South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg said he actually discovered the body of the pedestrian he fatally struck Saturday night — when he returned to the scene a day later.
Ravnsborg, in a two-page statement issued late Monday, claimed he didn’t realize he hit Joe Boever, 55, on the side of Highway 14, and had assumed it was a deer until he returned back on Sunday morning.
The AG said the crash occurred as he was driving home from the Spink County Lincoln Day Dinner in Redfield around 9:15 p.m. He added he did not have any alcoholic beverages before during or after the event.
“I immediately called 911 to report the incident and [Hyde County Sheriff Mike Volek] came to the scene,” Ravnsborg said. “I looked around the vehicle in the dark and saw nothing to indicate what I had hit.
“At no time did either of us suspect that I had been involved in an accident with a person,” the AG went on to say.
Ravnsborg and Volek arranged for the AG to borrow the sheriff’s personal car to drive back home because his own vehicle was too damaged to drive. The AG found the body of Boever the next morning, as he and his chief of staff were passing by the scene to return the sheriff’s vehicle, he said.
“I discovered the body of Mr. Boever in the grass just off the roadway,” Ravnsborg went on. “My chief of staff and I checked and it was apparent that Mr. Boever was deceased.”
Boever was walking on the side of the road at the time of the crash, toward his own broken-down vehicle that was in a ditch nearby, his cousin, Victor Nemec, told the Argus Leader.
“I immediately drove to Sheriff Volek’s home to report the discovery and he accompanied me back to the scene,” Ravnsorg added. “Once there, the sheriff instructed me that he would handle the investigation, and asked me to return to Pierre.”
Ravnsborg said he is fully cooperating with the ongoing investigation, which is being conducted by the state Highway Patrol, with the assistance of the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Gov. Kristi Noem, The New York Times reported.
Ravnsborg said he would not be taking any questions on the crash during the investigation and that he had only issued a statement to “dispel some of the rumor and innuendo” being spread as the news broke of Boever’s death.
“I am deeply saddened by the tragic nature of these events and my heartfelt condolences go out to the Boever family,” he added.
Trump signs short-term spending bill to prevent government shutdown
President Donald Trump signed a spending bill early Thursday to prevent an imminent government shutdown.
The Senate voted 84-10 to pass the bipartisan bill, extending federal agency funding to Dec. 11 and avoiding a potentially nasty fight ahead of the Nov. 3 election. The House already passed the bill in a 359-57 vote last week.
Trump signed the bill after returning to the White House from a campaign event in Minnesota, right as federal funds ran dry.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin negotiated the short-term deal — though they continue to be at odds over further coronavirus relief legislation that would send out more stimulus checks and revive an expired unemployment insurance supplement.
The funding extension secures money for a host of programs set to lapse on Sept. 30, from transit to health care, and would finance a new White House transition should Joe Biden win.
Pelosi said in a statement earlier the bill adds $8 billion in food assistance over current spending levels for lower-income Americans and prevents the use of “funds for farmers” held by the Commodity Credit Corporation “from being misused for a Big Oil bailout.”
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California police bust ‘cult’ party with 4-foot model vagina
Cops in California’s Bay Area busted what they called a ‘cult or activist group’ party involving a four-foot model vagina on the beach over the weekend.
The cult-like gathering was broken up by cops in Point Molate Beach Park early Saturday morning, just hours after police responded to a suspected “Antifa” gathering at the same location, according to the chief of the Richmond Police Department.
At around 9:33 p.m., Richmond cops responded to the Antifa report when they discovered 50 people dressed in all-black uniforms who had traveled to the beach on a party bus.
The dark-clad group — which were described as a possible Antifa meet-up — agreed to get back on the party bus and disperse without incident.
Just hours later, police found another group of 60 people listening to the climate change recordings huddled around the giant facsimile of a vagina in a dock building nearby.
“The group was listening to recordings about climate change and Mother Earth while assembled around a 4 ft. model of a vagina,” Richmond Police Chief Al Walle wrote on Facebook.
“The group was identified, warned for trespassing, and escorted out of Point Molate.”
Walle said the second group had no affiliation but instead was “some type of cult gathering,” without giving specifics.
Inside the dock building, police “located some items (that won’t be further described) that led the officers to believe this was some type of occult group or activist group since this event was in close proximity to the Chevron refinery,” the police department said in a statement to Patch.
Some joked online that the “cult” party seemed like a garden-variety Bay Area fête.
“Who’s the Bay Area noob that wrote this article?” a reader tweeted. about a local report. “Sounds like a pretty standard Bay Area underground art party to me…”
Trump tells Minnesota rally he trounced Biden in first debate
President Trump on Wednesday told a large campaign rally in Duluth, Minnesota, that he defeated Joe Biden during the first presidential debate.
“Joe Biden is too weak to lead this country. You know Biden lost badly when his supporters are saying he should cancel the rest of the debates,” Trump said about Tuesday night’s battle.
The acrimonious debate in Cleveland was ridden with insults and interruptions and Trump told the crowd moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News was overly deferential to Biden.
“I was debating two people last night,” Trump said at the rally, again knocking Wallace, who largely failed to control bitter exchanges between Trump and the Democratic candidate.
But Trump boasted of the debate’s 73 million TV viewers and ran through what he said were poor moments for Biden.
“Liberal media is upset that I took the fight to Biden and exposed his very dangerous agenda,” Trump said. “Arson is OK, but challenging Sleepy Joe is totally off limits.”
Trump taunted: “Now I understand he’s canceling the debates, let’s see what happens. I think that’s not going to be a good move.”
In Trump’s telling, his hectoring of Biden revealed rifts among Democrats, including over the Green New Deal, which Biden said “is not my plan.”
“How about the Green New Deal? He disavowed it,” Trump crowed.
“Our opponents stand with rioters. I stand with the heroes of law enforcement,” Trump said, recalling his failed attempt to force Biden to say the words “law enforcement” during the debate.
“Last night I said … ‘Sleepy Joe, say law enforcement.’ He goes, ‘No, I’d rather not,’” Trump said.
Trump noted that Biden also refused to say whether he supports a push among some Democrats to “pack” the Supreme Court with more than nine justices if Trump succeeds in replacing liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg with his nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
“Joe Biden also refused to answer questions about packing the Supreme Court — the Supreme Court. I mean, how good is Amy?” Trump said. “You know, she ought to run for president instead of Joe. He was like last place in his class.”
Trump echoed his inquiries about Biden’s son Hunter’s business dealings in China and Ukraine, and an alleged $3.5 million payment from the wife of Moscow’s former mayor.
“As you all saw, Biden also refused to explain why his son Hunter was paid $3.5 million … by the wife of the former mayor of Moscow … And took out $1.5 billion from China he manages, makes millions of dollars a year, right? And he got the $183,000 a month [in Ukraine].”
Trump said at the rally, “This is a matter of national security and economic security. The Bidens got rich while American workers got robbed.”
Joe Biden didn’t refute in detail allegations about his son, but repeatedly said Trump’s assertions were “not true.”
The post-debate spin among Democrats was notably different.
Biden, by contrast, said Wednesday that Trump’s debate performance was a “national embarrassment.” On the debate stage, the former vice president attacked Trump, calling him a “clown” and told him to “shut up, man!”
The Duluth rally is Trump’s third in Minnesota since August as he seeks to flip the historically Democratic state. A Republican presidential candidate last won Minnesota in 1972, though Trump was just 1.5 percentage short of Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Trump repeated his claim that Biden “will turn Minnesota into a refugee camp” and slammed Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) over a disputed Project Veritas allegation linking her to alleged ballot harvesting plot. “I hope your US attorney is involved. … I’ve been reading these reports for two years about how corrupt and crooked she is,” he said.
“And you know what, AOC also. It’s time. It’s time. You take a look at what they did, the corruption, the disgusting corruption.”
Trump also noted the Wednesday testimony of former FBI Director James Comey and all-but called for charges against “crooks” who he said tried “for a coup” against his presidency.
“We got plenty of information on these crooks. .. and it’s about time that something happens,” Trump said.
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