Law enforcement used to see criminal transactions out in the open, but the relatively unregulated internet affords an online realm of shadowy deals and illegal trade. SDPB continues this week’s series examining sex trafficking in South Dakota with a look at how authorities identify and prosecute sex crimes.

Sioux Falls takes pride in being the state’s biggest city, but that banner can’t extinguish the downsides of more people in a small area. Sioux Falls Police Officer Sam Clemens says investigators in the street crimes unit focus on unsavory activities. 

Patrolling The Prairie

Oct 29, 2013
Union County

In the Sioux Falls Argus Leader's "Patrolling the Prairie" series, reporters John Hult and Steve Young explore the unique challenges facing rural South Dakota when it comes to law enforcement.  Hult and Young have done research into the challenges of finding and keeping officers, the dangers rural police confront and the temptations of authority.  John Hult joined Dakota Midday to discuss the series.

The City of Sioux Falls is changing the program with Student Resource Officers in schools. Police look to replicate what they did with their street patrols a few years back. This change is scheduled to increase the number of Student Resource Officers in the city.

A series of events Wednesday morning led the Sioux Falls Area Drug Task Force and the Sioux Falls Police Department to seize about 9 pounds of methamphetamine and over $94,000 cash. A woman rented a hotel room in southwest Sioux Falls and upon checkout, forgot a large amount of cash under the mattress. Employees were suspicious of her story to re-enter the room and called police. Chief Doug Barthel says the amount of drugs seized equals about a half of a million dollars on the street.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Sioux Falls authorities say they’ll never know what caused a fatal car crash last month at a busy Sioux Falls intersection. Police say the investigation is complete, but it doesn’t reveal a reason the crash happened; however, the investigation does eliminate some possible factors.

The driver of a speeding vehicle died on February 14, 2013 at the intersection of 41st Street and Minnesota Avenue. 32-year-old Troy Hohn’s SUV hit another vehicle stopped at the traffic light, crashed into a gas station sign and landed on its top.

Early this morning Rapid City Police responded to a shooting in North Rapid City. Police officers found a 21-year-old male on scene with three gunshot wounds, he died at the scene. In addition, a 69-year-old male was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

Tarah Heupel is with the Rapid City Police Department.