Local News Updates

BREAKING: Threats at WHS leads to arrest

10-8-15               Threatened school shooting             Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D. (KWAT)—A threat of a school shooting at Watertown High School has resulted in a juvenile male being arrested and charged with making terroristic

Jackley announces settlement in pharmacy lawsuit

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Attorney General Marty Jackley says South Dakota will receive about $25,000 from a multistate settlement with a nursing home pharmacy accused of soliciting and receiving kickbacks from a manufacturer.
     Federal prosecutors announced Wednesday that the $9.25 million settlement with Kentucky-based PharMerica Corp. resolves claims that it

Authorities look for help in I-90 death

     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Authorities in southeast South Dakota are renewing their efforts to find anyone with information related to the death of a 16-year-old boy whose body was found on Interstate 90 last week.
     The circumstances surrounding the death of Jay Gary Lavender are still under investigation, but the Minnehaha County Sheriff's

Emery woman gives birth in car

     ETHAN, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota woman has given birth to a baby boy in the family car on the way to the hospital.
     Phil and Amanda Johnson were making the 30-minute drive from Emery to the Parkston hospital early Tuesday when she began to deliver the baby. Phil Johnson stopped at a stop sign in Ethan, just in time to reach over and grab the

Sioux Falls woman accused of using selfie stick to assault boyfriend

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Sioux Falls woman is accused of assaulting her boyfriend with a selfie stick.
     Police allege that 22-year-old Tyshauna Lyons on Tuesday night first cut the man's head with a knife and then struck him on the shoulder with the selfie stick. The man was not seriously hurt.
     Lyons faces assault charges. It

Missing inmate placed on escape status

 RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A state prison inmate has been placed on escape status after walking away from a minimum-security lockup in Rapid City.
     Corrections officials say 24-year-old Salvador Ortiz left the Rapid City Community Work Center without authorization about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.
     Ortiz is serving a 4-year sentence for burglary

Watertown Fire Rescue gets teen out of locked gun safe

10-8-14                      Teen locked in safe            Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D. (KWAT)—Watertown Fire Rescue responded to an unusual call early Wednesday night.
A little before 6 pm, they were called to

SD State Fair attendance was up slightly this year

HURON, S.D. (AP) - Attendance at this year's South Dakota State Fair was up slightly from 2014, pleasing organizers.
     The state Agriculture Department says the five-day fair in Huron last month drew 210,893 people, about 400 more than last year.
     Attendance in 2014 was up 15 percent from the previous year. Fair Director Peggy Besch says

Prosecutors won't seek death penalty in two SD homicide cases

     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Prosecutors say they will not seek the death penalty in two western South Dakota killings should the suspects be convicted.
     That means both men would face life in prison if convicted.
     James Rogers Jr. of Lead is charged in the fatal stabbing of 27-year-old Caitlin Walsh in August. Prosecutors

Vikings make trade with San Francisco

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings have traded linebacker Gerald Hodges to the San Francisco 49ers for rookie center Nick Easton and a sixth-round draft pick.
     Vikings general manager Rick Spielman announced the deal Tuesday.
     Hodges, a backup outside linebacker in Minnesota's 4-3 scheme his first two seasons,

Man charged with drowning buck in Minnesota lake

     MAHNOMEN, Minn. (AP) - Prosecutors have charged a Moorhead man with animal cruelty and chasing a wild animal with a motor vehicle for allegedly chasing a deer with a pontoon boat until it drowned.
     Fifty-five-year-old Steven William Timm was charged in Mahnomen County on Wednesday with two misdemeanor counts stemming from an incident on Tulaby

Mitchell police investigate laser pointing incidents

     MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - Police in Mitchell are looking for the person who has pointed a green laser at an aircraft and officers.
     Lt. Don Everson says the incidents involving the laser have happened over the last several weeks.
     Everson says someone has pointed the laser at officers in the vicinity of the softball

Watertown's 19th Street may need more repair work in 2016

10-6-15                       19th Street              Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D. (KWAT)--They barely got a new layer of blacktop laid down on 19th Street Northeast in Watertown, and already there’s talk of

Body found in Brookings County lake

BROOKINGS, S.D.---A Sioux Falls man is found dead at Oakwood Lake in Brookings County.
The Sheriff's Department says they were called to the scene just before 2:30 Monday afternoon.
Two men who went fishing found an unattended vehicle parked at the access area located just off 204th Street. Moments later, they spotted a body floating in the water

Aberdeen Ramada Hotel closing

10-6-15                         Ramada closing
ABERDEEN, S.D.---The owners of the Ramada Aberdeen Hotel & Conference Center announced Tuesday that the hotel will be closing after nearly 51 years of operation.
The 151-room hotel, featuring a

Man killed in Rapid City house fire identified

    RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Rapid City police have identified a man killed in a house fire.
     Authorities say 79-year-old Fred Morgan was pronounced dead at a hospital after being pulled from the home Thursday night.
     The official cause of death was not immediately released. Authorities said after the fire that Morgan had suffered

Four injured in Parkston helicopter crash

     PARKSTON, S.D. (AP) - Four people have been hospitalized after the helicopter they were in crashed on the property of a South Dakota fertilizer plant.
     AgLand Co-op Fertilizer general manager Bill Pape says the helicopter took off from the Parkston plant, but never made it off the property before it crashed and came to rest against the

Walter Dale Miller eulogized at memorial service

     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard was among the speakers who have eulogized former Gov. Walter Dale Miller during a memorial ceremony being held at the state Capitol in Pierre.
     The ceremony Monday followed a public viewing at the Capitol.
     Miller died Sept. 28 at age 89. In 1993, he stepped in as

Harrisburg school shooter now charged with first-degree attempted murder

     CANTON, S.D. (AP) - A grand jury has indicted the 16-year-old South Dakota student accused of shooting his high school principal.
     The indictment charges Mason Buhl with first-degree attempted murder and commission of a felony while armed with a firearm. 
     Buhl is accused of confronting Harrisburg High School

Work begins next week on $5.5 million Watertown softball complex

10-6-15                 Softball fields            Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D. (KWAT)—Construction will begin next week on a new five field softball complex in Watertown.
Last night, the Watertown City Council approved a base bid of just