Phillips Found Guilty of Manslaughter, Not Guilty on Original Charges

Phillips Found Guilty of Manslaughter, Not Guilty on Original Charges

David Phillips Jr. has been found guilty of Manslaughter in the death of Israel Matos-Colon.

Despite the Manslaughter charge, Phillips, 22, of Louisiana, has been found not guilty of second-degree murder, possession of a stolen firearm, and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony by the jury that oversaw his trial.

The charges stem from an incident on March 1st, 2023, where Phillips and Matos-Colon, who were coworkers at BULT Wireless, got into a workplace argument just north of Hartington.

Phillips testified Friday that Matos-Colon had attempted to fight him before Phillips shot the firearm that resulted in Matos Colon’s death.

Phillip’s attorney, Todd Lancaster, says that Phillips could serve a maximum of twenty years.

Phillips is scheduled for sentencing on July 22nd.

Houser, Lit to Headline Riverboat Days 2024

Houser, Lit to Headline Riverboat Days 2024

The entertainment lineup for this Summer’s Riverboat Days Celebration has been released, with County artist Randy Houser headlining night one, and Rock band Lit headlining night two.

Houser has been nominated for multiple awards throughout his career and has produced multiple top-5 songs, including “How Country Feels” which peaked at #1 on the county charts.

Lit has been active in the rock scene since the late 1980s, with their biggest hit “My Own Worst Enemy” reaching #1 on the charts for three months, and winning a Billboard Music Award for Biggest Modern Rock Song.

Houser will headline night one of Riverboat Days on August 16th, with Lit headlining night two on August 17th.

Totally Yankton 4.19.2024

Totally Yankton 4.19.2024

Yankton Police Chief Jason Foote joined Jeff this morning on Heroes from RB Grillhouse and Sports Bar. They talked about dispatchers, scams, snitch, the detour and a few other things. If you missed it earlier, click and listen now.

Local Sports 4-19-24

Yankton Bucks Baseball swept Mitchell yesterday in their doubleheader, 13 to 0 in game one and 7 to 6 in game two.

Lucas Kampshoff led the way in game one, finishing 3 for 4 with a home run. Mark Kathol got the win on the mound, allowing only four hits and striking out 6.

Kael Garry was credited with the win in game two, tallying four strikeouts. Samuel Gokie (Go-key) earned the save with two strikeouts in the final inning.

The Bucks will be on the road again on Tuesday for a doubleheader against Sioux Falls Lincoln.

Mount Marty Baseball returns to action tomorrow, opening up a four-game series with the Briar Cliff Chargers.

The Lancers and Chargers will play a home and home over the next few days, with tomorrow’s games held in Yankton and Sunday’s games in Sioux City.

First pitch tomorrow afternoon is scheduled for 1:00 PM, pregame coverage on KYNT and KYNTV begins at 12:30. Tehl Tanner will be on the call.

Yankton Gazelles Softball fell to 3 and 5 on the year yesterday, as they were defeated by Sturgis Brown 4 to 2.

Emma Herboldt notched a two-run home run for the Gazelles in the loss. Tori Hansen struck out four batters over six innings.

Yankton returns to the diamond today for a matchup with Rapid City Stevens. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 PM Mountain time.

Mount Marty Softball has had the start time of today’s doubleheader against Midland moved from 3:00 PM to 2:00 PM

The Lancers have won 7 of their last 8 games heading into Friday, while the Warriors are 34 and 5 overall and have only dropped 1 game in their last 19. 

Both games will still be held at Sertoma Park in Yankton, beginning at 2:00 PM.

Yankton Gazelles Golf took 2nd place yesterday as a team in Mitchell, led by a 4th-place finish from Elia Homstad.

Homstad shot an 89 and was the highest non-Kernal on the leaderboard, with Mitchell golfers occupying the top three spots. Elsewhere for the Gazelles, Sabrina Krajewski was 6th after shooting a 91, Bailey Anderson shot 104, Jordyn Cunningham finished at 112, Madison Ryken shot 117 and Lillian Schmidt shot 134.

Next up for the Gazelles is the Pierre Invitational on Tuesday at Hillsview Golf Course in the state capital.

Yankton Bucks Tennis picked up a 5 to 4 victory over the Harrisburg Tigers yesterday, moving to 11 and 2 on the year.

Christopher Rockne, Luke Moeller, Miles Krajewski, and Ethan Marsh all picked up singles wins for Yankton, with Krajewski and Marsh also winning in doubles play.

Yankton is on the road on Tuesday for a triangular in Vermillion against the Tanagers and Lennox.

Mount Marty Men’s Tennis fell to Morningside in their dual yesterday, with the Mustangs sweeping the Lancers 7 to 0.

MMU, now 12 and 3 on the year, concludes their regular season on Sunday with a dual against Augustana in Sioux Falls, beginning at 2:00 PM.

Mount Marty Women’s Tennis was defeated by Morningside yesterday afternoon, as they were swept 7 to 0.

MMU, now 5 and 6 overall,  takes on Augustana in Sioux Falls on Sunday at 2:00 PM, before ending their regular season on Monday against the College of St Mary.

Mount Marty Track and Field will be in Orange City, Iowa today for the opening day of the Red Raider Open. Events are scheduled to begin at 1:00 PM.

The Crofton Warriors girls’ track and field team finished 3rd at yesterday’s Tom Martin Invitational in Pierce, followed by Cedar Catholic in 4th.

Multiple athletes got individual victories for both teams, Crofton’s Caitlyn Guenther won the triple jump, while Jordyn Arens won the 3200-meter run.

Cedar Catholic took 4 event wins. Kally Becker won the 800 and was part of the 1st-place 3200 relay team alongside Lauren Bernecker, Claire Rolfes, and Brynn Bernecker. Rounding out the day for Cedar Catholic, Annisten Wortmann won the 200, and Lexi Eickhoff won the shot put.

More Railway Crossing Construction Begins Today

More Railway Crossing Construction Begins Today

Following Thursday’s completion of work on the Broadway railroad crossing, two more crossings will begin construction Friday.

Yankton Public Works Director Adam Haberman says that the Cedar and Walnut street crossings will be under construction.

Haberman 1 – (:32) “… to through traffic.”

Haberman says that 8th Street will remain open during construction to minimize closures. 

Haberman 2 – (:17) “… closures on Friday.”

Haberman said that BNSF Railway is planning to have the project finished by the end of the day today.

Local Sports 4-18-24

Yankton Bucks Baseball is on the road today for a Class A doubleheader against Mitchell. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 6:00 PM.

Yankton Gazelles Softball is on the road in Sturgis today for a matchup with the Sturgis Brown Scoopers.

Yankton is 3 and 4 on the year while Sturgis is 1 and 6. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 PM Mountain time.

Mount Marty Softball hosts the Midland Warriors tomorrow afternoon for a GPAC Doubleheader at Sertoma Park.

The Lancers have won 7 of their last 8 games heading into Friday, while the Warriors are 34 and 5 overall and have only dropped 1 game in their last 19.

First pitch of game one is scheduled for 3:00 PM tomorrow.

Mount Marty Men’s Tennis picked up their 11th win of the season yesterday, defeating Northwestern 4 to 3.

The Lancers are now 11 and 3 overall and 4 and 1 in GPAC play this season. They will be back in action today as they host Morningside for a dual, beginning at 3:00 PM.

Mount Marty Women’s Tennis is back at .500 on the year following yesterday’s 4 to 3 win over Northwestern.

The Lancers are 4 and 4 overall, 2 and 3 in the GPAC, and will take the court again today, hosting Morningside for a dual beginning at 3:00 PM.

Yankton Bucks Tennis looks to get back into the win column today with an early morning dual against Harrisburg in Harrisburg. Matches are set to begin at 9:00 AM.

Yankton Gazelles Golf has a quadrangular today in Mitchell. The Gazelles will face Mitchell, Harrisburg, and Sioux Falls Washington during the meet. Tee time at Lake View Golf Course is scheduled for 1:00 PM.

Yankton Track and Field was scheduled to travel to the state capital tomorrow to compete in the Pierre American Legion Invitational Track Meet, but that meet has been postponed. Events will now be held on Monday, April 22nd.

Phillips Trial Day Two Recap

Phillips Trial Day Two Recap

Wednesday was day two in the trial of David Phillips, 20, of Louisiana, who is facing a second-degree murder charge in the death of Israel Matos-Colon, 31, of Michigan, along with charges of possession of a stolen firearm, and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony back in March of 2023.

The state called on five more witnesses Wednesday, including; Cedar County Sheriff Larry Koranda, Tyler Mann with the Nebraska State Patrol, as well as Tyler Yow, Nathan Anderson, and Kevin Warner, who were all working on site on the day of Matos-Colon’s death.

Anderson and Warner both testified that after Phillips allegedly shot Matos-Colon, Phillips allegedly asked them both if they were going to tell anybody what happened.

Tyler Mann, who was the lead investigator on the case, was asked to display six 9 mm shell casings and a live round from the murder weapon for the jury, which was a Glock 19 with an extended mag.

According to the state, they will call on five more witnesses Thursday.

Phillip’s trial is set to resume at 9 a.m.

Totally Yankton 4.17.2024

Totally Yankton 4.17.2024

A Mount Marty Wednesday brought Tatum Jensen and Lauren Stiefvater into the Totally Yankton Studio. They are with the Student Government Association at the Mount and are partnering with Life Serve for a blood drive tomorrow at the fieldhouse. They visited with Jeff about that, and a few other things. If you missed it earlier, click and listen now.

Local Sports 4-17-24

Yankton Bucks Baseball had their doubleheader against Sioux Falls Jefferson yesterday canceled due to heavy rain in the area, with no makeup date set at this time.

Next up for the Bucks is a road doubleheader tomorrow against Mitchell. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 6:00 PM.

Yankton Gazelles Softball is back in action tomorrow with a road matchup against Sturgis Brown.

The Gazelles are 3 and 4 on the year coming off of a loss to Tea Area on Monday. The Scoopers are 1 and 6 overall, dropping their last game to Campbell County from Wyoming.

First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 PM tomorrow.

Yankton Bucks Tennis suffered their 2nd defeat of the season yesterday, losing 8-1 to Sioux Falls Washington.

Yesterday’s matches were moved indoors to the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center, due to the heavy rain in the area. Ethan Marsh picked up the lone match victory of the day for Yankton, defeating Washington’s Joshua Kringen.

Yankton returns to the courts on Thursday with a matchup against Harrisburg.

Mount Marty Men’s and Women’s Tennis will be in Orange City, Iowa today for a pair of duals with Northwestern. Matches are scheduled to begin at 1:00 PM.

Mount Marty Women’s Golf had their tournament in Lincoln, Nebraska cut short due to severe weather throughout the area.

The Kaitlyn Erickson Invitational was called after the 1st round. Mount Marty finished 5th as a team, led by Kelsey Heath who tied for 2nd.

The Lancers next meet in the GPAC Conference Invite in Spencer, Iowa on April 22nd and 23rd.

Yankton Gazelles Golf will be in Mitchell tomorrow for a meet at Lake View Golf Course. Mitchell, Sioux Falls Washington, and Harrisburg are also scheduled to compete in the event. Tee time is set for 1:00 PM.

The University of South Dakota Women’s Basketball team recently announced the addition of graduate transfer Miah Monahan for the upcoming season.

Monahan was All-Conference as a point guard in the Ohio Valley for Eastern Illinois last season, averaging 11.2 points and 5.1 assists per game. 

Monahan has only one full season of eligibility remaining.

USD Track and Field senior Erin Kinney was honored by the Summit League as the Peak Performer of the Week for the 2nd straight week.

Kinney ran on the Coyotes’ 4×100-meter relay that broke both South Dakota’s school record and the Lillibridge Track Complex record, while also winning the 100-meter this past week.

This is the 12th Peak Performer honor for Kinney in her career.

Yankton Fire Fighters Respond to House Fire on Locust St.

Yankton Fire Fighters Respond to House Fire on Locust St.

Yankton Firefighters responded to a house fire on the 400 block of Locust St. Tuesday evening.

Yankton Fire Chief Tim Linke says that the fire stemmed from the attic.

Linke says that there were significant damages to the attic and second floor of the house.