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Texas County sheriff and deputy arrested on eight counts

The Licking News

 

Texas County Sheriff James L. Sigman, 48, of Eunice, was arrested on eight counts by Texas County Coroner Marie Lasater, assisted by the Missouri Highway Patrol. Sigman was arrested at 5 p.m. July 18, along with Lieutenant Deputy Jennifer H. Tomaszewski, 38, of Eunice.

Both Sigman and Tomaszewski had charges of:

• Felony assault first degree

• Felony robbery first degree

• Felony endangering the welfare of a child first degree

• Felony unlawful use of a weapon

• Felony harrassment

• Felony endangering the welfare of a child second degree

• Misdemeanor misuse of official information by a public servant

• Misdemeanor false impersonation

Sigman was held in the Greene County Jail pending payment of bond. Tomaszewski was held in the Shannon County Jail pending payment of bond. Each have a bond of $500,000.

The above charges are mere accusation and not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of the charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

Bucyrus man arrested after ATV crash

The Licking News

 

A Bucyrus man was arrested at 6:05 p.m. July 4 after an ATV crash happened on Sand Shoals Road, fives miles north of Houston according to the online report of Troop G of the highway patrol.

Levi J. Coats, 18, was driving eastbound when the vehicle swerved to dodge another vehicle in the roadway, ran off the right side of the road and struck a tree. Serious injuries were reported in the single-vehicle crash. Coats was driving a 2005 Honda Rancher 500 ATV. Coats sustained serious injuries and was transported by air evac ambulance to Cox South Medical Center in Springfield. The Honda sustained total damage and was removed by the owner. The report states Coats was not wearing a safety device.

After the crash that occurred at 5:35 p.m., Coats was transported by air evac, but was later arrested for driving while intoxicated – unlawfully operating an ATV while under the influence of alcohol, operating a motor vehicle in careless and imprudent manner resulting in an accident, and unlawfully operating an ATV without properly mounted triangular emblem.

Coats was held in the Texas County Jail and released.

Raymondville man arrested after crash

The Licking News

 

A Raymondville man was arrested at 11:50 p.m. July 13 after a single-vehicle crash on Missouri 17, six miles north of Mountain View according to the online report of Troop G of the highway patrol.

Ronald K. Atkisson, 52, was driving northbound when the 1999 Ford Taurus travelled off the right side of the roadway, struck two chevron signs, overturned and struck a fence. Two MoDOT chevron signs were damaged at the scene. Atkisson sustained serious injuries and was transported by air evac ambulance to Cox South Hospital in Springfield. The report states that he was not wearing a seat belt.

The Ford sustained total damage and was towed by Jim’s Towing of Mountain View.

After the crash that occurred at 11:10 p.m., Atkisson was transported by air evac, but was later arrested for driving while intoxicated – aggravated offender, possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, careless and imprudent driving involving an accident, driving while revoked, no insurance, and no seat belt.

The report states that Atkisson was transported to Cox South Hospital for medical treatment and was released.

Resident of Houston involved in seven-vehicle crash on I-44 Sunday

The Licking News

 

Minor injuries were reported in a seven-vehicle crash that occurred at 3:37 p.m. July 8 on eastbound Interstate 44 near the 247.6-mile marker, according to online report of the Troop C highway patrol. The crash occurred in Franklin County.

A 2009 Freightliner, driven by Mynor E. Pincencaceres, 58, of Norman, Oklahoma, was driving eastbound when it failed to stop for congestion and struck the rear of a 2017 Hyundai Genesis G80, driven by Karen T. Smith, 50, of Ballwin. The impact pushed the Hyundai into the rear of a 2016 Chrysler 300, driven by Steven D. Bish, 39, of Lake St. Louis. The impact pushed the Chrysler into the rear of a 2014 Toyota Tundra, driven by John A. Burns, 69, of St. Louis. The impact pushed the Toyota into the rear of a 2015 Jeep Renegade, driven by Barbara J. Morrison, 56, of Houston. The impact pushed the Jeep into the rear of a 2006 Chrysler Town and Country, driven by Tracy M. Umphress, 37, of East Alton, Illinois. The impact pushed the Chrysler into the rear of a 2016 Chevrolet Equinox, driven by Richard L. Roberts, of Hartford, Illinois.

Pincencaceres reported no injuries and the Freightliner sustained minor damage and was driven from the scene. Smith sustained minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington by Union Ambulance, and the Hyundai sustained extensive damage and was towed by John’s Towing. Bish reported no injuries and the Chrysler 300 sustained extensive damage and was towed by Sturm’s Towing. Burns reported no injuries and the Toyota sustained moderate damage and was driven from the scene. Morrison sustained minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital Washington by Meramec Ambulance, and the Jeep sustained moderate damage and was towed by Sturm’s Towing. Umphress reported no injuries and the Chrysler Town and Country sustained minor damage and was driven from the scene. Roberts reported no injuries and the Chevrolet sustained minor damage and was driven from the scene.

The report states that all seven drivers were wearing a seat belt.

Cabool man dies of self-inflicted gunshot wound

Missouri State Highway Patrol

 

At approximately 4:09 p.m., on June 25, 2018, Troop G troopers were notified by an off-duty Cabool police officer that a person being sought for an active Texas County felony warrant, was sitting inside a stationary vehicle on Panther Road south of Cabool, Missouri. A trooper responded to the location and attempted to contact the person inside the vehicle, who had been identified by the Cabool officer as Micah L. Ross, 40, of Cabool, Missouri. Ross fled in the vehicle and was pursued by the trooper. The pursuit continued on several county roads in southern Texas County and the trooper terminated the pursuit after losing sight of the vehicle. A short time later, a Cabool officer found the vehicle and reinitiated the pursuit. Ross entered the business district of Cabool and exited his vehicle displaying a handgun by holding it to his head. He entered two occupied businesses with officers following him. Ross ignored repeated commands to put the gun down. He walked onto U.S 63 Highway still holding the gun to his head. At about 5:15 p.m., as he was confronted by officers in front of another business, Ross discharged a single round from the handgun fatally shooting himself.

Ross was pronounced dead at the scene by Texas County Coroner Marie Lasater. An autopsy has been scheduled for June 28, 2018, in Springfield, Missouri. The following departments were involved: Cabool Police Department, Texas County Sheriff’s Department, Wright County Sheriff’s Department, Mountain Grove Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The investigation is ongoing and being conducted by the Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control.

Texas County Sheriff’s Department Investigation

The Texas County Prosecuting Attorney requested the Patrol’s assistance with an investigation concerning two employees of the Texas County Sheriff’s Department. The request was granted by the Patrol’s superintendent and assigned to investigators with the Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control Troop D unit. Upon completion of the investigation, reports will be forwarded to the proper prosecuting authority.

No further details are available regarding this ongoing investigation, but will be posted as they become available.

CASA welcomes Samantha Banks as new Texas County Volunteer Organizer

CASA of South Central Missouri is pleased to announce Mrs. Samantha Banks as the organization’s new Texas County Volunteer Coordinator.  She will begin her duties serving CASA and the children the organization represents on Tuesday, January 16.

Samantha has been working with children and families for more than fourteen years. She has also served in churches and been a part of several ministries/outreaches with children.

Samantha graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, Psychology, and Sociology from Drury University in 2009. During her time of studies, she maintained three positions working for the YMCA as director of the after-school care program, Cabool Schools as a substitute teacher, and The Cabool Enterprise as a mailer/labeler. After her undergraduate studies, Samantha continued her three part-time positions and added a fourth, working as an academic advisor for Drury University.

In October 2011, Samantha sought full time employment and was hired as a Children’s Service Worker for Howell County Children’s Division where she spent a year and a half as an alternative care case manager for children in foster care. Since April 2013, Samantha has worked as a Child Advocate/ Medical Assistant at the Child Advocacy Center South Central in West Plains.

Samantha says she “is very passionate about children’s safety and well-being and is honored to continue her advocacy with CASA as the new Volunteer Coordinator for Texas County.” She is a lifelong resident of Cabool and is married to Mr. Daniel Banks and they have a 22-month-old son, Perry.

“We are excited to see how Samantha builds on the fantastic foundation that was built over the past four years in Texas County,” shares Executive Director, Matthew Evans, “She has expressed her willingness to continue to provide exceptional support for our volunteers and advocacy on behalf of the children we serve.  Being from Texas County myself, I am very proud of the way the CASA program has been run and the success we have continued to see with our volunteer recruitment and outreach in the county as a product of our past and present staff and the amazing advocates we have in these communities.”

Samantha will come on board as CASA continues to promotes it’s 30 Men in 30 Days campaign.  During this campaign CASA is attempting to recruit 30 male volunteers to help provide for the male youth currently in foster care and in need of a voice in the court system.  An informational meeting will be held at Miller’s Grill on Thursday, January 18 at 5:30 p.m.  Appetizers will be provided and all members of the community (male and female) are welcome to come find out more about CASA and the program’s mission.

For more information, contact Brock Whisler, CASA Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator at 30Men@casascmo.org or call 573-426-KIDS (5437).

(NOTE: Special recognition to Leigh Ann Sigman for her excellent work in building up the CASA program in Texas County. Her unselfish dedication and hours of hard work as former CASA Volunteer Coordinator has set the foundation for success of this much-needed program.)

About CASA of South Central Missouri

CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates, is a national organization of volunteers that are appointed by judges to speak for the safety and well-being of abused and neglected children.  Texas County is part of the 25 Judicial Circuit in Missouri, which represents over 600 children in the judicial system.  There almost 90 children in care in Texas County alone. Interested community members are encouraged to contact Brock Whisler at 573-202-8405, email info@casascmo.org, or visit Sharron Vaughn at the Texas County CASA Office on the first floor of the Texas County Justice Center.

It’s a boy! Texas County’s first baby of 2018

By Joleen Senter Durham

Cain Ray Kirkwood took the honors as the first baby born at Texas County Memorial Hospital in 2018, arriving at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, January 2nd.

Baby Cain is the first child of Stormy Ford and Philip Kirkwood of Houston. Dr. Tricia Benoist of Mercy Clinic in Houston, delivered baby Cain, and he was six pounds, three ounces and 20 inches long.

Roma Hollenbeck and Julia Bryant, representatives of the TCMH Auxiliary, and Wes Murray, TCMH chief executive officer, presented gifts and gift certificates to Cain and his parents after his birth. Businesses throughout the county donated the gifts to celebrate the arrival of the first child born at TCMH in 2018.

 

PhotoBaby Cain is held by his mother, Stormy Ford, and with them, left to right, are Philip Kirkwood, the baby’s father; Wes Murray, Texas County Memorial Hospital chief executive officer, and Julia Bryant and Roma Hollenbeck, TCMH Auxiliary members.

Texas County Sheriff’s Report

August 2

A deputy assisted Houston Police Department in attempting to locate a subject on Acorn Street, Houston.

August 8

A deputy was dispatched to Orchard Road, Raymondville, to turn off the power to a water heater. The resident was out of state and said her water lines had broken. She had the water turned off and was advised the power should be shut off to the water heater. The deputy was given the code to open the door and turn off the power.

A resident on Strawberry Road, Houston, said he believed children were shooting fireworks on his property. The deputy found it was a neighbor burning old blank ammo that was causing the noise.

A man on Taylor Lane, Plato, reported his neighbors were harassing him. The deputy spoke with a neighbor and advised him to leave the man alone.

A report was received about a man walking in the middle of the road on Highway 17, Houston. No one was located.

August 9

A deputy was dispatched to assist a Missouri State Highway Patrol officer at a traffic stop at Highway 17 and Route Z, Houston.

August 14

A female subject was taken to jail on an active warrant and two male subjects were placed on a 24-hour hold following a burglary on Sunset Drive, Houston. A number of coins and other items were recovered. A report was being sent to the prosecuting attorney’s office seeking charges.

A peace disturbance was reported on Horseshoe Drive, Houston. One person was removing his items from the residence and agreed to finish the next day.

August 15

A deputy was dispatched to assist Licking Police Department on a domestic disturbance call on Kimble Road, Licking.

A Licking man reported a break-in on Dorman Drive. He said a gaming console and games had been taken.

August 16

A deputy was dispatched to assist an ambulance crew on a call on Airport Road, Cabool.

A deputy was dispatched to assist Licking Police Department at a residential search on Campbell Street, Licking.

August 18

A burglary was reported at a residence on Highway 63, Licking. A bearskin run valued at $1,000.00 was taken.

August 19

A deputy assisted Houston Police Department with traffic for a funeral procession at Route E and Highway 63, Houston.

August 21

A call was received about several vehicles at Highway 63 and Gardner Road “cutting donuts.” Investigation found damage at that location and at Baptist Camp Access. Citations for property damage-second degree were issued to Joshua S. Sigman, 17, Cabool; Patrick D. Moorhead, Jr., 17, Cabool; and Keaton J. Ellis, 18, Norwood.

August 22

A Licking woman reported a man against whom she has an order of protection had violated the order. An attempt was made by the deputy to contact the man. A probable cause statement was being sent to the prosecuting attorney’s office seeking charges.

The wellbeing of a person on Long Hollow Road, Plato, was checked.

The wellbeing of a person on Route AP, Plato, was checked.

A deputy assisted a Division of Family Services investigator checking on two children on Route AM, Mtn. Grove.

August 23

Violation of a child custody agreement was reported on Bean Creek Drive, Licking. A report was being sent to the prosecuting attorney’s office for a review.

August 25

A deputy assisted a Missouri State Highway Patrol officer with a vehicle search on Highway 17, Bucyrus. A female suspect was arrested after a white crystal-like substance found field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

August 27

An employee of a business on Route CC, Licking, reported a theft. Someone had called stating the business’s electric bill was past due and service would be cut off if payment was not made. The employee was told to send payment using MoneyPak Greendot cards and the employee sent a total of $962.42 on two separate cards. It was learned the call was bogus. Attempts to reach the person who called were unsuccessful as the phone number did not ring and went straight to a voice mail recording.

August 28

A search warrant was executed and two short-barrel shotguns were seized at a residence on Atchison Lane, Plato. A male subject was taken into custody and placed on a 24-hour hold for possession, manufacture, transport, repair, sale of certain weapons and possession of a controlled substance. A probable cause statement was being forwarded to the prosecuting attorney’s office for charges.

August 29

A woman on Northview Drive, Houston, reported she had loaned her vehicle to a friend and it had not been returned. She wished to pursue charges for theft. The vehicle was returned to her on September 2 and she decided not to pursue charges.

Terry W. Held 47, Plato, was cited for assault-fourth degree following a reported assault on Goldenrod Drive, Plato.

A residential burglary was reported on Route BB, Licking. Nine hundred dollars in cash and collector coins had been taken.

August 30

Information was received from Mtn. Grove Police Department that items stolen in several Mtn. Grove and Wright County burglaries were at a house on Stone Ridge Drive, Mtn. Grove. A deputy and the MGPD chief went to the residence and found boxes of the personal belongings of several persons. The investigation is continuing.

September 2

The wellbeing of a person on Airport Road, Cabool, was checked.

Loud music was reported on Route N, Licking. The resident was advised not to turn the volume up or he could be cited for peace disturbance.

September 5

A runaway juvenile was reported on Wagner Road, Willow Springs. The juvenile was found and returned home. The Division of Family Services will do a follow-up.

September 6

A woman on Shafer Road, Licking, reported an unknown person comes on her property every night between 10:00 and 11:00. She asked for extra patrol in the area. The deputy was not able to locate any prowlers.

A prisoner was transported to the Howell County line to be picked up by Howell County law enforcement.

The wellbeing of a person on Wilson Drive, Cabool, was checked.

September 7

The wellbeing of a person on Bado Road, Cabool, was checked.

Trespassing was reported on Mockingbird Lane, Elk Creek. A report was being sent to the prosecuting attorney’s office for a review.

September 10

A resident on Mockingbird Drive, Elk Creek, reported someone had damaged her well house and turned off her water.

A woman reported a man was stealing wiring from a home on Sleepy Hollow, Houston. The man said he was not stealing any wiring and allowed the deputy to do a walk-through inspection of the home. No theft was evident.

September 11

A residential alarm call was received on Hogan Road, Houston. No house could be located at the address given.

A report was received about possible squatters on Sherwood Lane, Plato. The residence was found to be vacant with no evidence of anyone having been on the property.

September 12

A report was received about ATVs driving in and around the yard of a residence on Highway 32, Success. A deputy was unable to make contact with the person who made the call.

Theft of utilities was reported on Dorman Drive, Licking. The residence there had not had electric service since 2005. Someone had pulled the meter and jumped the meter base to establish service. A man at the residence found the meter in the garage and it was returned to the electric company. The electric company disconnected the supply at the transformer to prevent any further tampering. A probable cause statement was being sent to the prosecuting attorney’s office seeking a charge of theft/stealing under $500.

A residential alarm was answered on Route YY, Cabool. The residence was secure and appeared to be vacant.

A deputy assisted a Division of Family Services investigator on a hotline report of narcotics use and illicit narcotics present at a residence on Hayes Drive, Houston.

Texas County Courthouse Report

LAND TRANSFERS

August 2017 — Joshua L. Cooper, a/k/a Joshua Lee Cooper, and Jennifer L. Cooper to Donald Ray Shafer and Sharon Eileen Harper, part of S 1, T 29, R 10.

August 2017 — Larry C. Logsdon and Mary Beth Logsdon to Nathan Kyle Logsdon and Elizabeth Anne Logsdon, beneficiaries, part of S 6, T 29, R 9. Not effective to transfer title until death of owners.

August 2017 — Joseph Wilson and Deborah Wilson to Dennis Bogart, part of S 1, T 31, R 9.

August 2017 — Sandra Wooten, Jerry Wooten and Jerra Wooten to Jerry Wooten, Sandra Wooten and Jerra Wooten, part of S 19, T 30, R 9.

September 2017 — John E. Thomas and Krista Thomas to Perry Jay Mace, lot 7, block 30, old survey, City of Houston.

September 2017 — Willy Walker and Carla Walker to C&W Concrete & Construction, LLC, lot 2, block 30, old survey, City of Houston.

September 2017 — Adey Farms, LLC to Justin Adey and Mandy Adey, part of S 15, T 30, R 9.

September 2017 — Woods & Waters Inc. to Edward Arnold, part of S 33, T 28, R 9.

September 2017 — Raymond F. Purdom and Gloria M. Purdom to Mo. Homestead Protection Trust of Raymond and Gloria Purdom, Celia Purdom, successor trustee, part of S 11, T 33, R 10.

September 2017 — Terry Keith Wolfe and Tricia Marie Wolfe to Lonnie C. Wolfe and Rebecca J. Wolfe, part of S 35, T 31, R 10.

September 2017 — Jimmy Floyd to Cody Nickels and Elishah Nickels, part of S 16, 20 and 21, all located in T 31, R 8.

September 2017 — Patricia A. Sullivan to Danny Smith and Jacqulynn Smith, lots 1 and 2, both located in block 7, R. L. Hayes Addition, City of Cabool.

September 2017 — Jeremiah Owens and Stephanie Owens to Jordan Breedlove, part of S 12, T 33, R 9.

September 2017 — Jeaneane Stearns, William Stearns and Les Stevenson to Benjamin A. Wolf and Brenda L. Wolf, part of S 29, T 32, R 8.

September 2017 — Paul Edward Burris and Deenna Lynne Burris to Carrie Berkshire, part of S 3, T 28, R 12, lot 12, block 2, Eastside Heights.

September 2017 — Citizens Bank of Newburg to Public Water supply District #4, part of S 5, T 32, R 8.

September 2017 — Patricia I. Driver to Timmy Joe Denton, part of S 24, T 29, R 7.

September 2017 — John Michael Wilson and Tina Marie Wilson to Michael E. Givens, part of S 8, T 30, R 9.

MARRIAGE LICENSES

August 28, 2017 — Laramie Quentin Harris, 32, and Chrystal Jazmine James, 29, both of Licking.

Sept. 2, 2017 — James Paul Seiber, 31, and Breanna Michelle McGowen, 20, both of Mountain Grove.

Sept. 9. 2017 — Billy Carroll Dickens, 41, and Sonya Marie Yoder, 39, both of Licking.

Sept. 11, 2017 — Mark Anthony Parker, 31, of Licking, and Tamela Michelle Hughes, 32, of Bloomington, Illinois.

Sept. 9, 2017 — Weston Wayne Gene Walker, 22, and McKenzie Dawn Tripp, 20, both of Houston.

Sept. 9, 2017 — Steven Dwane Jenkins, 46, and Kimberly Lynne Martin, 39, both of Houston.

ASSOCIATE CIRCUIT COURT

The following driver was issued a speeding ticket, entered a guilty plea and paid a fine plus court costs: Brandon Michael Agee, $25.

IN OTHER PROCEEDINGS — STATE VS.

The following drivers were issued a ticket for failure to register a motor vehicle, entered a guilty plea and paid a fine plus court costs: Dale Thomas Coats, $50; Melissa Sholanda Sims, $45.

Dale Coats — Passing bad check less than $500. Serve one day in Texas County Jail with credit for time served.

Austin Harrison — Resisting/interfering with arrest, detention or stop. The imposition of sentence suspended with one-year supervised probation, 40 hours community service, Driver Improvement Program.

Amanda Jane Marshall — Violation of order of protection for adult. Serve 14 days in Texas County Jail.

Gabriel Paddock — Tampering with a motor vehicle, first degree. Serve seven years in Missouri Department of Corrections, court costs and Crime Victims Compensation.

Cynthia R. Ramsey — Width of vehicle exceeded 8½ feet: $179.50 fine plus court costs.

Carrie Schafer — Failed to drive on right half of roadway when roadway was of sufficient width, resulting in an accident. Serve 30 days in Texas County Jail, the execution of sentence suspended with supervised probation, restitution of $150 to Texas County Prosecuting Attorney, seven days shock.

Bobby Wayne Williams — Delivery or possession of item at a county/private jail/correctional center which prisoner is prohibited from receiving: $500 fine, 48 hours in Texas County Jail.

George JJ Wink Jr. — Supplying liquor to a minor or intoxicated person. The imposition of sentence suspended with one-year supervised probation, $300 to Texas County Law Enforcement Restitution Fund, 15 days shock.

FINE COLLECTION CENTER

The following drivers were issued a speeding ticket, entered a guilty plea and paid a fine plus court costs: Reagan Leigh Caldwell, $20.50; Scott Leron Foster, $55.50; Shawn T. Hatton, $20.50; Jeffery Allen Hines, $20.50; Dustin William Kemp, $30.50; Nathan Mark Mahaffey, $55.50; Jeffrey Allen Matos, $55.50; Chad Michael McAbee, $55.50; Justin Lee McGowan Jr., $30.50; Earnest Earl Renegar, $20.50; Grigoriy Seu, $55.50; Emmett Norman Simpson III, $20.50; Jamie L. Sims, $55.50; Zane N. Vankirk, $55.50; Ivy L. Villa, $20.50; Kennedy Jean Volkart, $30.50; Kimberly A. Watkins, $55.50; Anna Belle Westfall, $30.50; Mark Alan Williams, $55.50; Mark Nathaniel Woolsey, $30.50.

The following drivers were issued a ticket for seat belt violations, entered a guilty plea and paid a $10 fine: Quinton Trey Alston, Debra Ann Clark, Tony Lee Clark, Steven Bart Denbow, Christina Mae Hulvey, Jennifer Lee Lancaster, Marc Phillip Lukomski, Justin Lee McGowan Jr., Keith Russell Mikel, Sandra Mae Randazzo, Earnest Earl Renegar.

IN OTHER PROCEEDINGS — STATE VS.

Jimmy Martin Hathcock — Operated motor carrier on tires fabric exposed/inferior load rate/groove depth/flat: $80.50 fine plus court costs.

Jeffery Allen Hines — Operating motor vehicle with vision-reducing material applied to windshield/excess vision-reducing material applied to side window: $30.50 fine plus court costs.

Steven W. Holden — Activities violation in a non-designated conservation area: $24.50 fine plus court costs.

Tyler Steven Plowman — Failure to register a motor vehicle: $30.50 fine plus court costs.

Kiya Jeannette Robinson — Driver failed to secure child less than 8 years old in child restraint: $20.50 fine plus court costs.

Jessica Kimaree Russell — Failed to display plates on a motor vehicle/trailer: $30.50 fine plus court costs.

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