Crime

New Arson Charge Filed Against Iowa Volunteer Firefighter

NEWELL, Iowa (AP) – A new arson charge has been filed against a volunteer firefighter already facing trial in northwest Iowa. Buena Vista County court records say 25-year-old Brent Mack is charged with arson and burglary. His attorney declined to comment Monday. Mack is accused of setting a fire on Sept. 13, 2017, that gutted three buildings in downtown Newell,…

Iowa Man Gets 2 Years for Taking Locker Room Pictures

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – A former janitor has been sentenced to two years for taking pictures of women in an eastern Iowa college locker room. Linn County court records say 46-year-old Jeffrey Pospisil was sentenced Friday on two counts of invasion of privacy. He’d pleaded guilty in September. The investigation began when students at Cornell College in Mount Vernon…

Authorities: 2 Iowa Deputies Shot While Serving Warrant

STUART, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say two sheriff’s deputies were shot and wounded while serving a warrant at an apartment complex in central Iowa. The gunfire erupted around 10:40 p.m. Thursday in Stuart, about 35 miles west of Des Moines. Iowa Criminal Investigation Division agent Adam DeCamp said early Friday that both Guthrie County deputies and the suspect are being…

Authorities Searching for State Inmate Placed on Escape Status

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Authorities have placed a state inmate on escape status after they say she left her assigned community placement in Sioux Falls on Thursday. Authorities say 35-year-old Sheena Browning left her assigned community placement without authorization. Browning is a Native American female and is described as 5’2″ with brown hair and eyes. Categories: Crime, Local News, News

Two Arrested in Connection with Stolen Truck, Credit Cards

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Two people have been arrested in connection with a stolen truck and stolen credit cards in Sioux Falls. Police say the investigation began on October 13, when a Ford F-150 was stolen. Police found the stolen truck in a Walgreens parking lot on West 12th Street on Thursday. Police arrested 38-year-old Danica Loseke inside Walgreens and…

Man Charged in 2016 Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Surrenders

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A South Dakota man who authorities say is linked through DNA evidence to a riot during the Dakota Access pipeline protest three years ago has turned himself in to sheriff’s officials in North Dakota. Prosecutors in Morton County filed charges against Lawrence Malcolm Jr. last month after state investigators were informed by the State Crime Lab…

2 Men Sentenced to Prison in Iowa for Child Porn Offenses

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Federal officials in Iowa say two men have been sentenced to prison in a child pornography case. Federal prosecutors for Iowa say 39-year-old Brian Lee Rhodes was sentenced to 30 years in prison on each of three counts of coercion and enticement of a minor and 20 years in prison for distribution of child pornography….

Man Sentenced Following Drug Distribution Investigation in Hand County

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A South Dakota man was sentenced to four years in state prison following a year-long drug distribution investigation. Hand County Sheriff’s Office began the investigation in December 2018. Authorities executed a search warrant within the first two months and confiscated marijuana, firearms, and around $45,000. Authorities arrested David Lynn Prentice and he was sentenced to four…

Sheriff: Still Unknown How Wyoming Teen Knew Her Killer

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota sheriff overseeing the investigation into the killing of a Wyoming teen says detectives are still trying to find out how she met the 17-year-old charged with shooting her in his basement. Meade County Sheriff Ron Merwin said Tuesday that 16-year-old Shayna Ritthaler was shot once in the head by the defendant, who…

Police: Iowa Suspect in Sioux Falls Man’s Death Caught in Georgia

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) – Georgia authorities have found a man suspected in an Iowa slaying. Fort Dodge police say in a news release that 19-year-old Damion Chavez was spotted by a sheriff’s deputy in Lowndes County, Georgia, on Saturday in a vehicle on Interstate 75. The vehicle was pulled over and Chavez was arrested without incident. Two other people…

Iowa Mother of Boy Who Shot Himself Gets Probation, Fine

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The mother of a 4-year-old boy who shot himself after finding an unsecured gun in her vehicle in Des Moines has been sentenced to a year of probation. Polk County court records say 28-year-old Rachel Rowe also was fined $315 and given a deferred judgment. Under a deferred judgment, her conviction can be removed from…

Sioux Falls Man Convicted on Fentanyl Distribution Charges

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A federal jury has convicted a Sioux Falls man for his role in selling fentanyl to a person who overdosed and had to be revived by first responders. According to evidence in the trial, 57-year-old Michael Wayne Cooper “knowingly and intentionally” sold fentanyl. The victim overdosed on the fentanyl and first responders revived him with Narcan,…

Minneapolis Police Arrest 1, Cite 1 in Trump Rally Protest

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minneapolis police made one arrest and issued one citation during protests outside a campaign rally by President Donald Trump. Police say the arrest was for damage to property and the citation was for disorderly conduct. Several thousand people protested outside Target…

Court: Boarding School Owner Can Question Accuser’s History

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The founder of a boarding school for troubled youth could get another chance to discredit a student whose testimony helped convict him of abuse. The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday ordered a hearing to determine whether the student made false allegations of sexual abuse against her adoptive or foster parents. The court says 41-year-old Ben…

FBI: Woman Kidnapped, Sex Assaulted Minnesota Girl She Met Online

GREEVILLE, S.C. (AP) – Federal authorities say a South Carolina woman kidnapped a girl from Minnesota and sexually assaulted her. Citing an FBI affidavit, news outlets report 23-year-old Katrina Marie Aliff was arrested last month on charges including aggravated child sexual abuse. The affidavit says Aliff met the girl, who’s younger than 12, on the messaging app Amino in March….