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Leaks delay trial, send cases to second floor

Eighth Circuit Judge David Miller postponed a criminal trial scheduled for this week after rain leaked through the Ray County Courthouse roof. Repairs had been scheduled, but rain delayed that work. Meanwhile, plastic sheeting protects benches, and ceiling tiles have been removed or have fallen. (Photo by Sara Seidel/Richmond News)

Eighth Circuit Judge David Miller postponed a criminal trial scheduled for this week after rain leaked through the Ray County Courthouse roof. Repairs had been scheduled, but rain delayed that work. Meanwhile, plastic sheeting protects benches, and ceiling tiles have been removed or have fallen. (Photo by Sara Seidel/Richmond News)

By Sara Seidel/Richmond News Editor

Heavy rains delayed roof repairs scheduled for the courthouse, and then more rain made the need for the repairs even more evident.

Judges moved or postponed third-floor courtroom activities this week after ceiling tiles fell and rainwater dripped through the roof, with the ongoing problems growing more obvious late last week.

“Ceiling tiles collapsed,” said Eighth Circuit Judge David Miller. “They could have just as easily fallen on a jurist.”

The complete story is in the Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 Richmond News.

Click here for our E-edition and read the rest of the story.

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