- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 3, 2008

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — A school band director was ordered to undergo a mental evaluation after he was arrested and accused of arriving armed with a gun and dressed as Santa Claus at a school superintendent,s home.

Steven Vaughn, 33, was ordered held without bail in the Craighead County Detention Center after a judge found probable cause for his arrest on charges of criminal attempt to commit first-degree murder, residential burglary and two counts of kidnapping.

He told District Court Judge Keith Blackman that Mr. Vaughn was suicidal, and the judge ordered the Brookland School District band director to undergo a mental evaluation.

According to a police report, officers were called to the residence of Brookland Superintendent Kevin McGaughey at 9:30 p.m. Thursday “in reference to a man in a Santa Claus suit inside” with a gun. Police found Mr. McGaughey and Mr. Vaughn bleeding and several items broken on the floor.

“They literally fought him all over the living room,” police detective Kenny Oldham said.



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