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Rapid City man charged with paying young girls to pose


     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Rapid City police say a man charged in a 15-count criminal complaint paid young girls to pose for lewd photos at a motel room in the city.
 
      51-year-old Wallace A. "Wally" Beane, of Rapid City, is in jail on a $500,000 bond.
 
     He is charged with one count of third-degree rape, four

Sturgis, Harley Davidson partnering on new downtown plaza


     STURGIS, S.D. (AP) - The city of Sturgis and Harley Davidson are breaking ground on a new downtown plaza named after the motorcycle company, the result of a private-public partnership that also renames a city street after the company.
 
     Officials from the city and motorcycle company break ground on the new Harley-Davidson Rally Point on

Utah men caught with 38 lbs of pot in South Dakota sentenced


     MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - Two Utah men caught in South Dakota with 38 pounds of marijuana have pleaded guilty and been sentenced.
 
     A judge on Tuesday gave eight-year prison terms with half of the time suspended to 38-year-old Dean Linthalath, of Orem, Utah, and 36-year-old Vongmany Mathinpannha, of West Jordan, Utah.
 
     The two

Appeals court says wrongful death lawsuit can proceed


     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A federal appeals court has ruled that a Pennington County deputy who shot and killed a man five years ago is not immune from a wrongful-death lawsuit.
 
     Deputy David Olson sought to have the case dismissed, claiming he was a public employee and thus immune from prosecution. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a

Rapid City School Board approves 5-year, $6 million opt out


     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - The Rapid City School Board has approved a five-year, $6 million opt out of the state property tax freeze.
 
     Board President Jim Hansen says the group understands that the move will put a burden on some homeowners. But he says the additional revenue is needed to address budget shortfalls that are affecting the quality of

Man who died in crash during police chase was legally drunk


     MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - The Highway Patrol says a Mitchell man who died when he fled from police and crashed into a parked car had a blood alcohol level that was four times the legal limit for driving.
 
     Authorities say 33-year-old Ryan McManus led law officers on a chase March 14 an eventually lost control of his car and crashed. The investigation is

Mitchell man pleads guilty to reckless burning in fire


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Mitchell man accused of starting a fire in a Main Street apartment building has pleaded guilty to reckless burning and simple assault.
 
     Thirty-year-old Stephen Seltz initially was charged with first-degree arson and aggravated assault after the Nov. 6 fire in a three-story building that included apartments and businesses.

Company gets 2nd chance for wind testing in Lincoln County


     CANTON, S.D. (AP) - An Aberdeen company that wants to test the wind capacity for a possible multimillion-dollar wind farm in Lincoln County is getting a second chance, due to a technicality.
 
     County zoning officials last month denied Dakota Plains Energy permits for five meteorological towers, after neighbors said they worried about property values,

Former Pierre official indicted on 10 misdemeanor counts


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The former sewer works superintendent in Pierre is accused of falsifying pollution control reports.
 
     A grand jury has indicted 47-year-old Greg Mohr on 10 misdemeanor charges that each carry a maximum punishment of a year in jail and a $2,000 fine. He's due in court on April 10.
 
     Mohr says he

South Dakota man pleads guilty to sexually assaulting woman


      SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A registered sex offender has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend in South Dakota.
 
     Twenty-three-year-old Michael Geraets pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and sexual contact without consent Monday. Prosecutors reduced the rape charge and dropped the remaining charges against Geraets in exchange

Elk, mountain goat seasons up for debate at GFP meeting


      BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - This year's South Dakota elk and mountain goat hunting seasons and a proposal to clarify the size of hunting groups are among the issues on the agenda at the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission meeting.
 
     Commissioners will take action on those issues April 1-2 at their monthly gathering in Brookings at the Days

Bank robbery suspect to be prosecuted in federal court


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Sioux Falls man accused of robbing a bank at gunpoint is to be prosecuted in federal court.
 
     Acting U.S. Attorney Randy Seiler says 45-year-old Rickey Starks was indicted last week by a federal grand jury for bank robbery. He pleaded not guilty.
 
     Police allege that Starks entered Dacotah Bank

High court hears arguments in reporters' death records suit


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota journalist says the state Supreme Court should instruct a circuit court to redact the death records of former state economic development director Richard Benda and allow access to the previously undisclosed information. 
 
     Justices heard oral arguments from the attorney general's office and reporter Bob

Police find 14 pounds of pot, almost $30,000 in Brookings


     BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - Authorities in Brookings say a month-long investigation led them to seize 14 pounds of marijuana and almost $30,000 in cash.
 
     Police arrested 30-year-old Joseph Jones and 40-year-old Walter Gaters, both of Brookings, on Thursday after they say they found three pounds of marijuana and $27,000 in cash while searching

RC Journal editor: Apology for headline ran on front page


     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - The editor of the Rapid City Journal says it apologized on the front page for a headline that prompted the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council to ban sales of the newspaper on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.  
     The headline questioned whether some Native American students stood for the Pledge of Allegiance at a hockey game before

Airspace expansion over Northern Plains gets final approval


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Federal aviation regulators have given final approval to establish an enormous bomber training area over the Northern Plains.
 
     U.S. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota said Tuesday that the Federal Aviation Administration approved a plan to expand the Powder River Training Complex over North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming.

Feds begins 2nd round of land buy-back program on Rosebud


     ROSEBUD, S.D. (AP) - The federal government says it has sent offers to more than 11,000 landowners who own parcels on the Rosebud Indian Reservation as part its effort to help tribal governments consolidate land.
       Deputy Secretary Mike Conner says more than $34 million in purchase offers have been sent to landowners with fractional interests on

Oglala Sioux pass resolution to ban Rapid City Journal sales


    RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council has approved a resolution banning all businesses on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation from selling the Rapid City Journal after the newspaper published a headline the tribe found objectionable.
 
     Tribal spokesman Kevin Steele says the ban will stay in effect until the newspaper apologizes for a

Man accidentally shoots himself during Watertown Gun show


     WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) - Watertown police say a man accidentally shot himself during a gun show.
 
     The Arlington resident mistakenly thought his 9 mm Ruger pistol was unloaded, but when he fired the gun, a bullet struck the ring finger on his left hand.
 
     Watertown Police Department Sgt. Troy VanDusen says the man was taken

2 men recovering after explosion outside Lennox gas company


     LENNOX, S.D. (AP) - The State Fire Marshal is investigating an explosion that injured two workers changing a gas line outside of a Lennox utility company.
 
     Police Chief Orville Jorgensen says a leak occurred as the Farm Gas Co-op workers were working on the business' gas line Monday afternoon. 56-year-old Ernie Erickson and 37-year-old