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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A 28-year-old inmate who was wrongly released from a county jail in Sioux Falls because he had the same name as another prisoner is still on the run more than a day later. Adrian Ray Watson was accidentally freed from the Minnehaha County Jail on Monday, July 23, when staff mixed him up with another prisoner by the same name who was to be released on a personal recognizance bond ordered by the court.. Both of the men were from Sioux Falls.
SIOUX FALLS -- Minnehaha County Jail staff in Sioux Falls are looking for an inmate who was wrongly released on Monday, July 23. Warden Jeff Gromer said prisoner Adrian Ray Watson, a 27-year-old charged with robbery and assault, was released from custody because staff mixed him up with another inmate who had the same name and was supposed to be let go. Authorities are looking for Watson.
NEW YORK -- The NFL has halted implementation of its new national anthem policy under an agreement with the NFL Players Association. The two sides announced the deal Thursday night. The agreement also keeps the grievance filed by the NFLPA over the anthem policy, ratified by the NFL owners at their May meeting in Atlanta, from moving forward, at least temporarily.
MCLAUGHLIN, S.D. -- A 25-year-old McLaughlin man has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for the beating death of another man who died of blunt force trauma to the head. Sinjin Cameron of the far north-central South Dakota town on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the case and was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann in Aberdeen.
SISSETON, S.D. -- A 42-year-old Sisseton man has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for aggravated sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl, according to a U.S. attorney’s release on Wednesday, July 18. Ira Alan Arias, who also lists an address in Fort Worth, Texas, was found guilty by a federal jury in Aberdeen earlier this year on three counts of sexual abuse of a child.
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- A 44-year-old Rapid City man has been sent to federal prison for more than 14 years for stealing more than $1 million from a used car dealership in the western South Dakota city. Brent Bednarz was sentenced Monday, July 9, after his convictions on federal bank fraud and tax evasion charges and was also ordered to pay $1.49 million in restitution.
SIOUX FALLS -- A 59-year-old Sioux Falls man who is accused of taking a woman home from the bar, sexually assaulting her and then refused to let her leave for days has been arrested for kidnapping. Sioux Falls police said Friday, July 6, that Kermit Lee Lewis was arrested by the SWAT team on Thursday night at a west Sioux Falls apartment. Crisis negotiators were also used in the operation. Lewis was taken into custody without incident.
MILBANK, S.D. – A third person has now died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash that occurred June 18, four miles north of Milbank. Gerald Boerger, 82, of Milbank, was driving a 1994 Mack dump truck westbound and failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection with South Dakota Highway 15, said the South Dakota State Patrol. The truck collided in the intersection with a 2016 Chevrolet Equinox that was northbound on the highway.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Two people were indicted in South Dakota, a 35-year-old Wagner man and an Idaho woman, as part of the largest-ever health care fraud crackdown across the nation. A total of 601 defendants across the U.S. are accused of more than $2 billion in false billings to Medicare, Medicaid and other federal health care programs or for their role in prescribing more than 13 million illegal doses of opioids and other dangerous narcotics. In Minnesota, the U.S attorney’s office said there were no arrests made as part of the operation in the state. A call to the U.S.
YANKTON, S.D. – Five people died and another person was seriously injured early on the Fourth of July in a two-vehicle crash three miles east of Yankton in far southern South Dakota. Names are not being released pending notification of families.