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However, some Midland residents said they think the signal time is too short. They say the guardrails aren’t completely down by the time a train comes whizzing by.

“The signals come on, and the arms go down, but before they are fully down, the train is already at the intersection,” said Mark Thomas, who lives blocks from the track and says he crosses it daily.

 

MISSOURI

Suspect in ‘Twilight’ plot had been detained before

KANSAS CITY — A southwest Missouri man who confessed this week to plotting to shoot up a “Twilight” showing and a Wal-Mart store was detained in 2009 after threatening a store clerk, police said at the weekend.

Bolivar Police Chief Steve Hamilton said Saturday that Blaec Lammers, 20, of Bolivar, followed a female clerk around a Wal-Mart store in 2009, threatening her. He wasn’t charged, but was committed for 96 hours for a mental health examination. Mr. Lammers, whose mother turned him in Thursday, faces three felony charges in the shooting plot.

In Missouri, hospitals, law enforcement officials and private citizens can request a person be held against their will for up to 96 hours if he appears to be a threat to himself or others.

“It looks like everything was done appropriately at that time,” Chief Hamilton said. “The average person will look at it and say ‘Why was he not charged criminally?’ And the reality is the law only allows so much when a person is having some mental issues.”

Mr. Lammers was charged Friday with first-degree assault, making a terroristic threat and armed criminal action. He is jailed in Polk County on $500,000 bond.

From wire dispatches and staff reports.