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Vote calls for medical examiner to leave job

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. --- A state panel voted unanimously not to keep embattled medical examiner Charles Siebert on the job Saturday, saying he hadn't complied with an order to have an independent review of his work.

Mr. Siebert conducted the disputed autopsy on a teenager who died after an altercation with guards at a juvenile boot camp last year. But the decision Saturday had nothing to do with that case, said Dr. Stephen Nelson, the chairman of the state Medical Examiners Commission. It was because he didn't comply with a requirement for review of his work because of questions about other autopsies, Dr. Nelson said.

Armed man arrived in Santa suit, police say

JONESBORO, ARK. --- A school band director was ordered to undergo a mental evaluation after his arrest on charges that he arrived armed with a gun and dressed as Santa Claus at a school superintendent's home.

Steven Vaughn, 33, is being held without bond on charges of criminal attempt to commit first-degree murder, residential burglary and kidnapping.

Mr. Vaughn told police that in February his wife was assaulted by a student and the superintendent did nothing.


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A month after the slaying of 55-year-old Bill DaVitte, suspect Daniel Nelson Robinson, 21, remains in a Jacksonville, Fla., detention facility.
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