Crime

Sioux Falls Police Investigating Arson at Augie

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Police are investigating what is believed to be an arson case in an Augustana University dorm. Police say a student noticed a canvas painting was on fire shortly before one this morning. The painting was hanging in a stairwell in Tuve Hall. Police say someone put it out with a fire extinguisher before crews arrived. There’s…

Woman Accused of Being Russian Spy Pleads Guilty

WASHINGTON (AP) – A woman accused of being a secret agent for the Russian government has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in federal court in Washington. Maria Butina appeared in court after reaching a deal with prosecutors. As part of that deal, she says she tried to infiltrate the National Rifle Association and relay intelligence on American politicians to…

Woman Accused of Being Russian Agent Expected to Plead Guilty

WASHINGTON (AP) – A woman accused of being a secret agent for the Russian government is expected to plead guilty. Maria Butina is scheduled to appear before a judge in Washington later Thursday morning. The 30-year-old gun rights activist is accused of gathering intelligence on American officials and political organizations. Prosecutors say Butina’s work was directed by a former Russian…

Roberts County Sheriff-Elect Pleads Not Guilty to Assault

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – The sheriff-elect of Roberts County has pleaded not guilty to assault charges. Twenty-eight-year-old Korey Ware, of Sisseton, is accused of assaulting a 30-year-old man at or near an Aberdeen bar on Oct. 6. The American News reports that he entered his pleas Wednesday. Trial is scheduled for early February. Ware defeated Tim Farmen in the Republican…

Judge Gives Ex-Trump Laywer, Fixer Michael Cohen 3 Years in Prison

(AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)NEW YORK (AP) – President Donald Trump’s former lawyer has been sentenced to three years in prison. U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III said Wednesday that Michael Cohen deserved a harsh punishment for crimes including tax evasion, lying to Congress and arranging illicit payments to silence women who posed a risk to Trump’s presidential campaign. The judge…

Alleged Russian Operative Maria Butina to Plead Guilty, Help Prosecutors

WASHINGTON — Maria Butina, the accused Russian agent of influence who built ties to the National Rifle Association and influential Republicans, has agreed to plead guilty and cooperate with federal prosecutors, according to a plea agreement obtained by NBC News. The case was not brought by special counsel Robert Mueller. Butina, 30, will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the…

South Dakota Man Gets Jail, Probation in Nebraska ATV Crash

HARTINGTON, Neb. – A South Dakota man accused of drinking alcohol before the fatal Nebraska crash of an all-terrain vehicle has been sentenced to 180 days in jail and five years of probation. Cedar County District Court records say 27-year-old Derrik Nelson was sentenced Monday. He’d pleaded no contest to vehicular homicide and false reporting. Prosecutors dropped manslaughter and other…

Stabbing in Rapid City Makes City’s Third Homicide of the Year

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Rapid City police say a 32-year-old woman has been arrested in a fatal stabbing on the city’s west side. Police say the suspect was arrested following the Saturday morning stabbing and is being held at the Pennington County Jail. Police did not identify the victim, pending notification of relatives. Authorities say it’s the third homicide…

Wolsey-Wessington Football Coach Takes Plea Deal for DUI

HURON, S.D. – A South Dakota high school football coach has accepted a plea deal after he was arrested for DUI last month. Wolsey-Wessington coach Gordon Hooks received a suspended imposition provided he doesn’t have any convictions for a year. Hooks was stopped on November 8th for speeding in a vehicle owned by the school district. Authorities say he refused…

Mother Pleads Not Guilty to Attempting to Murder Six-Month-Old Son

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – On Friday morning, Julia Alzoubaidi pleaded not guilty to attempting to murder her six-month-old son. She’s facing first-degree, premeditated attempted murder and felony child abuse for a child under seven charges. On Friday, a judge reinstated her $250,000 cash bond. In court, the state testified that the 34-year-old  is not living with baby at this time,…

Two More Arrested in Connection with Monday Shooting

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls police have taken two more people into custody in connection with Monday night’s shooting Police arrested the driver of the suspect’s vehicle, 23-year-old Kotu Kalta Suleman, on aggravated assault, eluding, and fleeing police charges. Police also arrested a 16-year-old girl on two counts of aggravated assault. PREVIOUS STORY SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Multiple teens…

Sioux Falls Teens Arrested After Shooting, Pursuit

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Multiple teens are facing charges after a shooting and pursuit in Sioux Falls Monday night. Police say around 10:30 last night, two groups of people who had a previous dispute met at an apartment complex near 6th Street and Bahnson Avenue. Police say 19-year-old Yona Sama and a 17-year-old girl pointed handguns into a vehicle. They…

Should Social Media Check Be Required to Get a Gun License?

ALBANY, N.Y. — Should authorities be able to deny handgun licenses for hateful tweets? A New York lawmaker is raising the question with a bill that would require police to scrutinize the social media activity and online searches of handgun license applicants, and disqualify those who have published violent or hateful posts. In this photo taken from a video shot…

Watertown Man Charged with Manslaughter Acquitted

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Watertown jury has acquitted a man on manslaughter and aggravated assault charges. The jury returned the verdict Friday night in favor of Jason Endres. The 29-year-old Endres was charged in the October 2017 in the death of 40-year-old Jeremy Buol. Endres was originally charged with simple assault after a fight outside the South Fork Lounge….