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A local bar manager is the man behind a company recently brought into a lawsuit that arose after an assault outside a Mitchell bar in September. V.V. Inc. is a defendant in a lawsuit filed by Vicki Hubner, mother and conservator for Clint Dreyer, a Fargo, N.D., resident who suffered permanent brain injuries in a beating outside Thirsty's Bar.
WAGNER -- Six recently suspended Yankton Sioux tribal officials allegedly broke into the tribe's headquarters Thursday morning in Wagner after the facility's locks were changed in an attempt to keep them out. In a written statement released Thursday, the six suspended tribal officials claim the June 15 General Council meeting at which they were suspended was illegally convened by Tribal Chairman Thurman Cournoyer Sr.
Authorities have not released any new information regarding the Tuesday death of a three-month-old infant who was being cared for at a day care in rural Davison County. "We just don't have any additional information right now," said Sara Rabern, spokeswoman for the South Dakota Attorney General's Office. The investigation began Tuesday following the death of Brooklyn Kennedy Howard, the daughter of Amy Ruml and Donny Howard.
WAGNER -- Six new interim members of the Yankton Sioux Tribe Business and Claims Committee were reportedly sworn in Wednesday after an apparently hectic meeting of the tribe's General Council was called by recently suspended tribal officials. According to Yankton Sioux Tribe member Frances Zephier, the new committee members were sworn in after a General Council meeting was held Wednesday morning by recently suspended Business and Claims Committee Vice Chairwoman Ida Ashes, and suspended committee members Jason Cooke, Jody Zephier, Gail Hubbeling, Brenda Zephier and Nick Cournoyer. Th
The judge who presided over Bill Janklow's 2003 manslaughter trial will temporarily serve in the circuit that includes Mitchell. Retired Third Circuit Judge Rodney Steele will fill in for the retiring Sean O'Brien until a new judge is appointed. Steele was assigned to the position by Chief Justice David Gilbertson, who handles all interim judicial appointments. Since First Circuit Judge O'Brien, 58, recently announced he is retiring effective July 1, the Judicial Qualifications Commission has been in the process of finding a replacement.
WAGNER -- The vice chairwoman and five other members of the Yankton Sioux Tribe Business and Claims Committee have been suspended without pay for misconduct after allegedly trying to cancel a meeting of the tribe's General Council without the authority to do so. Yankton Sioux Tribal Chairman Thurman Cournoyer Sr.
Six local residents were arrested and charged with drunken driving in less than two hours shortly after midnight on June 9 at a sobriety checkpoint in Mitchell. The South Dakota Highway Patrol and the Mitchell Police Division ran the checkpoint, located at the intersection of South Sanborn Boulevard and West Birch Avenue. At approximately 12:19 a.m., Matthew Dale Sedivy, 28, was arrested after he allegedly made an illegal U-turn near the checkpoint, court documents say. He then allegedly performed poorly on a series of standardized field sobriety tests.
CHAMBERLAIN -- Rick Glass wasn't kidding. "It's going to be loud," he said. The smell of burnt race fuel and the engine noise of about 20 hydroplane boats were carried by the wind out of American Creek Campground in Chamberlain on Saturday. The boat's drivers gathered to compete in a variety of races over the weekend on the Missouri River as part of the Pepsi Racing Power Cup Challenge. Glass, a resident of Lake Geneva, Wis., and a mechanic for MRM Racing, came to the event with a friend and hydroplane boat driver Mark Manos, of Oak Park, Ill.
Lately, Jacob Myers has been feeling the heat. The 23-year-old started work as a firefighter with the Mitchell Fire Division in October. Since then, Myers estimates he has been called to between six and eight structure fires in and around the city. "It just seems like we're getting a lot," he said. Statistics back up Myers' assessment. Fires have caused more than $1.1 million of property damage in Mitchell so far this year, more than four times the total for all of 2011, according to monthly reports prepared by the Mitchell Fire Division.
The company sued for negligence following an assault outside a Mitchell bar in September now claims another company is liable. V.V. Inc. is a defendant in a lawsuit filed by Vicki Hubner, mother and conservator for Clint Dreyer, a Fargo, N.D., resident who suffered permanent brain injuries in a beating outside Thirsty's Bar. The company filed a third-party complaint Wednesday claiming another company, TS Services, is contracted by V.V. Inc. to manage Thirsty's Bar and is liable for the damages alleged in the lawsuit.