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Denver police identify hostage suspect

Tuesday, 14 January 2014 14:41 Published in National News
DENVER (AP) - Denver police have identified the man who was shot while trying to use a woman as a human shield during a hostage standoff as 34-year-old Blas Leroux, but they are not saying anything about a possible motive.
 
Dramatic video shot by KDVR-TV shows Leroux leaving a 7-Eleven store with a hostage in front of him on Monday when a police bullet to the shoulder knocks him down and the woman runs away. Leroux was taken to a hospital where police said he is in critical condition.
 
Anthony Flores told KMGH-TV that he saw the shooting from across the street. He said the suspect didn't move after being shot.
 
Police say the man took three hostages, but one managed to escape.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri state senator is formally calling on the state education commissioner to resign.
 
Democratic Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, of University City, filed a formal resolution Tuesday asking Chris Nicastro to immediately leave office.
 
Chappelle-Nadal says Nicastro has been "less than truthful" in dealing with the Legislature. She also criticized the commissioner for entering into a contract with a consulting firm to improve the failing Kansas City schools, even though the firm's bid was higher than other submissions.
 
The resolution also cites Nicastro's assistance with an initiative petition seeking to change the state's teacher tenure laws as a reason that she should leave office.
 
The resolution has not been referred to a Senate committee. Nicastro's job status can be affected only by the State Board of Education.
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois woman who was accused in 2011 of providing the heroin that killed her boyfriend and another man is on trial on charges that she injected a woman with a non-fatal overdose of the drug.
 
Jury selection began Tuesday for 29-year-old Angella Halliday's Madison County trial on an aggravated battery count linked to last summer's overdose of a Wood River woman who later was revived by paramedics.
 
Halliday was charged with two counts of drug-induced homicide in 2011 for allegedly providing the heroin that killed a Worden man and her boyfriend weeks apart.
 
Prosecutors dropped the homicide charges in 2012 after Halliday pleaded guilty to a drug count. She was sentenced to four years in prison but was released on parole in May of last year.

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