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Carter SD man convicted

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Thomas William Frederick, age 60, of Carter, South Dakota, was convicted of Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child, Sexual Contact with a Minor, and Tampering with a Witness as a result of a federal jury trial in Pierre, South Dakota. These charges carry a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both.The charges stem from incidents in which Frederick knowingly and intentionally sexually abused a child under the age of 12 between 2002 and 2003 in Todd County. He also knowingly and intentionally had sexual contact with a child under the age of 16 years between 2008 and 2009 in Todd County. A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for February 28, 2011. The defendant was released on bond and must self-report to the custody of the U.S. Marshal on December 28, 2010.


Parmalee Woman Charged with Child Abuse


United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Parmelee, South Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for child abuse and driving a vehicle in Todd County while under the influence of alcohol and with minors present. Jennifer Leigh Grassrope, age 20, was indicted by a federal grand jury on November 9, 2010, for three counts of Child Abuse and three counts of Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence of Alcohol with a Minor Present. She appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on November 30, and pled not guilty to the indictment. . Grassrope was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not yet been set.


North Central RC&D Annual Meeting


The North Central Resource and Conservation District held their annual meeting last night at Balers Restaurant in Atkinson. After a tour of the NEDAK Ethanol plant on the East edge of Atkinson, the group held a short business meeting at Balers, followed by a supper and entertainment by Cowgirl Poet Yvonne Hollenbeck of Clearfield SD. During the business meeting, the group approved the 2010 and 2011 annual plans of work as well as holding the election of officers. The new slate of officers will include President: Mary Mcmillon, member at large from Bassett, 1st Vice President Mike Burge from Valentine/Cherry County Economic Development Board, 2nd Vice President, Dennis Gilg, Rock County Commissioner, Secretery-Rod Stolcpart of Middle Niobrara Weed Awareness Group and Treasurer-LouAnn Tooker of the Atkinson Chamber of Commerce.


Mission Man Sentenced


United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Nicodemus J. Blue Bird, age 43, of Mission, South Dakota, appeared before United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange on November 24, and pled guilty to Count I of the indictment that charged him with Sexual Abuse of a Minor. The charge relates to Blue Bird sexually abusing a minor female between July and August of 2010 in Todd County. A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for February 14, 2011. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending sentencing.


Holiday Shopping Hours in Valentine


The Countdown to Christmas is on. The Valentine Chamber of Commerce has issued the recommended special shopping hours for businesses during this holiday season. According to Director Dean Jacobs, stores are encouraged to open from 1 to 5pm on Sundays during December including the 5th, 12th and 19th. Many stores will remain open evening hours from the 20th through the 23rd to accommodate shoppers still looking for that special gift. Some merchants will other special hours of operations so be sure to check with them. A reminder that Santa Clause will return to Valentine on December 18th from 1 to 4pm at Cedar Canyon Steakhouse in the Sweetheart Garden. Shoppers are invited to take advantage of the Christams bonus bucks and VIP packages. Valentine Chamber Bucks are always a hit with recipients and can be spent a almost all Valentine Businesses.


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