Authorities identify 18 year old killed in Saturday morning crash

An 18 year old man from Alexandria has been identified as the person killed in a one-vehicle crash that occurred early Saturday morning south of Mitchell. Four others were injured. Dylan Mentele was a passenger. He was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene.

A 2011 GMC Sierra was eastbound when the driver, 18 year old Tate Thompson of Ethan failed to negotiate a curve east of the intersection of 258th Street and 409th Avenue. The vehicle went into the south ditch.

 A 17 year old female passenger from Mitchell sustained life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital. Thompson, the driver, and 18 year olds William Langstraat of Stickney and Justin Roster of Alexandria sustained minor Injuries.

Charges are pending against Thompson. It is unknown if any of the occupants were wearing seatbelts.

 South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. Other agencies on scene were the Davison County Sheriff’s Office, Mitchell EMS, Davison County Search and Rescue and the state Division of Criminal Investigation.

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Kenny Chesney Dedicates Performance To Injured Police Officer

Sony Music NashvilleDuring a concert in Philadelphia June 26, Kenny Chesney paid tribute to a local police officer who had been shot seven times in the line of duty the previous day. Officer Christopher Dorman, a part-time officer in the borough of Folcroft, had expected to attend Chesney’s concert at Lincoln Financial Field, but the shooting altered his plans significantly. From his hospital bed, he reportedly said in a video message, “Hey Kenny, don’t forget me.”

Chesney heard about it while he was dressing for the show. When he later took the stage, he paused after performing “I Go Back” and told the crowd, “I didn’t know where in the show I was going to do this … But there’s a line in this song that says, ‘When I hear, “Only the Good Die Young,” it still stops me in my tracks …,’ and I heard that an officer here in Philadelphia who was shot seven times last night — from his hospital bed, he made a video that said, ‘Kenny, don’t forget about me.’ Well, Christopher Dorman, we won’t forget you.”

Later, he dedicated the song “Anything But Mine” to Dorman.

Dorman was reportedly shot in the face, groin, leg and four times in the chest while responding to a report of a drug deal. He has undergone several surgeries, but is expected to recover. A suspect was later apprehended and arraigned on charges including attempted murder.

Davison County fatal crash

One person was killed and four others injured in a one-vehicle crash that occurred early Saturday morning south of Mitchell

The names of those involved are not being released pending notification of family members.

A 2011 GMC Sierra was eastbound when the driver failed to negotiate a curve east of the intersection of 258th Street and 409th Avenue. The vehicle went into the south ditch.

One male passenger, 18, was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene. A female passenger, 17, sustained life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital. The three other male passengers suffered minor injuries.

Charges are pending against the driver. It is unknown if any of the occupants were wearing seatbelts.

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. Other agencies on scene were the Davison County Sheriff’s Office, Mitchell EMS, Davison County Search and Rescue and the state Division of Criminal Investigation.

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The Mavericks Part Ways With Record Label To Launch Their Own

Photo: Jeff Vespa/WireImageGenre-bending band The Mavericks has amicably parted ways with Nashville’s Big Machine Label Group, ABC News has confirmed.

The group recorded two critically-acclaimed albums for the label group, 2013’s In Time and 2015’s Mono, and reportedly had just a two-album deal there.

The band has now partnered with Nashville-based marketing and distribution company Thirty Tigers, according to MusicRow.com, and its four members are in the process of creating their own label, Mono Mundo Recordings. They have three albums planned through the end of 2017 including a concert album due this fall, and new studio and Christmas albums coming next year. Mono Mundo is also the name of their current tour.

The Mavericks enjoyed the top 20 hits “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down,” “O What A Thrill” and “There Goes My Heart” while signed to MCA Nashville in the 1990s, and won the CMA Vocal Group of the Year Award in both 1995 and 1996.

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Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley Wears Diaper On New Album Cover

Big Machine Label GroupFlorida Georgia Line just shared the cover artwork for their new album Dig Your Roots, and it’s adorable. In keeping with the title, the cover depicts the duo’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley as children, Kelley clad in a cowboy hat, boots and diaper, and Hubbard smiling astride a toy scooter.

They also announced that the new set, their third studio album, will be available Aug. 26, which also happens to be Kelley’s 31st birthday. The duo wrote more than half the songs on the project, though not the lead single “H.O.L.Y.,” which has already topped the charts.

“Our album cover says it all,” says Kelley. “We really wanted this album to reflect who we are and our lives in this moment, but also where we came from.”

Their headlining Dig Your Roots Tour continues through the end of the year.

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Country, Bluegrass Stars Mourn Legend Ralph Stanley

Credit: Karl Walter/Getty Images for StagecoachStars from the worlds of country and bluegrass music — and even Hollywood — are reacting to the sad news that music legend Ralph Stanley died June 23 following a battle with skin cancer.

Country star Dierks Bentley tweeted that the news was “like a punch to the heart. Thank you God for Ralph Stanley.”

Steve Wariner tweeted, “A true legend is gone … RIP.” Singer Mindy Smith wrote simply, “God bless your precious soul #RalphStanley.”

Actor-comedian Steve Martin, who is also an accomplished bluegrass musician, posted a series of tweets, the first reading, “Ralph Stanley, one of the last remaining original bluegrass artistes, has died. Listen to him sing Oh Death.” He later directed his fans to check out Stanley’s performance of “Pretty Polly,” and wrote, “bluegrass can be an acquired taste, but honesty is universal.” He also called Stanley’s autobiography, Man of Constant Sorrow: My Life and Times, “soulful and an insight to the thrill of singing.” Like Stanley, Martin plays the banjo.

Ricky Skaggs released a poignant statement saying, “The end of an era, the passing of a king, a kind and humble king from the mountains. He carried the ancient sounds from God knows where. Ralph found it in the music of the mountains, in the hollows, in the people and in the churches. He was my hero and I was blessed to know him, love him and make music with him as a young teenager. The Scriptures tell us ‘God uses the simple things to confound the wise.’ He certainly used Ralph Stanley to bring the music of the mountains to the masses.”

Bluegrass star Rhonda Vincent tweeted a photo of herself sharing a microphone with Stanley and wrote, “Rest in peace my friend.” And the duo Daily & Vincent posted, “Our most heartfelt condolences are with the Stanley family this morning. The great Ralph Stanley passed away.”

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Garth Brooks On Orlando Attack: Don’t Let It Win

Garth Brooks (John Russell/CMA)Like so many others, Garth Brooks was devastated by the recent mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that left 49 people dead and dozens more injured. And while he calls the comparison “stupid,” the incident actually made the country superstar think about a scene in Star Wars where the Obi-Wan Kenobi character says, “I feel a great loss in the force right now” as the balance between good and evil shifted.

Reflecting on the tragedy, Brooks says, “I don’t know how you can not be touched by that,” in much the same way the world was touched by the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. “As mankind, you just felt the air go out [of the room], and you think, ‘Don’t let it win. Keep open. Let that heartbeat start to beat again.’”

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Garth Brooks 0n Orlando Attack: Don’t Let It Win

Garth Brooks (John Russell/CMA)Like so many others, Garth Brooks was devastated by the recent mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that left 49 people dead and dozens more injured. And while he calls the comparison “stupid,” the incident actually made the country superstar think about a scene in Star Wars where the Obi-Wan Kenobi character says, “I feel a great loss in the force right now” as the balance between good and evil shifted.

Reflecting on the tragedy, Brooks says, “I don’t know how you can not be touched by that,” in much the same way the world was touched by the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. “As mankind, you just felt the air go out [of the room], and you think, ‘Don’t let it win. Keep open. Let that heartbeat start to beat again.’”

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Country Star Trivia for 6/24/2016

ComStock/ThinkStockIn what year did Elvis Presley appear on NBC’s The Steve Allen Show clad in a tuxedo and crooning “Hound Dog” to a basset hound? ANSWER: 1956

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Nashville Notes for 6/24/2016

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkStockDustin Lynch will debut his new single, “Seein’ Red,” on TBS’ Conan July 6. It is the first single from his upcoming third album. Lynch says of the song, “It’s fun, sexy, energetic, and makes me want to dance all over somebody.”

Darius Rucker has changed managers. In joining the roster of Maverick Management’s Nashville office, he now shares representation with fellow country stars Jason AldeanRascal FlattsBrooks & Dunnand Terri Clark. Rucker is currently headlining an amphitheater tour with openers Dan + Shay and Michael Ray.

Stars of the hit television series Nashville wrapped their first international tour June 20 in Dublin, Ireland, after playing to sold-out U.K. crowds in five other cities, including three shows in London. The tour featured cast members Clare BowenChris CarmackCharles Esten, and Sam Palladio performing both original music and songs from the series. Jonathan Jackson joined the tour in Dublin.

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