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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.

 

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 13:28
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Missouri may have said no to Obamacare, but the state has said yes to jobs the healthcare initiative will bring to the region.  

Some 600 new positions will be filled by Serco Inc., a company that is designed to process applications submitted under the Affordable Care Act.  The Virginia based company will lease the US Fedelis building in Wentzville and will train employees during September and October.

They expect to begin operations on November 1.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 13:20
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If you notice a huge yellow creature floating around the skies of Alton, Illinois, do not be alarmed: That's the Despicablimp, here to promote the movie Despicable Me 2. That massive yellow creature in the sky is actually a one-eyed Minion, one of the stars of Despicable Me 2, which is now in theaters. The Despicablimp is 165-feet long, 55-feet-tall, and it's one of only 15 airships flying in the world today. Our flight this morning lasted about 30 minutes, flying 1000 feet above the city of Alton. After its stop in the St. Louis area, the Despicablimp next heads for Chicago, Cleveland and Philadelphia. 

 
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   Illinois remains the state with the fourth highest number of high school students participating in sports.  

   The latest figures compiled by the National Federation of State High School Associations show more than 7.7 million students nationally, and more than 330,000 in Illinois, participated in sports during the 2012-2013 school year. That's more than ever before.  

   Only Texas, California and New York ranked higher on the survey than the Land of Lincoln.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 03:18
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   A metro-east teen could spend ten years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possessing explosive devices in his home.

   Thomas Lee Stanton is 18 years old. He was a student at O'Fallon Township High School when he was arrested in April. Prosecutors say Stanton pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis Tuesday to unlawfully possessing destructive devices.

   Local, state and federal authorities had searched his Lebanon, Illinois home and found bomb-making equipment. Stanton admitted in court that he had "cricket" bombs made from carbon-dioxide cartridges, two Molotov cocktails and other explosive making materials, including fuses and explosive powder.

   The high school had been put on lockdown during the search.  Portions of the school were also searched.

   Stanton faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he's sentenced on Dec. 13.

 
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 02:58
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   Two men wanted for shooting a 12 year old girl Sunday are now in police custody.  

   Police say the two men had been arguing at Loretta Hall Park near 15th and Cole when they fired several shots.  Police believe it was a stray bullet that hit the girl in the hand.  The men fled the scene.  

   St. Louis Police spokesperson Schron Jackson says the suspects were arrested Tuesday at an apartment in the 1000 block of Suntree Drive in St. Louis County.  

   The suspects are being withheld until charges are filed.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 02:47
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   The Wentzville Fire Protection District board won't say what's behind it, but four senior officers are no longer with the department.  Three of them, including Fire Chief Randy Bornhop, had been placed on leave three months ago.  

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Bornhop has now resigned.  Assistant Chief Robb Watkins has been fired.   Fire Marshal Joseph Heitkamp is on indefinite unpaid leave.  And a fourth official, Fire Inspector Chris Newbold has also been laid off.  

   The leadership of the fire district has been in limbo since May when Bornhop, Watkins and Heitkamp were first placed on paid administrative leave.  

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   St. Louis residents are speaking out about a proposed city-wide ban on sagging pants.  More than 50 people showed up to Long Middle School Tuesday night to talk about Aldermanic Bill 117.  It was the second such forum hosted by the bill's sponsor, Alderwoman Marlene Davis.

   Davis had originally proposed fines of $100-500, but after hearing from citizens, she's now looking at alternatives.

   "There needs to be some consequences, maybe community service, something like that," Davis said.  "And we have a system in place that maybe we could use, called the Neighborhood Accountability Board."  

   Davis says about 70 percent of the people attending two public forums seem to approve of the ban.  She'll now present their comments to the city's public safety department. 

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   Charges are expected Wednesday against middle school teacher accused of having inappropriate contact with a former student.  

   St. Louis County Police arrested the male teacher Tuesday at Sperreng Middle School.  His name hasn't been released.  

   Police say the alleged incidents date back to 1996.  The victim reportedly came forward this summer with allegations.

   Sperreng Middle School is in the Lindbergh School District in south St. Louis County. 

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One suspect is being sought in connection to a pair of armed robberies in south county. T

he first crime occurred at a 7-11 in the 8000 block of Mackenzie on August 11. The store clerk said the suspect pulled a gun and demanded money. After getting the cash he ran away. On August 19, police believe the same suspect robbed a Subway restaurant in the 4300 block of Butler Hill Road.

The suspect is a white man between 30 and 40 years old, around 5'4" and weighing 250 pounds. He was driving a green or dark beige Jeep Grand Cherokee.

If you have any information, please call the St. Louis County Police Department at 314/615-8695 or Crimestoppers at 866/371 TIPS (8477).

 

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