Crime

Murder Suspect Takes The Stand

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Alex Wittenberg took the stand on Monday. The then-23-year-old Dell Rapids man is on trial for second degree murder and manslaughter for a November 2016 shooting, but his lawyers are claiming self-defense. KDLT was in the courtroom and has been following the trial at the Minnehaha Courthouse. Wittenberg remembers when he moved from Tennessee to Dell Rapids…

Teen Arrested In Fatal Sioux City Stabbings

SIOUX CITY, I.A. – Authorities have released the name of an 18-year-old accused of stabbing two people to death in Sioux City last weekend. Police say Tran Walker, of Sioux City, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder. He’s accused of killing 18-year-old Felipe Negron Jr. and 17-year-old Paiten Sullivan. They were found wounded around 1:15 Sunday morning and…

Mall Of America Slasher Says Islamic State Inspired Attack

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A 20-year-old Minneapolis man accused of attacking two brothers at the Mall of American says he was inspired by the Islamic State group. Mahad Abdirahman has pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree assault for the November knife attack. His plea deal calls for 15½ years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 16. The Star Tribune…

Sentencing Set For Dakota Access Protester In Shooting

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A judge has scheduled a May 31 sentencing for a Denver woman who pleaded guilty in a shooting during protests in North Dakota against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Thirty-eight-year-old Red Fawn Fallis could face up to 15 years in prison. Prosecutors have agreed to recommend no more than seven years. Fallis was accused of firing…

Man Caught In 2014 Sturgis Sex Trafficking Sting Sentenced

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A Canadian man arrested during an undercover sex trafficking sting during the 2014 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in federal prison. Thirty-five-year-old Alexandros Thymaras was accused of trying to arrange for sex with a teenage girl. The Calgary man was indicted on a charge of commercial sex trafficking. South Dakota U.S….

Iowa Mom Gets 3 Life Sentences In Girl’s Starvation Death

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa woman convicted of murder in the starvation death of her 16-year-old daughter has been given three life sentences. The sentences were handed down Friday to 43-year-old Nicole Finn of Des Moines. She was convicted last month of first-degree murder and three counts of kidnapping. Authorities say Natalie Finn weighed only 85 pounds when…

Former Iowa Teacher Charged With Sexual Abuse Now Facing Child Porn Charges

SIOUX CENTER, I.A. –  A former Iowa elementary teacher charged with inappropriate conduct with students is now facing child porn charges. Sioux Center police say 35-year-old Curtis Van Dam was arrested at his residence on Friday morning. The arrested warrant was issued by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, for Sexual Exploitation of a Child and…

Man Caught With 17,000 Child Porn Photos, Videos Sentenced

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A Sioux Falls man caught with more than 17,000 photos and videos of child pornography has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison. Thirty-seven-year-old Scott Dyson was indicted in October 2016 and pleaded guilty last September. U.S. Attorney Ron Parsons says Dyson was recently sentenced to the prison time and ordered to pay $5,000…

Prosecution Rests in Alex Wittenberg Trial

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The prosecution rested on Thursday in the Alex Wittenberg trial. KDLT has been following the trial of the Dell Rapids man that’s accused of shooting and killing his girlfriend’s estranged husband, Jon Puttmann in November 2016. You can read more about the trial’s happenings from Wednesday here and from Tuesday here. The defense called witness Derek Kuchenreuther, a Minnehaha County…

Sioux Falls Police Investigating Early Morning Armed Robbery

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls police are investigating after a business was robbed at gunpoint early this morning. It happened in the area of I-90 and Cliff Avenue just after 5:30 this morning. Police say a man entered the business, pointed a black handgun at an employee, and demanded money. They say the suspect left with a felony-amount of…

Woman Charged With DUI In Wednesday’s Car Vs Building Crash

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls woman has been charged after a car vs building accident on Wednesday morning. 26-year-old Ashley Brower was been charged with her first DUI, reckless driving, driving without a valid license and failure to maintain financial responsibility. Brower’s vehicle collided with the Billion Car Care Center located on West 12th Street. Police say the…

Texas Woman Gets 10-Year Term For Fatal Iowa Crash

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – A Texas woman has been imprisoned for causing a fatal crash in eastern Iowa. Court records say 58-year-old Lauria Kelly was given a 10-year sentence at a hearing Wednesday in Davenport. Kelly had been found guilty of vehicular homicide-reckless driving. She lives in Alvarado, Texas. Davenport police say Kelly was speeding on Jan. 30 last year…

Nebraska Man Arrested In Iowa Charged With Kidnapping

RENWICK, Iowa (AP) – Iowa authorities have arrested a Nebraska man accused of kidnapping a woman. Court records say 36-year-old Valentin Velez, of La Vista, Nebraska, is charged with kidnapping in Humboldt County. His attorney didn’t immediately return a call Thursday from The Associated Press. Velez’s next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 5. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office says…

Volga Famer Convicted Of Disturbing Protected Wetlands

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – An eastern South Dakota farmer faces up to six months in prison and a $10,000 fine after being convicted of disturbing protected wetlands. A federal jury recently convicted 61-year-old Kevin Mast of Volga, following a trial in Sioux Falls. U.S. Attorney Ron Parsons says Mast installed drain tile on some of his property despite selling…

Former Iowa Teacher Gets 6 Years In Student Sex Case

NEVADA, Iowa (AP) – A former teacher in the North Polk Community School District has been sentenced for having a sexual relationship with a teenage student. Court records show Kevin Muehlenthaler, of Ames, was given six years in prison at his sentencing Wednesday in Nevada. He also was fined $625 for each count. A jury had found the 30-year-old Muehlenthaler…

35-Year-Old Man Charged With Rape, Sexual Contact With Minor

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Pukwana man is facing rape and sexual contact charges in Minnehaha County. Court documents say the victim was only six years old at the time. 35-year-old Craig Rosenberger was taken into custody yesterday afternoon, however, the allegations of abuse date back to 2016. According to court documents, the victim told her parents about the abuse…

Jurors Watch Wittenberg’s Original Police Interview As Manslaughter Trial Continues

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Jurors at the Minnehaha County Courthouse watched two-and-a half hour condensed tape in court for the first time on Wednesday that revealed details about a fatal love triangle. Alex Wittenberg, a then 23-year-old, is facing manslaughter charges in the death of his girlfriend’s estranged husband. His lawyers are claiming self defense.  You can read more about the…

Man Accused Of Trying To Harm Officer Waives Extradition

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A man accused of trying to hit a police officer with his vehicle in North Dakota has waived extradition from South Dakota. Prosecutors say 22-year-old Ulises Villalobos-Alvarado is expected to appear in Burleigh County court early next week. Villalobos-Alvarado is charged with attempted murder and fleeing a peace officer during a probation search. The officer shot…