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Police apologize for harassing family during home repairs

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 14:07 Published in Local News

ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis County police are apologizing to a family that complained of harassment while repairing a south county home.

The family says police targeted them for being in the wrong neighborhood. KMOV-TV reports that one family member recorded an officer warning that he would come down on them "like a headless horseman" if their alibi was false

Dale Watson was hired by a real estate agent to fix the home near Tesson Ferry and Butler Hill Roads. Watson, who is black, says the comment was meant to invoke the Ku Klux Klan. He received a letter of apology from Police Chief Tim Fitch after complaining to the county.

The incident occurred in a county precinct where Fitch recently fired a police lieutenant who ordered his officers to target blacks.

 

Voice of the Cardinals undergoes heart surgery

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 13:36 Published in Local News

The voice of the Cardinals is recovering from a major operation.

The team confirms that Mike Shannon had heart surgery on Monday. Shannon is recovering well. The procedure was to replace an aortic valve.

Shannon says he plans on returning to the broadcasting booth on September 23. In the interim, Al Hrabosky, Rick Horton, and Mike Claiborne will join John Rooney on air. Shannon has been the Voice of the Cardinals since 1972.

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (AP) - A judge says a northeast Missouri man accused of stabbing and dismembering an elderly neighbor is not competent to stand trial.

Adair County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wilson says a judge found 49-year-old Paul R. Potter of Kirksville incompetent for trial after he underwent a psychiatric evaluation.

Potter faces first-degree murder and other charges in the January death of 74-year-old Willis Edward Meredith. Prosecutors say Potter stabbed Meredith, chopped up his body and started fires to try to conceal the crimes. He is also accused of throwing the victim's arms at witnesses before his arrest.

The Kirksville Daily Express reports that Potter's status will be reviewed in six months.

Online court records indicate Potter was evaluated at Fulton State Hospital. He pleaded not guilty in April.

 

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