When Shea Smith heard that the Westboro Baptist Church was mounting a protest in Vermillion, she decided to do something about it.
The church has become infamous nationally for its protests at soldiers’ funerals, where church members have said God is punishing the United States for its acceptance of homosexuality. The church’s Vermillion event was not in connection with a funeral and was apparently staged as a publicity stunt.
Arrests for driving under the influence have declined each of the past three years statewide and each of the past four years in Davison County.
Law enforcement officials say the trend is driven by a variety of factors, including an aggressive program to keep DUI offenders from drinking, public awareness of sobriety checkpoints and the rise of new taxi services.
A Wednesday evening town hall event at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell filled Wagner Chapel with students eager to hear community leaders speak on the dangers of underage drinking.
Panelists were program emcee Jen Ross, a community prevention networker with Dakota Counseling Institute; Davison County State’s Attorney Pat Smith; Highway Patrol Trooper John Lord; Shane Thill, Mitchell High School assistant principal and director of Second Chance High School; and Vicki Wiese, vice president for academic affairs at Mitchell Technical Institute.
Area criminal-justice officials approve of having cameras in circuit courtrooms, but some have concerns with how the system would work.
They support the idea of showing the public how the court system works.
“People would have a better understanding of what is happening in the courtroom rather than relying on TV shows,” said Pat Smith, Davison County state’s attorney.
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