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Two South Dakota Men in Federal Court


United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a St. Francis, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Sexual Abuse. Joseph R. Blue Bird, age 26, was indicted on September 19, 2012, and appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on June 19, 2013 and pled not guilty to the Indictment. The charge is merely an accusation and Blue Bird is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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


Johnson also announced that on June 20, Alex Lee Salway, age 54, of Martin, South Dakota was found guilty by a federal jury in U.S. District Court on two counts of Distribution of a Controlled Substance. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of 40 years’ imprisonment, a $2,000,000 fine, or both. Salway was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 19, 2012 as part of Operation Prairie Pharm, a controlled substance investigation that resulted in 12 individuals being indicted for drug distribution offenses in Bennett County.

The charges against Salway stem from him selling and distributing morphine pills, within 1,000 feet of a public school in Martin, on two separate occasions on January 27, 2012.

Salway remains in the custody of the U.S. Marshal. A sentencing date has not been set.


Community Planning

The City of Valentine what is being officially dubbed a "community roundtable" on Tuesday June 25th from 6:30 to 8pm in the library meeting room to give an update on the progress of the comprehensive plan, planning process, and to hold discussions concerning the issues and priorities for the future of Valentine.  A public presentation will be held on Wednesday June 26th from 5 til 7pm to outline the ideas generated over the course of the design workshop process.


Alumni Weekend in Valentine


This weekend will be Valentine High School Alumni weekend in the Heart City. KVSH Radio welcomes back all alumni for the various activities. The annual banquet will be held at the Catholic Parish Hall Saturday evening with the host class being the class of 1988. Numerous classes will be recognized including those from five year increments such at 1978, 1973, 1968 and so on. The class of 1978 will gather Friday evening at the Peppermill West Room and again at 4pm Saturday at Jerilyn Colburns residence before attending the banquet.  The class of 1948 will meet from 3 to 5 pm on Saturday at Cherry Hills private dining room.  The Class of 63 will be meeting at Jordans on the 28th at 5pm.  Any other class with special plans for the weekend is invited to contact KVSH Radio to have those times announced.


Cowboy Fast Draw in Sparks

The Sparks Chapter of the Nebraska Fast Draw Association is hosting the State Championship shoot in Sparks this weekend, June 22 and 23.  Preliminary rounds were held on Saturday, with a banquet and auction held Saturday evening at the Cedar Canyon in Valentine.  Championship round was at noon on Sunday.  Congratulations to Dean Storms, winner of the Sunday shoot.


Cherry County District Court Actions

According to Cherry County Attorney Eric Scott, a 34-year old Valentine man, Jack Flynn, was sentenced in Cherry County District Court on Friday June 21st to 2 - 4 years in the Nebraska State Penitentiary for Distribution of a Controlled Substance, a Class III Felony.

Also sentenced on Friday was a 36 year-old Valentine woman, Richenda Richard.  Richard was sentenced 90 days in jail and 3 years probation for Distribution of a Controlled Substance, a Class III Felony.

Druanne Mandan, age 40 of Valentine, was convicted of Second Decree Domestic Assault, a Class IIIA Felony.  Sentencing for Mandan is set for August 16, 2013.

Gilbert S. Young, age 41 of Rosebud was convicted in Cherry County District Court on Possession of a Controlled Substance, a Class III Felony.  Sentencing for Young is set for August 16, 2013.

A 24 year-old Rosebud man David McCloskey was convicted on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute, a Class III Felony.  Sentencing for McCloskey will also be on August 16, 2013.

Michael Dewey, age 41 of Colorado pled guilty on Friday in Cherry County District Court of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a Class IV Felony. Dewey awaits sentencing on August 16, 2013 as well.


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