- Associated Press - Thursday, December 11, 2014

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) - Vandals have broken off the hands and rifle from a Spearfish statue depicting a soldier in the Spanish-American War.

Police Lt. Boyd Dean tells the Black Hills Pioneer (https://bit.ly/1vHnlTg ) that the vandalism was reported last weekend. Parks, Recreation and Forestry Superintendent Keith Hepper says the damage estimate might reach $1,500.

That amount would make the crime a felony punishable by up to two years in prison and a $4,000 fine.

The statue is believed to date to 1900. The memorial has the names of several soldiers and the words, “In memory of Black Hills volunteers, Spanish-American War, 1898-1899.”

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Information from: Black Hills Pioneer, https://www.bhpioneer.com


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