Crime

Pine Ridge Woman Accused of Killing Man with Tire Iron

PINE RIDGE, S.D. – A Pine Ridge woman is accused of killing a man with a tire iron. The Rapid City Journal reports that Jeffrey Janis Sr. was pronounced dead at a hospital after the Aug. 11 incident in Wanblee. Thirty-four-year-old Krystin Spotted Calf is facing a second-degree murder charge that carries the prospect of life in prison. It wasn’t…

Mission man, Pierre woman sentenced for officer assaults

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A Mission man and a Pierre woman have been sentenced for assaulting federal officers in separate cases on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation. The U.S. attorney’s office says 39-year-old Peter White Feather was recently sentenced to seven months in federal prison for spitting in an officer’s face while being arrested for disorderly conduct in February 2017. Twenty-one-year-old…

Loaded Gun Found Hidden at Sioux Falls School

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – 7:30 P.M. Update from Sioux Falls Police: On August 24th, 2018 the Sioux Falls School District contacted their partners at the Sioux Falls Police Department School Resource Officer team to inform them that a firearm had been located at the Career and Technical Education Academy building.  Since that initial report the Sioux Falls School District and…

Yankton PD Receives $40k Grant for 30 Officer Body Cameras

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota police department has received a $40,000 state grant to equip its officers with body cameras in an effort to improve transparency. The Yankton Police Department has spent nearly a year researching the equipment. Police Chief John Harris says the grant from the South Dakota attorney general’s office will cover the purchase of 30…

4 plead not guilty in alleged Watertown drug conspiracy

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Three men and one woman from Watertown are charged in an alleged conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. The U.S. attorney’s office says 35-year-old Amos Hall, 28-year-old Dayvon Byrd, 39-year-old Danny Callahan and 30-year-old Alexis Dumarce all have pleaded not guilty. They each face at least 10 years in federal prison and a maximum of life behind bars…

Reward for Stolen Guns

Reward offered after 20 to 30 guns stolen in Rapid City

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives along with Rapid City police and a firearms trade group are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information about 20 to 30 guns that were stolen from a sporting goods store. Authorities say the guns were taken during a burglary at The Rooster in Rapid City early Wednesday. ATF…

Western Iowa woman gets 50 years for daughter’s death

GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) – A western Iowa woman convicted of causing the death of her young daughter by giving her unprescribed antidepressants has been sentenced to 50 years in prison. The Daily Nonpareil newspaper reports a judge on Thursday sentenced 34-year-old Misty Frazier of Glenwood to the prison term following her earlier conviction for child endangerment resulting in death. Frazier…

Medical examiner says Iowa student died from stab wounds

BROOKLYN, Iowa (AP) – A medical examiner says the Iowa college student who was allegedly abducted by a stranger last month died from stab wounds. Authorities announced Thursday that preliminary autopsy results show 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts was a homicide victim who died from “multiple sharp force injuries.” State medical examiner Dennis Klein says that finding means a sharp-edged or pointed…

Preliminary autopsy: Iowa student killed by ‘sharp force injuries’

BROOKLYN, Iowa (AP) – Preliminary autopsy results show that Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts was killed by “multiple sharp force injuries.” The state medical examiner has determined that Tibbetts’ death was a homicide. No details were released about what caused the sharp force injuries. The agency says further examination may result in additional findings. The Division of Criminal Investigation released…

Reward offered after 20 to 30 guns stolen in Rapid City

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives along with Rapid City police and a firearms trade group are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information about 20 to 30 guns that were stolen from a sporting goods store. Authorities say the guns were taken during a burglary at The Rooster in…

Manhunt Leads To Hartford Fire, Three Arrests

HARTFORD, S.D. – We’re learning the latest about Tuesday night’s fire in Hartford. It’s what law enforcement is calling a “fugitive apprehension gone wrong.” However, this isn’t one suspect’s first run-in with the law. It’s a shocking scene – sky high flames and flashing lights disrupting a peaceful summer night. Law enforcement says Tuesday night allegedly started with this man…

Judge raises bond to $5M in Iowa killing

MONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) – A judge has ordered a man charged in the kidnapping and murder of an Iowa college student to be jailed on a $5 million cash-only bond. Cristhian Bahena Rivera had been held since Tuesday on a $1 million cash-only bond after being charged with first-degree murder in the death of college student Mollie Tibbetts. At a…

Western Iowa teacher accused of student sex abuse

GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) – A 39-year-old art teacher and track coach has been accused of groping a student in western Iowa’s Mills County. Court records say Christopher Irvin was charged Tuesday with felony sexual abuse and two counts of sexual abuse by a school employee. The records don’t list the name of an attorney who could comment for him. A…

Suspect in Mollie Tibbetts’ death to appear in court

MONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) – The man charged in the kidnapping and killing of an Iowa college student is expected to make his initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon. Cristhian Bahena Rivera is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Mollie Tibbetts, who disappeared July 18 from Brooklyn, Iowa. He’s set to appear at the Poweshiek County Courthouse in Montezuma at…

Former USD Football Player Found Not Guilty of Attempted Rape

A Clay County jury has found former University of South Dakota football player, Dale Williamson, not guilty of attempted rape. The trial began Monday, jurors made the announcement Tuesday evening. Williamson, from Texarkana, Texas, was facing charges of attempted second-degree rape stemming from an October 2017 incident. The victim police he and another football player, Danny Rambo Jr., walked into a room…

Last of 4 suspects in Sturgis home invasion sentenced

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) – The last of four suspects in a home invasion in Sturgis last November has been sentenced. The Black Hills Pioneer reports that 18-year-old Azariah Conley of Sturgis was sentenced to serve five years in prison on burglary and identity theft charges. Three other suspects in the incident were sentenced earlier for various crimes including kidnapping, burglary,…