Crime

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…

Sioux Falls Police Investigating Morning Armed Robbery

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls police say a person was robbed at gun point on Minnesota Avenue early this morning. Police say the victim was walking near 37th and Minnesota Avenue around 6 a.m. this morning when they were approached by a suspect in a blue sedan. The suspect showed a gun, and demanded money before taking off south on…

Colorado Couple Indicted In SD Elder Financial Abuse Case

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A grand jury in South Dakota has indicted a Colorado couple on charges of financial elder abuse. Attorney General Marty Jackley said Tuesday that 62-year-old Sandra Lee Pazen and 63-year-old Paul Damon Pazen, both of Fort Collins, were indicted by a Butte County grand jury. Sandra Pazen faces one felony count of theft by exploitation with…

Additional Charges For Man Suspected In Multiple Area Burglaries

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The man police say used a green pick-up truck to commit several burglaries in Minnehaha County earlier this month was in court on Tuesday. Sean Ruegge was arraigned on unrelated charges. He’s facing possession of a controlled substance, domestic abuse, stalking, and drug paraphernalia charges. Ruegge was arrested last week after authorities asked for the public’s…

Sioux Falls Man Pleads Not Guilty To Child Rape Charges

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls man charged with rape, aggravated incest, and sexual exploitation of a minor appeared in court today. 26-year-old Jon Winterholler pled not guilty to the seven charges this morning. He was arrested late January after he told police he had physical contact with two young victims. Winterholler is considered a “habitual offender” with prior…

Mall Of America Stabber Sentenced To 15 Years For Attack

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A 20-year-old Minneapolis man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for attacking two brothers at the Mall of America. Mahad Abdirahman was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty earlier to two counts of first-degree assault for the November knife attack at the Bloomington mall. The Star Tribune reports Abdirahman declined to speak when the judge gave…

Minneapolis Day Care Owner Pleads Guilty To Hanging Toddler

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A Minneapolis day care owner accused of trying to kill a toddler in her home has pleaded guilty to criminal charges. Forty-three-year-old Nataliia Karia entered the plea to attempted murder and third-degree assault. She also pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular operation of a vehicle for hitting a pedestrian, a bicyclist and another driver as she fled from…

Man Convicted Of Assaulting Ziebach County Sheriff

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – An Eagle Butte man has been convicted of assaulting a law officer. Authorities say 54-year-old Pete Knight shoved Ziebach County Sheriff Gary Cudmore on June 14, 2017, when Cudmore intervened to stop Knight from assaulting a suspect handcuffed in the back of Cudmore’s squad car. U.S. Attorney Ron Parsons says Knight was convicted after a recent…

Fort Thompson Man Pleads Guilty To Involuntary Manslaughter

FORT THOMPSON, S.D. (AP) – A Fort Thompson man has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter for killing a man during a fight last spring. Authorities say Zachery Ziegler got into a fight with Thomas Witt after entering a residence on the Crow Creek Reservation uninvited and drunk on May 23 and being asked to leave. Ziegler was accused of punching…

The Revolving Door: Meth Addiction

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Every year, many meth users leave incarceration only to circle back.  Some spend a few months locked up, but it takes their body much longer to recover from the drug.  That means when people get out of jail their addiction is often stronger than they are.  So, how can South Dakota stop this revolving door? If you…

Wife Charged With Killing Oglala Sioux Police Officer

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The wife of an Oglala Sioux police officer is charged with killing him last weekend. Tiffany Janis is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of 52-year-old Officer Brian Garrett of Kyle. The Rapid City Journal reports Janis made her first appearance in federal court Wednesday. The FBI says Garrett was killed early Saturday…

Authorities: Tips Helped Locate Person Of Interest In Area Burglaries

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Authorities say public tips helped them locate a person of interest connected to multiple burglaries in the area. Capt. Jason Gearman with the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office said within in minutes of releasing the photo of the vehicle belonging to the person of interest, they were receiving tips. Authorities arrested 32-year-old Shaun Ruegge in Canton. Authorities say…

18-Year-Old Pleads Not Guilty To 2 Sioux City Slayings

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – An 18-year-old in northwestern Iowa has pleaded not guilty to charges that he stabbed to death his ex-girlfriend and another young man. Court records say written pleas were filed Tuesday in Woodbury County District Court for Tran Walker, who’s charged with two counts of first-degree murder. The records don’t show that a trial date has…

70 Years In Prison For Rapid City Stabbing

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Rapid City man has been sentenced to 70 years in prison for killing a woman he grew up with at a motel last spring. Twenty-four-year-old Vincent Mousseaux had earlier pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the killing of 30-year-old Deziree Martinez at the Price Motel on March 8. Authorities say he and the victim…