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Vehicle Fire

Reported: Saturday, 11/16/19 @ 1700
Location: 462nd Ave. and 206th St. (Rural Bruce, SD)

On the above date and time the Volga Fire Dept., and Brookings County Sheriff’s Office responded to a vehicle on fire at the above location. It was found that the driver had stopped the vehicle as he noticed the odor of smoke. They exited the vehicle and found flames coming from the rear of the 2003 Chevy Trailblazer they were driving. The vehicle became fully engulfed in flames. The Volga Fire Dept. extinguished the flames but the vehicle was a complete loss. The cause of the fire is unknown. The fire is under investigation with the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office.

Scott Sebring
Assistant Sheriff
Brookings County Sheriff’s Office
315 7th Ave
Brookings, SD 57006
605-696-8300




Injury Accident

Reported: Saturday, 11/16/19 @ 1447
Location: 700 Blk of Lovejoy Lane (Aurora, SD)

Injured Driver: Paul Richter Age: 54
Aurora, SD
Vehicle: 1984 Honda Motorcycle Damage: None

On the above date and time Aurora First Responders, Brookings Ambulance, and the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office responded to a injury accident in the 700 Blk of Lovejoy Lane in Aurora, SD. It was found that the owner and driver of the motorcycle 54 year old Paul Richter had pulled his vehicle onto Lovejoy Lane from his residence. He became dizzy due to a medical condition and tipped the motorcycle over. Paul was transported to the Brookings Hospital by the Brookings Ambulance and treated for unknown injuries. The accident is under investigation with the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office.

Scott Sebring
Assistant Sheriff
Brookings County Sheriff’s Office
315 7th Ave
Brookings, SD 57006
605-696-8300




Fire

Reported: Tuesday, 11/12/19 @ 1041
Location: 200 blk of N. Elk St. (Elkton, SD)

On the above date and time the Elkton Fire Dept., and Brookings County Sheriff’s Office responded to a garage that was on fire in the 200 blk of N. Elk St. in Elkton, SD. It was believed that the fire started in the electrical box inside of the garage. There was several cars inside of the garage that included a 1967 Dodge Charger, 1971 Plymouth Duster, 1979 Dodge Colt, YZ250 dirt bike, 1989 Kawasaki 550 motorcycle, various tools, and stereo system. There was also a Chevy Silverado pickup parked next to the garage that received some $5,000.00 worth of damage. Everything that was inside of the garage was a complete loss. A utility pole, wire and transformer owned by Ottertail Power Company received some $5,000.00 worth of damage. The total amount lost in the fire is estimated at $124,000.00. The fire is under investigation with the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office.

Scott Sebring
Assistant Sheriff
Brookings County Sheriff’s Office
315 7th Ave
Brookings, SD 57006
605-696-8300




Fire

Reported: Monday, 11/11/19 @ 2115
Location: AG First Farmers Coop-Volga (104 Kasan Ave.)
On the above date and time the Volga Fire Dept., Brookings Ambulance, and Brookings County Sheriff’s Office responded to a grain dryer that was on fire at the above location. The fire was quickly extinguished and the only damage was to the grain dryer. The cause of the fire is believed to be an equipment malfunction, and the damage is unknown at this time. The fire is under investigation with the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office.

Scott Sebring
Assistant Sheriff
Brookings County Sheriff’s Office
315 7th Ave
Brookings, SD 57006
605-696-8300




Vandalism

Reported: Wednesday, 10/30/19 @ 1100
Location: Alley of 108 Kasan Ave. (Volga, SD)

On the above date and time the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a Pontiac Montana minivan that was parked in the alley at the above location that had the spark plug wires cut. The owner of the minivan advised it would cost approx. $180.00 to repair. The vandalism occurred sometime between Wednesday, 10/16/19 to when it was reported. Anyone with any information about this case can contact the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office at 605-696-8300 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously by visiting www.brookingsareacrimestoppers.com or by calling 605-692-STOP (7867).

Scott Sebring
Assistant Sheriff
Brookings County Sheriff’s Office
315 7th Ave
Brookings, SD 57006
605-696-8300




Vehicle Fire

Reported: 10/30/19
Location: I29 MM132

On the above date and time the Brookings Fire Dept. and Brookings County Sheriff’s Office responded to a vehicle on fire at the above location. It was found that the driver noticed smoke coming from the engine compartment of the 2000 Chevy Blazer they were driving. The driver stopped the vehicle, which became engulfed in flames. The Brookings Fire extinguished the flames and the vehicle was a total loss. The fire is under investigation with the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office.

Scott Sebring
Assistant Sheriff
Brookings County Sheriff’s Office
315 7th Ave
Brookings, SD 57006
605-696-8300




Hit and Run

Reported: Friday, 10/25/19 @ 1840
Location: 700 blk of 5th St. (Volga, SD)

On the above date and time the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a hit and run at the above location. It was found that a 2009 Chevy Aveo was stuck in the rear bumper causing some $1,500.00 worth of damage. The owner of the vehicle advised that they did not know the date or location as to where the accident happened. The accident is under investigation with the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with any information about this case can contact the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office at 605-696-8300 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously by visiting www.brookingsareacrimestoppers.com or by calling 605-692-STOP (7867).

Scott Sebring
Assistant Sheriff
Brookings County Sheriff’s Office
315 7th Ave
Brookings, SD 57006
605-696-8300




Fall Harvest

During the fall harvest season the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office and Brookings County Highway Department would like to be proactive in keeping the traveling public safe. Farmers are busy with harvest and due to the wet conditions there maybe times where mud and debris from the fields is dragged onto county roads. This is causing roadways to become slippery and hazardous at times. Everyone is doing their best to keep the roads clear and safe. We encourage the traveling public to use caution and slow down this harvest season. If you encounter any road hazards on county roads please contact the Brookings County Highway Department at 696-8270.

Scott Sebring
Assistant Sheriff
Brookings County Sheriff’s Office
315 7th Ave
Brookings, SD 57006
605-696-8300




Theft.

Reported: Sunday, 10/13/19 @ 1100
Location: 217th St. and 469th Ave. (Rural Brookings, SD)

On the above date and time the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office took a report of the theft of a 12 gauge Remington 870 pump shotgun with a wood stock valued at $250.00, and a pair of Frogtogs waders valued at $100.00. The waders and shotgun were left leaning on a hay bale near some public hunting area for a half hour and when they returned they were gone. The theft occurred sometime between 1000 to 1030. Anyone with any information about this case can contact the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office at 605-696-8300 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously by visiting www.brookingsareacrimestoppers.com or by calling 605-692-STOP (7867).

Scott Sebring
Assistant Sheriff
Brookings County Sheriff’s Office
315 7th Ave
Brookings, SD 57006
605-696-8300




Fire

Reported: Sunday, 10/13/19 @ 0834
Location: 464th Ave. & 215th St. (Rural Volga)

On the above date and time the Volga Fire Dept., and Brookings County Sheriff’s Office responded to a vehicle fire at the above location. It was found that the 1999 Ford F350 stalled and the driver was able to get it started and then smelt smoke and then saw smoke coming from the vents inside the vehicle and under the hood. The driver was able to safely exit the vehicle, which then became engulfed in flames. The Volga Fire Dept. was able to extinguish the fire but the vehicle was a total loss. The fire is believed to be mechanical or electrical in nature and is under investigation with the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office.

Scott Sebring
Assistant Sheriff
Brookings County Sheriff’s Office
315 7th Ave
Brookings, SD 57006
605-696-8300




Burglary

Reported: Saturday, 09/28/19 @ 1208
Location: 3250 Western Ave. S. (Rural Brookings, SD)
On the above date and time the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a burglary at the above location from an abandoned mobile home. The owner found that the back door had been kicked in and tools, 2 bows, a flat screen TV, homemade jewelry, an X box, and a wii were stolen. The burglary occurred sometime between Saturday, 09/14/19 to when it was noticed on Saturday, 09/28/19. Anyone with any information about this case can contact the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office at 605-696-8300 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously by visiting www.brookingsareacrimestoppers.com or by calling 605-692-STOP (7867).

Scott Sebring
Assistant Sheriff
Brookings County Sheriff’s Office
315 7th Ave
Brookings, SD 57006
605-696-8300




Injury Accident

Reported: Wednesday, 10-9-19 @ 1835hrs
Location: I-29 140 mile post

Driver: Quinn E. Petersen Age: 24
Toronto, SD
Vehicle: 2012 Chrysler 200 LX Damage: Total loss

On the above date and time the White Fire Dept., White Ambulance, and Brookings County Sheriff’s Office responded to the above location for a single vehicle rollover accident. It was found that 24 year old Quinn Petersen was travelling north on I-29 at the above location and had lost consciousness. The vehicle crossed the left lane and into the median, across the southbound lane of traffic, went through a fence, off an embankment vaulting into the air, and landing upside down in a body of water. The driver was able to get out of the vehicle and was transported to the Brookings Hospital with unknown injuries. The vehicle was a complete loss. The driver was believed to be intoxicated from ingesting a toxic substance and is facing charges of inhaling a substance to become intoxicated, DUI 3rd, and reckless driving. The accident is under investigation with the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office.

Scott Sebring
Assistant Sheriff
Brookings County Sheriff’s Office
315 7th Ave
Brookings, SD 57006
605-696-8300




Hobo Days 2019

Arrest Report

These were the 46 arrests booked in to the Brookings County Detention Center from Thursday Oct. 3rd at 6:00 pm through Sunday, Oct. 6th 12:00 pm.

Charges include:

18 - DUI charges
10 - Misdemeanor Drug Charges
5 - Felony Drug Charges
3 - Assault charges
18 - Underage Possession Alcohol or Open Container charges
1 - Indecent Exposure
13 - Disorderly Conduct/ Obstructing LEO/ Resisting Arrest
3 - Intentional Damage to Property
2 - Entering or Remaining in Building/ Trespassing
13 – Misc. Traffic charges

Scott Sebring
Assistant Sheriff
Brookings County Sheriff’s Office
315 7th Ave
Brookings, SD 57006
605-696-8300




Injury accident

Reported: Friday, 10/04/19 @ 0755
Location: 218th St. & 487th Ave. (Rural Elkton, SD)

Driver unit 1: Brandi Mcdowell Age: 39
Elkton, SD
Vehicle: 2008 Chevy Equinox Damage: $8,000.00

Driver unit 2: Susan Sudtelgte Age: 64
Elkton, SD
Vehicle: 2009 Ford F150 Damage: $2,500.00

On the above date and time the Elkton Fire Dept., Elkton Ambulance, and Brookings County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 2 vehicle injury accident at the above location. Brandi Mcdowell was traveling south in her 2008 Chevy Equinox and Susan Sudtelgte was traveling west in her 2009 Ford F150. The vehicles had slowed at the intersection but due to the unharvested corn in the field on the northeast side of the intersection as views were obstructed. The vehicles then collided at the intersection. Brandi Mcdowell was transported to the Brookings Hospital by the Elkton Ambulance with unknown injuries. The accident is under investigation with the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office.

Scott Sebring
Assistant Sheriff
Brookings County Sheriff’s Office
315 7th Ave
Brookings, SD 57006
605-696-8300




Vandalism & burglary

Reported: Saturday, 10/05/19 @ 1630
Location: 47717 SD Hwy 324 (Rural Elkton, SD)

On the above date and time the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported vandalism and burglary at the above location. It was found that someone had broken two windows out of an old shed and also entered a machine shed and stole a red bolt cutter, a yellow 50 foot extension cord, two six pronged fish spears, a yellow 2000 pound floor jack, and a trail camera. The damage and theft occurred sometime between 10/03/19 to when it was noticed on 10/05/19. Anyone with any information about this case can contact the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office at 605-696-8300 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously by visiting www.brookingsareacrimestoppers.com or by calling 605-692-STOP (7867).

Scott Sebring
Assistant Sheriff
Brookings County Sheriff’s Office
315 7th Ave
Brookings, SD 57006
605-696-8300




Fight/Stabbing

Reported: 9/28/19 @1712hrs
Location: 4000 block of Western Ave. South, Brookings County

On Saturday afternoon, 09-28-19, at about 5:12 PM, Brookings County Sheriff, Brookings Police, and Brookings Ambulance were summoned to the 4200 block of Western Avenue South for a report of a fight and stabbing. On arrival, a 37 year old male was found to have a single stab wound to the lower abdomen. The other party involved in the fight, a 15 year male, had fled the scene, but a short time later presented himself to law enforcement at the Brookings County Sheriffs Office. The 37 year old, identified as Brookings resident Justin Proctor, was taken to the Brookings Hospital by ambulance and then air lifted to Avera Hospital in Sioux Falls. Several hours later, Proctor succumb to his injuries and died. The 15 year old male was interviewed by law enforcement, examined at the Brookings Hospital for injuries sustained in the fight, and then released. He is not deemed a threat to the public. The investigation is ongoing and an autopsy for Proctor is scheduled for Monday morning. The 15 year old juvenile’s name will not be released at this time. The State’s Attorney’s Office will be making a decision as to whether or not there will be charges in the matter. Further investigation will be conducted by the Sheriff’s Office and the South Dakota DCI.

Scott Sebring
Assistant Sheriff
Brookings County Sheriff’s Office
315 7th Ave
Brookings, SD 57006
605-696-8300




Injury accident

Reported Saturday, 09/21/19 @ 1330
Location: 100 Blk of Main St. in White, SD

Driver: Robert Nicholas Waligoske Age: 41
Brookings, SD
Vehicle: 1981 Honda GL100B motorcycle Damage: $3,000.00

On the above date and time the White Ambulance, and Brookings County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 1 vehicle injury motorcycle accident at the above location. It was found that 41 year old Robert Walgoske was traveling westbound on Main St. from Hooker Ave. The driver said that he believed he struck a pothole and lost control of the motorcycle and it tipped onto its side. The driver was taken to the Brookings Hospital Emergency Room by the White Ambulance with unknown injuries. The motorcycle received an estimated $3,000.00 worth of damage. The accident is under investigation with the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office.

Scott Sebring
Assistant Sheriff
Brookings County Sheriff’s Office
315 7th Ave
Brookings, SD 57006
605-696-8300




Accident (Hit and Run)

Reported: Saturday, 09/21/19 @ 1241
Location: 471st Ave. & 216th St.
On the above date and time the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a hit and run accident at the above location. It was found that a vehicle was traveling northbound on 471st Ave near 216th St. where it entered the east ditch and struck a stop sign and two reflective delineator poles. Parts from the suspect vehicle were found at the scene, which identified it as a 2006 to 2008 Ford F150 XLT. The signs are owned by Brookings County and the cost to replace them is unknown at this time. Anyone with any information about this case can contact the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office at 605-696-8300 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously by visiting www.brookingsareacrimestoppers.com or by calling 605-692-STOP (7867).

Scott Sebring
Assistant Sheriff
Brookings County Sheriff’s Office
315 7th Ave
Brookings, SD 57006
605-696-8300




Injury accident

Reported: Monday, 09/16/19 @ 1946
Location: 204th St. near 460th Ave.

Driver: Damon William Becker Age: 21
Brookings, SD
Vehicle: 2014 Ford F150 Damage: $4000.00

On the above date and time the Bruce Fire Dept., Brookings Ambulance, and Brookings County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported injury accident at the above location. It was found that 21 year old Damon Becker was traveling eastbound on 204th St. near 460th Ave., when an unknown vehicle that he believed to be a Chevy Avalanche that was traveling westbound came into his lane of traffic. He swerved to avoid a collision and entered the south ditch and into a body of water. Damon was transported to the Brookings Hospital by the Brookings Ambulance with unknown injuries. The vehicle that came into his lane of traffic never stopped and is unknown at this time. The accident is under investigation with the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with any information about this case can contact the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office at 605-696-8300 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously by visiting www.brookingsareacrimestoppers.com or by calling 605-692-STOP (7867).

Scott Sebring
Assistant Sheriff
Brookings County Sheriff’s Office
315 7th Ave
Brookings, SD 57006
605-696-8300




Stolen Hand Gun

Reported: Wednesday, 09/04/19 @ 1630
Location: 3250 Western Ave. S. #22 (Rural Brookings, SD)

On the above date and time the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a stolen 9mm Smith and Wesson pistol. The pistol was stolen from an unlocked camper outside of the residence sometime between Wednesday, 09/04/19 at 1330 to 1500. The upper receiver of the pistol is silver in color and the hand grip is black. The pistol was not loaded and did not contain a magazine. The pistol is valued at $500.00. Anyone with any information about this case can contact the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office at 605-696-8300 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously by visiting www.brookingsareacrimestoppers.com or by calling 605-692-STOP (7867).

Scott Sebring
Assistant Sheriff
Brookings County Sheriff’s Office
315 7th Ave
Brookings, SD 57006
605-696-8300