Crime

Wanted Alabama ‘Attack Squirrel’ Owner Arrested After Chase

KILLEN, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama man who denied feeding methamphetamine to a so-called “attack squirrel” he considered a pet has been arrested. The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter that 35-year-old Mickey Paulk was caught Thursday night following a chase in which he rammed an investigator’s vehicle. Authorities had been seeking Paulk on multiple felony warrants unrelated to…

Sioux Falls Man Facing Hit-and-Run Charges

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A motorist is accused in a hit-and-run crash after driving onto the sidewalk in Sioux Falls and then leading police on a foot chase. Police say an officer saw the 47-year-old man hit a vehicle at an intersection Wednesday night, causing significant damage before leaving the scene. The officer pursued the man on foot after…

Minnesota Man Charged in Iowa in Child Sex Trafficking Case

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a 50-year-old registered sex offender in Minnesota faces federal charges after being accused of traveling to Iowa to have sex with minors. Federal prosecutors for Iowa say Terrance Nordwall has been charged with attempted sex trafficking of children, attempted enticement of minors and traveling for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct….

Former Standout Augie Athlete Expelled, Pleads Guilty to Simple Assault

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A former standout Augustana athlete pleaded guilty to charges stemming from an incident on campus in May. 19-year-old Pierre native, Peyton Zabel pleaded guilty to simple assault, entering or surreptitiously remaining in a building and purchase of an alcoholic beverage by a minor on Tuesday, according to court documents. Police say an 18-year-old victim woke up…

Cuba Gooding Jr. Faces Judge in Groping Case

NEW YORK (AP) – Lawyers for Cuba Gooding Jr. are providing a court with video they say will show the actor did not grope a woman at a New York City bar. The prosecution, meanwhile, presented the court Wednesday with a deposition from Gooding’s accuser. The defense is seeking a dismissal of the case, saying delays could cost the actor…

Iowa Woman Faces Charges in Nebraska Hit-and-Run Fatality

SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (AP) – A 19-year-old Iowa woman is accused of being drunk when her vehicle fatally struck a pedestrian in northeast Nebraska and then left the scene. Dakota County Court records say Maria Gonzalez-Diego, of Sioux City, is charged with vehicular homicide with a prior conviction for driving under the influence and with failure to stop and…

19-Year-Old Sioux Falls Manslaughter Suspect Accepts Plea Deal

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls man who is accused of fatally shooting his friend while high on meth has pleaded guilty. The trial for 19-year-old Stansek Stefanyuk was scheduled to being today. However, he accepted a plea deal for first-degree manslaughter and possession of a controlled substance. In return, Stefanyuk’s potential prison sentence will be limited to 15…

State Inmate Placed on Escape Status Back in Custody

BEADLE COUNTY, S.D. – A state inmate is back in custody after leaving his community service jobsite on Friday, according to the State Penitentiary. Authorities say Ryan Langford left his community service worksite in Sioux Falls without authorization on June 21. Langford was arrested in Beadle County Tuesday morning. Langford is currently serving a 4-year sentence with one year suspended…

Former Omaha Hospital Pharmacy Director Gets 4 Years for Fraud

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A former pharmacy director has been sentenced to four years in prison for stealing more than $4.6 million from an Omaha hospital. Court records say 49-year-old Lisa Kwapniowski was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Omaha. She must serve three years of supervised release after she leaves prison and pay restitution. Kwapniowski pleaded guilty in…

Sioux Falls Man Facing Assault, Kidnapping Charges

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A 27-year-old Sioux Falls man is facing several charges after an incident with his girlfriend Wednesday. Police say the incident began when 27-year-old Shawn Bentz locked his girlfriend in the closet after an argument. Police say another incident happened the next day after Bentz let her out. They met at a public parking lot when Bentz…

Fatal Shooting Suspect Arrested in Minneapolis Awaiting Extradition

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A 34-year-old man arrested in connection with a fatal shooting in Sioux Falls is waiting to be extradited from Minneapolis. 34-year-old Ramon Deron Smith was arrested on Second Degree Murder, Attempted First Degree Murder, First Degree Manslaughter and Aggravated Assault charges in connection with a shooting that occurred on June 8. Smith is being held on…

Wanted Kansas Man Arrested in Aberdeen Following Pursuit

ABERDEEN, S.D. – A Kansas man is in custody after leading multiple police agencies on a high-speed chase through Aberdeen. 31-year-old Grant Harris was arrested early Thursday after failing to stop when Aberdeen officers witnessed his vehicle driving in the wrong direction on Highway 281. The attempted stop lead to a pursuit which ended soon after officers deployed stop sticks…

Fatal Sioux Falls Shooting Suspect Arrested in Minneapolis

Ramon Deron Smith Courtesy: Minnesota Department of CorrectionsSIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The man wanted for shooting three people, killing one, earlier this month was arrested in Minneapolis, according to police. The U.S. Marshals Service North Star Fugitive Task Force located and arrested 34-year-old Ramon Deron Smith at a residence in Minneapolis. Authorities say Smith has been transported to the Ramsey…