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Third Person Sentenced

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Rosebud, South Dakota, woman convicted of two counts of Second Degree Murder was sentenced on January 20, 2015, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Crystal Red Hawk, age 37, was sentenced to 300 months in custody, 3 years of supervised release,.

The co-defendants in the case were both previously sentenced on October 27, 2014.  BillyRay McCloskey, age 24 from St. Francis, South Dakota, was sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment for two counts of First Degree Murder,
Riley McCloskey, age 21 from St. Francis, was convicted of two counts of Second Degree Murder, and sentenced to 210 months in custody, 5 years of supervised release,
In the late evening hours of December 23, 2013, Calvin Kills In Water and  seventy-six year old Benjamin Clifford were killed near Saint Francis.

The Defendants then proceeded into Nebraska, stopping in front of a gate into a pasture in rural Cherry County. BillyRay McCloskey opened the gate and Crystal Red Hawk continued to drive the vehicle into the pasture, coming to a stop near a grove of trees. BillyRay McCloskey and the others removed both Clifford, who was unconscious but alive, and Kills In Water from the vehicle and drug their bodies from the car to the grove of trees.

The bodies of both Clifford and Kills In Water were located and recovered in the early morning hours of December 30, 2013. Kills In Water was found with his hands bound behind his back with a pair of pants.

Red Hawk was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.


Chadron State locks dorms, but tale of armed man was false

Chadron State College officials have said a report about an armed man on campus proved to be false.

The dorms were locked down for about six hours Saturday night and Sunday morning as police searched the campus. A 16-year-old boy arrested in connection with a stolen vehicle south of the campus had told officers that an armed man was involved and in the area.

College officials locked down the dorms but didn't make a public announcement at the Chicoine Center, where a basketball game was being played. Students who'd been at the game were allowed back into their dorms after showing identification.

The boy was arrested on suspicion of several crimes, including terrorist threats, theft by unlawful taking and false reporting.



Cherry Todd Rate Increase

The board of directors of Cherry-Todd Electric voted to authorize a rate increase at their regular meeting on December 22nd. An overall rate increase of 4 percent was approved. An increase in residential electric rates is not unique to Cherry Todd or even this area. According to the US Energy Information Administration, average prices rose in all area of the country. Extreme weather, heavy snowfall, and bitterly cold temperature during winter of 2013-2014 are partly responsible for the increase. Electricity is produced in part by coal fired plants. Due to federal regulations by the EPA, coal producers are closing plants rather than converting to meet new guidelines. Cherry Todd members will see the increase in their bills next month.



Founder Forum at Sinte Gleska

The Sinte Gleska University 45th annual Founders Forums will be held this week at the multipurpose building in Mission. Each day begins with a forum to discuss such topics as Lakota Culture and Language, economics, and tribal treaties. There will be other activities, both educational and entertaining throughout the week. Those activities include drum contest, grass dance, jingle dance, and a supper each evening.


Free Business Marketing Workshop in Valentine January 29 - Note Change of Location

A free marketing workshop is scheduled for Thursday evening, January 29, from 6-9 pm at the Peppermill Restaurant on Hwy 20, Valentine, Nebraska.

Whether you are an existing business, or you are interested in starting  a business, this free workshop is for you. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The topic of this Marketing Workshop is “How to Squeeze More Out of Your  Marketing.”David Buchholz, guest speaker, has shared his expertise in marketing with Cherry County businesses in the past.David is president of David & Associates, a Nebraska-based communications firm with over 30 years of marketing experience.

At this workshop you will learn basic marketing principles that have a bottom-line impact on your business, establish an identity for your business, three ways to build your business, learn how to compete on value-not price, connect with your customer, and build your business without wasting a lot of money.

Register Today for this valuable workshop by calling Kathy Drake at 402-394-1790, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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