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Facing new charges in Belle Fourche, Kimberly Rich a no-show in court for Pierre charges

Kimberly Rich didn’t show up in state court in Pierre on Tuesday, like she had told court officials she would, to face a raft of drug and burglary charges that could mean a lot of prison time.

But the Belle Fourche rancher and gas well owner and pilot to whom Judge John Brown this spring assigned custody of Rich, did show up in court for a time Tuesday morning.

Rich was due back for another hearing on mostly drug-related charges from an arrest last summer in Pierre and from a incident this spring in Pierre. Because she has a long criminal history including stretches in the state prison for drug-related crimes, usually methamphetamine-related, Rich was facing more than 100 years in theoretical sentences, Judge Brown told her this spring.

Clark Blake, a well-known business owner with a ranch and farm near Belle Fourche north of the Black Hills, told Judge Brown he knew Rich and her family and would put her to work in his bar/cafe and around his ranch.

Brown, who is from the northwest part of the state, said he knew Blake and ordered Rich into his custody this spring.

Earlier this summer, Blake brought Rich back the 250 miles to court in Pierre to new Judge Bridget Mayer; Brown retired in June.

Mayer had heard reports that Rich was serving alcohol in the bar/cafe and warned her not to do it because it violated her bond conditions.

An Aug. 20 court date for Rich had been set in early summer.

But on Aug. 6, Rich was arrested near Belle Fourche in Butte County, found to have been using meth and apparently someone’s vehicle without their permission, according to court officials there.

She was booked on the charges and paid a $750 bond and was released.

When Hughes County State’s Attorney Roxanne Hammond found out about the Butte County charges, she asked Judge Mayer to issue an arrest warrant immediately, which Mayer did.

Rich told court officials in Pierre she would show up Aug. 20.

But on Tuesday, Aug. 20, although name was on the docket for court appearances, Rich did not appear in Pierre.

Her attorney Tara Adamski was in court.

Blake showed up but did not address the court.

Hammond asked Mayer to again issue a warrant for Rich’s arrest and Mayer so ordered.

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Changes to CPR certification training improve Right Turn classes

During a CPR class at the YMCA sponsored by The Right Turn last week, LaTrisha Schnidler listens for breath sounds on a training mannequin.

The Right Turn in Pierre recently purchased new cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training mannequins to help the agency meet new electronic feedback requirements.

“These mannequins are great,” said Maria Hays, CPR instructor at The Right Turn. “They tell you right away if a student is pushing in the right spot and using the right amount of pressure.”

“Childcare providers are some of the lowest paid workers in our community, yet they are on the front lines of safety for our children. Many of our CPR students are childcare providers, but we also have classes for construction workers, health care professionals, teachers and many other individuals,” said Mary Gates, director of The Right Turn. ”I can’t think of anyone who would not benefit from taking a CPR class.”

Gates herself took CPR many years ago. She felt fairly confident that she could still help in an emergency, even though her certification had lapsed. “What I learned, though, is that there is new research that changes the way CPR should be done. I might not have harmed a person, but I probably would not have helped them very much either,” said Gates.

Along with regular CPR classes, The Right Turn also offers online classes, These are a blended learning option in which students watch videos and interact with simulations on their own computer and then make an appointment for a hands-on skills test with a certified instructor.

“This can be a great option for employers who need to get a large number of people certified in a short period of time,” said Gates. Students complete the first part of the course on their own, and then Right Turn staff schedule an assembly-line system with multiple instructors to efficiently answer questions and observe the skills tests. “This option also works well for people who are in a hurry to obtain CPR certification, since skills tests can be arranged almost any time and with short notice,” said Gates.

Gates warns that people should be cautious about online training from other companies.

“We sometimes encounter people who took a random CPR class they found online and find themselves in hot water because the class does not meet OSHA or other regulations required by their job,” Gates said. People should be wary of free classes and any class that does not include a hands-on skills test with updated mannequins and a certified instructor.

The American Red Cross and the American Heart Association are the most accepted CPR certification credentials in the United States. Both groups recently updated their curriculum, now requiring instructors to use technology-enhanced mannequins.

Last year, the Right Turn provided CPR certification training for almost 200 people. The South Dakota Department of Social Services subsidizes CPR training at The Right Turn for child care providers who work in licensed programs. Regulations require that people who work in a licensed childcare program in South Dakota maintain current CPR certification, valid for two years.

The outcomes when people use the latest techniques are much better than they were in the past. A recent study in Sweden indicates that CPR nearly doubles the survival outcome for people who experience cardiac arrest outside of a hospital. CPR given by bystanders has nearly doubled. This national study focused on bystander-witnessed out-of-hospital cardiac arrest involving 30,445 patients. Compression-only (hands-only) CPR has increased six-fold over the last 18 years.

According to American Heart Association (AHA) statistics, in the United States more than 325,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of the hospital each year. Cardiac arrest — a sudden loss of heart function — is fatal if appropriate steps are not taken. The AHA says immediate CPR can double or triple the chances of survival after cardiac arrest. Keeping the blood flow active — even partially — extends the chances for a successful resuscitation once trained medical staff arrive. More research is needed on whether standard CPR with compression and rescue breaths is better than than compression-only CPR.

The Right Turn supports education across the lifespan and provides many classes on various topics including CPR. For more information, visit their website at www.therightturn.org or call 605-773-4755. The Right Turn is a nonprofit United Way participating agency with classrooms in Pierre and outreach services throughout central South Dakota.

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Fire closes Cattleman's Club Steakhouse for repairs

The iconic Cattleman’s Club Steakhouse east of Pierre will be closed for a few days after a fire early Wednesday did some damage.

A fire at the popular establishment overlooking the Missouri River about 5 miles east of Pierre on state Highway 34 was called in about 5:10 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 21, said Jason Roggow, chief of the Pierre Rural Fire Department.

“It was reported by a resident who lives upstairs in the building,” Roggow told the Capital Journal. “He wa awakened by smoke alarms and by smoke that had reached up to his residence.”

The first fire truck, dispatched from the rural fire station on Airport Road in Hughes County just off the northeast corner of the city, arrived at the fire scene southeast of Pierre at 5:27 a.m., Roggow said.

“We made an interior attack toward the kitchen where everything, the smoke, the heat, was coming from. The fire was just inside the door.”

Within about 10 minutes, firefighters had knocked off the fire and went into checking the rest of the building and mopping up, Roggow said.

“The fire damage was limited to that small area of the kitchen, in one room. There was fire damage to some of the contents, to walls and some electrical wiring in that immediate area,” he said. “There was extensive smoke damage to other areas of the building.”

The area affected by the fire was relatively small.

“So we didn’t have to use extensive amounts of water like we do have to do sometimes,” Roggow said.

“No one was injured,” he said.

He expects insurance company investigators to complete the determination of the fire’s cause, Roggow said.

“There was nothing about the fire that required that we request the state fire marshal’s office to get involved,” Roggow said.

No cause has been determined and the burn damage to wiring could have been caused by the fire that was not necessarily electrical in origin, he said.

About 20 firefighters, including some mutual aid response from the Pierre Volunteer Fire Department, responded to the fire, Roggow said.

Like him, many of the rural department’s firefighters also are volunteers for the city fire department.

Cattleman’s Club Steakhouse was opened in the mid-1980s east of Pierre by former rancher Myril Arch, who built a reputation for serving great steaks. His daughter, Cindy, has owned and managed it since 1994 and also more recently opened a similar restaurant in Mitchell, South Dakota, according to their online history. Myril Arch died in 2013.

Chief Roggow said a grandson of Myril Arch lives in a residence on the upper floor of the Cattleman’s Club and called 911.

On Wednesday afternoon, the owners left this note on their Facebook page:

‘We would like to thank the Pierre Fire Department for their quick response to our fire. We are going to be closed for a few days. I will keep everyone updated as to our progress. Thanks for all the prayers.’

A-G-E Corp takes 1st in Verendrye Museum Backyard BBQ Event

Out of the 22 backyard BBQ contestants, A-G-E Corporation’s Gerad and Andy Johnson were granted first place at the Verendrye Museum’s fundraiser BBQ held in Fort Pierre on Saturday, August 17.

Fort Pierre Fire Department led by Bryce Patterson took second place, Tim Hughes’ Bottom Line Welding won third place and Zander Auto’s BBQ chef Thad Smith came in fourth place. Zander Auto also received the “People’s Choice” award.

“We more than doubled our contestants this year from last year,” said Verendrye Museum Vice President, Deb Schiefelbein. “With more than 150 people attending the event was well attended despite the prevailing winds and storm warnings. This event has grown considerably, and we saw a much larger crowd than the previous two years.”

“This is our main fundraiser of the year and we were very pleased with the turnout, stated Verendrye Museum Treasurer, Connie Carlisle. “We truly appreciate the support from the community, our sponsors, judges and contestants.”

The proceeds from the event go to the renovation of the Verendrye Museum building, downtown Fort Pierre. The museum remains closed through 2019 during an extensive building overhaul.

Interested donors can contact Deb Schiefelbein at 605-280-9550.

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Palmer: Work on Pierre sewer pipe leaks nearly complete

The big sewer pipe problem discovered at the bottom of a sinkhole that formed last month in Griffin Park in Pierre just might be fixed, for now, by the end of the week.

“We have completed repairs on the part that collapsed in,” City Utilities Director Brad Palmer told the City Commission on Tuesday. He was referring to the original site of the problem, below where a sinkhole began appearing on a walking path not far from the Missouri River about July 12. It grew for a few days and Palmer and others said they quickly realized it was probably an old sewer pipe leaking. The digging began about July 18, hampered by unusually rainy weather and the season-long high river which added water pressure to the underground mess.

Once that first problem was fixed, it led to another one or two, seen on cameras inserted into the 24-inch sewer pipe which handles about two thirds of the city’s load on its way to the waste water treatment plant. Going up stream, more leaking pipes were found, including a large one again at the corner of Ree Street and Missouri Avenue, which has been blocked off for a couple weeks.

Meanwhile, the sewer’s normal contents were bypassing all this underground repair work through hoses laid along the ground hooked to temporary pumps, so that nobody really lost sewer service, Palmer said.

He asked city residents to cut down on using water inside homes and businesses, and reschedule showers and dishwashing to off hours, not during the morning rush hours. That helped, he said.

But many residents have been wondering how long it will take.

“When is that work on my corner at Ree and Missouri going to be done,” one homeowner said in the Hughes County Courthouse, while talking about the summer so far.

Later Tuesday in City Hall, Palmer had the answer: most of the work at the manhole at the intersection of Ree and Missouri is completed and an outside company is coming in finish the work and test the manhole.

“That company is coming Thursday and it should take one or two days,” he said. “Once we know the manhole is stabilized, we can pull our pumps out. We hope to have it buttoned up this week, if all goes well.”

Mayor Steve Harding told Palmer he was glad to hear the long, unexpected work was about completed.

“I know that put our normal plans behind schedule a lot,” Harding said.

“We have had several meetings on that,” Palmer said. “We will adjust to that as the season goes on and get as much done as possible.”

Later Tuesday, Commissioner Blake Barringer said he expected that city crews would be working to catch up on street projects “till the weather stops us.”