COLD SNAP-SOUTH DAKOTA
Officials say cold weather won't stop pine beetles
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The bitter cold snap across South Dakota has cancelled events and increased calls for furnace repairs, but hopes that it might chase away the state's most unwelcome visitors are futile at best.
Forestry officials say the mountain pine beetles that have ravaged the Black Hills in recent years can withstand the arctic temperatures, which have approached 20 below zero Fahrenheit in some areas.
South Dakota State University forestry specialist John Ball tells the Black Hills Pioneer that pine beetles gradually acclimate to colder temperatures. He says a similar cold wave in October would have been a bug killer.
The deep freeze has been a boon for the furnace repair business. KELO-TV reports that one heating and cooling business in Sioux Falls received 100 calls on Friday for people needing furnace tune-ups.
PEARL HARBOR-SD FLAGS
SD flags at half-staff on Pearl Harbor anniversary
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Governor Dennis Daugaard (DOO'-gahrd) has asked that all flags in South Dakota be flown at half-staff this weekend to observe National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
Saturday marked the 72nd anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii on December 7th, 1941.
President Barack Obama issued a similar proclamation in recognition of the anniversary.
SIOUX FALLS ROBBERY
Robbery count rises in 2-mile area of Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Sioux Falls police say there have been 42 robberies or burglaries in five months within a two-mile radius on the city's west side.
Officials say the latest holdup was probably the most brazen.
The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports that two men pointed a gun at a clerk at Cubby's convenience store and took an undisclosed amount of money just after 1 a.m. Friday. On the way out, one robber fired a shot in the direction of the 62-year-old clerk. The bullet struck a cooler a few feet from the woman.
Police spokesman Sam Clemens says it's a "pretty brazen act" to fire on a clerk who is cooperative.
Clemens describes the recent number of burglaries in the area near 41st Street and Western Avenue as "certainly unusual."
WATER PROJECTS-SOUTH DAKOTA
SD delegation seeks to head off Corps water plan
WASHINGTON (AP) - South Dakota's congressional delegation is pressing House and Senate negotiators to keep a provision in a massive water projects bill that prevents the Army Corps of Engineers from charging some residents for use of water.
The House and Senate have both passed water projects bills this year. The two bills are now subject to House-Senate negotiations to merge them.
The Senate's version includes a provision pushed by South Dakota's delegation that prevents the Corps from restricting access to water in the Missouri River and stops the Corps from charging people who use water in Missouri River reservoirs in South Dakota, North Dakota and Montana, as it has proposed.
Senator John Thune calls the Corps' proposal a "power grab" and will push to have the provision in the final bill.
Spearfish residents ask city to solve sewage issue
SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) - Nearly 15 homeowners in Spearfish want the city take care of an ongoing problem that has caused raw sewage backup in basements, washing machines, and water heaters.
KOTA-TV reports that some of the residents have reported sewer backup dating back five years. Homeowner Larissa Cook says she's frustrated the group had to hire a lawyer and threaten the city with a class-action lawsuit before any action was taken.
City officials say they have hired an excavating company to divert water from the line that caused the backups. The project will cost $115,000.
Cook says she believes diverting the water is a temporary fix and won't solve the real problem.
Police may charge SD clerk who fired warning shot
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Rapid City police are considering whether to charge a liquor store clerk who fired a warning shot into the air after thieves stole two bottles of vodka.
The Rapid City Journal reports that the clerk was working at Canyon Lake Liquors around 8:30 p.m. Thursday when a man entered and stole the booze. The man fled on foot with another man waiting outside.
The clerk gave chase with a handgun and fired into the air when he reached the other side of the street. The suspects dropped one bottle but continued to run and were gone by the time police arrived.
Police say store workers have the right to protect themselves, but the clerk was never threatened and might be charged with recklessly discharging a firearm within city limits.
SEX TRAFFICKING VERDICT
Sioux Falls man convicted in sex trafficking case
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Sioux Falls man has been convicted on federal sex trafficking charges involving homeless teen girls.
A jury late Thursday found 45-year-old Mohammed Alaboudi guilty on four counts, including one charge of sex trafficking of a child. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Federal authorities say the victims were two underage girls and two women. Alaboudi would offer drugs and alcohol to the victims to break down their inhibitions and create dependency on him.
U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says Alaboudi ran a "house of horrors" that preyed on vulnerable young women. He says the sex trafficking industry in Sioux Falls has operated in the shadows for many years and authorities are trying to eliminate it.
RAPID CITY KILLING
SD judge denies sentence reduction in 2011 killing
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A judge says a Rapid City woman who killed her aunt after a night of drinking more than two years ago must stay in prison until 2021.
Heidi Waloke (WAW'-loh-kee) was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 20 years in prison for the May 2011 stabbing death of 38-year-old Jada Jeunesse (JUH'-nees) of Pine Ridge.
Circuit Judge Janine Kern on Friday denied Waloke's request to have her sentence reduced.
Waloke had claimed she acted in self-defense. Her attorney, Tom Diggins, told the Rapid City Journal that the case sends a message that people are not allowed to defend themselves in their own homes.
Pennington County prosecutor Tracey Decker told Kern that the sentence was "just, fair and reasonable."
Wyoming defeats South Dakota 67-66 in OT
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Larry Nance Junior's three-point play with two seconds remaining gave Wyoming a 67-66 overtime victory over South Dakota Saturday night.
Tyler Flack hit a 3-pointer to give South Dakota (3-5) a 66-62 lead with 1:43 remaining in overtime. Nance answered with a dunk, and the game-winning three-point play. Nance scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Derek Cooke Junior did not miss a shot on his way to eight points and a game-high 14 rebounds for Wyoming (7-2).
Josh Adams' steal and the ensuing 3-pointer by Riley Grabau gave Wyoming a 60-57 lead with 19 seconds to play in regulation. Yet Adams would foul Brandon Bos, who made his first free throw. Adams fouled Bos again after he missed his second free throw. Bos made his next two free throws, sending the game into overtime tied at 60.
Bos led South Dakota with 22 points.
S DAKOTA ST-E WASHINGTON
E. Washington 2nd half wipes out SD St. 41-17
CHENEY, Wash. (AP) - Quincy Forte ran for a career-high 203 yards to compliment a record-breaking passing attack as third-seeded Eastern Washington pulled away from South Dakota State 41-17 in the second round of the FCS playoffs on a freezing Saturday afternoon.
The Eagles (11-2) are host next weekend to Jacksonville State (11-3).
While Forte was out-dueling Zach Zenner of SDSU (9-5), the leading rusher in FCS, and scoring the final touchdown for the Eagles, Vernon Adams was throwing five touchdown passes, including two to freshman Cooper Kupp.
With 20 TDs, Kupp broke the school record and Randy Moss' national record for freshmen. His 81 catches tie the FCS freshman record.
The game, played at about 12 degrees with wind chill making it single digits, was tied 14-14 at the half in Cheney, Washington.
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