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SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—One of the suspects accused of being connected to a double murder in Sioux Falls has been arrested in neighboring Minnesota. Sioux Falls police reported Thursday night, Jan. 11, that Maria Shantel LeClaire, wanted on a $500,000 cash bond for being an accessory to first-degree robbery, was found in eastern Minnesota in the city of Red Wing. Police said a citizen saw the 27-year-old Leclaire and notified local law enforcement. She was taken into custody without any problems and is being held at the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—A 63-year-old Canadian woman is the second person to enter a guilty plea regarding a scheme to defraud consumers by selling light-emitting devices as a treatment for more than 200 different diseases and disorders, the Department of Justice announced Thursday, Jan. 11. Irina Kossovskaia, of Ontario, Canada, pleaded guilty in federal court in Sioux Falls on Wednesday to one count of conspiracy to introduce misbranded medical devices into interstate commerce with the intent to defraud and mislead.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—Authorities are still on the hunt for two people wanted in connection with the shooting deaths and robbery of two men in what police believe was a drug deal gone bad Friday, Jan. 5, in north Sioux Falls. Sioux Falls police public information officer Sam Clemens said Manuel Jesus Frias, 34, is wanted for first-degree murder, while Maria Shentel LeClaire, 27, is wanted for accessory to first-degree robbery. Clemens said police believe there was a drug deal that was going to happen and one tried to rob the other — then the shooting began.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Two men have died in a shooting in a high-crime area in northern Sioux Falls and police are seeking a man and woman who may be armed and are of interest in the killings. Police said that on Friday, Jan. 5, about 5:35 a.m. someone called police after hearing gunshots outside of an apartment at 700 West Rice Street. Officers found two men with gunshot wounds. One man was pronounced dead at the scene and the other was taken to a hospital where he later died from his injuries. Both victims are believed to be in their 20s and detectives were working to identify both men.
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota is taking a multi-pronged approach to address drug and opioid use, particularly as both arrests and overdose deaths continue to rise. Statewide, overdose deaths jumped from 32 in 2013 to 51 in 2016, the most recent year data was available, while drug arrests increased 147 percent between 2007 and 2016. Marty Jackley, the South Dakota attorney general, said large shipments of opioids on the black market pose a major problem and contributes to accidental overdoses.
AGENCY VILLAGE, S.D.— Meth use, sometimes called an epidemic on the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate reservation, is getting most of the attention these days as the tribe takes on that addiction. However, Clarice Bear Hill of the tribe's Dakota Pride Treatment Center in Sisseton thinks opioid use is often overlooked on the reservation that includes seven counties straddling the border of northeast South Dakota and southeast North Dakota.. "It is a really big problem," she said.
AMHERST, S.D.—Although studies are continuing, a preliminary report said a problem that started during construction of the Keystone pipeline almost 10 years ago may have led to the leak of 210,000 gallons of crude oil in a prairie grass field near the South Dakota-North Dakota border in November. A report said the pipeline rupture may have been caused by a half-moon-shaped concrete weight placed on the 30-inch pipeline to hold it in place in the field near Amherst in northeast South Dakota where there was shallow groundwater.
RAPID CITY, S.D.—A 31-year-old man killed on Interstate 90 in South Dakota last Thursday night when his van hit a charter bus that was stalled in the middle of the road with no lights on has been identified. He was Cade Stensland of Larchwood, Iowa, in the far northwest corner of Iowa, who died at the scene of the crash. Stensland, who was wearing a seatbelt, was driving a 2013 Ford E-250 van. The crash occurred 20 miles east of Rapid City at 8:45 p.m. when the bus carrying 56 passengers lost all power.
RAPID CITY, S.D.—A 31-year-old man was killed on Interstate 90 in South Dakota Thursday night when he his van hit a charter bus that was stalled in the middle of the road with no lights on. The crash occurred 20 miles east of Rapid City at 8:45 p.m. when the bus carrying 56 passengers lost all power. The 2013 Motor Coach bus, driven by a 39-year-old woman, came to a stop in the middle of both interstate lanes with no lights were operating. The eastbound 2013 Ford E-250 van then rear-ended the bus, said the South Dakota State Patrol.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Emma was the most popular name for newborn girls at Sanford Health’s 44 hospitals in 2017, while Jackson topped the list for boys. The other top four names were Lillian (Lily), Abigail (Abby), Nora (Norah) and Harper. For boys, the other top four names were Grayson (Greyson), Henry, Liam and Theodore. Emma and Jackson were also the most popular name across the health system in 2015.