Rapid City Journal from Rapid City, South Dakota on July 29, 1994 · 9
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Friday, July 29, 1994
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ocal B FRIDAY Rapid City Journal July 29, 1994 Reward offered for information on Tina Marcotte c Obituaries, B2 Markets, B4 Sports, B5-7 f . f o A, Journal photo by SUvt McEnro Stand back!: Arnle Luptak takes a swing at a help erect the tent. There will be free nightly tent stake that will help hold up the large tent that will play shows tonight through Tuesday with other events host to the "Gilded Age Chautauqua" In Sturgis City scheduled each day at other locations in Sturgis as Park this weekend. Luptak was one of a score of actors bring to life famous figures from American his-Sturgis residents who turned out Thursday afternoon to tory. Holbrook picked to replace Schick District5 Republicans choose former alderman. By Bill Harlan Journal Staff Writer Former Rapid City alderman Gale Holbrook will serve the rest of the late Fred Schick's term on the Pen- Holbrook nlngton County Commission. Holbrook also will replace Schick County Republican on the ballot in Committee who live in Schick's dis- November. trict - District 5 in southwest Rapid Schick died City. July 15 of a The Pennington County Commls- heart attack. He slon is expected to ratify the selec- was64. tlon. Holbrook was Unless an independent candidate nominated files by Tuesday, Holbrook will be Thursday unopposed for a four-year term on evening to re- the commission. Schick had won the place Schick by GOP primary and no Democratic members of the candidate Is on the ballot. Pennington "There isn't anyone who can re-Party's Central place Fred Schick," Holbrook said. "He had a style alt his own. He was a great guy." Holbrook served 10 years on the Rapid City Common Council in Ward 4 and Ward 3. He retired from the council In 1991, then, in 1992, he defeated Twyla Rabe to fill out the one-year term of another alderman. He did not seek reelection. He also served on the city planning commission. Holbrook, 71, is a retired mobile home park owner. Rapid City woman has been missing since June 24. By Hugh O'Gara Journal Staff Writer After another fruitless search for a missing Rapid City woman, rewards now are being offered for Information on the case, Reward money from an earlier Rapid City murder case is being offered for information on Tina Marcotte, and another $1,000 reward fund has been set up by Marcotte's family Marcotte has been missing since the early-morning hours of June 24 after leaving her night-shift job at a wood-processing plant in northeast Rapid City. Investigators say Marcotte found her vehicle had a flat tire when her shift ended about 12:30 a.m. She then apparently accepted a ride offer from a friend, Thomas Kueter. That was the last time Marcotte was seen alive. The next day, Kueter accompanied Marcotte's boyfriend, Patrick Gleason, to the police station to report she had not returned home. Kueter died four days later when a forklift crushed his skull while he was working alone at another wood-processing plant off S.D. Highway 79 South. The coroner has ruled the death was suicide. Investigators say Marcotte's disappearance remains under Investigation, but they are following blind alleys. "Investigators are continuing to meet on this, trying to figure out if there is anybody we should talk to ... any long shots," Pennington County Police Chief Hennies plans heart surgery Rapid City Police Chief Tom Hennies will undergo heart surgery next month. Hennies, who has been chief of police since May 1984, will enter Rapid City Regional Hospital for the surgery on his heart Aug. 12. He will be hospitalized tm-' 1 ' w Hennies for two or three days after the surgery. The 54-year-old Hennies underwent hospital tests in March. The tests showed his heart has, In layman's terms, an electrical short. Periodically, an extra electrical impulse causes his heart to race, disrupting the normal pumping of blood and causing him to become dizzy. The surgery should permanently repair the problem, Hennies said. "I really don't have any fears about this," he added, Board adds parents to attendance policy New policy allows parents to excuse absences; missed time, work still must be made up. By Erin Andersen Journal Staff Writer Rapid City's proposed new high school attendance policy is just what parents want, but teachers said it lacked the teeth to penalize students who cut class. Despite mixed reviews, the Rapid City Board of Education approved the first reading of the proposed attendance policy by a 5 to 1 vote Thursday. It takes three readings for a pot-Icy to go into effect. Board member Kendra Larson was absent. The proposed policy does away with the 10 absence per semesterper class limit. It puts absences into two categories: excused and unexcused. An excused absence requires par ents to call the school or write a note. An absence is unexcused if parents do not notify the school within one full day of the student's return. In either case, students must make up missed work. If the absence is unexcused, students must also make up the missed time. Students who do not comply will not receive credit for the course. Board member Alice McCoy, who cast the only dissenting vote, said she was concerned the policy did not comply with state law, which specified that students may only miss school because of illness or to attend recognized educational youth programs. The proposed policy allows parents to excuse students for any reason. "To me we are contradicting ourselves," McCoy said. "Are we following state law, or are we letting the parents take over?" Jim Doolittle, assistant superintendent of elementarysecondary education, said the policy allowed parents to determine what was excusable. The parents in attendance said they should have the final say. "1 am very encouraged by this policy," said parent Connie LeZotte. "It is simple. It puts the responsibility back with the parents where It should be. And it allows students a choice and it also allows the student to take responsibility for whatever choice they take." But Stevens teacher Mellnda Loy said the policy needed guidelines and should excuse only those absences that met state law. "If the state wanted parents to excuse students for anything they wanted, the state would not have established guidelines," Loy said. Parent David Schwietert said the attendance policy could not control every scenario. "There is no question there will be absences to suspect," Schwietert said. "That is what freedom is all about. But you can't throttle or shackle society for a few misguided people." The second reading of the policy is set for Tuesday, Aug. 9. Sheriff Don Holloway said Thursday, Earlier this week, searchers again combed the area north of Rapid City near Black Hills Molding, where Marcotte worked, looking for clues. Searchers, some using all-terrain vehicles, covered several square miles looking for some evidence in the case. They found nothing. "We're still burning up a lot of man-hours," Holloway said. "We're not ready to give up." Thursday, officials announced a reward is being offered for information that leads to Marcotte's whereabouts. Money for any reward will come from the Community Reward Fund that was set up for information in the March 8, 1992, stabbing death of Dig 'Em Donuts employee Donnivan Schaeffer. Schaeffer was stabbed to death by ex-employee Charles Russell Rhines who was trying to cover up a burglary at the shop. Rhines has been convicted of first-degree murder in Schaeffer's death and is awaiting execution in the state penitentiary. His case Is being appealed. A second reward fund of $1,000 has been established by Marcotte's family for information that solves Marcotte's disappearance. If you have any Information about Marcotte, contact the Rapid City Police Department at 394-4134 or the Pennington County Sheriff's Department at 394-6115. A third fund also has been established for Marcotte's three children, ages 12, 9 and 7. Donations to the Marcotte Children's Fund can be sent to Norwest Bank, Box 1040, Rapid City, S.D., 57709. Judge says rape victim entitled to $100,000 damages By Hugh O'Gara Journal Staff Writer A federal judge has ruled that a young woman from Wanblee is entitled to $100,000 in damages after being raped by an Oglala Sioux Tribe police officer five years ago. Senior U.S. District Judge Andrew Bogue has ruled the tribe's Public Safety Commission was responsible for the actions of one of its former officers, Charles Claymore. Claymore was a tribal officer between October 1988 and December 1989. He was convicted of statutory rape for attacking the victim, who was a 13-year-old girl at the time of the incidents. Claymore was on duty and in uniform when he had sex with the girl at least six times in August 1989. The girl's father sued the tribe for the attacks on his daughter, which resulted in the birth of a child. In his ruling, Bogue said the girl suffered a variety of damages from the attacks by Claymore: The girl's education suffered because she quit school when she became pregnant and had been unsuccessful in resuming her edu cation. The pregnancy caused physical Illness, Including diabetes, and mental anguish when her peers began taunting her about the pregnancy. The girl suffered physical and mental pain from the attacks. Bogue said Claymore "used his position as a police officer" to force the girl to have sex. When Claymore was hired by the tribe, he had a history of alcohol abuse and misdemeanor criminal convictions and no previous experience as a law enforcement officer, Bogue said. Claymore received no psychological tests or background checks before his appointment and no formal training once he was hired, the U.S. district judge said. "Such actions were or should have been foreseeable to the police agency, given its relaxed practices about hiring, supervising and training its officers," Bogue said in his ruling. Rapid City attorney Dennis Hill, who is representing the tribe and Public Safety Commission, said Bogue's July 18 ruling would be appealed to the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. TMif 1 Derby wins chairmanship of chamber Events Gold Discovery Days, Custer. HaakonJackson County 4-H Achievement DaysPhilip Festival Days. Crazy Daze, Belle Fourche. Wild Bill Hickok World Fast Draw Competition, Deadwood. 7:30 "The Odd Couple," (female version) will be presented at the Matthews Opera House at Spearfish. 8 p.m. "Camelot" at the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park. 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Eventide Danes Club dance, music by The Acei, Spearfish Senior Center, 1306 10th St.Public welcome. Board accepts resignation of chamber president John Schmit "with regret." By Dan Daly Journal Staff Writer Mike Derby was officially elected chairman of the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce during Thursday's meeting of the chamber's board of directors. "We've got some great opportunities for the new year, and some challenges," Derby said Thursday after noon. who were elected Other officers Thursday include vice chairmen Jim Mlrehouse, president of First BankRapid City; Dan Landguth, chief executive officer of Black Hills Corp.;Carol Rae, president of Magnum Diamond Inc.; and Dan Warren, president of Warren Window & Supply; Treasurer Kirk Dean, president of Norwest Bank Rapid City; and Past Chairman Stanford I Derby Adelstein, head of Northwest Engineering, NWE Management and Hills Materials Co. Also, the board accepted the resignation of chamber President John Schmit "with regret," said Adelstein, who will remain chairman until new officers take over In September. He said a committee headed by Mire-house would begin the search for Schmit'i replacement. Last week, Schmit agreed to accept a chamber Job in Wausau, Wis. He said the move had been in the works before the controversy over Derby came up this spring. For more than a year, Derby was scheduled to take over the job when the next term starts, Sept. 1. But a month ago, it appeared doubtful that Derby would indeed become chairman of the chamber. Adelstein and Schmit said in June that Derby'i position, chairman elect, did not comply with chamber bylaws and therefore an election would have to be held again. But other sources said Derby was part of a larger dispute within the chamber over the group's relationship with the Rapid City Convention & Visitors Bureau and other administrative matters. Adelstein said Thursday that the chamber board discussed whether to change the way the chamber Is represented on the CVB'i board of directors. He said disagreements re-i main to be resolved. "There was open discussion about the fact there are some who would like to see the CVB removed completely from the chamber," Adelstein said. But he doubts that will happen, partly because the chamber provides some of the CVB's money and partly because some CVB board members don't want to separate the two. The CVB is funded by the city of Rapid City and the chamber, and it shares space at the chamber's Rushmore Plaza Civic Center office. Derby agreed that the two groups should maintain their ties. "1 think the feeling Is that the chamber and the CVB work well together. 1 think they'll work well together in the future," Derby said.

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