February 3 news

SIOUX FALLS, SD - A Hills man is in custody after an assault and carjacking in central Sioux Falls Sunday night. Sioux Falls Police responded to a car crash near Minnesota Ave. and 26th St at 8:40 p.m., only to find the driver had fled.

Jeremy Albers, 36, of Hills, allegedly approached an SUV occupied by Xavier Knight and his friend Leslie Larsen at the Freedom Valu Center on Minnesota Ave. Larsen said the suspect forced Knight to leave the vehicle, then the suspect began driving the vehicle with Larsen still in the backseat. The suspect crashed the SUV after only a couple blocks away. Larsen said she was assaulted at some point during the incident.

Officers eventually caught up with the suspect in a nearby residential garage. Albers is charged with several felonies, including aggravated assault, robbery, kidnapping, vehicle theft, and DWI.

WORTHINGTON – A three-car pile up on Friday morning caused some injuries, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. All three vehicles were westbound on Minnesota 60 in Nobles County near mile marker 17, when a Chevy Equinox driven by Katharina Zeman Swift, 22 of Spirit Lake, Iowa, rear-ended a Pontiac Grand Am, driven by Barbara Nilles, 54, of Sibley. That vehicle then rear-ended a Ford Ranger driven by Sharon Johnson, 62, of Worthington. Nilles was taken to Sanford Worthington with non-life threatening injuries. The Equinox and Grand Am were totaled.

Earlier that morning in Jackson County, a Kenworth semi driven by Melvin Jenson, 63, of Sioux Falls, SD, was westbound on I-90 when the driver lost control, overcorrected and jack-knifed. Jenson was taken to Sanford Worthington with non-life threatening injuries.

WORTHINGTON — Sanford Worthington and Community Blood Bank will host a community blood drive from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Sanford Worthington Medical Center, 1018 Sixth Ave. Due to the extremely poor weather conditions within the last two weeks, Community Blood Bank was forced to cancel eight large community blood drives, stressing the blood supply. Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed parent consent form found at www.cbblifeblood.org), weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good general health the day of the donation. Bring identification. It only takes 20 to 25 minutes to donate with Community Blood Bank.

Community Blood Bank is the sole provider of blood and blood products to 32 local area hospitals, including Sanford Worthington. For more information or to make an appointment, call 372-3319. Walk-ins are welcome.

SPIRIT LAKE - Two people were recently arrested by Spirit Lake Police for the alleged possession of drugs.

On Thursday, Spirit Lake Police executed a search warrant at an apartment at 2702 Sunner Avenue in Spirit Lake. Police arrested 24 year old George Williamson on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, interference with official acts, possession of stolen property, and ongoing criminal conduct. Also arrested was 24 year old Carlee Donley, who was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of stolen property and ongoing criminal conduct.

Williamson and Donley were both booked into the Dickinson County Jail.

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa - The Lyon County Sheriff's Office arrested 29 year old Joshua Jacob Nygaard of Centerville, South Dakota Friday on one count of first-degree theft and two counts of second-degree theft. The charges stem from an investigation of stolen market hogs. On three separate occasions Nygaard took a total of 121 market hogs and sold them. Nygaard is currently in the Lyon County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Sioux Falls police say the arrests of two men in connection with a convenience store robbery should help them solve a string of recent armed holdups.
Twenty-year-old Joshua Porth and 24-year-old Jonathon Julson are charged with one count of first-degree robbery in connection with an early Friday morning robbery at a Kum & Go convenience store. Authorities say additional charges could be filed once police complete their investigation.

The city has seen 10 armed robberies within a month and police say they have suspects in all but two of the cases. Sioux Falls Police Chief Doug Barthel says the robberies have put residents on edge and he hopes the arrests will ease some of those fears.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — An Iowa man who pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine has been sentenced to ten years in federal prison. Forty-four-year-old Leroy Raffaelli of Sheldon received the prison term in January after a September 2013 guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Raffaelli admitted his involvement in a conspiracy that distributed at least 50 grams of meth from February 2011 through February 2013. On one occasion in January 2013, in Sheldon, Raffaelli distributed 9.76 grams of meth to an individual cooperating with law enforcement.

Raffaelli was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark Bennett. Raffaelli was sentenced to 120 months in prison, a special assessment of $100, and he must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term.

Raffaelli is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

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