Rapid City Journal
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A Rapid City man has been arrested and accused of murdering his brother after he stabbed him Monday night, March 18. James Ladeaux, 54, is charged with first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault against law enforcement officers, the Rapid City Police Department said Tuesday in a news release. He's accused of stabbing his brother, 53-year-old Fredrick Ladeaux, in an alleyway. Police received a report around 11:10 p.m Monday and found an unconscious man bleeding on the ground and another man sitting on the ground.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Police are investigating after a man was found dead Thursday morning, March 14, in a downtown Rapid City parking lot. A man in his early 50s was found around 7:20 a.m. under a bus in the parking lot of Trinity Lutheran Church on Kansas City Street, the Rapid City Police Department said in a news release. "Police are currently working to investigate the death, but preliminary indications show no signs of trauma to the man," the release said.
DEADWOOD, S.D. — A 45-year-old man is in custody in Alberta, Canada, in connection with a telephone bomb threat that cleared a Deadwood hotel and casino for about 3 1/2 hours Sunday evening, Feb. 17. A news release from Deadwood Police Chief Kelly K. Fuller said a male subject called the registration desk at the First Gold Hotel and Casino at 4:58 p.m. Sunday and warned of a bomb in the building. The hotel and casino received a second call from the unknown subject minutes later, the release said.
ROCKERVILLE, S.D. - Search and rescue groups took advantage of warmer temperatures on Wednesday. Feb. 13, to resume looking for a 9-year-old girl who's been missing for more than a week. Nineteen men and women with the Pennington County Sheriff's Office, Pennington County Search and Rescue, Rapid City Police Department and Rockerville Fire Department searched for Serenity Dennard, according to Helene Duhamel, spokeswoman for the sheriff's office.
DEADWOOD, S.D. - A juvenile from North Dakota has died after a snowmobile crash Saturday night in Lawrence County. According to a news release from the Lawrence County Coroner's Office, the crash was reported at 9:45 p.m. Feb. 9. The juvenile died Sunday at the Regional Health Lead-Deadwood Hospital. Information about the juvenile, including the name, age and residence, are not being released pending family notifications.
ROSEBUD, S.D. — The FBI has identified the man who died Jan. 27 after being shot at by police in Rosebud. Jacob Archambault, a 25-year-old from St. Francis, "died as the result of a tribal officer-involved shooting," the FBI said in a release. No further details, such as the officer's or officers' names, are available during the ongoing investigation, the FBI said.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — A Rapid City man pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter Thursday, Jan. 30, after originally being indicted on first-degree murder for the 2017 fatal shooting of 20-year-old Clinton Farlee. Maricelo Garcia, 22, pleaded guilty at the state courthouse in Rapid City in a room filled with Farlee's loved ones. As part of the plea deal, the prosecution will ask for no more than a 45-year sentence, said Matthew Rappold, one of Garcia's lawyers.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — A former Whitewood police chief was sentenced this week in Butte and Lawrence counties after pleading guilty to sexually abusing a girl. Ben Koens, 69, of Belle Fourche, was sentenced Monday, Jan. 28, in Butte County to 15 years in prison for having sexual contact with a minor under the age of 16, court records show. Koens was sentenced Tuesday in Lawrence County to 10 years in prison for the same type of crime, records show. The sentences will be served concurrently and Koens must register as a sex offender upon release.
ROSEBUD, S.D. — A man died Sunday evening in Rosebud after a police pursuit culminated in officers shooting at a vehicle that rammed them before the vehicle crashed down a cliff, according to a press release from Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. The man had not being identified by law enforcement until his family is notified. It's not clear exactly how the man died.
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A woman last seen Monday, Jan. 21, was found dead Thursday in Pennington County, the Pennington County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. No foul play is suspected in the death of 56-year-old Debra Jankord, the release said. An autopsy was completed, but the cause of death has not yet been determined. Jankord was last seen around noon Monday driving near Everest Road in Pennington County, and authorities searched for her in Pennington, Meade and Lawrence counties.