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Police: Sioux Falls Woman Arrested For DWI After Crashing Into Utility Pole

A Sioux Falls woman is behind bars after police say she crashed her car into a utility pole while intoxicated. Twenty-four-year-old Samantha Kaye Wesselink was arrested for DWI and Hit and Run. Police say Wesselink crashed into the pole near 22nd Street and Kiwanis Avenue just after 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, causing residents in the area to lose power. Police say…

Court Documents Reveal Victim Was In The Process Of Divorcing Husband Charged In Her Murder

FULL STORY: A 43-year-old Sioux Falls man has been arrested for murdering his wife. Irving Duane Jumping Eagle is charged with 1st and 2nd degree murder as well as manslaughter. Authorities began looking for him after they found his wife dead inside their apartment early yesterday afternoon. Police say it was a few days ago that a relative began worrying…

As Cases Of Mental Illness Increase, Avera Health And Police Ban Together

Both Sioux Falls Police and Avera Health say they’ve seen an increase in cases involving mental health in Sioux Falls. Since Avera’s Behavioral Health Center opened more than 10 years ago,  the number of inpatient stays has nearly doubled. KDLT’s Jill Johnson talked to experts about the increase, and how the two groups are working together to curb future problems….

Inmate Placed On Escaped Status

Robert Running Shield, 51, left the Rapid City Community Work Center without authorization

RAPID CITY, S.D.- A state prison inmate has been placed on escape status after walking away from a minimum-security facility. Robert Running Shield, 51, left the Rapid City Community Work Center without authorization Monday evening. Running Shield is described as a 6″1′ Native American male weighing approximately 170 pounds with partially gray hair and brown eyes. Running Shield is currently…

Prosecutors: SF Man Admitted To Looking At Child Porn 2 To 3 Times A Week

24-Year-Old Matthew Weeks Faces 5 Counts Of Possession Of Child Pornography

A Sioux Falls man is facing child pornography charges after police say a cyber tip led them to the suspect. If convicted, Matthew Weeks could face up to 50 years in prison. The 24-year-old is charged with 5 counts of possession of child pornography. Sioux Falls Police Officer Sam Clemens said, “We get a lot of tips from various sources…

SF Man Arrested On Child Porn Charges After 7 Month Long Investigation

SIOUX FALLS – After a seven-month-long investigation, police have arrested a Sioux Falls man involving child pornography. Thirty-five-year-old Eric Christofer Saathoff is charged with five counts of possession of child pornography. Police say their Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, who proactively looks on the internet for illegal activity, began their investigation of Saathoff in July of last year. Police say…

Crews Investigate Overnight Garage Fire

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The Sioux Falls Fire Rescue was called to a garage fire at 109 South 9th Avenue at around 4:00 a.m. Friday morning. First-arriving crews found smoke and flames coming from a detached garage. The fire was extinguished within ten minutes of the first-arriving crews.  Crews were able to hold the fire to the garage. One resident was…

SF Police: Man Arrested For Murder Stabbed Friend After Having Bad Reaction To Drugs

A 25-year-old Sioux Falls man is facing 2nd degree murder and 1st degree manslaughter charges after police say he fatally stabbed his friend. Police say that the suspect was having a bad reaction to drugs before the stabbing occurred. A medical emergency at a home in southeast Sioux Falls turned into a homicide investigation early Sunday morning. “My understanding was…

Mom Speaks Out After Daycare Provider Charged With Manslaughter: ‘I don’t look at her as this horrible monster’

A Sioux Falls daycare provider has been charged with 1st degree manslaughter after police say an infant died while in her care in September of last year. Police say the child died of positional asphyxia or was in a position where he wasn’t able to breathe. KDLT’s Jill Johnson has reaction from a mom who took her child to that…

Police Searching For Armed Robbery Suspect

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The Sioux Falls Police Department are investigating an armed robbery after officers were dispatched to a hold up alarm at a business in Southwest Sioux Falls at around 8:20 p.m. Thursday night. Arriving officers reported that business appeared to look normal when they arrived. The officers then contacted employees and were told the business had been robbed. The…

SD Highway Patrol Hosting 3rd Annual Women’s Recruiting Seminars

PIERRE, S.D.– South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is again hosting what has become a successful effort in recruiting more female troopers. Four Women’s Recruiting Seminars are scheduled statewide in the next few weeks. The seminars, now in their third year, are designed to provide more information for women who are interested in joining the Highway Patrol. Currently the Highway Patrol has…

UPDATE: 1 Dead, Two Injured In Overnight Crash

Officers have blocked off South Western Ave. starting at 22nd St. through 26th St.

UPDATE: Sioux Fall Police confirm a boy has died in an early morning crash after a car struck a tree. Officer Tim Hagen confirms a juvenile male has died. Two others are injured and were taken to a local hospital. Police believe speed was a factor. The Crime Lab is on the scene as of 8 a.m. Officials expect the…

Rapid City Police could have body cameras next summer

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP)– Officers with the Rapid City Police Department and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office could be outfitted by body cameras by next summer. The two agencies applied last week for a U.S. Department of Justice grant that would help pay for the video recording tools. The agencies should know by late summer or early fall whether the…

SFPD: Overnight Vehicle Fire Suspicious

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Police are investigating an overnight vehicle fire believed to be arson. Crews were called to the area of East Austin Street and North Van Eps Ave shortly before 2:00 a.m. Tuesday morning for reports of a car on fire. A woman was returning home from work a realized an orange glow coming from a car and noticed…

Law Enforcement Seeks Information On Missing Man

PIERRE, S.D. – Roberts County Sheriff’s Office, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Police Department and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation are seeking information regarding the disappearance of Markus David Evans, 50, Waubay. He was last seen on December 2, 2016 in the late evening hours leaving a residence in Ortley, South Dakota. It is believed that Evans was returning…

Platte Man Pleads Guilty To Grand Theft

PIERRE, S.D.– Attorney General Marty Jackley and Brule County States Attorney David Natvig confirm that Brian William Biehl, 48 of Platte, has pleaded guilty to one count of grand theft by law enforcement of seized property. The charges stem from money taken while Biehl was employed as a law enforcement officer with the South Dakota Highway Patrol. Biehl could face…