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Coffee With a Cop


On February 29, officers from the Valentine Police Department and community members will come together in an informal gathering to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.

All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 2 p.m. on February 29th, 2016 at McDonald’s on Highway 20 and Main St. Officers will be available until 4 p.m. for open discussion.  Please contact Chief Dana Miller with questions: (402) 376-3055 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Coffee with a Cop provides an opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the Valentine Police department’s work in Valentine.


Speech Results from Stuart

Will Major 6th place in persuasive

Taryn Adams 7th place in humorous

Raelyn Adams 7th place in poetry

The speech team will compete next on Saturday, February 13th in Grand Island at their "Blue and Gold invitational tournament".


Valentine Vets' Club Soup Contest Winners

It's often said that the third time is the charm and it was certainly true for LeeAnn Wagner. Wagner captured first in the 2016 Valentine Vet's Club Soup Contest Feb. 5 with her Cheeseburger soup.

It was a close race once again with Elizabeth Walz following closely in second with her Ramen Chicken Noodle. Wagner won $100 in Valentine Chamber Bucks and Walz was awarded $75 in Chamber Bucks.

Debbi Hoffman and Michelle Ricks had also won their individual rounds and were competing in the finale. Both received free oil change certificates for their work; Ricks from Tehrani Motor Company and Hoffman from Tony's Tire and Auto Repair.

The evening included the Soup Contest Raffle, during which those present won numerous prizes donated by area businesses. A complete list of donations was in last week's paper.

In addition, the Soup Contest Committee gave away two star quilts, won by Elizabeth Walz and Wynn Bailey, Bismarck, ND. Kelli Sokol won the grand prize of a Remington Model 700 .243 rifle. Tom Lancaster won the Winchester Model 94 Buffalo Bill lever action commemorative and Merrill Feller got the Heritage Rough Rider .22 pistol.


Parmalee Man Charged


United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Parmelee, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for two counts of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and one count of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.

Darius Whipple, Sr., age 24, was indicted on January 21, 2016.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Moreno on February 4, 2016, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction for each count is up to 10 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, three years of supervised release.

The Indictment alleges that Whipple committed an assault with a knife on July 23, 2015.  It also alleges that he committed assault with a tablet computer on August 28, 2015, causing serious bodily injury.

The charge is merely an accusation and Whipple is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Whipple was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.



One Killed, Officer Injured in Rosebud Indian Reservation Shooting


On Tuesday February 2nd 2016 around 7:43am Rosebud Police received a call reporting vandalism in the “Low Rent” area of Rosebud. An Officer was dispatched to the residence. The Officer took the report and went to seek out the suspect, who was reported to be Raymond Gassman.

At Approximately 8:00am the Officer arrived at a residence in the Fairgrounds area of Rosebud. The Officer made contact with Gassman at the residence. The Officer attempted to place Gassman under arrest. The Officer placed a handcuff on one of Gassmans wrists. Gassman resisted the Officers efforts to arrest him, a struggle ensued. Dispatch received a 911 call from a resident requesting another Officer to the residence reporting Gassman had tackled the Officer.

Additional Officers were dispatched. During the struggle shots were fired. Gassman was shot, the Officer was also shot. The Officer requested Medical Assistance from Dispatch.

At around 8:06am additional Officers arrived at the residence. Immediate medical attention was given to Gassman and the Officer. Rosebud Ambulance Service arrived shortly after the Officers and took over medical treatment. CPR was started on Gassman. Rosebud Ambulance Service contacted the Cherry County Emergency Room. After attempts to revive Gassman were unsuccessful, Rosebud Ambulance Service was advised by Cherry County ER Doctor to cease their efforts. The Officer was transported by Ambulance to the Cherry County Hospital then transported to another medical facility for treatment. The Officer has since gone under surgery.

The Officers injuries were not life threatening. The Officer has been placed on administrative leave. It is standard operating procedure that Police Officers be placed on administrative leave after a shooting incident, pending the investigation. The FBI was contacted immediately and responded. Upon their arrival all evidence including the Officers Body Camera were turned over to the FBI. The FBI has assumed all aspects of the investigation.


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