NewsJanuary 08 2015
Brule County Standoff Ends with Subject Surrendering to Law Enforcement
PIERRE, S.D – South Dakota Highway Patrol confirms the standoff at a Brule County residence has ended and the subject has surrendered without incident. The subject, Donald London, 42, of Kimball, S.D., had barricaded himself in his residence located at 24732 360th, yesterday afternoon and continued to remain there until 3:15 p.m. this afternoon.
Col. Craig Price, superintendent of the South Dakota Highway Patrol said, “This has been a long stressful 24 hours for everyone involved with this standoff situation. We are thankful the officers were able to take London into custody without incident, and that there were no further injuries. Our goal was to make sure that we executed our plan as safely as possible for the officers, the public, as well as the individual involved.”
Agencies assisting in the incident are the South Dakota Highway Patrol, Brule County Sheriff's Office, Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office, Aurora County Sheriff's Office, Buffalo County Sheriff's Office, Lyman County Sheriff's Office, Jerauld County Sheriff's Office, Mitchell Police Department, Chamberlain Police Department, South Dakota Game Fish and Parks and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.
The case will continue to be investigated by the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.
NewsJanuary 08 2015
Local HP officer in stable condition following shooting near Kimball
PIERRE, S.D. -- Negotiations continued throughout the night in the Brule County standoff. Donald London, 42, of Kimball, S.D., remains barricaded at his residence located at 24732 360th, Ave., in Kimball.
Michael London, 66, of Kimball, was arrested on one count of accessory to aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, class 5 felony, punishable by up to 5 years imprisonment and/or $10,000 fine.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper who was injured as part of this incident was Sergeant John Koenig (pronounced “KAY-nig”). Koenig is a 28 year veteran with the patrol who was stationed in Chamberlain, S.D. His condition remains stable.
Officer Koenig was stationed at Presho a number of years and also at Kakoda. He is married to Presho native Karen Konzem.
This incident has involved a large number of law enforcement officers and emergency responders. SWAT teams from the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office and S.D. Highway Patrol have been involved since yesterday and Command Posts from South Falls Police Department and the Division of Criminal Investigation have been activated. Tactical vehicles from three agency locations have deployed in response to the incident.
NewsJanuary 07 2015
Smoke coming from the roof of a house located a couple blocks west of Presho’s Main Street caught the attention of Bob Rohla last Tuesday afternoon as he left the post office and headed home.
The house, in the 100 block of North Elm owned by Darrell Sterry, appeared to be on fire as Rohla got closer.
According to Rohla, he called 911 to report the fire, then banged on the front door to be sure no one was inside. Sterry was out of town when the fire broke out.
Presho and Kennebec fire departments responded to the fire. Assistance was provided by West Central Electric who shut the power off to the house and provided their bucket truck to reach the roof of the house.
"We couldn’t get on the roof to cut any holes, it was so slippery," said Dave Cole a member of the Presho Fire Department. Cole used a front-end loader to reach the peak of the house to allow firemen to cut into the attic.
The house suffered extensive smoke and water damage said Sterry, who is working with his insurance company to determine if the house is a complete loss.
"I didn’t get anything out," said Sterry.
Sterry said the fire appeared to be electrical and originated in a wall within the bedroom closet. Sterry estimated the house was nearly 70 years old.
"I think it was built in 1946." said Sterry.
Sterry said his future plans are up in the air.
"I don’t know what I’ll do yet. Have to wait on the insurance for now," said Sterry, who is temporarily staying with his parents Ivan and Mae Sterry of Presho.
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