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by Compiled by Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports | February 23, 2021 at 3:00 a.m.

• Ed Drain, police chief of Plano, Texas, said all charges against Rodney Reese, 18, have been dropped after his arrest for being a pedestrian in a roadway as he walked home from work during a snowstorm, adding that the officers who detained him "should've taken him home."

• Mike McClure, a Missouri State Highway Patrol sergeant, said Leo Satepauhoodle, 33, of Tulsa died after he and another man were pulled from frigid water by rescue crews when they fell through thin ice on Swan Creek in Forsythe.

• Chris Evans, a primary school principal in a London suburb, said school staff members are brainstorming ways to commemorate Kevin, a wild and sassy blue peacock that appeared at the school last year and became its mascot at the outset of covid lockdowns, after the bird was killed by foxes.

• Tymetri Campbell, 38, a state prison inmate in Michigan City, Ind., serving a 130-year sentence for a 2002 triple murder, faces murder and other charges after being accused of fatally stabbing a corrections officer and seriously injuring another.

• Trizer Mwakinya, a spokesman for the Kenya Wildlife Service, said workers are trying to raise the height of a stretch of power lines to eliminate a threat to wildlife after two giraffes walked into the lines and were electrocuted.

• Kerry Forrestal, sheriff of Marion County, Ind., said 11 inmates were injured in falls or fights that broke out after a power failure plunged a privately operated Indianapolis jail with more than 1,200 inmates into darkness and a backup generator failed to kick on.

• Marcus Brooks, sought by police after the arrest of an accomplice, became the second person arrested in the killing of a 21-year-old woman whose body was found a year ago stuffed in a duffel bag along a rural road in Buchanan County north of Kansas City, Mo., sheriff's deputies said.

• Jeremy Owens, 33, accused of fatally shooting a Birmingham, Ala., police officer and wounding another, avoided the death penalty by pleading guilty to capital murder in return for a sentence of life in prison without parole.

• Steven Nevel, a New York State Police trooper, said a 28-year-old man who was expecting his first child was killed and his brother was injured when a device they were preparing for a gender-reveal party exploded in a garage in Liberty, N.Y.


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