Region briefs 6/25/08

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Woman robbed after letting men into home

CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. — An 83-year-old woman was robbed after being duped by two men to allow them into her home, the Standard-Democrat reported. Officers were called to a home in Caruthersville at 4 p.m. Friday. The homeowner told officers that while she was working in the yard Thursday, she was approached by a man and the two began talking. The man talked the woman into allowing him inside her home, according to a news release by the Caruthersville Police Department. A second man came to the door with a flooring sample. A third suspect allegedly came in the front door while being hidden behind the flooring sample, authorities said. It wasn't until the next day the woman noticed items, including jewelry and cash, were missing.

Man pleads guilty to manslaughter

BLOOMFIELD, Mo. — A Wappapello, Mo., man charged in the July 7 death of Peter and Susan AuBuchon of Bonne Terre, Mo., pleaded guilty to manslaughter Monday, according to the Daily Statesman. Jason Merrill, 21, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter due to intoxication. The Board of Probation and Parole is evaluating the case and will recommend a sentence Aug. 4.

— From staff reports

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