A Watertown, South Dakota man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for fatally shooting a young neighbor last June following a dispute. Thirty-one-year-old Alexis Javier Velazquez-Sanchez earlier pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the death of Jayden Harley. The teen had graduated from high school earlier in the day and police say the defendant and victim argued over noise

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24 May 2018
A Watertown, South Dakota man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for fatally shooting a young neighbor last June following a dispute. Thirty-one-year-old Alexis Javier Velazquez-Sanchez earlier pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the death of Jayden Harley. The teen had graduated from high school earlier in the day and police say the defendant and victim argued over noise
Law enforcement responded to Pizza Hut in Box Elder regarding an unidentified male threatening to bomb the business and Douglas High School. Box Elder Police, Pennington County Sheriff and Ellsworth Explosive Detection Dog Team inspected all buildings. No evidence of credible threat.
Crews still battling fire at 215 12th Ave. S.E. Fire is gone from the roof, crews to take aerial approach. AberdeenScanner
Mystic Fire is planning on burning machine and hand piles off the 150/Norseman Road today, 3/15/18, as conditions permit.
Authorities have identified the three people killed in a weekend crash south of Parkston. Zachary Johnson, 16, Daniel Johnson, 49, and Tina Johnson, 48, were all killed on Saturday morning after a crash with a semi truck. They are from Tyndall.
Woman pulled into a store parking lot near Sycamore Avenue and East Arrowhead Parkway and was robbed at knifepoint. Suspect grabbed her purse and took off running, he was described as a black man with a thin build and short hair.
Three people died in a two-vehicle crash south of Parkston. A car was northbound on South Dakota Highway 37 when the driver lost control on the ice-covered road. The vehicle went across the center line and collided with a southbound semi truck.
No one was hurt when a school bus struck a vehicle east of Aberdeen. Highway Patrol spokesman Tony Mangan tells the American News that all 11 children on the bus escaped injury in the crash about 4 p.m. Thursday.
One person died and three others were injured in a crash near Humboldt Thursday. Law enforcement responded to the area of Highway 42 and 454th Avenue around 5:30 p.m. for a serious crash involving three vehicles, said public spokesman for the Highway Patrol Tony Mangan.
An Eagle Butte woman has pleaded not guilty to embezzling from a tribal business on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation.
Shooting in Box Elder. At 5:30 pm, March 7, the Box Elder Police and Pennington County Sheriff responded to a report of a shooting at an apartment complex at 308 Parker Drive in Box Elder. There is no public safety threat. We are conducting a joint investigation into the shooting.
A 31-year-old man is facing multiple charges after police say assaulted an officer while being arrested for burglary
No word on injuries or the cause of the accident
A Sioux Falls man was indicted on burglary and theft charges last week after his most recent accused burglary led police to an unsolved one from 2016. Alexander Kpayah Vorjolo, 20, was indicted by a Minnehaha County grand jury last week on three separate cases. He faces multiple charges of burglary, grand theft and identity theft after court documents say he entered at least two homes, taking two purses full of cash and cards and driving off with a new vehicle in 2016
Structure fire at a home in the Silver Glen trailer park in NW Sioux Falls. Crews have extinguished the fire and no one was home/harmed. Cause of the fire is still unknown. A neighbor did say the residents were fairly new to area
A South Dakota House panel has advanced a bill that would impose harsher penalties for methamphetamine dealing and manufacturing. The House Judiciary Committee voted 12-1 Wednesday to pass the bill to the chamber's floor. Attorney General Marty Jackley's bill would make distribution and manufacturing a more serious felony with a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine, up from 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $20,000.
Authorities say no one was seriously hurt after a three-vehicle crash resulted in a semi truck lodged into the side of a business in northern Sioux Falls. The accident happened around 7:45 a.m. Monday near the intersection of Cliff Avenue and North 54th Street.
Car crash at 60th Street North and Marion Road.
Vehicle fire near 18th Street and Southeastern Avenue.
A Kyle man has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for stabbing a boy after ingesting methamphetamine
One person was taken by ambulance to a hospital after a three-vehicle crash at the intersection of South Lamont Street and Seventh Avenue Southeast Wednesday evening. All three vehicles had front-end damage. American News photo by Erin Ballard
Police say they are searching for a suspect in an armed robbery that occurred early Wednesday morning. The victim was walking near the 3000 block of South Minnesota Avenue when they were approached by a single person in a blue sedan, according to a release from the Sioux Falls Police Department.
A Sioux Falls garage was damaged in a fire Saturday afternoon. Sioux Falls Fire Rescue said smoke and flames were coming from a detached garage at 1711 S. 1st Avenue when they arrived just after two Saturday afternoon.
No one was injured during an early morning fire in an unoccupied home Friday. Crews responded to a report of a structure fire around 1:40 a.m. at 421 N. Cockatiel Avenue in northwestern Sioux Falls. A patrolling security guard in the area reported smoke and flames coming from the home, according to a Sioux Falls Fire Department news release.
Sioux Falls firefighters responded to a fire at 615 W. 11th street early this morning. When firefighters first arrived, they found two people hanging out a window on the second floor of the structure.
The suspect in a shooting on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation that left two people critically wounded recently pleaded not guilty. Lester Waters Jr. is charged in federal court with assault resulting in serious bodily injury. U.S. Attorney Ron Parsons says Waters is being detained until trial, which wasn't immediately scheduled.
Federal and tribal officials are investigating the fatal shooting of an Oglala Sioux police officer. The Associated Press says officials have identified the officer as 52-year-old Brian Gerard Garrett, of Kyle. The FBI says the officer was killed Saturday about 4:30 a.m. Saturday on the Pine Ridge Reservation during an apparent domestic dispute.
One person has been arrested after one person was killed and another hospitalized after a Saturday night stabbing in Sioux Falls. Officers were called to the 1900 block of West 42nd Street about 9:20 Saturday night. Two people were transported to a local hospital with stab wounds. A 26 year old male died from his injuries, while the other is expected to survive.
Authorities have identified a teenager killed in a pedestrian accident in Box Elder. Pennington County authorities say 16-year-old Jaylen Twiss, of Manderson, was found lying in the median of Highway 14-16 on Thursday.
One-vehicle crash at I-229 and the 10th Street exit. The vehicle hit the median.
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