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Preliminary hearing delayed in Kirksville death

Friday, 08 March 2013 09:18 Published in Local News
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (AP) - A hearing for a northeast Missouri man charged with killing and dismembering his neighbor was delayed when the defendant could not attend the proceeding. The hearing for 49-year-old Paul R. Potter of Kirksville was continued Thursday until April 12. Potter faces first-degree murder and other charges in the January death of 74-year-old Willis Edward Meredith. Prosecutors say Potter stabbed Meredith, dismembered his body and set fires to conceal the crime. He also allegedly threw the victim's arms at witnesses shortly before he was arrested. The Kirksville Daily Express reports (http://bit.ly/10gMZRF ) prosecutors wanted Potter to attend the hearing. But his attorney, Kevin Locke, said Potter was not in condition to make an unplanned appearance at the hearing and the judge agreed to continue it.
Two people remain in critical condition at Mercy Medical Center in Creve Coeur after an explosion at the American Steel Foundries plant in Granite City Thursday morning. They've been identified as Reginald Golliday and Danny Wilson.

At least seven other people were less seriously injured in the 8 a.m. blast.

Granite City Fire Captain Bert Houston says the explosion happened after gas caught fire in the finishing area of the plant, which makes rail car components. Investigators are still trying to determine what ignited the gas.

8-year-old Alton girl restrained by police

Wednesday, 06 March 2013 11:32 Published in Local News
Police tactics are being questioned by the family of an 8-year-old Alton girl, who was handcuffed by police and thrown in the back of a squad car. Jmyha Rickman was held for two hours after she threw a temper-tantrum at Love Joy Elementary School late yesterday morning. School officials called police to help handle the situation. Alton schools assistant superintendent Kristie Baumgartner says that when a situation with a student becomes unmanageable, first the parents are called, then the school contacts law enforcement. When police arrived, they say the girl was tearing apart two classrooms and they believe they took appropriate action.

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