Crime

Sioux Falls Daycare Provider Arrested for Allegedly Abusing One-Year-Old

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls daycare provider has been charged with child abuse after an investigation into her in-home daycare. Police say the investigation began on June 22 when a Sioux Falls mother took her one-year-old daughter to the hospital for bruising and abrasions. Police say doctors determined the one-year-old was a victim of abuse. Police arrested 31-year-old…

Spearfish Man Sentenced In Deadly Drug Ring

DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) – Another Spearfish resident has been sentenced in a deadly drug ring in the city. 26-year-old Todd May was sentenced to serve three years in prison for drug distribution. May is among nine people charged in the drug ring that authorities say resulted in the fentanyl-related deaths in January 2017 of 23-year-old Carerra Hall and 38-year-old Troy…

State, Defense Argue What Stephanie Hubers Knew of Westerhuis Embezzlement Scheme

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Testimony began today in the case of “South Dakota vs Stephanie Hubers.” Hubers is the former Assistant Business Manager of Mid Central Educational Cooperative in Platte. She’s facing several theft charges connected to the gear up embezzlement scandal orchestrated by Scott and Nicole Westerhuis before their deaths. The main question posed to jurors in this case…

Sioux Falls Man Sentenced to 65 Years in Prison for Deadly 2017 Stabbing

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls man is sentenced to 65 years in prison for killing a transgender woman last year. Originally charged with first-degree murder, 26-year-old Joshua LeClaire pled guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the stabbing death of 28-year-old Jamie Wounded Arrow. Authorities say Wounded Arrow was stabbed at least five times. Her body was discovered in her…

Redfield Man Charged with Child Abuse, Aggravated Assault in Hospital Standoff

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Charges have officially been filed against a Redfield man accused in a hospital standoff on Monday. 30-year-old Matthew Mathern is accused of aggravated assault, child abuse and aggravated eluding. The incident began on Monday morning at Memorial Community Hospital. Staffers called police after Mathern was acting agitated. Mathern left, but returned to the hospital with a…

Opening statements set for woman in embezzlement scheme

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Jurors are set to begin hearing the case of a former business employee at a South Dakota educational cooperative charged in a financial misconduct scheme uncovered after a Platte man killed his family and then himself. Opening statements are Tuesday in the trial of Stephanie Hubers. Hubers is a former Mid-Central Educational Cooperative staffer accused…

Missing Person – Farm Search

Pair charged with murder after remains found in Minnesota

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) – Authorities say two people killed a man on a Minnesota farmstead before burning the body and burying the remains in two separate sites. Thirty-nine-year-old Jason Jensen and 34-year-old Kayla Westcott are charged with aiding and abetting murder with intent, but without premeditation. They face 40 years in prison if convicted. Jensen and Westcott were arrested during…

Suspect Surrenders Peacefully in Armed Hostage Situation at Redfield Hospital

REDFIELD, S.D. – Matthew Mathern, 30, of Redfield is behind bars after police say he held a 10-year-old boy hostage with a handgun inside of a Redfield hospital Monday morning. “We in healthcare, we practice these, we go through these drills. And our hopes are to never actually have to live one, and we did today,” said Michael O’Keefe, CEO…

Armed man in hospital had assault rifle in car

REDFIELD, S.D. (AP) – A prosecutor says an armed man who held a child hostage at a hospital in northeastern South Dakota had an assault rifle in his vehicle. Spink County State’s Attorney Victor Fischbach says the suspect had two weapons – a loaded handgun at Community Memorial Hospital Avera in Redfield and an AK-47 with two banana clips carrying…

Two Men Shot at Rapid City Home

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Police say two men have been shot at a mobile home park in Rapid City. Authorities say one man was shot in the face and the other was struck in the arm. They were taken to Rapid City Regional Hospital. Police say both were conscious before they were transported. Investigators are questioning six to eight people…

First Trial in Gear Up Scandal to Begin Monday

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The first trial is about to open in a complicated financial misconduct case that was uncovered after a Platte man killed his four children and wife before killing himself. Jury selection starts Monday in Sioux Falls in the case of Stephanie Hubers. Hubers, a former Mid-Central Educational Cooperative staffer, is accused of getting more than $50,000…

Watertown Police Seize Three Ounces of Meth in Drug Investigation

WATERTOWN, S.D. – Watertown Police have arrested two people on drug charges after police searched a residence and found more than three ounces of meth. Police say during an ongoing investigation they searched a residence at 800 3rd Street in Northeast Watertown. During the search police found more than three ounces of meth. Police arrested Nathan John Schussler and Logan…

Sioux Falls Man Loses $10K in Facebook Messenger Scam

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A 58-year-old Sioux Falls man was scammed out of $10,000 after he thought he won nearly a million dollars through Facebook Messenger. Police say the man received a Facebook message from a friend. The message said he won an $800,0o0 prize. The man was instructed to purchase thousands of dollars worth of iTunes and Walmart gift…

Accused county worker sentenced to jail on drug charge

IPSWICH, S.D. (AP) – An Edmunds County Highway Department worker caught dumping drug paraphernalia at a county gravel pit has been sentenced to 30 days in jail. The American News reports that 33-year-old David Becker, of Northville, received credit Thursday for 17 days he’s already served behind bars. He was placed on probation for two years and fined $864. Authorities…

Arrest Made in Keystone Fatal Shooting

KEYSTONE, S.D. – Authorities have made an arrest in a fatal shooting in Keystone and identified the person who died. The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office says 19-year-old Ty Scott of Keystone died from a single gunshot wound Wednesday. The incident happened at a residence. An 18-year-old Rapid City man was arrested on a manslaughter charge. It wasn’t clear if he…

Lincoln County Officials Warn Residents of Mail Theft

LINCOLN COUNTY, S.D. – The Lincoln County Sheriff’s office is warning residents after multiple people reported stolen mail. The say several mailboxes were rummaged through last night in the Lake Alvin area. Authorities are instructing residents to remove mail from mailboxes as soon as possible during the day, and to report any suspicious activity. Anyone with home surveillance that my…