Crime

Jackley: Violent crime declines in South Dakota in 2017

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A new report finds violent crime in South Dakota declined last year while the overall number of arrests increased. Attorney General Marty Jackley released the report compiled by his office’s Criminal Statistical Analysis Center on Wednesday. Jackley says the report finds South Dakota remains a safe place to live. Arrests for murder, kidnapping and child pornography…

Aberdeen armed standoff linked to alleged domestic assault

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – A man who Aberdeen police say barricaded himself in an apartment with a gun and a knife was arrested on charges of domestic aggravated assault and violation of a protection order. The American News reports the 36-year-old man was taken into custody about 7:45 p.m. Monday after a standoff that lasted nearly seven hours. It prompted…

Police: Man Assaults Officer During Burglary Arrest

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A 31-year-old man is facing multiple charges after police say he assaulted an officer while being arrested for burglary. Police say while working at a house in south Sioux Falls in December, Nathan Williams saw an object he believed to have some ceremonial significance. At around 2:30 Tuesday morning, Williams and 36-year-old Rodney Whitemouse returned to…

Washington Man Arrested On Drug Charges In Minnehaha County

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A large drug bust has landed a 43-year-old Federal Way, Washington man behind bars in Minnehaha County. South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers stopped a vehicle on I-29 near the I-29 interchange Friday night. The vehicle was initially stopped fro a traffic violation, but a search of the car unveiled a large amount of marijuana inside. Guocheng…

Drug Charges Added After Man Drops Marijuana During Arrest

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A 20-year-old man is behind bars, after he accidentally dropped his jar of marijuana in front of police. Officers went to arrest Jacob Zean for an outstanding warrant on Friday. As he was being handcuffed, officers say a container fell to the ground. “The officers retrieved that container and it had a very strong smell of…

SDSU Student Facing Terrorist Threat Charge

BROOKINGS, S.D. – Brookings police arrested a South Dakota State student on multiple charges after students say he made comments about shooting up a school. 19-year-old SDSU student Alexander Peterson was arrested on a terrorist threat charge for comments he made to other students. On February 28, the Residential Housing Director at SDSU contacted police. Students informed officials that Peterson…

Trial set to begin for woman accused of killing stepfather

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A trial is scheduled to begin Monday for a woman accused of killing her stepfather in Des Moines. Twenty-nine-year-old Sera Alexander has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder. Alexander is accused of shooting to death Anthony Hartmann. A judge has refused to let Alexander use Iowa’s new “stand your ground” defense against the charge, noting…

Omaha man sentenced in Iowa in fentanyl trafficking case

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A 35-year-old Omaha man has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute a powerful synthetic opioid that led to the 2015 death of a Council Bluffs man. Federal prosecutors say Walter O’Donohue III was sentenced Tuesday in Council Bluffs. Besides his prison sentence, he was fined $50,000 and ordered to…

Man Charged with Murder in Connection with Andover Apartment Fire

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Day County man is charged with murder, weeks after a woman’s body was found in the rubble of an apartment fire. 36-year-old Jose Anibal Quinones Rodriguez is charged with first and second degree murder, arson, burglary, aggravated assault domestic and commission of a felony with a firearm. Authorities say the charges stem from incidents on…

Minnesota man gets 17 years for South Dakota sex crime

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A Minnesota man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for traveling to South Dakota with the intent of having sex with girls at a Sioux Falls hotel. Authorities say 60-year-old Roger Blaisdell, of Pipestone, Minnesota, arranged to have sex with what he thought were 10- and 13-year-old girls in October 2016 through an…

Convicted embezzler pleads guilty to embezzling again

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A Pierre woman who admitted embezzling from the Fort Pierre Development Corp. in 2015 has now pleaded guilty to stealing from a church group. The Capital Journal reports 61-year-old Joni Boub was accused of embezzling $46,000 from the Dakota Association of the United Church of Christ, where she worked in 2015 and 2016. The association is…

County worker accused of hauling drug items to gravel pit

County worker accused of hauling drug items to gravel pit Eds: APNewsNow. IPSWICH, S.D. (AP) – Bond has been set at $10,000 cash for an Edmunds County Highway Department worker accused of manufacturing methamphetamine and dumping drug paraphernalia at a county gravel pit. The American News reports that 33-year-old David Becker, of Northville, was arrested Tuesday and made his first…

2 men sentenced in rape of unconscious woman in Box Elder

BOX ELDER, S.D. (AP) – Two men have been sentenced to prison in the rape of an unconscious woman in Box Elder. The Rapid City Journal reports that 44-year-old Toby Rolfe was sentenced to serve eight years for raping a female acquaintance at his home in September 2016. Fifty-year-old Colorado resident Marvin Payne was sentenced to two years for being…

Police Release New Photos In Cold Case

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Everyday people drive through the intersection of East 26th and Sycamore in Sioux Falls. It’s decorated with big businesses and traffic lights, but on February 28th 1981, it was a different site. “It looked a whole different back then than it does now,” said Officer Sam Clemens of the Sioux Falls Police Department. These photos paint a…

Authorities Seize $282K Worth of Meth After 8 Month Investigation

WATERTOWN, S.D. – A Watertown man is behind bars after police found him with more than six pounds of meth. 37-year-old Joshua Paul is charges with possession of distribution of a controlled substance. Paul was arrested on Wednesday on Highway 12 near McIntosh after a Corson County Deputy spotted his car. Authorities recovered 6.3 pounds of meth valued at $282,000…

Father, son plead guilty to fatal shooting in Martin

MARTIN, S.D. (AP) – A father and his adult son have pleaded guilty to fatally shooting a man in Martin in 2016. The South Dakota Attorney General’s Office says 57-year-old Daniel Ceplecha and 23-year-old Rangler Ceplecha each pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the death of Moses Red Bear. Firefighters found Red Bear’s body while extinguishing a grass fire in…

Two Hit-And-Run Crashes End In Drug Arrests

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Two men are behind bars on Monday after what police are calling yet another drug deal gone bad. 32-year-old Boru Wako Jr., and 19-year-old Austin Ridley are facing multiple charges. Police say they received a tip and attempted to pull the two men over Saturday afternoon near 18th and Minnesota. The vehicle sped off at a…

Mission Couple Plead Not Guilty To Wire Fraud

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A man and woman from Mission have pleaded not guilty to federal wire fraud charges. Mark Edward O’Leary and Sharli Colombe, both 35, were indicted by a federal grand jury earlier this month. KOTA-TV reports the indictment alleges that from February 2011 and June 2017 the two passed at least 544 checks drawn on a…