Minnehaha County

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…

Authorities Identify Body Found In Hartford Swimming Pool

HARTFORD, S.D. – Authorities have identified the body of a woman found in a swimming pool in Hartford yesterday afternoon. The Minnehaha County Sheriff’s office say a friend discovered the body of 54-year-old Laura Keller just before 1 p.m. Authorities say the woman’s body was found in a swimming pool outside the home in the 500 block of North Sagehorn…

Jaber Receives Suspended Drug Sentence, Still Facing Terroristic Threat Charges

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls man facing terroristic threat charges pleaded guilty to drug charges today in Minnehaha County. 46-year-old Ehab Jaber received 5 years suspended for possession of meth. He was sentenced in October to 7 months in prison and 3 years supervised release for a federal firearms charge. Minnehaha county states attorney Aaron McGowan says he…

Man Charged With Beating Death Makes Initial Court Appearance

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Minnehaha county judge has ordered bond to remain at $25,000 for Nathan MacTaggart, the third person charged in the beating death of a Sioux Falls man. The 33-year-old is charged with aggravated assault and made his initial court appearance this morning. On November 3rd,  two teenage girls repeatedly punched a 55-year-old victim in the face…

Sioux Falls Man Leads Police On Pursuit In Multiple Stolen Vehicles

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Law enforcement officials have arrested a 37-year-old man leads law enforcement on a pursuit in multiple stolen vehicles. Capt. Mike Walsh says the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Department received a call that a stolen truck was being tracked by OnStar. OnStar disabled the vehicle before deputies arrived. Officials say they saw the suspect walking in a field…

Man Wanted In Minnehaha County Arrested Near Lennox Following Car Chase

LENNOX, S.D. — A Sioux Falls man is in custody after leading authorities on a chase near Lennox Friday morning. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office says a deputy made contact with the suspect at the Countryside Convenience Truck Stop. There the deputy discovered the suspect, a 39-year-old man, was wanted in Minnehaha County on Grand Theft charges, and attempted to take…

Authorities: Escaped Minnehaha Co. Inmate Suspected In Burglaries

LAKE COUNTY, S.D. – An escaped Minnehaha County inmate is the suspect in string of burglaries in Brookings County. The Lake County Sheriff’s office believes 36-year-old Kai Hansen recently stole a pickup truck from Farmer’s Implement and Irrigation in Brookings. The vehicle is a white, utility pickup with new holland markings and utility chests in the rear. Hansen was arrested…

Casino Robbery Suspect Makes Initial Court Appearance

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The man accused of robbing three Sioux Falls casinos in five days appeared in a Minnehaha County Courtroom this morning. Angel Provinical made his initial appearance where he was read the charges against him. Provincial is charged with three counts of first degree robbery, aggravated assault, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of a firearm…

Authorities Find Credit Card Skimmer After Several Fraud Reports

BALTIC, S.D. – The Minnehaha County Sheriff’s office found a credit card skimmer at a gas station pump in Baltic. Authorities say they received several reports of fraudulent use of credit cards over the weekend.  A credit card skimmer was located at the Classic Corner station in Baltic in one of the gas pumps. Deputies are checking other stations in the…

Wilson Hughes Sentenced To 30 Years For The Beating Death Of Arick Strauser

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A 17-year-old boy who pleaded guilty last month to manslaughter, will spend 30 years in prison. A judge sentenced Wilson Hughes for the beating death of 18-year-old Arick Strauser last July. It was an emotional hearing for everyone involved. Family members of Arick Strauser came out of the courtroom shouting, “justice for Arick has been done,…

Minnehaha Co. Emergency Management Seeking Police Reserve Volunteers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Minnehaha County Emergency Management is looking for volunteers for their police reserve. The county’s Reserve Law Enforcement Unit currently has 60 officers. Their primary function is to assist other officers, and do security detail at community events such as parades, tournaments, Jazz Fest, and The Sioux Empire Fair. Reserve officers are certified by the state’s Law…

Authorities Warn Of Phone Scam Targeting Minnehaha County Residents

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Authorities are warning Minnehaha County residents about phone scams circulating the area, in which callers impersonate county and law enforcement officials, and demand payments. Police say a 29-year-old Sioux Falls woman is one victim in the area, scammed out of $500. Police say she received a call from two people claiming that she owed $800 in…

Minnehaha County Commission Approves New Feedlot Ordinance

Trims Distance Requirements Between CAFOs and Residential Buildings

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Larger CAFO’s, or concentrated animal feeding operations, may get closer to home in Minnehaha County. The Minnehaha County Commission voted unanimously to update their two decades-old zoning ordinance. It trims the minimum setback requirement between feeding lots and residential buildings. For example, the old ordinance required Class A feeding lots, meaning lots with 2000 or more…

Concerns Arise With Possible Regulation Changes To CAFO’s

MINNEHAHA, Co. – Policies may change for farmers who build indoor livestock operations in Minnehaha County. Tuesday, commissioners are expected to vote on the distance between these operations and other buildings, like where you work, or worship. The proposal is concerning a grassroots conservation group that claims these livestock farms are harmful to people’s health. It’s a lengthy name: concentrated…

8 Businesses Fail Minnehaha Sheriff’s Alcohol Compliance Check

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Department conducted liquor compliance checks of area businesses in which eight out of the 62 businesses failed. These checks included businesses with either liquor or malt beverage licenses. Sgt. Josh Phillips with the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office, says this was the most failed businesses in his 14 year career. The following are…

Dealing With Fourth Of July Crime

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – An increase in crime and long holiday weekends typically go hand in hand. The day following the Fourth of July can be tiresome for those who have to deal with an overflow of jail inmates. But the Minnehaha County State Attorney’s Office and the Jail had two different experiences this year. Minnehaha County booked 300 new…

Ehab Jaber Arraigned On Drug Charges In Minnehaha County

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls man accused of live streaming himself brandishing weapons and making threats was in court again today. This time Ehab Jaber appeared in Minnehaha County, arraigned on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. A judge entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. The charges stem from an incident that…

Crews Work To Clean Up Chemical Spill After Two-Vehicle Crash

BALTIC, S.D. –  Crews are cleaning up a chemical spill near Baltic after a semi-truck hauling Round-Up and another car collided causing the chemical bins to tip over and fall off. Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office said that 200-250 gallons of Round-Up spilled but don’t consider it a serious issue. The driver of the other car was transported to Sanford Hospital…

Jared Stone Sentenced To Life Without Parole

Convicted In March Of Second Degree Murder For April 2016 Slaying

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Jared Stone will serve the rest of his life in prison. Stone was convicted of second degree murder after shooting and killing Baptiste White Eyes outside the Lucky Lady Casino in Sioux Falls in April 2016. On Friday, Stone was sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole. He also has seven concurrent years…