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Man Wanted for Child Pornography Possession Charges

Sioux Falls police say 27-year-old Michel Lloyd Smith is wanted on child pornography charges. He’s accused of exchanging nude photos and graphic messages with a 13-year-old girl. According to court documents obtained by KDLT, Smith and the victim are family friends. They even went on a camping trip last summer. The two started chatting on Facebook on September 26. Smith sent a…

Police Investigating Late Night Armed Robbery

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Officers were called to the area of West 17th St. and Minnesota Ave. for reports of an armed robbery. Police confirmed, two subjects entered a Toppers Pizza around 9:45 Tuesday night. An investigation revealed, one suspect distracted the employee while the other suspect pulled a firearm and demanded money. Some money was taken and both suspects fled…

Alleged Sexual Assault Involving USD Students

We’re learning new details tonight involving an alleged sexual assault involving University of South Dakota students. The USD community is reacting to an alleged off-campus sexual assault involving students. Student body president, Teagan McNary, says students are upset, but still feel safe. “It’s upsetting, and I think it just shows that while we do a lot of training for the…

Several New Alleged Victims Come Forward in Sioux Center Teacher Investigation

Police arrested Curtis Van Dam for lascivious conduct with a minor and lascivious acts with a child on Monday, right before his 36th birthday. Now, more alleged victims are breaking their silence. “Emotions are high, from embarrassment to sadness to resentment to anger. we need to stay calm and let justice and the system do what it’s supposed to do,”…

UPDATE: Missing Boy Located Safe

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The Sioux Falls Police Department is asking for the public’s help locating a missing seven year-old boy. Trent SpiritTrack Jr. was last seen around 2:45 p.m. near 6th and Prairie Tuesday afternoon. He was last seen wearing camouflage pants, brown shirt, red fleece sweatshirt, and blue shoes with neon green laces. If you have any information or…

Effects Of K2: SF Couple Admitted To Smoking Synthetic Marijuana Before Leaving Baby Outside

The synthetic drug, known as K2, is in the spotlight after a Sioux Falls couple admitted to smoking the drug before allegedly leaving their baby outside overnight. We brought you the story two weeks ago: a 2-month-old baby boy found abandoned in a car seat outside of a Sioux Falls church. Police say he was wearing just a onesie, and…

SF Police Hope Ride Sharing Company Will Help Improve Safety, Cut Down On DWI Arrests

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.– With Lyft possibly in route to Sioux Falls, police are hoping the ride sharing company helps improve public safety and will cut down on the number of DWI arrests they make each year. For the last three years, Sioux Falls Police have arrested more than 11-hundred people for DWI each year in the city. So far this…

Court Documents: Mother & Father Of Infant Left Outside Overnight Admitted To Smoking K2

Mother Of Baby Charged With Abuse, Neglect Following Father's Arrest

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.– The mother of the infant found abandoned outside of a Sioux Falls church overnight has now been charged. It comes after she admitted to police that she and the child’s father had been smoking K2. Twenty-eight-year-old Mary Louise Jennesse is charged with felony child abuse and neglect. An employee at Faith Family Church found the 2-month-old boy…

Police Searching For Missing Boy

UPDATE - Boy Found: Police say they are searching for 12-year-old Eduardo Lopez.

UPDATE – Sioux Falls police report Eduardo Lopez has been found. SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Police say they are searching for 12-year-old Eduardo Lopez. He is about 5’5″ tall, and weighs about 130 pounds. Eduardo has brown hair and was last seen wearing a green sweatshirt and blue jeans. He was wearing gray Jordan tennis shoes. Eduardo was last seen around 4:00…

FULL STORY: Father Arrested For Child Abuse, Neglect After Infant Left Outside Overnight

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.– Police say the father of the infant left outside of a Sioux Falls Church has been arrested. The 38-year-old is charged with felony child abuse and neglect. Police say the 2-month-old baby was left outside overnight earlier this week. Police say they got the call Tuesday morning. An infant had been found in a car seat abandoned…

Police On Standoff In Downtown SF: ‘This turned out exactly the way we wanted it to’

Parole Absconder Was Behaving Erractically But Surrendered Peacefully

Sioux Falls Police say a parole absconder arrested following a hours long standoff was behaving erratically and likely on drugs. Forty-three-year-old Jeremy Hoeft is charged with possession of a controlled substance, paraphernalia, marijuana and is being held in jail on a parole detainer.  Police say parole services contacted metro communications that a parolee out of Rapid City was in the…

SF Police Chief, Mayor Say Change Starts With Curfew: ‘The youth of our city are being taken from us’

City officials in Sioux Falls are pleading with parents to show their kids some tough love. It comes after the city has seen three homicides involving teens in the last 18 months. They say changes need to be made… starting with curfew. Police Chief Matt Burns said, “We need to change the narrative in our city. We need change the…

DCI Investigating Excessive Force Allegations Against SDSU Officer

BROOKINGS, S.D. – South Dakota DCI is investigating allegations of excessive force by a University police officer over the weekend on SDSU’s campus. Mother Melissa Mentele shared multiple photos through Facebook of her daughter’s injuries yesterday, alleging a University officer used excessive force against her daughter. Mentele’s two daughters, who were on campus last Saturday, do not attend the university….

Help vs. Hinder: When SF Police Decide To Release Suspect Information

Authorities Release Robbery Suspects Name, Picture Following 3 Casino Robberies In 4 Days

Authorities continue to search for the suspect involved in at least one casino robbery in Sioux Falls. They’re looking for 27-year-old Angel Emilo Provincial. Police released his name to the public Wednesday after a $50,000 warrant was put out for his arrest. They hope it will help rather than hinder efforts to find him. Police say tips from the public…

Police: Man Broke Into Sioux Falls Home, Found In Utility Room Eating Cheese

An Elk Point man is behind bars after police say he broke into a Sioux Falls home, and was found in a utility room eating shredded cheese. Twenty-year-old Derick Neuman is charged with burglary, resisting arrest, and underage consumption. Police say a teenager was sleeping in the living room at around 2:30 a.m. Thursday. They say the 15-year-old heard Neuman…

Sioux Falls Police Saturate School Zones On First Day

With the new school year kicking off in Sioux Falls, police are saturating school zones. It’s not just School Resource Officers doing this, the department is also pulling in traffic officers from different shifts. “Good morning,” said Sioux Falls Police Officer Craig Boetel as he waves to a kid. “That’s one of the nice things about working in the grade…

Police Searching For Suspects After 2 Casinos Robbed Over Weekend

Police say they’re searching for the suspects after two Sioux Falls casinos were robbed over the weekend. The first robbery occurred Saturday morning at Deuces Casino on North West Avenue. Police say a man walked into the casino with dark colored clothing, a black hat, and a bandana over his face. They say he pointed a gun at a couple…