Minnehaha County

Minnehaha Co. Residents Affected By Flooding Granted Individual Assistance

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Citizens of Minnehaha County whose homes were affected by spring flooding might now be eligible for individual assistance through FEMA. This is due to the rain and snow storms the area endured from mid-March to late April. Minnehaha County officials say Disaster Recovery Centers will be set up later this week. The centers are walk-in facilities…

As Peters Steps Down, Noem Seeks Input On Vacancy

Governor-elect Kristi Noem is seeking public input as she looks to fill a seat that will be vacant when Senator Deb Peters steps down on January 4, 2019. Peters had been a House member from 2005-2011. Since then, she has served District 9 in the state Senate. Governor-elect Noem will appoint a legislator to serve during the 2019 and 2020…

Voting Booth Dos and Don’ts

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- So far this election season, there’ve been more than 78,000 absentee ballots requested in South Dakota. That’s an increase from 2014’s midterm election where there were around 55,000 absentee ballots cast. However, if you’re waiting until election day on Tuesday there’re some voting rules you need to know. Minnehaha County Auditor Bob Litz says he is trying…

Sioux Falls Woman Wanted for Manslaughter Arrested Overnight

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The 23-year-old Sioux Falls woman, wanted in connection with a body found near Renner earlier this week, was taken into custody overnight. Authorities confirmed Friday morning that Kelsey Roubideaux was booked late Thursday night. Police believe Roubideaux was behind the wheel when a 20-year-old passenger fired two rounds into the back seat around 12:30 a.m. on…

Jim Sideras Trial Date Set For November

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Former Sioux Falls Fire Chief Jim Sideras appeared in court on Thursday. Sideras is facing 10 counts of possession of child pornography. A Minnehaha County judge scheduled his jury trial for November 26th -30th. The judge also scheduled a motions hearing for November 5th. Due to the high profile nature of the case, potential jurors will…

Dentist Facing Charges Against Inmates at Minnehaha County Jail

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A dentist at the Minnehaha County Jail is accused of inappropriately touching female inmates. According to court documents the instances of alleged abuse include 5 women this year. “You know obviously they are very serious charges,” said Sheriff Mike Milstead. Dr. Andrew Heinisch faces four felony and four misdemeanor charges, including two counts of attempted sexual acts…

Minnehaha County Commission Votes Against Opt Out

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – In a four to one vote, the Minnehaha County Commission voted not to increase property taxes in the county for next year. Most of the county commissioners agreed Tuesday afternoon that the 2019 balanced budget is already set in stone, so there’s no need to worry taxpayers for now. If approved, homeowners would have paid about…

Sioux Falls Residents Use App to Help Save Lives

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Experts say in the United States someone dies every two minutes from cardiac arrest. The Sioux Falls Fire Department says by residents downloading an app they have the potential to save someone’s life. It’s already making a difference in Sioux Falls. The app Pulse Point allows residents to help out in public places until emergency services get…

Officers Mourn Loss of Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Deputy

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-The Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office lost one of their own on Tuesday, but say he’ll never be forgotten. Those who know Deputy Steve Maciejewski say he was a quiet leader, but a good one. “The way he treated people was magical quite frankly,” said Minnehaha Sheriff Mike Milstead. Which is why it’s fitting that his nickname was “Magic.”…

Authorities: Tips Helped Locate Person Of Interest In Area Burglaries

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Authorities say public tips helped them locate a person of interest connected to multiple burglaries in the area. Capt. Jason Gearman with the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office said within in minutes of releasing the photo of the vehicle belonging to the person of interest, they were receiving tips. Authorities arrested 32-year-old Shaun Ruegge in Canton. Authorities say…

Two South Dakota Men Plead Not Guilty In 2017 Explosives Arrest

SOUTH DAKOTA – Two South Dakota men were indicted by a federal grand jury last month for Transportation of Explosive Materials and Possession of Explosives by a Prohibited Person. The indictments come from an incident that occurred in Lyman County on January 19, 2017. 29-year-old Nathaniel Johnson, and 30-year-old William Fralick pleaded not guilty to the indictment on February 8, 2018….

Man Accused Of Trying To Harm Officer Waives Extradition

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A man accused of trying to hit a police officer with his vehicle in North Dakota has waived extradition from South Dakota. Prosecutors say 22-year-old Ulises Villalobos-Alvarado is expected to appear in Burleigh County court early next week. Villalobos-Alvarado is charged with attempted murder and fleeing a peace officer during a probation search. The officer shot…

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…

Volunteers Needed For Annual Statewide Homeless Count

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Every year, volunteers across South Dakota brave the January cold to help learn more about the state’s homeless population. Stacey Tieszen, from the Homeless Advisory Board in Minnehaha County tells us about this annual project. Please contact the correct individuals in your area for more information on training and organization plans for communities. Sioux Falls Contact: Stacey…

Brandon Woman Facing Terrorism, Child Abuse Charges Makes Initial Court Appearance

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Brandon woman charged in two Iowa shootings appeared in Minnehaha County court today, after authorities discovered a stockpile of weapons in her home late last month. 50-year-old Artis Kattenberg is charged with felony child abuse, she’s also facing terrorism and terrorism charges in Iowa. Her bond was set today at $100,000. Kattenberg was arrested following…

Suspect In Sioux Falls Double Homicide In Minnehaha County Custody

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls woman wanted in connection to a double homicide is now in custody in Minnehaha County. 27-year old Maria LeClaire was extradited to South Dakota following her arrest in Red Wing, Minnesota last Thursday. She was booked into Minnehaha County jail around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, where she’s being held without bond. She’s charged…

Man Shot by Robbery Victim Sentenced To 12 Years

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A man who was shot while trying to rob a couple near a mall in Sioux Falls last year has been sentenced to 12 years in prison. The Minnehaha County State Attorney’s Office says Edward LaBlanc was given the maximum sentence possible this week for second-degree attempted robbery. Sioux Falls police say LaBlanc was shot…