CHILD RAPE SENTENCE
SD man gets 50 years in prison for raping toddler
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A Rapid City man who raped a 3-year-old girl and took photos of the abuse has been sentenced to 50 years in prison.
Thirty-nine-year-old Alexander Palomarez pleaded guilty in October to first-degree rape. Authorities say Palomarez had 23 photos of the abuse on his cellphone.
Judge Janine Kern at Monday's sentencing called the photos "repulsive, sickening and outrageous."
Palomarez also had faced child pornography charges but prosecutors dropped them in exchange for his guilty plea to rape.
Palomarez could have been sentenced to life in prison. He must serve at least half of his 50-year term before being eligible for parole.
SD Guard soldiers back on US soil from Afghanistan
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota National Guard unit that spent four months in Afghanistan is back on American soil.
The 68 members of the Pierre-based 152nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion landed at Fort Hood, Texas, early Tuesday. They are expected to return to South Dakota sometime next week after going through the demobilization process.
The battalion had its tour of duty shortened twice - from a year to nine months, then to four months. While overseas the group provided support in areas including supplies, maintenance, transportation and weapons.
Waterline break floods Deadwood business basements
DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) - Several Main Street businesses in Deadwood were damaged when a water line broke and dumped as much as 150,000 gallons of water into their basements.
The break on Saturday in an unoccupied and unheated building wasn't discovered for more than six hours. The Rapid City Journal reports water was still seeping into basements on Monday, and at least half a dozen businesses in the western South Dakota gambling town were running sump pumps.
Bullock Hotel Assistant General Manager Lucy Pearson says that business expects to continue running the pumps for days.
The A.G. Trucano company owns and maintains about 800 slot machines at 18 Deadwood casinos. Officials say the waterline break submerged a computer server, took a ticketing system offline and resulted in lost revenues Saturday evening.
DAKOTAS-WAR OF WORDS
Dakotas officials spar over which state better off
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Some officials in the Dakotas are sparring good-naturedly over whether the North or the South is better off.
North Dakota's energy boom has money flowing into the state coffers and the state economy. But South Dakota also has a strong economy and low unemployment, and some leaders there say that state has a better quality of life.
Chief of Staff Dusty Johnson tells the Argus Leader newspaper that some top advisers to South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard (DOO'-gahrd) have joked about running billboards in North Dakota saying, "Today you've got a job; come to South Dakota and get a life."
Greater North Dakota Chamber of Commerce CEO Andy Peterson says South Dakota must be jealous. He says, "Come to North Dakota for a job and a life."
SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
SD deaf school campus to house immigration center
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota School for the Deaf campus in Sioux Falls in the spring will begin leasing the lower level of its main building to Lutheran Social Services for its Refugee and Immigration Center.
The Argus Leader reports that the state Board of Regents recently signed a five-year lease that will bring in about $110,000 annually.
Lutheran Social Services President and CEO Betty Oldenkamp says she's been looking for two years for a new site to replace the existing center, which has run out of space.
School for the Deaf Superintendent Marje Kaiser says bringing refugee services onto the Sioux Falls campus is a good fit because national data suggest that some immigrant populations have a slightly higher incidence of hearing disabilities.
SD attorney general's annual pie day is Saturday
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley is hosting the 16th annual Pie Day in the state Capitol in Pierre on Saturday.
The annual event includes free pie, cookies, coffee and ice cream. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. CST and features free entertainment.
Pie Day began when Mark Barnett was attorney general.
Barnett, now a circuit judge, told workers at a polling place that state law prevented them from offering snacks or goodies to voters. Instead, he invited them to Pierre to have pie, and the event has been held each year since.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2013 WorldNow and KTIV Television Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Kathy Clayton at (712) 239-4100 x209. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at email@example.com.