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Judge Sends Suit Over Pipeline Back to North Dakota Court

BISMARCK, N.D. – A federal judge has sent back to North Dakota state court a lawsuit alleging the environmental group Greenpeace conspired against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. The two sides had agreed to the move, and U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland recently signed off on it. Texas-based pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners maintains Greenpeace and others should be held…

Kavanaugh Hearing Prompts Larger Discussion About Sexual Assault

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The recent accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have prompted larger conversations about sexual assault. Paula Hawks knows what it’s like to have to relive a traumatic time in her life. “It drudges up memories that you thought you had stowed away for the rest of eternity and now you have to bring it back up…

High School Custodian Facing Firearm Charges Appears in Court

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls high school custodian is facing charges after he allegedly admitted to stashing a loaded handgun in a bathroom ceiling at the Career and Technical Education Academy. 25-year-old Joseph Croal made his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon. Croal is currently being held on a $5,000 cash bond. Tuesday, a judge decided to uphold it….

Alex Lingor’s Parents Agree to Plea Deal

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Joseph and Vicki Lingor and the State of South Dakota have agreed to a plea deal. On Thursday, a Minnehaha County judge sentenced the two for their involvement in their son Alex’s crimes. Alex is finishing up 65 days behind bars, with 15 years of probation. That’s for his role in a fatal car collision on…

Sioux Falls Man Pleads Guilty To Felony Child Abuse

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A Sioux Falls man has pleaded guilty to child abuse charges, after locking an 8-year-old boy in a room for 18 hours. Jeremy Harbert pled guilty Monday to one count of abuse or cruelty to a minor, a class four felony. On August 27th, police were dispatched to a home in the 300 block of West…

Patterson Appeals Conviction To SD Supreme Court: ‘There was no evidence of a disciplinary event’

Patterson Was Sentenced in 2015 To Life In Prison For Death Of Adrian Peterson's Son

VERMILLION, S.D.– The Sioux Falls man convicted of killing former Minnesota Viking Adrian Peterson’s biological son appealed his conviction to the South Dakota Supreme Court. Joseph Patterson’s case was heard at USD’s School of Law on Monday, where the defense argued that there was no motive or evidence to support his conviction. It’s been nearly two years since a jury…

Female Suspect In Greywind Murder Makes Court Appearance

FARGO, S.D. – One of two people accused in the kidnapping and murder of a pregnant Fargo woman appeared in court Thursday. Brooke Crews is accused of conspiracy to commit Savanna Greywind’s murder, kidnapping her baby girl and giving false information to police, purposely misleading the investigation. Savanna Greywind’s friends and family packed the courtroom with some wearing ‘Justice for…

SD Supreme Court: City Should Release Settlement Documents Involving PREMIER Center Siding

SD Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Argus Leader

The South Dakota Supreme Court has handed down a ruling requiring the city of Sioux Falls to release once confidential documents involving the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center to the public. This comes after the Argus Leader newspaper took civil action against the city two years ago when officials refused to release the documents. While the PREMIER Center has proved beneficial…

Man Charged With Attempted Murder Appears In Lake Co. Court

Judge Sets Bond At $150,000 Cash Only

A man charged with attempted murder appeared in a Lake Co. courtroom for the first time. Authorities say Matthew Rumbolz led them on a pursuit and shot a deputy early Wednesday morning. Rumbolz has been in jail on a $150,000 cash bond and that’s where the judge kept it at Friday. Along with attempted murder, the 37-year-old man who was…

Two Men Facing Charges Involving Fatal Accident Make Court Appearance

Two men charged in connection to a fatal car crash in central Sioux Falls appeared in court Tuesday morning. Fifty-year-old Joseph Lingor and 18-year-old Christian Walberg, both out of jail on bond, pleaded not guilty. Lingor is charged with false reporting, accessory to a felony, and misprison of a felony. Joseph is the father of Alexander Lingor,  who is charged…

Prosecutors: SF Man Admitted To Looking At Child Porn 2 To 3 Times A Week

24-Year-Old Matthew Weeks Faces 5 Counts Of Possession Of Child Pornography

A Sioux Falls man is facing child pornography charges after police say a cyber tip led them to the suspect. If convicted, Matthew Weeks could face up to 50 years in prison. The 24-year-old is charged with 5 counts of possession of child pornography. Sioux Falls Police Officer Sam Clemens said, “We get a lot of tips from various sources…

Parents Of Teen Charged With Murder Appear In Court For Allegedly Covering Up Crash

The parents of a Sioux Falls teen facing murder and manslaughter charges appeared in court for the first time Wednesday, accused of trying to cover up a fatal crash that happened in central Sioux Falls on Feb. 22. Fifty-four-year-old Vicki Lingor and 50-year-old Joseph Lingor, both out of jail on bond, are charged with false reporting, accessory to a felony…

Woman Charged In Reservation Death Accepts A Plea Deal

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP)– A woman charged with killing a woman on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota has agreed to plead guilty to murder charges. Twenty-four-year-old Elizabeth Ann LeBeau has signed an agreement with prosecutors that allows her to plead guilty to second-degree murder. She had been charged with first-degree murder. The Rapid City Journal reports LeBeau’s…

Widow Of Murdered Correctional Officer Has Case Heard By SD Supreme Court

It’s been nearly six years since the murder of Correctional Officer Ronald ‘RJ’ Johnson during a failed escaped attempt by two inmates at the South Dakota State Penitentiary. Tuesday, his wife’s appeal of a wrongful death lawsuit against the South Dakota Department of Corrections was heard in front of the state Supreme Court. About a year after Ronald Johnson’s murder,…

Judge To Hear Arguments On Dakota Access Pipeline Work

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP)– A federal judge in Washington, D.C., is hearing arguments on whether to stop work on the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline until a legal battle with American Indian tribes is resolved. The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux argue the pipeline threatens drinking water and cultural sites. The tribes also say it threatens their freedom of religion,…

Court Rules Not To Reinstate President Trump’s Travel Ban

  (AP) SAN FRANCISCO, California — A federal appeals court in San Francisco has refused to reinstate President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday wouldn’t block a lower-court ruling that suspended the ban and allowed previously barred travelers to enter the U.S. An appeal to the U.S….

Judge Allows Defendant’s Statement In Child Assault Case

A Rapid City woman charged with assaulting a 4-year-old girl in her care has failed in her attempt to exclude statements she gave to law enforcement and the victim’s family. Seventh Circuit Judge Robert Mandel denied Ashlee Goldsmith’s request to exclude those statements in the case against her. The 27-year-old Goldsmith is charged with two counts of first-degree rape. Prosecutors…