CRIME & SAFETY
A girl ran away from a children's home in South Dakota in February 2019 and hasn’t been seen since
Since February 3, 2019, the small town of Rockerville, South Dakota, has been overshadowed by a mystery that remains unsolved to this day. The disappearance of Serenity Dennard, a young girl just 9 years old at the time, has left an indelible mark on the community and continues to stir concerns and efforts to locate her.
Weekly Safety Report: Gunshots, Missing Teen, and Stabbing in Rapid City, South Dakota
The Rapid City Police Department (RCPD) investigated multiple incidents this week. Gunshots were reported in the 3400 block of Bunker Drive, where shell casings were found. A bullet struck a residence in the 900 block of Sagewood Street. A missing 15-year-old girl, Sayla Varnadoe, was later found safe. Lastly, a Pierre man, David J. Shangreaux Jr., was charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of a 17-year-old female, Evie Maxey, at a Pierre residence.
Man faces life in prison for first degree manslaughter
RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) - A man charged with first degree manslaughter was in court Friday for arraignment. 44 year old Pedro Simental is accused of killing Edleigha Little on November 8, 2023. Simental plead not guilty in court Friday. He is charged with a class C felony, and if...
Felony Alert Rapid City: Man wanted for assault of a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Authorities have issued a felony warrant for Tyler Dane Huizer for the offenses of Simple Assault on Law Enforcement Officer/Firefighter/Ambulance Personnel and Resisting Arrest. Huizer, a 31 years old white male, standing at around 5’6” and weighing 160 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. His...
Cyriacks search update; Missing girl; Winter weather returns
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Take a quick look at the day’s top stories as of Midday on Friday, December 8. Authorities say they’ve recovered potential clues related to the disappearance of Rachel Cyriacks. The Rapid City Police Department is asking for the publics help in locating...
Custer County Search & Recsue conducts ice rescue training
CUSTER, S.D. - Custer County Search & Rescue conducted ice rescue training Thursday night, Dec. 7 at Stockade Lake east of Custer. Mike Bielmaier, a member of Search & Rescue who has many years of water rescue experience at locations around the country, was there to give tips on improving the chances of saving a person who has gone through the ice, as well as instruction on how to best secure them with a rope quickly and safely.
Missing 12-year-old update: Jessyca WoundedShield has been found safe
UPDATE December 12 - RCPD has stated that Jessyca WoundedShield has been found and is safe. RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Rapid City Police Department posted the following on social media:. The RCPD is currently seeking the public's help to locate 12-year-old Jessyca WoundedShield. Police have checked numerous locations since...
Bond set for Pierre man accused of killing Rapid City teen
A $300,000 cash only bond has been set for a 23-year old man from Pierre charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of a 17-year-old female last week at his residence in Pierre. The charge against David J. Shangreaux, Jr., is connected to the death of Evie Maxey from...
Bond is set on murder trial of David Shangreaux
PIERRE, S.D.(KCCR)- Bond has been set for a Pierre man charged in the death of a Rapid City teenage girl in a Pierre apartment. Hughes County Magistrate Judge Tara Adamski set a $300,000 cash bond for David Shangreaux, who is charged with Second Degree Murder of the death of 17 year old Evie Maxey.
Mitchell coach and baseball association board member to stand trial in March
RAPID CITY, SD (KELO.com) — They’ll stand trial in March. Coach Luke Norden and board member Jeremy Borgan of the Mitchell Baseball Association are charged with failing to report the alleged rapes of two 16 year old boys. The charges are related to assaults that took place while the team was traveling in Rapid City in June. Pennington County State’s Attorney Lara Roetzel alleged Norden and Borgan had “knowledge of crimes and, as mandated reporters, did not immediately report to law enforcement.”
Missing Rapid City teen has been found safe
RAPID CITY, S.D. (KELO) — The Rapid City Police Department (RCPD) has announced that 12-year-old Jessyca WoundedShield has been located safe. She was reported missing Thursday morning.
Undiscovered documents halt Rogers murder trial in Deadwood
Court proceedings in a murder trial were briefly halted in Deadwood this week. All it took was one missing document from a special Rapid City law enforcement team to create a potential murder case mistrial. The Dreau Rogers murder trial was held up after attorneys couldn’t produce reports from the...
Name released in Pennington County fatal crash
PENNINGTON COUNTY, S.D. - A 26-year-old Rapid City man has been identified as the person who died from injuries sustained in a single-vehicle crash Saturday, 13 miles east of Wall, S.D. Preliminary crash information indicates a 2014 Nissan Titan pickup truck was traveling westbound on I 90 near mile marker...
Felony Alert Rapid City Update: Man wanted for hit and run has been arrested
UPDATE November 30 - Pennington County Sheriff's Office stated that Libert has been taken into custody. RAPID CITY, S.D. - A felony warrant has been issued for Darian Michael Libert, a 25 year-old white male. He is described as being around 6 feet 3 inches tall, weighing 200 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes. The warrant pertains to the following offenses: Hit and Run – Injury Accident, Possession of Firearm (prior Felony Drug Conviction), and Leaving the Scene of an Accident.
Pennington county search & rescue recruiting volunteers
PENNINGTON COUNTY, S.D. (KEVN) - Pennington County Search and Rescue (PCSAR) needs more volunteers, and they are trying to get the word out about applications. Calls can come during extreme temperatures or from distant locations. Vertical rope rescues in the Badlands at 105 degrees and hunter/snowmobiler winter rescues in frigid -50-degree wind chills. No matter the season, the all-volunteer Pennington County Search & Rescue (PCSAR) is here for the community and tourists.
South Dakota man sentenced for 2nd-degree murder
A judge sentenced Trent Brewer to more than 16 years in federal prison.
Pennington County Sheriff's Office holds Coffee with a Cop event at Dunn Brothers Coffee
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Pennington County Sheriff's Deputies spent Friday morning sharing a cup of joe with the community. Twice a year the Sheriff's Office holds its Coffee with a Cop event - including Friday morning, where the public got to catch up with deputies at Dunn Brothers Coffee in Rapid City. And with most interactions with law enforcement being through criminal activity or accidents, Friday's event was a chance to meet deputies in more pleasant circumstances.
Rapid City woman sentenced for drug charges
RAPID CITY, S.D. (KELO) — A Rapid City woman will spend years behind bars after pleading guilty to drug charges. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says that in late 2022, 25-year-old Carlie Wolf began traveling to Colorado to buy cocaine. She would then bring it back to Rapid City.
Child Hospitalized After Hit and Run Incident in Star Village, Suspect in Custody
• A child was hit by a vehicle in Star Village in Rapid City, South Dakota. • The driver of the vehicle stopped briefly but then fled on foot. • The Rapid City Police Department is investigating the incident and brought a dog to search the area.
Rapid City man sentenced for illegal possession of a firearm
Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court, has sentenced a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of Firearm by a Prohibited Person. Gassem Belhage, 26, was sentenced to three years and 10 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.