Crime

State’s Attorney McGowan: “I Welcome Governor Noem’s Investigation”

UPDATE: Minnehaha County State’s Attorney Aaron McGowan has released a statement following news of an investigation request by Governor Kristi Noem. McGowan’s statement reads in part: “The state’s attorney welcomes this investigation and looks forward to an accurate and credible determination of the facts followed by a swift resolution of the matter. Due to the pendency of this investigation, the…

Federal Settlements in South Dakota Wildfire Exceed $700K

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota landowners have been awarded more than $700,000 in a lawsuit accusing a federal agency of burning their properties in April 2013, when a prescribed fire blazed out of control. The U.S. Forest Service had aimed to eliminate grass, weeds and dead vegetation from about 200 acres (80 hectares) of federally owned land on…

Arrest Made in Death of Yankton Woman

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – Sheriff’s officials say they’ve made an arrest in the death of a Yankton woman. The 21-year-old Yankton man was arrested Saturday in the death of 61-year-old Deborah Lynn Schock. Family members found her body in a mobile home in rural Yankton County on Sept. 7. Authorities say she had been dead for several days and that…

Ramen Fuji Burglarized During Severe Overnight Weather

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – During the late-night storm, Ramen Fuji Restaurant was broken into and had their cash register stolen. Police notified the manager this morning saying someone threw a rock through the side door and stole their cash register. Ramen Fuji manager Leon Teng said the staff members this morning didn’t expect someone to break during the storm, “everybody…

City, Avera Officials to Provide Storm Updates in Combined Briefing This Morning

Mayor Paul Ten Haken told reporters, viewers and listeners during a live press conference early Wednesday, that the city and its partners would provide another storm recovery update at 10:30 a.m. Police briefing usually takes place at 10:30 a.m. at the downtown precinct. KDLT News will have a crew there and bring you the latest both on-air and online about…

Suspect Wanted for Ramming Sioux Falls Police Car Arrested

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – After ramming into a police car and fleeing the scene over the weekend, a Sioux Falls man is now behind bars. Police were searching for the vehicle involved in the incident when they located it and 35-year-old Santiago Guajardo in the 400 block of North Stewart Drive. While interviewing the homeowner, Guajardo’s ex-girlfriend, police say Guajardo…

Illinois Police Searching for ‘Walter White’ Lookalike Suspect

(Galesburg Police)GALESBURG, Ill. (KWQC) – Followers of the Galesburg Police Facebook page have been doing double takes since the booking photo of a wanted Galesburg man was posted last week. “Wow, the resemblance,” Christina Balmer commented, referring to the likeness Todd W. Barrick, Jr. bears to Walter White, the main character of the popular TV show “Breaking Bad.” Barrick, 50,…

Charges: Minnesota Woman Locked Son, 8, in Cold Garage, Killing Him

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A Minnesota woman is charged with manslaughter after authorities say she locked her 8-year-old son in a cold garage overnight, leading to his death. The Brooklyn Park woman was charged Monday in connection with the boy’s death in February 2018. The outside temperature at the time was in the negative single digits. According to the criminal complaint,…

DNA From Cigarette Leads to Dakota Access Arrest 3 Years Later

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota authorities relying on DNA collected from a cigarette butt have charged a man with engaging in a riot for his involvement in a Dakota Access pipeline protest three years ago. The Bismarck Tribune reports that Morton County prosecutors also charged 23-year-old Lawrence Malcolm Jr. with felony conspiracy to commit criminal mischief. An arrest warrant…

Search for Man, Possibly Armed, Triggers Lockdowns

PARKSTON, S.D. – Authorities say multiple lockdowns in Parkston this morning were merely a precaution. Authorities responded to a domestic call around 1 a.m. Friday, that turned out to be a fight between two exes. Authorities say the man ran away and the woman said he could be armed and dangerous. Police locked down the Avera St. Benedict health center…

Sioux City Man Accused of Looting Nursing Home Resident’s Account

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a Sioux City man looted the checking account of a nursing home resident. Woodbury County court records say 52-year-old Ronald Taylor is charged with dependent adult abuse. His attorney didn’t immediately return a call Friday from The Associated Press. Taylor’s next court hearing is scheduled for Sept. 13. Court records say Taylor held…

Parkston Authorities Warning Residents of Possible Scam

PARKSTON, S.D. – Authorities in Parkston are warning residents of a possible new scam. Authorities say a man who goes by the name of “Shawn” is trying to sell meat, with a business called Dakota State and Seafood Company. Authorities say the man does not have a peddlers license and that the meat is not good quality and very expensive….

Police: Man Assaulted, Briefly Dragged Woman

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Police in Sioux Falls are looking for a man they say assaulted his girlfriend, pushed her out of a car and briefly dragged her behind it. Authorities found the injured woman about 3 a.m. Wednesday. She told police she was dragged for about 15 seconds after an argument. Police spokesman Sam Clemens says as officers…

Iowa Woman Accused of Lying About Killing Husband Enters Plea

LE MARS, Iowa (AP) – A northwest Iowa woman accused of lying about killing her husband has entered a plea. Plymouth County District Court records say 35-year-old Becky Hebert, of rural Akron, entered a written Alford plea Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of interference with official acts. In an Alford plea, a person doesn’t admit guilt but acknowledges there is…

Police Seek Warrant in Fatal Hit-and-Run Crash in Rapid City

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Rapid City police have targeted a suspect in last year’s hit-and-run crash that killed a one-year-old girl. Authorities say the 37-year-old man was speeding before hitting two cars at a Rapid City intersection Oct. 5, 2019. Mackayla Dillion, riding in one of the cars that was struck, died. Two adults in her vehicle suffered serious…

Iowa Dad Gets 5 Years for Causing Baby Son’s Injuries

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – An eastern Iowa man who caused his baby son’s brain injury has been given five years in prison. Linn County District Court records say 20-year-old Matthew Judd, of Marion, was sentenced Tuesday in Cedar Rapids. He’d pleaded guilty to child endangerment causing injury after prosecutors lowered the charge. The Gazette reports that prosecutors say Judd…