Minnehaha County

Sideras Pleads Not Guilty For Child Porn Charges

Former Sioux Falls Fire Rescue Chief Faces Ten Counts Of Child Pornography

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — At his first appearance in the Minnehaha County courthouse, former Sioux Falls Fire Rescue Chief Jim Sideras plead not guilty to all of his charges. He faces a maximum of ten years in prison and a $10,000 fine for each of his ten child porn charges. He is currently out on bond. Minnehaha County State’s Attorney…

Court Documents Reveal Year-Long Interaction, “Hundreds” of Nude Photos Sent Via Snapchat

18-year-old Nicholas Charles Schmidt appeared in Minnehaha County Court Thursday

BALTIC, S.D. – An 18-year-old Baltic man is facing three counts of child pornography charges and three counts of rape after a 16-year-old girl confronted police earlier this month. The girl told police she used Snapchat to send hundreds of nude photos of herself to the defendant who then saved the pictures, and threatened to show them to people if…

UPDATE: Driver Airlifted To Hospital In Early Morning Rollover

DELL RAPIDS, S.D.- A driver was airlifted to a local hospital after a rollover crash in Dell Rapids early Monday morning. The Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office was called to the scene at Jasper Street and 482nd Avenue around 12:25 a.m. on Monday for a single-car rollover accident. Authorities say the driver was ejected after the car rolled over through a ditch…

Homeowners Taking Interest In Security Systems

Midco offers multiple surveillance options

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Five people were arrested Monday in a burglary investigation in Minnehaha County. Police found stolen credit cards and guns that they say were taken from two homes and storage units. So what can you do to keep this from happening? One company says looking into a home security system can help. “This is, as I said,…

Over One Thousand Stolen Snow Goose Decoys Recovered

Authorities Say Social Media Helped Track Down The Suspects

A couple weeks ago, sheriff’s deputies learned hunting equipment was stolen in northwestern Minnehaha County. It wasn’t a report to “gaggle” about. 1200 snow goose decoys, with blinds and electronic devices included, were stolen in the night from a field on private property. Captain Jason Gearman with Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office said a grand total of $10,000 of equipment belonging…

U.S. Marshals Arrest Missouri Man In Sioux Falls On Rape Charges

SIOUX FALLS – U.S. Marshals and detectives from the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man living in Sioux Falls for allegedly forcefully raping multiple female juveniles in Missouri. The youngest victim was 10-years-old at the time of the alleged assault. Robert Justin Cooper was arrested today without incident by the members of the Sioux Falls Area Fugitive Task Force…

Claims By Dr. Jonathan Cohen’s Defense Disputed By State’s Attorney

Dr. Cohen's Defense Claims Blackmail and Extortion, State's Attorney Claims Lack Of Evidence

Dr. Jonathan Cohen had all 21 charges, including human trafficking and child pornography, were dropped this week. However, both sides are still arguing the case. In a statement, Dr. Cohen’s defense attorney, Michael Butler, claims Cohen was a victim of a blackmail and extortion scheme. Butler says his client’s accuser, a female who claimed to be 16 years old, set…

Former School Administrator Sentenced 10 Years Of Probation

Rodney Fischer Pled Guilty To Solicitation Of A Minor

SIOUX FALLS – The former business manager of Garretson Public Schools who pled guilty to one count of solicitation of a minor, will not have spend another day in jail. 59-year-old Rodney Fischer was sentenced to 10 years of probation in Minnehaha County Court this afternoon. Fischer was arrested in June 2016. Authorities say he responded to a backpage.com ad,…

Authorities Investigate Death After A Body Was Found

SIOUX FALLS – At approximately 12:12 p.m. on Friday, Minnehaha County Deputies were dispatched to the 9100 block of E. 41st St for a report of shots fired. The Minnehaha County SWAT team was activated due to the nature of the call. In the course of investigation, a male was found deceased. Foul play is not suspected, and the investigation…

School Board Members Deciding to Hand Count Summer Election

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Registered voters will be seeing something a little different in this year’s school board election. Instead of having their vote be counted by the Minnehaha County’s ballot counting machine. volunteers appointed by school board members will hand count the votes instead. “We have not done this for as long; I mean I don’t ever remember doing it,”…

Minnehaha Co. Criminal Cases On The Rise

State's Attorney says drugs, specifally meth is to blame

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – In 2016, Minnehaha County started investigations on 14,500 new criminal cases. To this day 10,000 of those are still open. According to the State’s Attorney, many of these crimes have one thing in common. “The vast majority of our adult criminal cases, the more serious ones are chemically propelled with either alcohol or drugs,” says Minnehaha…

Volunteers Are Needed For The Annual Homeless Count

SIOUX FALLS – Groups across South Dakota work year-round to help state residents who don’t have a place to live. But the Homeless Advisory Board is looking to help collect new data in Minnehaha County. Categories: Local News Tags: homeless, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls