- Associated Press - Friday, March 28, 2014

DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) - A contractor who leveled a historic building in Deadwood has been cited for not having a city permit.

First Gold Hotel hired Gardner Construction of Lead to raze the building Thursday, after a Wednesday vote by the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission to allow the removal of the building to make way for more casino parking. The controversial decision ended a dispute that lingered for years and ended up as far as the state Supreme Court.

The Rapid City Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1laky2Q ) the contractor was issued a citation that carries a maximum punishment of 30 days in jail and a $500 fine because First Gold Hotel didn’t secure a demolition permit.

The contractor called the issue “political.” City Historic Preservation Officer Kevin Kuchenbecker says city attorneys are reviewing what to do.

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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