NewsJanuary 14 2015

Former coach inducted into HOF

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Cordie Schlomer, credited with founding the Lyman Wrestling Tournament nearly 40 years ago was inducted into the Lyman Hall of Fame Saturday night prior to the championship round. Accompanying him to the center mat for the presentation were his daughter Jamie Griffith (right) and grandsons Jack (far left) and Kellen.

NewsJanuary 14 2015

Trooper Koenig released from hospital

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Sgt. John Koenig, who was injured last week during a standoff in Brule County was released from a Sioux Falls hospital late Monday afternoon.
“I'm glad to be home and look forward to resting, and recuperating at home,” said Trooper Koenig from his home Tuesday morning. 
Koenig was shot when he responded to the report of an individual threatening law enforcement officers. The individual, Donald London, 42, of Kimball, S.D., subsequently barricaded himself in his residence. London surrendered after a 24-hour standoff with law enforcement officers.
“I want to thank all my brothers in law enforcement across the state for their help and support,” added Koenig.  “I have a new respect for the emergency responders who cared for me.”
Koenig said he was overwhelmed by the community support afforded him and his family.
“It's pretty humbling,” said Koenig.
A 28-year veteran of the South Dakota Highway Patrol, Koenig and his wife Karen (Konzem) lived in Presho for 13 years before being transferred to Kadoka and later Chamberlain. 


Investigation at crime scene concluded
Attorney General Marty Jackley confirmed  that the Division of Criminal Investigation had concluded their crime scene reconstruction of last week's standoff in rural Brule County and the residence has been turned over to the family of Donald and Michael London.
Preliminary forensic testing indicates that over 100 rounds were expended and initiated from within the residence. Law enforcement fired less than a dozen rounds in response. More specific details of the forensic exams are all part of the ongoing investigation and part of the criminal justice information that may be used in the prosecution in this case.
"Approximately 132 law enforcement personnel assisted in the standoff. We are very fortunate that with the number of rounds fired from within the residence that more officers were not injured. The additional information that continues to come forward is a testament to the cooperation and bravery of our officers during one of the most dangerous events in South Dakota history. We cannot thank the public enough for their support and providing food, shelter and other resources to our officers,” said Attorney General Jackley.
Donald and Michael London are presumed innocent until such time as proven guilty.

NewsJanuary 08 2015

Brule County Standoff Ends with Subject Surrendering to Law Enforcement

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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

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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.

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