domestic violence

Police Search for Missing 21-Year-Old Believed to Be With Alleged Abuser

Ester Wolfe is believed to be endangered and possibly be in the company of 33-year-old Jesse Myron Sierra with whom she has a past history of reported domestic assault.Police are asking for your help locating a woman they believe may be in the custody of an alleged abuser. Ester Marie Wolfe, who is just 21-years-old, was reported missing on Sunday,…

Event to Benefit Survivors of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence

As more people feel compelled to come forward with stories of domestic violence or sexual assault, the Compass Center looks to expand the resources available to victims. This next Tuesday, an event to help raise funds for the Sioux Falls non-profit will get underway. It’s the 10th annual “It’s in the Bag” fundraiser. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, February…

Police Investigating Brutal Assault on Sioux Falls Grandmother

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’s hard to believe someone would want to hurt Kay Odle. The 68-year-old grandmother has spent her life travelling with her family across South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa to spread her faith. Tonight, she’s in the hospital after someone nearly beat her to death. This is what Kay Odle usually looks like: a happy, smiling grandmother….

Tribes Gain Better Access to National Crime Databases

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – A federal program for Native American tribes to access national crime information databases is expanding. The number of participants in the Tribal Access Program is expected to rise from 47 to 72 by the end of 2019. The tribes can use the databases to do background checks, and see outstanding warrants and domestic violence protection orders. The…

Take Back the Night Event Supports Domestic Violence Victims and Survivors

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — One in four women fall victim to domestic violence. A Sioux Falls survivor is speaking out on the anniversary of her attack hoping to raise awareness. An empowerment walk kicked off Take Back the Night. It’s an event to support those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. “To take back what’s been taken away from them…

Bison Man Posts $1M Cash Bond In Kidnapping, Rape Case

BISON, S.D. (AP) – A Bison man has posted $1 million in cash to bond out after being charged with kidnapping and rape. A Perkins County grand jury’s indictment of 55-year-old Richard Seidel stems from a Nov. 2 incident. Seidel also faces domestic violence and gun-related charges. Seidel was released on Monday after posting the $1 million in cash via…

Why Protection Orders Often Don’t Work

Local victims advocacy organization shares how family, friends can help a loved one in trouble

Michelle Markgraf from the Sioux Falls based Compass Center talks about the tragic loss of a young mother from Mitchell, why 36-year-old Marie Brinker may have let her husband come back home even after filing a protection order, and the resources available for families facing a situation of domestic violence. Brinker suffocated after having a sock stuffed in her mouth,…

Compass Center Hosting “It’s In The Bag” Benefit

The Compass Center in Sioux Falls is a non-profit organization that serves survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Since their services are free of charge, the Compass Center holds benefits to fund their efforts, including their “It’s In The Bag” event. The event will include a silent auction, raffle prizes, giveaways and much more. It will be held tomorrow night, Tuesday,…