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Man steals car in Sioux Falls with child in back seat

Oct. 21, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sioux Falls police say a man stole a car from outside a convenience store without realizing a 2-year-old child was strapped in the back seat. Police say the 36-year-old man stole the vehicle around 8 a.m. Monday. The child's mother had left the car unlocked and running in the...

South Dakota Sioux tribes get $4.2M in federal funds

Oct. 21, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Six of South Dakota's Sioux tribes have received $4.2 million in funding from the federal government for public safety programs. The U.S. Department of Justice announced the awards Friday in a series of press releases. The funding is part of $273.4 million the DOJ is awarding to...

South Dakota prison inmates make road signs, Braille books

Oct. 21, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Inmates at the South Dakota State Penitentiary make thousands of everyday items each year, from traffic tickets to sensory toys for children with special needs. About 245 are employed by Pheasantland Industries making 25 to 40 cents an hour. This year, the city also began hiring...

Sioux Falls police help 2 escape burning house

Oct. 19, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sioux Falls police have helped two people escape their burning home. Firefighters were called to the house around 2 a.m. Saturday. Authorities say the initial report was that members of a family were unable to get out of the house. Police arrived and heard people still inside the...

South Dakota man charged with manslaughter in loss of fetus

Oct. 17, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota man has been charged with second-degree manslaughter after police say he negligently shot his pregnant wife, killing the fetus. Sheldon Pettibone, 22, of Sioux Falls told police he was cleaning his gun Sunday when it fired, shooting his wife, Melanie, who was about...

Jury convicts man of stalking Sioux Falls mayor

Oct. 16, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A jury has convicted a man of stalking the Sioux Falls mayor. The Minnehaha County jury convicted 58-year-old Christopher Bruce after deliberating nearly three hours Wednesday. Bruce declined to comment after his conviction. He faces up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine. Mayor...

Sioux Falls teacher surprised with $25K as a top US educator

Oct. 16, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Alison Ter Horst meant to be a guidance counselor, not a teacher, but once she tried student teaching she couldn't bear to leave the classroom. On Wednesday, Ter Horst was surprised with a $25,000 check at Washington High School in Sioux Falls as one of the nation's top teachers,...

Police say Iowa slaying suspect arrested in Georgia

Oct. 14, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Georgia authorities have found a man suspected in an Iowa slaying. Fort Dodge police say in a news release that 19-year-old Damion Chavez was spotted by a sheriff's deputy in Lowndes County, Georgia, on Saturday in a vehicle on Interstate 75. The vehicle was pulled over and Chavez...

Lack of Sioux Falls police diversity creates challenges

Oct. 14, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Mark Blackburn knows the clock is ticking. The Sioux Falls Police Department has talked about the desire to increase demographic diversity on its force for decades, but the numbers don't add up. A lack of racial and gender representation reflecting the growing Sioux Falls community...

Police ID man killed in Fort Dodge shooting; make arrest

Oct. 12, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Fort Dodge police have identified a man shot to death in the north-central Iowa city. The Messenger reports the shooting happened around 8 p.m. Friday, when police were called to the scene on the west side of the city for reports of a shooting. Officers and paramedics found the man,...