$2M bond for SD jailer accused of raping inmate
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) - A magistrate judge has set bond at $2 million cash or surety for a Fall River County jailer accused of raping a female inmate.
The Rapid City Journal reports that the attorney for 30-year-old Anthony Peet requested his client be released on personal recognizance Wednesday, but prosecutor Ken Orrock objected because he considers Peet a flight risk.
Peet, of Oral, was arrested Feb. 16 in Bryan, Ohio, after authorities in Fall River County issued a warrant for his arrest on a charge that he raped the inmate in January.
Peet could face more than 50 years in prison if convicted of second-degree rape. He's due back in court for a preliminary hearing on March 10.
Ferris wheel construction mishap in SD injures 2
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Two men working on construction of a Ferris wheel at the Scheels store in Sioux Falls were hurt when an electric motor fell about 15 feet
The workers were taken to a hospital Wednesday afternoon with injuries that police said were not life-threatening.
A Scheels manager declined comment to the Argus Leader.
Scheels is based in Fargo, N.D. It has 24 sporting goods stores in 10 states. The store in Sioux Falls is undergoing a $25 million expansion that includes a shooting gallery, bowling alley, restaurant and the Ferris wheel.
Homeless shelter gains permit; appeal likely
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The Sioux Falls Planning Commission has approved a permit for a proposed homeless shelter that some area residents don't want.
Opponents have five days to appeal the commission's Wednesday decision to the City Council, and Whittier Neighborhood Association member Krista Baartman tells the Argus Leader that she plans to do so.
Baartman says the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls doesn't have a plan for dealing with alcohol in the shelter planned for a renovated warehouse. That also was a concern expressed by Planning Commissioner Steve Gaspar. He says hopefully, the diocese will listen to the concerns of neighbors.
Diocese Chancellor Matt Althoff says the new shelter should reduce problems with vagrancy, panhandling and public drunkenness.
CORN PALACE DIRECTOR
$7.2 million Corn Palace renovation to move ahead
MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - Mitchell's mayor says the sudden resignation of the director at the city's Corn Palace will not affect a $7.2 million renovation planned for the tourist attraction.
Mayor Ken Tracy tells The Daily Republic newspaper that the bulk of the planning is already done and the project will move ahead as planned. Construction is to begin in less than three months.
Mark Schilling on Monday abruptly stepped down after 13 years as Corn Palace director. Tracy said he asked Schilling to resign following a state audit that found several policies and procedures weren't being followed. The state Division of Criminal Investigation is now looking into the matter.
The audit hasn't been released to the public. Schilling told The Associated Press that he doesn't think he did anything wrong.
$65,629 Dakota Cash jackpot won in Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A ticket sold in Sioux Falls has won the $65,629 Dakota Cash jackpot.
South Dakota lottery officials say the ticket matched all five numbers in Wednesday's drawing. The winning numbers are 13, 15, 24, 26 and 28. The winner has about six months to claim the money.
Dakota Cash is played only in South Dakota. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 324,632.
The jackpot starts again at $20,000 for the next drawing, on Saturday.
SD CROP REPORT
SD winter wheat, cattle and sheep in good shape
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The condition of South Dakotas' winter wheat crop and livestock herds hasn't changed much over the month.
The federal Agriculture Department says in its monthly crop report that 63 percent of the winter wheat crop is in good to excellent shape, up slightly from 60 percent last month.
Cattle and calf conditions are rated 74 percent good to excellent, compared with 77 percent last month. Sheep and lamb conditions are 78 percent good to excellent, up from 76 percent last month.
Stockwater supplies in South Dakota are rated 89 percent adequate to surplus, and hay and forage supplies are 95 percent in those categories. Both are unchanged over the month.
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