A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit from former Rapid City landfill employee Randy Meidinger on April 24th. Meidinger had been fired in 2009 from the landfill in connection with Fish Garbage allegedly cheating the city out of dumping fees. According to the Rapid City Journal, all defendants, including Meidinger, were found not guilty of criminal charges; the owners of Fish Garbage eventually settled a civil suit with the city. Meidinger had filed a lawsuit against the city and certain officials and employees. Previous rulings had removed all defendants from the suit except Police Lieutenant Peter Ragnone. This latest decision, based on Rehberg v. Paulk, gave Ragnone immunity in this case. Unless Meidinger chooses to appeal the ruling, this brings to a close the results of the landfill investigation.
The Fish Garbage case is covered at length in our archive.