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SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—One of the suspects accused of being connected to a double murder in Sioux Falls has been arrested in neighboring Minnesota. Sioux Falls police reported Thursday night, Jan. 11, that Maria Shantel LeClaire, wanted on a $500,000 cash bond for being an accessory to first-degree robbery, was found in eastern Minnesota in the city of Red Wing. Police said a citizen saw the 27-year-old Leclaire and notified local law enforcement. She was taken into custody without any problems and is being held at the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—A 63-year-old Canadian woman is the second person to enter a guilty plea regarding a scheme to defraud consumers by selling light-emitting devices as a treatment for more than 200 different diseases and disorders, the Department of Justice announced Thursday, Jan. 11. Irina Kossovskaia, of Ontario, Canada, pleaded guilty in federal court in Sioux Falls on Wednesday to one count of conspiracy to introduce misbranded medical devices into interstate commerce with the intent to defraud and mislead.
ST. PAUL—With almost 1,800 flu-related hospitalizations and nearly 100 outbreaks in schools and nursing homes, the Minnesota Department of Health reported Thursday, Jan. 11, that it could potentially be a severe flu season. The department said as the flu season climbs toward its peak, residents can still get flu vaccines and it's not true, despite rumors, that the vaccine isn't effective this year. In the report Thursday, the department said flu activity is showing a continued increase across the state.
ST. PAUL -- As far as family friendliness goes, Minnesota is near the top in the nation, according to a study by a financial website. A study by WalletHub listed Minnesota as these second best place to raise a family, behind only Massachusetts.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—Authorities are still on the hunt for two people wanted in connection with the shooting deaths and robbery of two men in what police believe was a drug deal gone bad Friday, Jan. 5, in north Sioux Falls. Sioux Falls police public information officer Sam Clemens said Manuel Jesus Frias, 34, is wanted for first-degree murder, while Maria Shentel LeClaire, 27, is wanted for accessory to first-degree robbery. Clemens said police believe there was a drug deal that was going to happen and one tried to rob the other — then the shooting began.
AMHERST, S.D.—Although studies are continuing, a preliminary report said a problem that started during construction of the Keystone pipeline almost 10 years ago may have led to the leak of 210,000 gallons of crude oil in a prairie grass field near the South Dakota-North Dakota border in November. A report said the pipeline rupture may have been caused by a half-moon-shaped concrete weight placed on the 30-inch pipeline to hold it in place in the field near Amherst in northeast South Dakota where there was shallow groundwater.
HIBBING, Minn. -- A 35-year-old Hibbing man died from a medical emergency after his car crashed in Hibbing on Christmas Eve. Dennis Jay Dix was southbound with a passenger on U.S. Highway 169 when the driver suffered a medical emergency. His 1993 Buick Park Avenue entered the median ditch about 6:45 p.m. and crossed over the northbound lanes, coming to a stop in the ditch, said the Minnesota State Patrol. His 8-year-old son was with him. He wasn’t injured.
TAMARACK, Minn. -- A 32-year-old Hamburg woman died Christmas Eve Day when her SUV rolled on U.S. Highway 210 near Tamarack in northeastern Minnesota. Nancy Haseltine Demunhayes died in the crash in the 12:45 p.m crash, while her 12-year-old passenger, Dradin Jace Hayes, escaped injury.
RAPID CITY, S.D.—A 31-year-old man killed on Interstate 90 in South Dakota last Thursday night when his van hit a charter bus that was stalled in the middle of the road with no lights on has been identified. He was Cade Stensland of Larchwood, Iowa, in the far northwest corner of Iowa, who died at the scene of the crash. Stensland, who was wearing a seatbelt, was driving a 2013 Ford E-250 van. The crash occurred 20 miles east of Rapid City at 8:45 p.m. when the bus carrying 56 passengers lost all power.
RAPID CITY, S.D.—A 31-year-old man was killed on Interstate 90 in South Dakota Thursday night when he his van hit a charter bus that was stalled in the middle of the road with no lights on. The crash occurred 20 miles east of Rapid City at 8:45 p.m. when the bus carrying 56 passengers lost all power. The 2013 Motor Coach bus, driven by a 39-year-old woman, came to a stop in the middle of both interstate lanes with no lights were operating. The eastbound 2013 Ford E-250 van then rear-ended the bus, said the South Dakota State Patrol.