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SIOUX FALLS—An Illinois woman faces a mandatory 20 years in prison after being indicted on charges of selling heroin to a southeast South Dakota man who overdosed and died, as the U.S. attorney's office issues a stern warning to drug dealers. Stephanie Broecker, 26, of Rockford, Ill., has been indicted on charges of distribution of heroin resulting in death. The 30-year-old victim, identified only as K.P. in court documents, died of an apparent heroin overdose in Miner County last November. Broecker was arrested in Illinois and is awaiting transfer to South Dakota.
MINOT, N.D.-- Huey Lewis and the News has cancelled its show at the Norsk Hostfest in Minot this fall. Lewis said in a statement that about two months ago, just before a show in Dallas, he lost most of his hearing.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A 35-year-old Sioux Falls man was arrested Thursday, April 12, accused of stabbing a 21-year-old victim and carjacking his vehicle in a city neighborhood. Police said that Chol Thon Deng arrived at a home about 1:30 p.m., stabbed the victim in the arm and then took his Cadillac Escalade. A detective saw the stolen SUV in the western part of the city and patrol officers tried to stop Deng, but he fled at a high rate of speed.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A 62-year-old Sioux Falls daycare worker has been arrested on a warrant after surveillance cameras captured abuse of three children at a daycare center, police said Thursday, April 12. The mother of a victim watched security cameras in the room of the daycare and noticed the worker struck her child. She reported it to police on April 2.
PIERRE, S.D. – A major winter storm is forecast to bring heavy snow and strong winds across much of South Dakota that will hamper weekend travel and possibly closing roads until Sunday, April 15. The National Weather Service said the storm started Thursday with snow in western South Dakota and was moving east. Rain and freezing rain will precede the heavy snow in central, north-central and northeastern parts of the state.
MINOT, N.D. -- The Minot Police Department has received several reports of a fundraising scam in the city where callers attempted to raise donations for a “police action fund” on behalf of city police. Police Capt. John Klug said there is no agreement with such an organization and that “we don’t solicit donations by phone for any reason.”
MINOT, N.D. -- A 33-year-old convicted Minot felon has been arrested for firing multiple gunshots outside a northwest city apartment on Wednesday night, April 11. Marcus Hill faces four charges in the incident, police said. At about 9:45 p.m. officers were called to the apartment for a report of gunshots. Empty casings were found, and later police found a gun believed to be used in the shooting and stolen in Hill’s apartment.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Paul TenHaken and Jolene Loetscher will be in a runoff for mayor of South Dakota’s largest city on Tuesday, May 1, after neither candidate received 50 percent of the vote on Tuesday, April 10. With all 66 precincts reporting, TenHaken led with 10,923 votes or 34 percent. Loetscher had 7,972 or 25 percent. There were four other candidates in the Sioux Falls election.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., has been selected to serve on the defense appropriations committee that is responsible for funding the Department of Defense. In a statement, Hoeven said he feels it’s an important appointment since it works on funding for North Dakota’s two Air Force bases in Grand Forks and Minot and the Air National Guard in Fargo.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A 61-year-old Volga farmer has been put on probation for a year and ordered to pay a $100 fine for disturbing six protected wetlands on his property. Kevin Jay Mast was sentenced in federal court by U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier in Sioux Falls on Monday, April 9.