Crime

Police: Man Shot in the Foot Overnight

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Sioux Falls Police are investigating a shooting that left one man injured Saturday night. Police responded to the area of 49th Street and Terry Avenue around midnight for reports of shots fired. When police arrived, everyone including the victim fled the scene at the time. Police say at a later time, a man arrived at a local hospital…

Fentanyl: Severe Pain Drug Turned Abused Substance

Two Large Busts In Three Months Show National Epidemic Reach Into South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — On Wednesday, the Safe Trails Drug Task Force and DCI agents arrested Trevor Harden, 19, in Chamberlain. They allege Harden had an estimated 20,000 fentanyl pills with a street value of $500,000. It’s the second large fentanyl bust in the state in three months. In April, a man was arrested with 1,000 fentanyl pills in Mitchell….

Fugitive Polygamist Sect Leader Arrested In South Dakota

Lyle Jeffs Was Arrested Wednesday Night At A Marina Near Yankton

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Lyle Jeffs, an FBI Most Wanted polygamous sect leader, was arrested in Yankton Wednesday night. Jeffs escaped home confinement in 2016 while awaiting a trial on an alleged food stamp fraud scheme in Utah. Eric Barnhart, FBI Secret Agent in Charge in Salt Lake City, UT, said assistance from the public helped them dial in their…

Attempted Stolen Fridge Sale Leads To Arrest In Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls man is in custody after trying to sell a stolen fridge on Facebook. 36-year old Nicholas McMahon was arrested for possession of burglary tools and stolen property yesterday. A storage unit owner found their lock cut, and that a fridge, television and carpet cleaner were stolen. Authorities say the owner called them back…

Police: Grandparent Scammed Out Of $4,000

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls woman was scammed out of thousands of dollars as part of what police call a grandparent scam. Police say the 80-year-old received a phone call yesterday from someone claiming to be a friend of her granddaughter. The person on the phone told the woman that her granddaughter was arrested on drug charges and…

Law Enforcement Stops Large Fentanyl Distribution In South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. – Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that the Chamberlain Police Department, the Safe Trails Drug Task Force and the Division of Criminal Investigation have arrested Trevor Harden, 19, Chamberlain, as a result of a search warrant served in Chamberlain on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. “South Dakota’s cooperative law enforcement operation has seized an estimated 20,000 fentanyl pills….

House Majority Whip Shot At Congressional Baseball Practice

WASHINGTON (AP) -House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot Wednesday at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, congressional officials say. A congressional aide said Scalise was in stable condition at George Washington University Hospital. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., said several other people also were hit, including two law enforcement officers. Brooks said that Scalise, 51, was down…

Sioux Falls Woman Sentenced In Embezzlement Case

PIERRE, S.D.- Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Marna Jayne Gietzen, 49, Sioux Falls, pleaded guilty to embezzlement and was sentenced to serve 4 years in the state penitentiary with 4 years suspended under the condition that she serve time in the county jail. Judge Houwman suspended the execution of sentence on several conditions. Judge Houwman ordered Gietzen to…

Nevada Man Caught In Sturgis Rally Sex Sting Sentenced

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A Nevada man caught in a sex trafficking sting at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota in 2015 has been sentenced to two years in federal prison. Twenty-nine-year-old Michael Preston, of Henderson, Nevada, was arrested in an undercover law enforcement operation targeting people willing to pay for sex with underage girls. He was later convicted,…

Sioux Falls Police Arrest Man On Child Abuse, DWI Charges

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls man is arrested on child abuse and DWI charges during a traffic stop. Police pulled over 26-year old Steven Sanftleben near 6th and Wever around 10:30 a.m.  after police say Sanftleben ran a red light at 8th Street and Franklin Avenue. Sanftleben was traveling at 40 mph speeds in a 20 mph zone….

Suspect In Rapid City Homicide Arrested In New Mexico

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Authorities in New Mexico have arrested a suspect in the recent killing of a man in Rapid City. Police on Sunday said the 28-year-old suspect had been arrested in Albuquerque. The suspect is a South Dakota Department of Corrections inmate who was placed on escape status after allegedly stealing a city vehicle on June 2…

Full Story: “There’s No Reason A Shot Should Have Been Fired”

Police are calling the shooting death of a 17-year-old Watertown boy a "senseless" act of violence

WATERTOWN, S.D. – A 17-year-old Watertown boy is dead and a 30-year-old man is now behind bars, in what police are calling a “senseless” act of violence. It happened just before 9 Saturday night, in the 200 block of 4th Avenue SW. “The communication officer was actually on the phone with a witness during the verbal altercation and that’s when…

Police: Man Arrested After Kidnapping And Threatening Girlfriend

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls police arrested a man on multiple charges after he kidnapped and threatened to harm his girlfriend. Police received a call around 6:30 p.m., Thursday night,  from several witnesses saying that a man was yelling at his girlfriend at the 600 block of S Regal Pl. The girlfriend said that her boyfriend punched her and…