars. U.S. Attorney Ronald Parsons Jr. says Baade pleaded guilty last September, and Roelfsema…

Suspect In Sioux Falls Double Homicide In Minnehaha County Custody

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls woman wanted in connection to a double homicide is now in custody in Minnehaha County. 27-year old Maria LeClaire was extradited to South Dakota following her arrest in Red Wing, Minnesota last Thursday. She was booked into Minnehaha County jail around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, where she’s being held without bond. She’s charged…

Latest South Dakota Crop Report Shows Impact Of Drought

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Drought in 2017 impacted the production of most crops in South Dakota. The latest report from the Agriculture Department shows soybean production in the state down 6 percent from the previous year, oil sunflowers down 8 percent, corn down 11 percent, safflower down 22 percent, alfalfa hay down 23 percent, sorghum for grain down 27…

Iowa City Police Accuse Woman Of Beating 11-Year-Old Son

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities have accused a Coralville woman of beating her 11-year-old son. Court records say 33-year-old Joni Reed is charged with child endangerment causing injury and with two counts of child endangerment. Her attorney didn’t immediately return a call Monday from The Associated Press. Police say the two had been separated by the time officers arrived…

Man Charged For Fatally Shooting Roommate

Watertown, S.D.- Police were called to this home in northwest Watertown overnight. They found the body of 30-year-old Seth Murray.  He had been shot in the head.  The man who called police is Murray’s roommate, 30-year-old Donald Herron. He was arrested and charged with 1st degree manslaughter and reckless discharge of a firearm. Police believe alcohol played a role in…

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…

Man Arrested After Off-Duty Officers Witness Robbery

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Police have arrested a Sioux Falls man after two off-duty officers witnessed him rob a woman. The victim was assaulted and robbed while walking to her car near 14th Street and Minnesota Avenue on Tuesday. Two off-duty officers witnessed the robbery and followed the vehicle the suspect got into. The off-duty officers were able to get…