Suspected truck thief shot and killed

A man who was reported to have stolen a vehicle south of Newcastle last Tuesday died the following day after being shot by deputies from the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office on a dead end road outside of Lead, South Dakota.

The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating the incident that resulted in the death of 31-year old Rory Lynn Gunderman, of Sundance.

According to a press release issued by Lawrence County Sheriff Brian Dean, the pursuit that would eventually result in Gunderman’s death began when the Newcastle Police Department contacted Lawrence County Dispatch at approximately 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, September 16, to request assistance in locating a stolen vehicle.

Event Center settlement reached

At a special meeting held Tuesday afternoon, the Weston County Commissioners voted to accept a settlement and release agreement for the Weston County Event Center that has stood idle since its construction due to structural issues caused by a leaking water main.

The county’s legal counsel, Ray Hunkins, appeared before the commissioners in person to answer their questions on the agreement, which he had negotiated, and to recommend they authorize the chairman’s signature.

The settlement includes $141,000 in architectural and engineering fees to be reimbursed to the county, as well as remedial work on the building, namely a process commonly called mudjacking to restore the integrity of the building’s foundation.

Calves confront bullying

Newcastle Middle School is inviting parents, students, and other interested parties to the public kick-off of its Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, which will begin in the school auditorium on Monday, Sept. 28, at 6:30 p.m. and is scheduled to run until 8 p.m. Food and drink will be available in the commons area afterward, and Middle School Principal Todd Quigley said that the school hopes for a large turnout.“We want to invite all our parents, stakeholders, and students here so they can actually ask questions and learn what we’re doing, as well as how they can be supportive in this process,” Quiggley explained of the gathering. In response to concerns about bullying, the middle school is serving as the pilot for WCSD #1’s use of the broadly used program devised by its namesake, Dr. Dan Olweus.

Prevention group will attack suicide stigma

The Weston County Prevention Task Force held a meeting on September 10 to discuss the direction the group wants to take for prevention over the next year, and the general consensus of the group was to stress suicide prevention and awareness without ignoring the other prevention subjects prevalent throughout the community — including alcohol, tobaco, and other drugs.

The group immediately made the decision to focus on prevention, intervention, and public awareness of suicide. Postvention, which is addressing the issue after a suicide has actually taken place, was also discussed, but the group chose to focus its energies moving forward on helping the community to intervene in potential suicides and hopefully prevent them from taking place.

Landfill board selections made

The Weston County Commissioners made a determination last Tuesday, Sept. 16, as to who will sit on the board of the recently formed Weston County Solid Waste Disposal District, voting to appoint Ron Brunner, Joe Watt, Ted Ertman, Ed Wagoner, and Brian Pischke.
Also among the final field of candidates, but not ultimately selected, were Mike Mills, Danny Decker, and Walt Soper.
Commissioner Marty Ertman said she was partial to simply appointing all the candidates to the board. She reasoned that a few would naturally be lost over time due to attrition and that some have expressed an interest in getting the board set up, but not in serving long term.

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