Crime

Sioux Falls Police Respond To Record 100K Calls For Service In 2016

Chief Of Police: 'That's certainly a milestone'

The City of Sioux Falls hit a big milestone over the weekend. Sioux Falls Police took their 100,000th call for service; the most they’ve ever seen. KDLT’s Jill Johnson talks with the Chief of Police about how much the calls and the department have grown with the city. “That’s certain ly a milestone for us,” said Sioux Falls Police Chief…

Police Urge Caution Around Snow Plows Following 2 Crashes, DWI Arrests

Sioux Falls Police are urging motorists to use caution around snow plows after two people were arrested in two separate accidents over the weekend. Police say on Saturday at around 2 a.m., an officer was driving on North Career Avenue near Benson Road, when she had to slow down for a snow plow. In her rear view mirror, the officer…

Man Accused In Reservation Slaying Pleads Not Guilty

RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Colorado man accused of killing a woman on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in September has pleaded not guilty. Thirty-four-year-old Orlando de Macias is charged with second-degree murder in the Sept. 29 death of 34-year-old Annie Colhoff. Authorities say she was shot in Pine Ridge village. Villanueva de Macias was arrested in Colorado in…

Day County Man Arrested For Grand Theft Charges

PIERRE, S.D. – Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Gary Podzimek, 58, Bristol, has been indicted by a Day County Grand Jury on one count of grand theft by deception, class 4 felony, punishable by up to 10 years in the state penitentiary and/or $20,000 fine, one count of attempted grand theft by deception, punishable by up to 5…

Suspect In Slaying On Pine Ridge Reservation In Custody

1/1 Show Caption Hide Caption RAPID CITY, S.D. The suspect in a fatal shooting on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation late last month is in custody. Authorities issued an arrest warrant for second-degree murder against 26-year-old Thomas Brewer after the slaying of Shawn Stevens on Nov. 30. The FBI earlier this month included Brewer on its most-wanted list. Rapid City…

Police Look For Kidnappers In Bizarre Rapid City Case

RAPID CITY – Rapid City police are looking for two men they say kidnapped two other men outside of a convenience store at gunpoint, forced them into the trunk of their own car, then requested their help pushing the car out of a ditch when it became stuck. Authorities say the two victims were able to flee and contact police…

Rodney Berget 2012 Death Sentence Still On Hold

Judge Says Decision On Sentence Appeal Waiver Will Come At The End Of December

Rodney Berget was sentenced to death in 2012 for killing South Dakota prison guard Ronald Johnson during an escape attempt. On Thursday, Judge Doug Hoffman made no decision regarding Berget’s September decision to waive the right to appeal his sentence. In august, Berget wrote a letter to Judge Hoffman, choosing to move forward with his 2012 death sentence while going…

Spearfish Police Ask For Help Indentifying A Burglary Suspect

Spearfish Coins And Antiques Offer $500 Reward For Information Leading To Arrest

SPEARFISH, S.D. – On December 5, 2016 the Spearfish Police Department investigated a report of a burglary at Spearfish Coins and Antiques located at 414 N. Main Street. A female suspect entered the business through a broken window and took an undisclosed amount of antique jewelry and coins. The burglary occurred in the early morning hours of December 4, 2016….

Affidavit: Manslaughter Suspect Punched By Victim Before Shooting Occurred

Witness: Jonathan Puttmann Shot In The Back Of The Head

We are learning more about the shooting death of 39-year-old Jonathan Puttmann, which landed his estranged wife’s boyfriend behind bars for 1st and 2nd degree manslaughter. The search warrant affidavit says, 23-year-old Alex Wittenberg and Puttmann’s wife were in a car waiting for Puttmann to pick up her kids on Nov. 15 in the area of East 9th Street and…

Affidavit Reveals Gruesome Details In Double Homicide

Suspect Allegedly Told Authorities He Wanted To Put Victims Out Of Their Misery

We have new information on a double homicide case out of Sioux Falls that left a 48-year-old woman and 7-year-old boy dead. A search warrant affidavit provides gruesome details of the moments that up led up to their deaths and a possible motive for the crime. It was the afternoon of Nov. 20 when the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office says…

New Details In Sioux Falls Double Homicide

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – There is new information on a double homicide case out of Sioux Falls that left a 48-year-old woman and 7-year-old boy dead. A search warrant affidavit provides gruesome details of what up led up to their deaths and the arrest of the woman’s son. Heath Otto, 24, has been indicted on two counts of 1st degree…

Law Enforcement React To New CDC Heroin Report

For the first time, Heroin Overdoses Surpassed Gun Homicides in 2015

SIOUX FALLS, SD-For the first time, a new Center for Disease Control report says more Americans died from a heroin overdose than gun homicides in 2015. Nearly 13,000 people died in total from a heroin-related incident that year. For South Dakota law enforcement officials, these startling numbers aren’t a surprise. Both Attorney General Marty Jackley and Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike…

Man Caught On Camera Stealing A Package From Sioux Falls Home

Police Believe He's Responsible For At Least One Other Theft

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The true definition of a Grinch has surfaced in Sioux Falls. Police say they believe the same man stole packages from two different homes Thursday afternoon. “I was actually picking up my daughter from school and I got the notification that there was someone at the door,” said Adam Winter. Winter installed a surveillance camera on…

Infant Death: “This Was Clearly Not an Accidental Death”

Stepfather charged in death of 18-month-old boy

DELL RAPIDS, S.D. – A 36-year-old man was arrested Thursday morning following a homicide investigation in Dell Rapids. Keith Cornett is charged with first and second degree murder, first degree manslaughter, two charges of child abuse, and drug charges possession and paraphernalia charges. Authorities were called to a home in Dell Rapids near 3rd and Iowa Wednesday afternoon for a…