Crime

Court Docs: Witness Gave Crucial Information on Suspects

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Authorities have arrested two suspects in the shooting death of 40-year-old LaKendrick Thornton, whose body was found in a ditch North of Sioux Falls. On Thursday, authorities arrested 23-year-old Kelsey Roubideaux and 29-year-old Henry Long. Roubideaux is charged with first-degree manslaughter and aggravated assault. Long is charged with second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter and aggravated assault. Court…

Records: Suspect in golfer’s death struggled after prison

Police in an Iowa college town had repeated interactions with a troubled drifter in the weeks between his release from prison and his alleged killing of a star student golfer from Spain. Ames police reports show that 22-year-old Collin Richards struggled with drug and alcohol abuse, mental health problems and homelessness after he got out of prison in June. Records…

Sioux Falls Woman Wanted for Manslaughter Arrested Overnight

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The 23-year-old Sioux Falls woman, wanted in connection with a body found near Renner earlier this week, was taken into custody overnight. Authorities confirmed Friday morning that Kelsey Roubideaux was booked late Thursday night. Police believe Roubideaux was behind the wheel when a 20-year-old passenger fired two rounds into the back seat around 12:30 a.m. on…

Sheriff: Wetterling Case “Went Off the Rails”

ST. CLOUD, M.N. – A Minnesota Sheriff says opportunities were missed early on to catch the man who kidnapped and killed 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling in 1989. Stearns County Sheriff Don Gudmundson spoke today before releasing investigative documents that Jacob’s parents fought to keep private. The Sheriff said that the investigation “went off the rails,” decades before the suspect was finally caught….

Authorities Charge SF Woman with Manslaughter in Connection with Body Found in Renner

Kelsey Rachel RoubideauxSIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Authorities say a 23-year-old Sioux Falls woman is facing manslaughter charges in connection with a body found near Renner on Tuesday. Authorities say a passerby was on their way to work when they noticed the body of 40-year-old LaKendrick Thornton on Ditch Road, just North of 258th Street at around 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday….

Authorities Treating Body Found in Renner as Homicide Investigation

RENNER S.D. – Authorities are investigating after a body was found on Ditch Road near Renner. Authorities say a passerby was on their way to work when they noticed the body on Ditch Road, just North of 258th Street, at around 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Authorities say they are treating the incident as a homicide investigation. Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Captain…

Family ‘heart-broken’ over death of star golfer

Celia Barquin ArozamenaAMES, Iowa (AP) – Relatives in Spain of a star collegiate golfer who was stabbed to death by a stranger on an Iowa golf course say they are distraught. Miriam Arozamena says it was terrible fate that her 22-year-old daughter, Celia Barquin, crossed paths with her killer on Tuesday morning. Collin Daniel Richards has been charged with murder…

Farmhand pleads not guilty in stabbing death of Iowa runner

MONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) – The farmhand charged in the abduction and stabbing death of 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts in Iowa has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. Cristhian Bahena Rivera entered his plea Wednesday at the Poweshiek County Courthouse in Montezuma, Iowa. Rivera is charged in the killing of Tibbetts, a University of Iowa student who disappeared while out for a…

Opening Statements Today in Savanna Greywind Murder Case

FARGO, N.D. – Opening statements are scheduled Wednesday for a North Dakota man charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the killing of a 22-year-old woman who bled to death when her baby was cut from her womb. William Hoehn (hayn) has admitted to covering up the death of Savanna Greywind, who was eight months pregnant when she was killed…

‘Field of Dreams’ Vandal Pleads Guilty

DUBUQUE, Iowa – A man accused of driving onto and damaging the eastern Iowa baseball field made famous by the 1989 movie “Field of Dreams” has changed his plea to guilty. Dubuque County court records say 21-year-old Austin Pape, of Dyersville, entered the plea Monday, the day his trial was to begin on a felony charge of criminal mischief. His…

Slain golfer, suspect lived contrasting lives in Iowa city

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Celia Barquin Arozamena was a top amateur golfer from Spain who was finishing her degree at Iowa State University. Collin Daniel Richards was a former inmate from small-town Iowa with a history of violence. Investigators say their contrasting lives intersected in the most violent way when Richards allegedly attacked and stabbed Barquin to death at a…

Suspect in golfer’s slaying has history of violence

AMES, Iowa (AP) – A homeless man charged in Iowa with killing a top amateur golfer from Spain has a history of violence and drug use dating to his teenage years. Court records show that since 2014, 22-year-old Collin Daniel Richards has been charged with abusing a former girlfriend, using a baseball bat to smash a vehicle window and burglarizing…

Authorities Arrest Suspect in Weekend Shooting

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A 30-year-old Sioux Falls man is facing assault charges after police say he shot two people during an argument at a party on Sunday. Police say the incident happened at around 3:00 a.m., Sunday, at a residence in the 2000 block of South Spring Avenue. Police say an argument broke out before 30-year-old Deven Green shot…

Authorities Investigating Office-Involved Shooting in Vermillion

VERMILLION, S.D. – The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation is looking into an officer involved shooting. Authorities say the shooting took place on Sunday in Vermillion. Police broke off a high speed chase, but the car was later spotted by a Highway Patrol trooper. The trooper tried to take the suspect, 21-year-old Kuong Gatluak, into custody before shooting Gatluak….

Man charged with murder in beating death of grandmother

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A man has been charged with murder for the beating death of his grandmother in western Iowa’s Council Bluffs. Court records say 29-year-old Jacob Heyer originally was charged with attempted murder and other crimes connected to the beating of 71-year-old Karen Fort on Aug. 27. Police say Fort died of her injuries Friday, and Heyer…

Child injured in Sioux Falls car shooting

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Police say a 2-year-old child was injured when someone shot out a car window in Sioux Falls. Authorities say they are still looking for the person who used a BB gun to shatter the car’s rear window Saturday night. Police spokesman Sam Clemens said Monday the child was struck on the leg by shattered glass….

Child Injured After Car Window Shot with BB Gun, Police Ask for Assistance in Investigation

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (from Sioux Falls Police Dept.) – On September 15th at approximately 6:57 pm officers from the Sioux Falls Police Department were dispatched to the area of W. 10th Street and S. Duluth Avenue for a weapons violation. A citizen called 911 to report that her vehicle window had been shattered and she believed it was the result…